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Fawaz Al-Mufti, M.D.

Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and of Radiology
Associate Chair of Neurology for Research

Fawaz Al-Mufti, M.D.

Dr. Al-Mufti is a highly accomplished triple-trained, board-certified neurologist, neurointensivist, and neuroendovascular surgeon—standing out among a select few in the country. He joined Westchester Medical Center in 2018 from Rutgers University - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he served as the director of neuroendovascular surgery (neurology).

Specializing in cutting-edge neuroendovascular techniques for the minimally invasive management of cerebrovascular conditions, Dr. Al-Mufti focuses on treating aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, dural and cavernous fistulae, spinal conditions, and life-saving acute ischemic stroke.

With an exceptional track record of over 250 peer-reviewed publications, he oversees research at the Westchester Medical Center (WMC) Brain and Spine Institute and serves as the inaugural director of the Center for Neurological Research and Innovation.

As the Director of the CNS Neuroendovascular Surgery Fellowship, Dr. Al-Mufti has mentored over 100 students, residents, and fellows. His contributions extend to representing New York Medical College and the WMC Brain and Spine Institute at national and international cerebrovascular conferences, as well as designing and leading numerous national and international clinical trials. Serving as the principal investigator for multiple major funded multi-site trials, he plays a crucial role in scientific and educational committees of prestigious organizations, such as the American Academy of Neurology, Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN), and the Neurocritical Care Society. Additionally, he chairs the Interventional Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology.

In addition to his clinical and academic pursuits, Dr. Al-Mufti takes on leadership roles, serving as the treasurer of SVIN and the global chair of SVIN's Mission Thrombectomy, a non-profit organization advocating for global access to mechanical thrombectomy. Dr. Al-Mufti's commitment to patient outcomes is deeply rooted in his experiences working with Doctors Without Borders in war-torn regions. His dedication is evident in his belief in a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to patient care, emphasizing patient education and joint decision-making with patients and their families.

"I attribute my dedication to my patients' outcomes largely to my war experiences and my upbringing. A patient must be considered as a person first and foremost – and should be treated as if they were a family member." Dr. Al-Mufti firmly believes in a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to patient care, seeing his role as a combination of physician and educator, with patient education and joint decision-making being paramount.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Surgical Management of Strokes
  • Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Cerebrovascular Malformations