Patient Rating:

4.2 out of 5

48 Patient Ratings
10 Patient Comments

Awais Riaz, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief, Division of Epilepsy

Specialties

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu

Clinical Details

Schedule An Appointment Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-7575 Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Bio

Awais Riaz, MD, PhD is the Chief of Epilepsy Division and Director of Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Services at the University of Utah.

Dr. Awais Riaz received his medical education from King Edward Medical University in Lahore Pakistan. He completed his Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology at the Southern Illinois University in Springfield, IL, where he studied the mechanisms underlying development of seizures during alcohol withdrawal. He then completed his Neurology residency at the same institution followed by Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis, MO and Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL.

After completion of his training, Dr. Riaz spent several years in private practice. He maintained his academic ties as Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology and Assistant Director of Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine. In 2004, Dr. Riaz joined the University of Utah as full time faculty. In 2006, he was appointed Director of the Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Services at the University of Utah Hospital and in 2011, he was appointed as Chief of the newly formed Epilepsy Division of the Department of Neurology. Since 2009, he has also been serving as the Interim Director of the University of Utah Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.

Dr. Riaz is the Chair of the General Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology and Chair of the Student and Resident Education Subcommittee of the American Epilepsy Society. He is also a member of the American Society of Neuromonitoring and has been a member of American Medical Informatics Association and Wilderness Medical Society. On local level, he has been Chair of the Professional Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Association of Utah and works with the Ethics Committee of the University of Utah Hospital.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurology - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Epilepsy
Board Certification American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring)

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
4.2
My confidence in care provider
4.2
Time care provider spent with me
4.3
Care provider spoke using clear language
4.2
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
4.2
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
4.2
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
4.2
Wait time at clinic
3.5
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy
4.4

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

April 13, 2014

Dr Riaz is a phenomenal physician, with an excellent bedside manner.

January 21, 2014

So much medical information is complicating for the lay person--even though the doctor put things in a way we could understand, there was so much that it really needed to be written down for us.

September 26, 2013

Good experience!

January 18, 2013

Dr. Riaz made sure we as a family felt included but most important also explained care to the patient and reassured him.

November 23, 2012

good experience

July 24, 2012

I wish they would try to work on understanding how to help me and my health a little better

July 24, 2012

very good

April 30, 2012

Dr. Riaz has improved in being clearer when discussing things, elaborating on what is going on and why choices are suggested. Gave me the ultimate choice in care after being informed on what my condition is. He has improved in being clear and concerned. I have been able to reach him through Tina (MA) within a day or two on average with any questions. I feel like he was genuinely concerned about making sure I understood, that I was educated and is not a pill pusher...I REALLY appreciate that. He really felt more accessible than in the past. The best visit I have had there.

April 10, 2012

He Is a nice doctor and gives me the answers most of the time I want to hear but not all the right answers so any way.

March 14, 2012

I informed Dr. Awais Riaz that I was not using my VNS because I was on medicare and am afraid the battery will go dead and then I don't know what I will do. I told him I really need it bad in the summer because heat brings on the seizures. He gave me a number to his helper Tina and said to go head and use it and they would check into any help I could get in getting it replaced. Even if I cant get help its nice to know they would even try to help a defective person like me.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Medical Informatics, Paperless office and Digital medical records
  • Alcohol Withdrawal Seizures
  • Pharmacology of Excitant Amino Acids and GABA
  • Epilepsy, Neuropharmacology and Neurophysiology

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurology - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Academic Divisions Epilepsy
Board Certification American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring)

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 585-7422 Clinical Neurosciences Center
Epilepsy/Neurology
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
(801) 585-7422 School of Medicine
Neurology
30 N Medical Dr
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Awais Riaz received his medical education from King Edward Medical University in Lahore Pakistan. He joined the Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL as a Pharmacology Fellow where he completed his Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology. His dissertation involved mapping out the functional anatomy of the pathways underlying audiogenic seizures during alcohol withdrawal. Using microwire electrodes in awake animals, he studied the effects of alcohol intoxication and withdrawal on single unit recordings in the auditory midbrain and the reticular formation. Using microinjection techniques in these anatomical regions, he also studied the role of GABA and excitant amino acid neurotransmitters in this seizure model. He then completed his Neurology residency at the same institution followed by Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis, MO and Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL.

After completion of his training, Dr. Riaz spent several years in private practice. He maintained his academic ties as Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology and Assistant Director of Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine. In 2004, Dr. Riaz joined the University of Utah as full time faculty. In 2006, he was appointed Director of the Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Services at the University of Utah Hospital and in 2011, he was appointed as Chief of the newly formed Epilepsy Division of the Department of Neurology. Since 2009, he has also been serving as the Interim Director of the University of Utah Comprehensive Epilepsy Program.

Academic Interests:

One of the major academic interests of Dr. Riaz is education of residents, medical students and graduate students. In light of the recent emphasis on translational research and in an attempt to bridge the clinical and basic epilepsy programs, he developed an epilepsy course geared towards basic scientists. This unique course covers the entire spectrum of basic science and clinical aspects of epilepsy and is offered through the integrated neuroscience program in collaboration with Dr. Ed Dudek, Chair of Physiology, Dr. Steve White, Director, Anticonvulsant Drug Development Program and Dr. Karen Wilcox, senior scientist with the same program.

Dr. Riaz is the Chair of the General Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology and Chair of the Student and Resident Education Subcommittee of the American Epilepsy Society. As an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, Political Action Committee (Brain PAC), he is involved in advocacy efforts for issues faced by patients and physicians, visiting Capitol Hill on a regular basis. He is also a graduate of the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum of the American Academy of Neurology.

He is also a member of the American Society of Neuromonitoring and has been a member of American Medical Informatics Association and Wilderness Medical Society. On local level, he has been Chair of the Professional Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Association of Utah and works with the Ethics Committee of the University of Utah Hospital. When not busy at work, he enjoys African drumming, traditional archery, trap shooting and resurrecting obsolete computers using Linux.

Education

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Southern Illinois University
Neurophysiology
Fellow
Fellowship Washington University
Neurophysiology
Fellow
Residency Southern Illinois University
Neurology
Resident
Doctoral Training Southern Illinois University
Neuropharmacology
Ph.D.
Internship Southern Illinois University
Internal Medicine
Intern
Residency Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
Emergency Medicine
Resident
Residency Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
Surgery
Resident
Residency Mayo Hospital
Medicine
Resident
Professional Medical King Edward Medical College
Medicine
M.B.B.S.
Undergraduate Government College of Lahore
Pre-Medicine
F.Sc.

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