University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

Clinical Faculty Biographies

Dr. Lama Al-Khoury

Health Sciences Associate Clinical Professor - Neuroscience

Waqas Aftab

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Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Cerebrovascular Imaging University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California
  • Fellowship, Stroke, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California
  • Residency, Neurology, University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Residency, Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
  • M.D., American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
  • B.S., Chemistry, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon


Dr. Lama Al-Khoury, M.D. is a health sciences clinical associate professor at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, a neurologist with UCR Health in Riverside, and director of Outpatient Stroke Service Program. Her specialty is in stroke/cerebrovascular disease and she also has expertise in headache medicine.

Prior to her joining UCR, Al-Khoury worked at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, where she was co-director of the UCI School of Medicine Medical Student Clerkship Program as well as a clinical faculty member in the Department of Neurology. She was a teacher and supervising attending for the neurology residents, taught medical students and educated other residents and fellows of other specialties.

Her clinical practice included outpatient and inpatient services. She evaluated patients at her stroke and headache clinic and also was attending physician on the inpatient stroke service. In addition, she supervised and was involved in clinical research.

Al-Khoury is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Heart Association, the American Headache Society and the International Headache Society. She is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in headache medicine by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

Research Summary

Al-Khoury's current interests include stroke and stroke prevention as well as headaches. she is, or has been, principal and sub-investigator/co-investigator on several research protocols including "Post-Treatment Blood Pressure and Outcomes In Acute Ischemic Stroke Treated with Endovascular Recanalization," "An Open-Label Trial of Cilostazol in Preventing Progression of Cerebral Microbleeds in Mixed Cerebrovascular Disease," “Progression of Cerebral Microbleeds in Patients with Stroke," "Solitaire FR With the Intention For Thrombectomy as Primary Endovascular Treatment for Acute Ischemic Stroke (SWIFT PRIME), clinical trial of Ischemia Care Biomarkers of Acute Stroke Etiology (BASE), and clinical trial of SOCRATES – Acute Stroke Or Transient Ischemic Attack Treated with Aspirin or Ticagrelor and Patient Outcomes.


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Recent Publications

  • Sachin Narain, Lama Al-Khoury, Eric Chang. Resolution of chronic migraine headaches with intrathecal Ziconotide: a case report.  Journal of Pain Research 2015:8 603–606.
  • Nassim Naderi, Hermelinda Abcede, Lama Al-Khoury, Tahseen Mozaffar and Vivek Jain. Predictive Risk Factors of In-Hospital Mortality Following Acute Stroke in the United States: Data from the Nationwide Inpatient Database, 2006-2010 (P02.015).
  • “Assessment of Brain Perfusion in Stroke Patients with Echo Contrast Enhanced Transcranial Ultrasound: Preliminary Results”. Academic Radiology, Volume 12, Issue 5. 2005.
  • “Prospective reliability of the STRokE DOC Wireless/Site Independent Telemedicine System”. Neurology 2005; 64:1058-1060. 2005
  • “Neuroprotection for Ischemic Stroke: Two Decades of Success and Failure” “The Journal of the American Society for Experimental Neurotherapeutics”, volume 1, issue 1, page 36-45.

Book Chapters

  • “Prevention of Ischemic Stroke”: Al-Khoury L, Abcede HG, Jain V, Fisher M. ASPC Manual of Preventive Cardiology by Nathan D. Wong, Ezra A. Amsterdam, MD; and Roger S. Blumenthal. ASPC the American Society for Preventive Cardiology.
  • “Intravenous Thrombolysis”. The stroke reference book: “Stroke: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management”, 5th Ed. Mohr, Wolf, Grotta. 2011.
  • “Community Experience with IV Thrombolysis”. Thrombolytic Therapy for Stroke”; 2nd Edition; Patrick Lyden. Humana Press. 2005.
  • “Emerging Therapies for Acute Ischemic Stroke” published in the “Blue Book of Practical Neurology: Prevention and Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke”; editors: Kasner and Gorelick; publishers: Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston. 2004.
  • “Intravenous Thrombolysis”. Harcourt publishers March 2004 in the reference stroke book: “Stroke: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management”, 4th Ed. Mohr, Choi, Grotta, Weir, Wolf, Eds.

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