UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Seifi, Ali

School of Medicine
(210) 567-5625

I received my medical degree from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS), where I graduated with honors in 1996. My first residency was in anesthesiology critical care medicine at SUMS. I was an attending anesthesiologist at several institutions before I finally decided to continue my education in neurocritical care. My second residency was in internal medicine at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. After that, I completed a two-year neurocritical care fellowship in Philadelphia at Thomas Jefferson University, a world-renowned neuroscience institution. This fellowship provided me with the opportunity to work on many challenging neurosurgical and neurological cases. I trained under several established neuroscience pioneers, such as professors A.M. Rostami, MD, PhD, Robert H. Rosenwasser, MD, and Rodney D. Bell, MD.

Education has always been one of my strongest passions. My parents are both teachers, so I think they passed on their love of that profession to me. It was this passion for teaching that ultimately led me to join the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio faculty after I finished my neurocritical care fellowship with honors. I am currently an assistant professor within the Department of Neurosurgery who has also served as an attending physician since 2012. As an intensivist, I provide multi-system care to patients and perform procedures such as intubation, central line placement, lumbar puncture, and bronchoscopy. I am Triple-Board certified in anesthesiology, internal medicine, and neurocritical care.

When the time came to expand University Hospital?s ICU, I was tasked with the goal of recruiting students, residents, and mid-level practitioners. The seven bed ICU grew into an eighteen bed NICU that was capable of offering 24/7 coverage. The NICU now provides specialized care to patients with strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular diseases, seizures, and other medical complications, such as respiratory and cardiac diseases. It is the only intensive care unit in the region that is fully dedicated to the care of neurologically-ill patients and staffed with physicians and nurses who are specially trained in nervous system disease management. In 2016, I was appointed the director of University Hospital?s neurointensive care unit (NICU) and tasked with leading the unit?s daily operations. My responsibilities as the director of the NICU include caring for critically-ill patients, creating protocols and guidelines, and making schedules for faculty, residents, and mid-level practitioners. I maintain a high level of involvement with patient care, perform bedside lessons for residents and students, and give daily lectures to my team.

I teach medical students whenever they rotate with me during their third and fourth year neurology and neurosurgery clerkships. These sessions include longitudinal preceptorship, clinical skill instruction, and bedside teaching. I take the students to a simulation center and teach them how to do lumbar punctures, intubation, central line insertion, and arterial line insertion. I also organized a group for medical students that explains the fundamentals of research, including proposal composition, IRB submission, data collection, and analysis. The group helps students by reinforcing and supplementing the content delivered during formal elective research courses, which I also teach.

Whenever I teach, I try to elucidate complex medical subjects by breaking them down into simpler topics that are easier to understand. I think this has been successful approach because medical students and residents frequently request my assistance with their research activities. So far, I have helped manage over fifty such projects in this manner. Because of my active involvement with both populations, I consecutively won ?The Best Teacher Faculty Award? in 2015 and 2016.

Several of the research projects I am currently conducting with my students focus on traumatic brain injury and cerebrovascular disease. Our efforts have brought about, for the first time in the field of neuroscience, a novel treatment for dyskinesia in anti-NMDA encephalitis. We have also worked together in an effort to study health cost and utilization. Many of these activities have been published in clinical journals (Jama), mentioned in periodicals (the Washington Post), and discussed on the radio (NPR).

My interdisciplinary background enables me to link together people, ideas, and projects from seemingly disparate scientific backgrounds. I primarily work within the Department of Neurosurgery, but I also have appointments within the Department of Neurology, the Department of Internal Medicine, and UT San Antonio?s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Because of this diversity of positions, I am able to serve as a bridge between many different departments for the purpose of clinical and research collaboration. My appoint

1/2016 - Present Honorary Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Honorary Research Assistant Professor University of Texas at San Antonio UTSA, Electrical and Computer Engineering, San Antonio, TX
6/2015 - Present Assistant Professor of Neurology and Attending Staff, Consultant University of Texas, Health Science Center, Neurology, San Antonio, TX
9/2013 - Present Director of Neuro Critical Care Baptist Saint Luke`s Hospital, Neurosurgery, San Antonio, TX
3/2013 - Present Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Attending Staff University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Medicine, San Antonio, TX
9/2012 - Present Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery- Director of Neuro Critical Care and Faculty physician University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Neurosurgery, San Antonio, TX