Mounzer Kassab

M.D., M.A.
Professor; Chief of MSU Epilepsy Division; Director of Neurophysiology at Sparrow Hospital
Biography: 

Head of Epilepsy Division at the Department of Neurology at Michigan State University

Head of Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and The Neurodiagnostic Lab at Sparrow Health System

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Training Program Director 

Vascular Neurology Fellowship Training Program Director

Vice-Chair, Sparrow Health System Department of Neurology

Director of the Epilepsy Fellowship Training Program for the Department of Neurology at Michigan State University

After getting his M.D. degree from Tishreen University at Lattakia, Syria, Dr. Kassab came to the United States and joined the State University of New York where he received his Master’s degree in Neuroscience. He completed his Neurology residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and two ACGME accredited fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology and Vascular Neurology.

Dr. Kassab joined the Department of Neurology at Michigan State University in January of 2005. His clinical practice is focused on stroke and epilepsy. He has four board certifications by the  American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: Adult Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Vascular Neurology, and Epilepsy. He is the head of the epilepsy division at Michigan State and the clinical director of the neurodiagnostic lab, the epilepsy monitoring unit, and the epilepsy surgical program at Sparrow Health System.  He also directs the Vascular Neurologyand the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship training programs.

Dr. Kassab may be contacted through the Fellowship Coordinator, Anita Parkhurst.

Awards: 
Faculty Educator of the Year, Michigan State University Department of Neurology; East Lansing, MI (2015)
The American Academy of Neurology Baker Distinguished Teacher of Neurology Award (2011)
First Place Poster Winner, The Michigan Neurological Association Conference (2008)
Faculty Educator of the Year, Michigan State University Department of Neurology; East Lansing, MI (2008)
International Congress of Clinical Neurophysiology Award for Best Research Paper San Francisco Meeting (2003)
Victor Rivera Award for Best Scientific Research; Dallas, TX (2002)
Selected Publications: 
Medicolegal Considerations with Intravenous Tissue Plasminogen Activator in Stroke: A Systematic Review. Stroke research and treatment, 2013
Asiatic Acid Attenuates Infarct Volume, Mitochondrial Dysfunction, and Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 Induction After Focal Cerebral Ischemia. Stroke. 2012; 43: 1632-1638
Lymphocyte Cell Kinase Activation Mediates Neuroprotection during Ischemic Preconditioning. The Journal of Neuroscience, 23 May 2012, 32(21): 7278-7286
Neuroprotective effect of cyanidin-3-O-glucoside anthocyanin in mice with focal cerebral ischemia. Neuroscience Letters 2011; 500(3):157-161
Peripheral Neuropathy: diiferential Diagnosis and Management. Am Fam Physician 2010; 81(7): 887-892
Chimotherapy-related Posterior Reversible Leukoencephalopathy Syndrome. Nature Clinical Practice Neurology, March 2009; 5(3):163-169.
Levetiracetam for managing neurologic and psychiatric disorders. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2009 Mar 15;66(6):541-61
Diffusion Weighted Imaging: Not All That Glitters Is Gold, Southern Medical Journal 2009 May.
Asiatic acid, a pentacyclic triterpene from Centella asiatica is neuroprotective in a mouse model of focal cerebral ischemia. Journal of Neuroscience Research; 2009.
The Extent of Intra-arterial Calcification on Head CT is Predictive of the Degree of Intracranial Atherosclerosis on Digital Subtraction Angiography. Cerebrovascular Diseases 2009
Resting Brain Glucose Uptake in Headache-Free Migraineurs. Headache 2009; 49(1): 90-97
Cardiac Dysfunction after Left Permanent Cerebral Focal Ischemia. The Brain and Heart connection. Stroke. 2009;40:2560-2563
Blood Pressure Changes after Intravenous Fosphenytoin and Levetiracetam in Patients with Acute Cerebral Symptoms. Epilepsy Research 2009;87(2-3):268-271.
Chronic Total Symptomatic Carotid Artery Occlusion Treated Successfully with Stenting and Angioplasty. Journal of Neuroimaging, September 17th, 2008.
Lower Pretreatment Cerebral Blood Volume Affects Hemorrhageic Risks After Intra-arterial Revascularization in Acute Stroke. Neurosurgery. 63(5):874-879, 2008.
Differential neuroprotective effects of carnosine, anserine, and N-acetyl carnosine against permanent focal ischemia. Journal of Neuroscience Research; 86(13):2984-2991, 2008.
Smoker's Paradox in Hospitalizations with Acute ischemic Stroke: An Analysis of Nationwide Inpatient Sample Data. Neurology vol 84 (14) supplement S5.006, April 6, 2015
Education and Professional Positions: 
M.A., Neuroscience, The State University of New York; Buffalo, NY 1998
M.D., Tishreen University Medical School;Lattakia, Syria 1992
Book Chapters: 
Mounzer Kassab, Arshad Majid Pathophysiology of Stroke. Up to Date, electronic publication, 2011.
Mounzer Kassab. "Glucose uptake in brains of migraineurs during headache-free periods," Master’s Thesis, Library of State University of New York, Buffalo, 2000.
Mounzer Kassab. "The Neurologic Approach," Graduation Thesis, Library of Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria, 1991.
Academic Appointments: 
2016-Present: Professor, Michigan State University, Neurology
2009-2016: Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Neurology
2005-2009: Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Neurology
Postdoctoral Training: 
Vascular Neurology Fellowship, ACGME accredited, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Dallas, TX 2004
Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, ACGME accredited, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Dallas, TX 2003
Neurology Residency, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Dallas, TX 2002
Internal Medicine Internship, State University of New York; Buffalo, NY 1999
Certifications: 
Unrestricted Medical License in the state of Michigan; 2004-present
Board certified in Epilepsy by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; 2013
Board certified in Vascular Neurology (Stroke) by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; 2008
Board certified in Clinical Neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; 2005
Board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; 2004
Subspecialty: 
Stroke, Epilepsy, and Clinical Neurophysiology

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