Who’s Who in SA: Ali Seifi, MD

Ali Seifi, MD, FNCS, FCCM, is a dedicated clinical care physician in the Neuro-intensive Care Unit at UT Health San Antonio, and manages its daily operations. He is actively involved in innovation and research to benefit critically ill patients. Most recently, he was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank for his hiccup treatment device, HiccAway, and received significant funding. He has also invented an induced hypothermia machine calibrator system and a method for treating Anti-N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor autoimmune encephalitis. His research efforts are a shining example of the collaborative San Antonio spirit, as he has worked with: US Army Institute for Surgical Research (USAISR), UT Austin, medical device companies, and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Seifi is the Director of the Neuro-ICU and associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at UT Health San Antonio. He received his MD and completed a residency in anesthesiology and critical care from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. He also completed a residency in internal medicine at New Jersey’s AtlaniCare Medical Center, and a neuro-critical care fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University. He is triple board certified in anesthesiology, internal medicine, and neurocritical care.


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