Ghazala Perven, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  She serves as the Program Director of the Epilepsy fellowship and Associate Program Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship. She also directs the Neurology sub internship program for medical students. 

Dr. Perven earned her medical degree at Dow Medical College in Pakistan, followed by an internship in the Department of Neurology at Civil Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. She then performed a residency in neurology at the University of Toledo in Ohio, where she served as Chief Resident, followed by a two-year fellowship in clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic.

Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy Dr. Ghazala Perven joined UT Southwestern faculty in 2015. 

Before joining the UT Southwestern epilepsy team, Dr. Perven served as a staff physician and clinical instructor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Toledo. She has also served as a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

She has lectured on aspects of her field that include antiepileptic drugs, seizure semiology and trends in epilepsy care. She is the lead investigator or co-author of research publications on topics including the role of epileptic auras in refractory epilepsy.

Dr. Perven received Excellence in Teaching awards from both the University of Toledo and the Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation.

Besides teaching residents and fellows, she organizes and directs UT Southwestern Annual Epilepsy Symposium for local and regional neurology community. 


Medical School
Dow Medical College, Pakistan (2004)
The University of Toledo (2012), Neurology
Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2014), Clinical Neurophysiology
Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2015), Epilepsy

Research Interest

  • Epilepsy- comorbids
  • Epilepsy- semiology
  • Epilepsy- surgical intervention and outcomes
  • Neurostimulation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Pearls & Oy-sters: Two Cases of Stereotactic EEG-Proven Insular Epilepsy With Non-localizing Scalp EEG and Interesting Semiologies.
Li D, Podkorytova I, Dieppa M, Perven G, Neurology 2022 Jun
Epilepsy surgery in patient with monogenic epilepsy related to SCN8A mutation.
Podkorytova I, Hays R, Perven G, Alick Lindstrom S, Epilepsy Behav Rep 2022 18 100536
Emergency department visits and readmissions in patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) at a safety net hospital.
Ramamurthy S, Steven Brown L, Agostini M, Alick Lindstorm S, Dave H, Dieppa M, Ding K, Doyle A, Hays R, Harvey J, Perven G, Podkorytova I, Zepeda R, Das RR, Epilepsy Behav 2021 Aug 122 108225
Physical activity status and quality of life in patients with epilepsy - Survey from level four epilepsy monitoring units.
Green R, Abe C, Denney DA, Zhang R, Doyle A, Gadelmola K, Cullum CM, Simon J, Neaves S, Perven G, Dieppa M, Hays R, Agostini M, Ding K, Epilepsy Res 2021 Jul 173 106639
Emergent Admissions to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in the Setting of COVID-19 Pandemic-related, State-mandated Restrictions: Clinical Decision Making and Outcomes.
Zepeda R, Lee Y, Agostini M, Alick Lindstrom S, Dave H, Dieppa M, Ding K, Doyle A, Harvey J, Hays R, Perven G, Podkorytova I, Das RR, Neurodiagn J 2021 Jun 61 2 95-103
Comparison of psychiatric comorbidities and impact on quality of life in patients with epilepsy or psychogenic nonepileptic spells.
Abe C, Denney D, Doyle A, Cullum M, Adams J, Perven G, Dave H, Dieppa M, Hays R, Agostini M, Ding K, Epilepsy Behav 2019 Nov 102 106649
Epileptic auras: phenomenology and neurophysiology.
Perven G, So NK Epileptic Disord 2015 Dec 17 4 349-62
The relevance of somatosensory auras in refractory temporal lobe epilepsies.
Perven G, Yardi R, Bulacio J, Najm I, Bingaman W, Gonzalez-Martinez J, Jehi L Epilepsia 2015 Aug
A rare case of intramedullary 'whorling-sclerosing' variant meningioma.
Perven G, Entezami P, Gaudin D Springerplus 2015 4 318

Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award
    Cleveland Clinic Foundation (2015)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award
    University of Toledo (2012)
  • Chief Resident
    University of Toledo (2011)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Neurology (2010)
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (2014)
  • American Epilepsy Society (2016)
  • Epilepsy Foundation- Dallas/Fort Worth (2016)
  • Southern Epilepsy and EEG Society (2020)