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Yama Akbari, MD, PhD


Neurocritical Care, Neurology

Clinical Interests

neurocritical care, stroke and stroke recovery, traumatic brain injury

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Medical Services
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology
  • United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties, Neurocritical Care
  • English
Medical School
UCI School of Medicine
UCI School of MedicineInternal Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLANeurology
Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineNeurocritical Care
Grad School
UC Irvine — PhD, Neurobiology & Behavior
Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor — Department of Neurology, UCI School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor — Department of Neurological Surgery, UCI School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor — Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, UCI School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor — Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic
  • Member — American Academy of Neurology
  • Member — Neurocritical Care Society
  • Member — Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Member — American Heart Association
  • Member — Society for Neuroscience
Awards and Recognition
  • Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association — 2018-2023
  • Faculty Innovation Fellow, 2021-2023 — UCI Beall Applied Innovation Lab
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentorship, 2021 — UC Irvine
  • Athalie Clarke Research Associates Junior Physician/Scientist Award, 2018  — UCI School of Medicine
  • Trailblazer Award, 2017 — National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health
More Information

Dr. Yama Akbari is a board-certified UCI Health neurologist who specializes in neurocritical care, stroke and traumatic brain injury. His clinical focus is on caring for patients in the neuro-intensive care unit at UCI Medical Center. 

He earned his medical degree and a PhD in neurobiology and behavior as part of the UCI School of Medicine's MD/PhD program. He then completed a neurology residency at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA followed by a fellowship in neurocritical care at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.

A physician-scientist, Akbara also conducts basic and translational research focused on consciousness, coma, cardiac arrest and resuscitation, blood flow and brain metabolism.

He sees patients at UCI Medical Center.

UCI Medical Center
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-7720
Fax: 855-209-8413