Department of Surgery
Issam Awad has made numerous contributions to science, including the characterization of subcortical ischemic lesions in the aged, advances in the understanding of the natural history and biological behavior of cerebral vascular malformations, and numerous technical advances in neurovascular and epilepsy surgery. He is a recognized expert in the treatment of neurovascular disease, hemorrhagic stroke, and neurosurgical critical care.
His research funded by the National Institutes of Health has focused on molecular mechanisms in cerebral cavernous malformation and minimally invasive techniques for treating hemorrhagic stroke.
Recognized among America’s Best Doctors and Best Teachers, Awad is an active leader in numerous professional and learned societies. He served as the 51st president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He has authored over 300 scientific papers and book chapters, presented more than 400 papers and lectures, and edited 12 books on cerebrovascular surgery and other aspects of neurological surgery.
He received an MD (1980), MS (1979), and BS in biochemistry (1976) from Loma Linda University.
Awad joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.