Awais Riaz, MD

Awais Riaz, MD, PhD

Neurology Salt Lake City, UT

Chief, Epilepsy Division, University of Utah

Office Address

  • 50 N Medical Drive
    Salt Lake City, UT 84132
    Phone: (801) 585-7422

Awais Riaz, MD, PhD

Neurology Salt Lake City, UT

Chief, Epilepsy Division, University of Utah

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Neurology: General Neurology, Epilepsy, Neurophysiology
  • Clinical Interests: Electroencephalography; Intraoperative Monitoring

Education & Training

  • Southern Illinois UniversitySouthern Illinois University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • King Edward Medical UniversityKing Edward Medical University
  • Government College of Lahore

Certifications & Licensure

  • WY State Medical LicenseWY State Medical License2013 - 2016
  • UT State Medical LicenseUT State Medical License2004 - 2016
  • American Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyNeurology
  • American Board of Clinical NeurophysiologyIntraoperative Monitoring

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Regional Top DoctorCastle Connolly, 2014
  • Dissertation Research AwardSouthern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 1990
  • Pharmacology FellowSouthern Illinois University, Springfield, IL, 1987-1990

Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles

  • Ethanol and neurotransmitter interactions--from molecular to integrative effects.  Faingold CL, N'Gouemo P, Riaz A, Prog Neurobiol, 1/1/1998
  • Ethanol withdrawal induces increased firing in inferior colliculus neurons associated with audiogenic seizure susceptibility.  Faingold CL, Riaz A., Exp Neurol, 1/1/1995
  • Increased responsiveness of pontine reticular formation neurons associated with audiogenic seizure susceptibility during ethanol withdrawal.  Faingold CL, Riaz A., Brain Res, 1/1/1994

Books/Book Chapters

  • Neuronal Networks in Brain Function: CNS Disorders, and Therapeutics Chapter: Neuronal Network Plasticity and Network Interactions are Critically Dependent on Conditional Multireceptive (CMR) Brain Regions Page 387 - 402
    Carl L. Faingold, Awais Riaz and James Stittsworth
    Editors: Faingold, CL and Blumenfeld, H.Elsevier
    Edition 1st,2014
  • Virtual Epilepsy Academy (VIREPA) Chapter: Treatment in Newly Diagnosed Patients. 
    Benbadis, S and Riaz, A.
    Editors: .International League Against Epilepsy
  • The Treatment of Epilepsy. Chapter: Lamotrigine. 
    Matsuo F., Riaz, A.
    Editors: Shorvon S, Perucca E, Fish D, Dodson E.Blackwell Publishing, Oxford


  • Activation of GABA receptors in the brainstem reticular formation blocks audiogenic seizures during ethanol withdrawal. Faingold CL, Bowen DJ, Riaz A., Alcohol Clin Exp Res, 1/1/1993
  • Corticobasal ganglionic degeneration with white matter changes and positive oligoclonal bands in CSF. Riaz A, Manyam BV, Annual Meeting of American Neurological Association, 1/1/1993
  • Effects of microinjection of excitant amino acid antagonist or GABA agonists into the brainstem reticular formation on audiogenic seizures during ethanol withdrawal. Riaz A, Chakravarty DN, Faingold CL., Soc Neurosci Abstr, 1/1/1992

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Hindi, Urdu

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Altius Provider Directory
  • Anthem Blue Access PPO
  • Anthem Blue Preferred HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS Illinois PPO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • Empire BCBS HMO
  • Empire BCBS PPO
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • HIP of New York - Select PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • MagnaCare PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • MVP Healthcare PPO
  • Oxford Health Freedom
  • Oxford Health Liberty
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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