Issam A. Awad, MD

The John Harper Seeley Professor of Neurological Surgery


Areas of Expertise:

  • Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Neurovascular Surgery
  • Skull Base Tumors
  • Stroke
  • Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT)
  • Arteriovenous Malformations
  • Cavernous Angiomas
  • Cerebral Vascular Malformations
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • Chiari Malformation



Two UChicago Medicine faculty honored by Association of American Physicians

Published Mon 4/8/19

Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, and Issam A. Awad, MD, MSc, have been selected as new members of the Association of American Physicians (AAP).

Cerebral Cavernous Malformation Research

Led by Issam A. Awad, MD, many of our patients participate in cerebral cavernous malformation research. Dr. Awad has led CCM research studies for three decades.


Brain Surgery Eliminates Cause of Seizures

Published Fri 7/1/11

Doctors found a small mass in Steven Steinhilber's brain. Knowing that the mass needed to be removed, he called UChicago Medicine's neurology experts and he was referred to Issam Awad, MD.


Surgery helps young woman bounce back from rare brain condition

Published Mon 9/30/19

Internationally renowned neurosurgeon Issam Awad uses brain mapping technology to repair the malformation in a 16-year-old's brain.

Stroke and Neurovascular Team

Find a stroke expert and receive care at a nationally recognized stroke center. Our team provides comprehensive, individualized care that helps our patients recover and live a high-quality life.

Cerebral Cavernous Malformation Team

Our multidisciplinary team of experts works together to develop treatment plans tailored to each patient's needs. We offer an innovative and collaborative approach to care.


Back in the Swing

Published Sun 2/2/14

After successful treatment for a rare vascular malformation in his brain, grateful patient supports neurovascular surgery research.


Bacteria in the gut linked to rare brain disorder

Published Wed 5/27/20

New study shows patients with hemorrhagic brain disease have disordered gut microbiomes


Experimental Neurosurgery Procedure Saves a Man's Life

Published Tue 2/1/11

Pagone, of Park Ridge, Illinois, was diagnosed at a local hospital with a life-threatening intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), a type of stroke that affects more than 100,000 Americans each year. Pagone was whisked by helicopter to the University of Chicago for a state-of-the-art experimental procedure called minimally invasive surgery with thrombolysis in intracerebral hemorrhage evacuation, or MISTIE, performed by Dr. Issam Awad.