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Amir M. Arain
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Amir M. Arain, MD, MPH

Languages spoken: Arabic, Urdu, English

Clinical Locations

Clinical Neurosciences Center

Salt Lake City
801-585-7575
  • Dr. Amir M. Arain is a professor and an epileptologist that focuses on treatment of refractory epilepsy. He graduated from Dow Medical College, Karachi and did his Neurology residency and Epilepsy fellowship at Vanderbilt University. There he served on the faculty of Department of Neurology as an epileptologist from 2000-2018. He joined University of Utah in July 2018 and currently serves as chief of Epilepsy division.

    Dr. Arain has been involved in different research projects in epilepsy. He has done several antiepileptic drug trials including levetiracetam, oxcarbazepine, pregabalin, lacosemide, retigabine, brivaracetam, carisbamate, eslicarbazepine and cenobamate. He has published several peer reviewed research articles and has presented data in different scientific meetings. He has trained more than 100 fellows in epilepsy over the years. His interest is in seizure semiology, SUDEP, disparity of care in epilepsy and Geriatric epilepsy.

    Specialties

    Board Certification

    American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology
    American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)
    American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Sub: Clinical Neurophysiology)
    American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Sub: Epilepsy)

    Patient Rating

    4.6 /5
    ( out of 103 reviews )

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    Patient Comments

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    Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

    April 18, 2024
    CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES CENTER

    He is incredibly knowledgeable and professional and always listens to me and answers any questions I have in an understandable manner.

    April 16, 2024
    CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES CENTER

    He is the Best ! Easy to talk to !

    March 22, 2024
    CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES CENTER

    We trust Dri Arain only when dealing with the care of Clint and his seizures. He is always gentle and kind with Clint and that means the world to us since Clint has autism. . . He explains things and adjusts things as need be. He is a Doctor that truly cares about his patients well being and comfort. I would recomend Dr Arain to anyone needed a neurologist as we have come to trust him completely. We have had a few doctors for Clint that we didn't trust very well but from day one, we have trusted Dr Arain and loved the care and concern he gives us each viist

    March 20, 2024
    CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES CENTER

    He answered every question I asked and is nice

    March 09, 2024
    UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

    I had no interaction as I was a patient in a distant hospital. All conversations were between doctors. I was a bystander.

    February 16, 2024
    CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES CENTER

    Dr. Arain is very respectful gets straight to the problems that needs to be solved, then if he has different options you can try he explains it and makes sure you understand everything then he takes what I decided to do into action

    February 15, 2024
    CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES CENTER

    Dr. Arain is an extremely competent and caring clinician. He is very knowledgeable in his specialty

    February 09, 2024
    CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES CENTER

    He listened and made decisions in a good way, in my case time will tell about how things play out.

    February 08, 2024
    CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES CENTER

    Exam was very thorough. I received a epilepsy diagnosis despite having a clear eeg and mri, so I appreciate that he trusted my related history and used that to provide a diagnosis. However the diagnosis was very unexpected. I had no idea I was having seizures. He didnt really take the time to explain how this will impact my life or even tell me the name of the type of seizures I'm having. Providing patient resources or pointing me to online information would have been helpful. Even a nurse coming in with pamphlets and links to websites would have been appreciated. Maybe they were swamped that day and it was just an off day, but i was left overwhelmed and anxious and didnt know where to go for more info. I'm just glad I have a nurse for a mom and can call her.

  • Dr. Amir M. Arain is a professor and an epileptologist that focuses on treatment of refractory epilepsy. He graduated from Dow Medical College, Karachi and did his Neurology residency and Epilepsy fellowship at Vanderbilt University. There he served on the faculty of Department of Neurology as an epileptologist from 2000-2018. He joined University of Utah in July 2018 and currently serves as chief of Epilepsy division.

    Dr. Arain has been involved in different research projects in epilepsy. He has done several antiepileptic drug trials including levetiracetam, oxcarbazepine, pregabalin, lacosemide, retigabine, brivaracetam, carisbamate, eslicarbazepine and cenobamate. He has published several peer reviewed research articles and has presented data in different scientific meetings. He has trained more than 100 fellows in epilepsy over the years. His interest is in seizure semiology, SUDEP, disparity of care in epilepsy and Geriatric epilepsy.

    Board Certification and Academic Information

    Academic Departments Neurology -Primary
    Board Certification
    American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology
    American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)
    American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Sub: Clinical Neurophysiology)
    American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Sub: Epilepsy)

    Education history

    Graduate Training Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Clinical Research Design, etc - Vanderbilt University M.P.H.
    Epilepsy/Neurophysiology - Vanderbilt University Medical Center Clinical Fellow
    Chief Resident Neurology - Vanderbilt University Medical Center Chief Resident
    Neurology - Vanderbilt University Medical Center Resident
    Internship Internal Medicine - McLaren Flint Intern
    Medicine, Surgery - Dow Medical College of the University of Karachi M.B.B.S.

    Selected Publications

    Journal Article

    1. Anderson DN, Charlebois CM, Smith EH, Davis TS, Peters AY, Newman BJ, Arain AM, Wilcox KS, Butson CR, Rolston JD (2023). Closed-loop stimulation in periods with less epileptiform activity drives improved epilepsy outcomes. Brain, 147(2), 521-531. (Read full article)
    2. Campbell JM, Kundu B, Lee JN, Miranda M, Arain A, Taussky P, Grandhi R, Rolston JD (2022). Evaluating the concordance of functional MRI-based language lateralization and Wada testing in epilepsy patients: A single-center analysis. Interv Neuroradiol, 29(5), 599-604. (Read full article)
    3. Simon A, Nguyen D, Newman B, Arain A (2023). Uric Acid Nephropathy Secondary to Generalized Tonic-Clonic Seizures. Neurologist. (Read full article)
    4. Kundu B, Arain A, Davis T, Charlebois CM, Rolston JD (2022). Using chronic recordings from a closed-loop neurostimulation system to capture seizures across multiple thalamic nuclei. Ann Clin Transl Neurol, 10(1), 136-143. (Read full article)
    5. Charlebois CM, Anderson DN, Johnson KA, Philip BJ, Davis TS, Newman BJ, Peters AY, Arain AM, Dorval AD, Rolston JD, Butson CR (2022). Patient-specific structural connectivity informs outcomes of responsive neurostimulation for temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia, 63(8), 2037-2055. (Read full article)
    6. Miranda M, Arias F, Arain A, Newman B, Rolston J, Richards S, Peters A, Pick LH (2022). Neuropsychological evaluation in American Sign Language: A case study of a deaf patient with epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav Rep, 19, 100558. (Read full article)
    7. Brown MG, Sillau S, McDermott D, Ernst LD, Spencer DC, Englot DJ, Gonzlez HFJ, Datta P, Karakis I, Becker D, Rolston JD, Arain A, Rao VR, Doherty M, Urban A, Drees C (2022). Concurrent brain-responsive and vagus nerve stimulation for treatment of drug-resistant focal epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav, 129, 108653. (Read full article)
    8. Anderson DN, Charlebois CM, Smith EH, Arain AM, Davis TS, Rolston JD (2021). Probabilistic comparison of gray and white matter coverage between depth and surface intracranial electrodes in epilepsy. Sci Rep, 11(1), 24155. (Read full article)
    9. Jehi L, Morita-Sherman M, Love TE, Bartolomei F, Bingaman W, Braun K, Busch RM, Duncan J, Hader WJ, Luan G, Rolston JD, Schuele S, Tassi L, Vadera S, Sheikh S, Najm I, Arain A, Bingaman J, Diehl B, de Tisi J, Rados M, Van Eijsden P, Wahby S, Wang X, Wiebe S (2021). Comparative Effectiveness of Stereotactic Electroencephalography Versus Subdural Grids in Epilepsy Surgery. Ann Neurol, 90(6), 927-939. (Read full article)
    10. Frankel MA, Lehmkuhle MJ, Spitz MC, Newman BJ, Richards SV, Arain AM (2021). Wearable Reduced-Channel EEG System for Remote Seizure Monitoring. Front Neurol, 12, 728484. (Read full article)
    11. Scoville JP, Joyce E, Hunsaker J, Reese J, Wilde H, Arain A, Bollo RL, Rolston JD (2020). Stereotactic Electroencephalography Is Associated With Reduced Pain and Opioid Use When Compared with Subdural Grids: A Case Series. Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown), 21(1), 6-13. (Read full article)
    12. Kundu B, Davis TS, Philip B, Smith EH, Arain A, Peters A, Newman B, Butson CR, Rolston JD (2020). A systematic exploration of parameters affecting evoked intracranial potentials in patients with epilepsy. Brain Stimul, 13(5), 1232-1244. (Read full article)
    13. Bornali Kundu, Tyler S Davis, Brian Philip, Elliot H Smith, Amir Arain, Angela Peters, Blake Newman, Christopher R Butson, John D Rolston (2020). A systematic exploration of parameters affecting evoked intracranial potentials in patients with epilepsy. Brain Stimul, 13(5), 1232-1244.
    14. Zaher N, Haas K, Sonmezturk H, Arain A, Abou-Khalil B (2019). Rhythmic ictal nonclonic hand (RINCH) motions in general EMU patients with focal epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav, 103(Pt A), 106666. (Read full article)
    15. Naoir Zaher, Kevin Haas, Hasan Sonmezturk, Amir Arain, Bassel Abou-Khalil (2019). Rhythmic ictal nonclonic hand (RINCH) motions in general EMU patients with focal epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav, Feb. 2020, 103 pt. A.
    16. Arain AM, Umar A, Rawal P, Azar NJ, Obideen M, Singh P, Al-Kaylani M, Abou-Khalil B (2018). Localization value of ictal turning prone. Seizure, 69, 57-60. (Read full article)
    17. Halford JJ, Westover MB, LaRoche SM, Macken MP, Kutluay E, Edwards JC, Bonilha L, Kalamangalam GP, Ding K, Hopp JL, Arain A, Dawson RA, Martz GU, Wolf BJ, Waters CG, Dean BC (2018). Interictal Epileptiform Discharge Detection in EEG in Different Practice Settings. J Clin Neurophysiol, 35(5), 375-380. (Read full article)
    18. Baker MD, Abou-Khalil BW, Arain A, Tummala P, Azar NJ, Haas KF, Sonmezturk HH (2018). Lacosamide efficacy and tolerability in clinical practice - Post marketing analysis from a single dedicated epilepsy center. Clin Neurol Neurosurg, 171, 179-183. (Read full article)
    19. Sagi V, Kim I, Bhatt AB, Sonmezturk H, Abou-Khalil BW, Arain AM (2017). Generalized paroxysmal fast activity in EEG: An unrecognized finding in genetic generalized epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav, 76, 101-104. (Read full article)