Department of Neurology
Naoum Issa is a neurologist with subspecialty training in epilepsy. His research focuses on detecting and diagnosing neurologic disorders using electrophysiological techniques. He and his coworkers are currently developing and testing methods for diagnosing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), using surface electrical measurements, and also for identifying abnormalities in deep brain structures in patients with epilepsy, using EEG recordings.
He has published over 30 scientific papers and book chapters, and his research has appeared in Neuron, Nature Protocols, the Journal of Neuroscience, and Neurology, among others. Issa has received numerous teaching and research awards, including an Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, the L. D. H. Wood Preclerkship Teaching Award from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. He is a member of the American Epilepsy Society, the American Association of Neurology, and the American Physiological Society, among others, and serves as a reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Comparative Neurology and Frontiers of Neuroscience.
Issa received his MD and PhD in neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco. After running a science laboratory for several years, he returned to clinical medicine, completing a neurology residency and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy at the University of Chicago.