Husam Kayyali MD,FAES

Husam KayyaliMD,FAES

Senior Attending Physician of Pediatric Neurology and Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Sidra Medicine Years Of Experience: 12
  • EpilepsyEpilepsy SurgeryKetogenic DietPediatric Neurology
  • About Husam

    Dr. Husam Kayyali is a Senior Attending of Pediatric Neurology. He is also the Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Sidra Medicine. Dr. Kayyali graduated from Aleppo University. He finished his Pediatric Neurology training at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Missouri, and his Fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

    Dr. Kayyali is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Pediatric Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy. Before joining Sidra Medicine, Dr. Kayyali was an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and he co-established the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Missouri. Then he moved to King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Saudi Arabia where he served as the Head of Pediatric Neurology Section, and the Director of Pediatric Neurology Fellowship.

    Dr. Kayyali is a Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology.


    • Medical Degree, Faculty of Medicine, Aleppo University.
    • Residency: Pediatric Neurology, Children’s Mercy Hospital in Missouri, USA.
    • Fellowship: Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

    Awards & Recognitions

    • Fellowship of the American Epilepsy Society.
    • Distinguished Research Award from the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Abdulaziz University.
    • Top Posters Award of the American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting 2010.

    Medical Publications

    1. Kayyali H, Abdelmoity S, Bansal L, et al. The Efficacy and Safety of Rapid Cycling Vagus Nerve Stimulation in Children with Intractable Epilepsy [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 13]. Pediatr Neurol. 2020;S0887-8994(20)30119-3.

    2. Maddirevula S, Alzahrani F, Al-Owain M, Al Muhaizea MA, Kayyali HR et al. Autozygome and high throughput confirmation of disease genes candidacy. Genet Med. 2018 Sep 21.

    3. Al-Said YA, Baeesa SS, Shivji Z, Kayyali H, Alqadi K, Kadi G, Cupler EJ, Abuzinadah AR. Non-convulsive seizures and electroencephalography findings as predictors of clinical outcomes at a tertiary intensive care unit in Saudi Arabia. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2018 Jun 5;171:95-99.

    4. Gulab S, Kayyali HR, Al-Said Y. Atypical Neurologic Phenotype and Novel SLC30A10 Mutation in Two Brothers with Hereditary Hypermanganesemia. Neuropediatrics. 2018 Feb;49(1):72-75.

    5. Monies D, Abouelhoda M, AlSayed M, Alhassnan Z, Alotaibi M, Kayyali H, et al. The landscape of genetic diseases in Saudi Arabia based on the first 1000 diagnostic panels and exomes. Hum Genet. 2017 Aug;136(8):921-939.

    6. Kayyali HR, Luniova A, Abdelmoity A. Ketogenic Diet Decreases Emergency Room Visits and Hospitalizations Related to Epilepsy. Epilepsy Res Treat. 2016:5873208.

    7. Khan SG, Binmahfoodh M, Alali M, Bayoumy M, Al-Said Y, Kayyali HR. Cerebellar swelling due to familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: An unusual presentation. Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2015 Sep;19(5):603-6.

    8. Al-Said Y, Baeesa S, Khalid M, Abdeen M, Kayyali HR. Vagus nerve stimulation for refractory epilepsy: experience from Saudi Arabia. Ann Saudi Med. 2015 Jan-Feb;35(1):41-5.

    9. Desai AA, Thompson LM, Abdelmoity AT, Kayyali H, St Peter SD. Management of symptomatic cholelithiasis while on ketogenic diet: a case report. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Sep;51(3):439-40.

    10. Kayyali HR, Gustafson M, Myers T, Thompson L, Williams M, Abdelmoity A. Ketogenic diet efficacy in the treatment of intractable epileptic spasms. Pediatr Neurol. 2014 Mar;50(3):224-7.

    11. Yardi R, Irwin A, Kayyali H, Gupta A, Nair D, Gonzalez-Martinez J, Bingaman W, Najm IM, Jehi LE. Reducing versus stopping antiepileptic medications after temporal lobe surgery. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2014 Feb;1(2):115-23.

    12. Kayyali HR, Abdelmoity A, Baeesa S. The role of epilepsy surgery in the treatment of childhood epileptic encephalopathy. Epilepsy Res Treat. 2013;2013:983049.

    13. Jehi LE, Irwin AI, Kayyali H, Vadera S, Bingaman W, Najm I. Levetiracetam may favorably affect seizure outcome after temporal lobectomy. Epilepsia. 2012 Jun;53(6):979-86.

    14. Graf WD, Kayyali HR, Abdelmoity AT, Womelduff GL, Williams AR, Morriss MC. Incidental neuroimaging findings in nonacute headache. J Child Neurol. 2010 Oct;25(10):1182-7.

    15. Graf WD, Kayyali HR, Alexander JJ, Simon SD, Morriss MC. Neuroimaging-use trends in nonacute pediatric headache before and after clinical practice parameters. Pediatrics. 2008 Nov;122(5):e1001-5.

    16. Kayyali HR, Abdelmoity AT, Morriss MC, Graf WD. Cerebral venous thrombosis after immune thrombocytopenic purpura and anti-D immune globulin therapy. J Child Neurol. 2008 Mar;23(3):325-30.

    Languages Spoken

    English, Arabic

    Years of Experience