- ABMS Certification:
- American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Epilepsy)
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)
- Research Interests:
Seizures, Epilepsy, Surgical management of drug refractory epilepsy, Autoimmune epilepsy, Dementia with epilepsy
- Assistant Professor
Ifrah Zawar, MD, is a neurologist who specializes in epilepsy and seizure disorders. She has expertise in neurophysiology, adult ketogenic diet, autoimmune epilepsy and surgical epilepsy.
Dr. Zawar earned her medical degree from Aga Khan Medical College and University in Pakistan. She completed neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic, where she also held an Epilepsy Clinical Scholar position.
Before joining UVA Health in 2021, she worked as a clinical instructor at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
“I believe that every patient deserves world-class care and my patients are my priority,” Dr. Zawar shares.
She adds: “Growing up, I saw a dear relative struggle with memory loss. Helpless and puzzled, I saw a man suffer who had always been very dear to me. Eventually he succumbed to his illness, and passed away after years of struggling with Alzheimer’s disease.
“As I saw him suffer, I realized what I had to do. I had to contribute to people’s lives to minimize their suffering. My interest in public health led me to volunteer at local hospitals since an early age and serve at free clinics ... Gradually through these experiences, I grew interested in medicine. Having grown up in a rural area in Pakistan with little opportunity to excel, I faced many challenges.”
With consistent family support and hard work, she was able to get her medical degree from one of the best medical schools in Pakistan and train at one of the best hospitals in United States.
In her free time, Dr. Zawar loves to paint and travel.
- Aga Khan University, 2011
- Cleveland Clinic, Neurology
- Cleveland Clinic, Epilepsy, EEG and Clinical Neurophysiology