Farhan A. Mirza, MD

  • Director, Epilepsy Surgery
4.86 out of 5


  • Epilepsy
  • Brain cancer
  • 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

  • Neurosurgery - Pediatric
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • 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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Patient Stories

Ratings & Reviews

4.86 out of 5
12 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

    Literally the best doctor I've seen yet for the chiari malfunction . He actually explained everything and I actually understood what he meant . He's pretty good at his job .

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    Patient Review

    The provider is very intelligent in his field and is confident in his plan and course of action which, in turn, makes me worry less and believe in his course of action as well. I believe things will go well under his care.

    Patient Review

    Seemed concerned and took time to discuss any questions I had.

    Patient Review

    Everything and everyone were in lone to what was best for me.
    • Patient Review

      I greatly appreciate how Dr. Mirza took the time to explain things. Very patient, kind, and carrying. It means the world to me, especially dealing with my upcoming surgery.
    • Patient Review

      *Dr. Mirza is amazing. Took time to go over test results, options, and procedure in very thorough details. Got to know me as a person, not just a patient. Made me feel comfortable w/ the plan and confident in the team to treat me.
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Mirza is very knowledgeable and professional and addressed my concerns about my child and came up with a plan to address concerns and explain the possibility of a surgical intervention that could be a treatment modality if needed.
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Mirza explained plan of care and next steps. He took the time to answer all of my questions and addressed all of my concerns.
    • Patient Review

      Dr. Mirza explained everything great and answered all of our questions
    • Patient Review

      All of the providers were very courteous and adapted to our concerns. We were worried about Annie having an anesthetic at to young of an age, and the respiratory issues that could arise due to her prematurity at birth. Doctor Mirza helped relieve our anxieties related to this and noted it would be safe to push the MRI out to 8 months of age instead of six. This may seem like something small, but 8 weeks makes a huge difference for a baby born prematurely and is at very high risk for apnea after an anesthetic.
    • Patient Review

      The staff was great. *Dr. Mirza is a great doctor and friendly person. He listens.