Farhan A. Mirza, MD

  • Director, Epilepsy Surgery
4.76 out of 5


  • Epilepsy
  • Refractory Epilepsy
  • Drug Resistant Epilepsy
  • Focal Epilepsy
  • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
    • Mesial Temporal Sclerosis
    • Extra-temporal Epilepsy (Frontal, Insular, Parietal, Occipital)
    • Hemispheric Epilepsy (Rasmussen’s Encephalitis, Hemimegalencephaly, Peri-Natal Stroke, Hemispheric FCD, Sturge Weber Syndrome)
    • Epilepsy Associated with Brain Tumors
    • Cavernomas and Cortical Migration Abnormalities
    • Generalized Epilepsy with Atonic Drop Attacks
    • Posterior Quadrant Epilepsy
    • Focal Cortical Dysplasia
    • Syndromic Epilepsy (Tuberous Sclerosis, Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, Landau Kleffner Syndrome, Others)
    • Pediatric Epilepsy
    • Benign and Malignant Brain Tumors
    • Skull Base Tumors
    • Chiari Malformation
    • Cavernoma

Procedures Performed

  • Awake Craniotomy for Brain Mapping for Epilepsy and Brain Tumors
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumors, Skull Base Tumors, Chiari Malformations, Cavernomas
  • Endoscopic Third Ventriculostomy (ETV) for Hydrocephalus
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
    • Epilepsy Surgery (including below):
    • Electrode Placement for Stereotactic Electroencephalography (SEEG) using ROSA Robot for Seizure Localization
    • Intracranial Grid Placement for Seizure Localization
    • Temporal Resection
    • Selective Amygdalohippocampectomy
    • Extra-Temporal Resection/Topectomy/Lesionectomy
    • Functional Hemispheric Disconnection (Rasmussen’s Encephalitis, Hemimegalencephaly, Peri-natal Stroke, Hemispheric FCD, Sturge-Weber Syndrome)
    • Temporo-Parieto-Occipital (TOP) Disconnection
    • Corpus Callosotomy
    • Multiple Subpial Transections (MST)
    • Neurostimulation (VNS, RNS)
    • Radiofrequency Thermocoagulation (RF-TC) for Hypothalamic Hamartoma, PVNH, and other cortical migration abnormalities


Dr. Mirza received his medical degree from the Aga Khan University Medical College (AKU-MC) in Karachi, Pakistan, and then completed neurosurgery residency at the University of Kentucky. Following residency, he received subspecialty fellowship training in adult and pediatric epilepsy surgery, as well as adult brain tumors, at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. He was also a visiting fellow in pediatric epilepsy surgery at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children in London, England.

At the University of Kentucky, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of Epilepsy Surgery, Dr. Mirza focuses on the surgical treatment of refractory epilepsy and brain tumors. He is particularly interested in improving provision of epilepsy surgery for all patients who are suffering from medically refractory epilepsy, in the State of Kentucky and beyond. He is also interested in awake operations for brain tumors, particularly those within or in proximity to eloquent regions of the brain (which control speech, movement, sensation, and cognitive processing), to achieve maximal tumor removal and preserve patient's function after surgery.

Dr. Mirza is a member of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), and the North American Skull Base Society (NASBS).

Faculty Rank

  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery (Epilepsy Surgery, Neuro-Oncology, & Skull Base Surgery)

Training & Education


MD, Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan


Epilepsy Surgery, The Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Visiting Fellow in Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for Children, London, United Kingdom


Neurosurgery, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI), University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

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Ratings & Reviews

4.76 out of 5
15 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

  • Patient Review

    Can not say enough about the care my dad received from here

    Patient Review

    Dr. Mirza was excellent at explaining what the process of my testing/surgery would be and listening to every concern we had. He answered a lot of questions that my husband and I had written down to ask before we could answer them with his thorough explanation. I feel confident and comfortable with him doing my SEEG and any future surgeries.

    Patient Review

    When I asked *Dr. Mirza a question regarding my infant's surgery, he replied I already answered that.

    Patient Review

    *Dr. Mirza was very attentive, answered all our questions and took time to explain the upcoming procedures and all other options.

    Patient Review

    I was shocked because they have such a low rating on Google. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. All the drs were kind, great bedside manner, and explained things thoroughly knowing I have done this before. I, also, received a choice of a better option and further care options. My husband and I were so pleased.
    • Patient Review

      *Dr. Mirza was outstanding. He asked how I was doing personally. He asked what questions I had and said "what else" until all of my questions were answered.
    • Patient Review

      This provider has amazing bedside manner.
    • Patient Review

      I have recommended him to many others with epilepsy! I've told them how much of a listener he is and how he will really TRY!
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Mirza was very kind and listened to me and took me seriously with my concern of symptoms.
    • Patient Review

      Provider, nurse, assistant, clerks, literally every single person we encountered was unbelievably hospitable and helpful!
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Mirza spent a lot of time with us. He addressed our concerns and answered all our questions.
    • Patient Review

      Alex, Dr. Mirza's resident was a fantastic communicator. He was as patient-centered as Dr. Mirza! He let me talk about how things were going since my surgery without interrupting, and make sure to solicit any questions or concerns I had for the visit, and repeated them back to make sure he had them all. Dr. Mirza was great as always. He is kind and attentive to make sure my concerns and questions were addressed.
    • Patient Review

      We felt well cared for by Dr Mirza. We feel he really has Lances best interest in mind.
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Mirza is one of the best in the world in my opinion. If it was not for him, I absolutely would have gone to another facility
    • Patient Review

      None, great experience.