Ali Seifi, MD, FACP
Ali Seifi, MD, FACP, Director of the NeuroICU, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio who has served as an attending physician since 2012. He oversees the care of patients in University Hospital’s state-of-the-art Neurointensive Care Unit (NICU), as well as leads the unit’s daily operations. This NICU is the only intensive care unit in the region fully dedicated to the care of neurologically ill patients and staffed with physicians and nurses specially trained in the care of patients with brain, spine, and nervous system diseases. Dr. Seifi received his medical degree from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS), where he graduated with honors in 1996. He did his first residency in Anesthesiology and Critical Care at SUMS and then did his second residency in Internal Medicine at New Jersey’s AtlantiCare Medical Center. Finally, he did two years of an extensive Neurocritical Care fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, a well-known center for Neurosciences. He is triple board certified in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine and Neurocritical Care.
His principal clinical interest is in the care of critically ill patients especially with emphasis on neurosurgical and medical aspects. Dr. Seifi is actively involved in teaching medical students and residents, particularly in clinical skills and procedures including airway management, lumbar puncture and ultrasound guided central line placement. He is currently conducting several research projects as Principal Investigator and has a grant from Department of Defense for a two year project on "Physiological Effects of Intrathoracic Pressure Regulation in Patients with Brain Injury or Intracranial Pathology". His research with medical students, including the mortality and complications of therapeutic hypothermia in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and in spinal cord injury, Impact of anemia and Oxygen content on mortality and length of stay in sever TBI , incidence and causes of re-intubation in neurosurgical patients, incidence and risk factors of developing pulmonary embolism in neurosurgery, correlation between ICP and Stroke Volume Variability (SSV ) in neurosurgical patients, correlation of EtCo2 and ICP , average time of death after making the patients comfort care in Neuro ICU population , the effect of Tramadol in shivering, Incidence of Postoperative respiratory failure, Epidemiology of postoperative bleeding, Impact of teaching institutions on outcome of craniotomy, Impact of teaching institutions on Inpatient Quality Indicators as well as the effects of Methyl Naltrexone in Neuro ICU patients.
Dr.Seifi is also working on bioengineering and designing intensive care unit devices in cooperation with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas (UTSA) and Department of Bio Engineering at UT Austin. He is currently working on making a computerized infusion pump software, a smartphone application for detection of hydrocephalus, mathematical brain tumor modeling, and designing cooling machine simulator. Dr Seifi is volunteering to help medical students and residents who are interested in clinical research projects in any clinical field including: Anesthesiology, Neurosurgery, Critical Care, Internal Medicine and medical device designing.
Dr. Seifi was presented with the "Excellence in Teaching" award (elected by medical students) in 2015 and 2016 by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Seifi is working with a team of medical students on the following research projects: