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Staff Clinician

Sara Inati, M.D.

Electroencephalography (EEG) Section

The NIH Clinical Center
Building 10 CRC Room 7-5680
10 Center Drive
Bethesda 20892
Office: 301-435-6269
Lab: 301-435-6269

sara.inati@nih.gov

Dr. Sara Inati is the Chief of the EEG Section and Director of the Epilepsy Service of the Office of the Clinical Director, NINDS. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard College, and went on to receive her M.D. with honors from Dartmouth Medical School in 2003. She subsequently completed her medical internship at Lenox Hill Hospital, and her residency training in neurology at the Neurological Institute at Columbia University Medical Center. She continued on for two years of fellowship training in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. In 2010, she joined the NIH as Staff Clinician with the neurology consult service then joined the EEG Section the following year. She is also serving as the Program Director for the Epilepsy Fellowship Program and Assistant Program Director for the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program at NIH. She is board certified in Neurology with added qualifications in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.



The EEG Section engages in collaborative research to better understand the pathophysiology of epilepsy, as well as to advance the evaluation and treatment of patients with medically refractory focal epilepsy. In close collaboration with the Clinical Epilepsy Section and the Surgical Neurology Branch, as well as other intramural investigators, this section seeks to use neurophysiologic and neuroimaging techniques to localize epileptic foci and understand seizure networks to improve the presurgical evaluation and treatment of patients with medically refractory focal epilepsy. The EEG Section and Epilepsy Service also provide support to intramural NIH investigators from all institutes and centers for evaluation and care of patients with epilepsy, as well as providing clinical neurophysiological testing such as routine and extended EEG monitoring, evoked potentials, and intraoperative monitoring.

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  • Myriam Abdennadher, M.D.
    Clinical Fellow
    301-451-7224

  • Najat Ali, RPSGT
    EEG technologist
    301-496-4670

  • Luca Bartolini, M.D.
    Clinical Fellow
    301-451-9282

  • Kate Dembny, B.S.
    Post baccalaureate IRTA Fellow
    301-496-5121

  • Michael Duran, REEG, RPSGT
    EEG technologist
    301-451-7932

  • Aaliyah Hamidullah-Thiam, M.S.
    Research Coordinator (SNB)
    301-496-5728

  • Matthew Johnson, RN, BSN, CCRP
    IOM/EEG technologist (SNB)
    301-496-5728

  • Nakita Pigford, B.A., B.S., MPS
    Patient Care Coordinator
    301-402-5424

  • Nakeiya Rhodes, MSN, FNP-C
    Nurse Practitioner
    301-496-5295

  • Candida Silva, Ph.D.
    Office Manager
    301-496-5295

  • Kathyrn Snyder, B.S.
    Post baccalaureate IRTA Fellow
    301-496-5121

  • 1) Trotta MS, Cocjin J, Whitehead E, Damera S, Wittig JH, Saad ZS, Inati SK, Zaghloul KA (2018)
  • Surface based electrode localization and standardized regions of interest for intracranial EEG Hum
  • Brain Mapp, 2018 Feb;39(2) , 709-721. PMID: 29094783
  • 2) Badran A, Bartolini L, Ksendzovsky A, Ray-Chaudhury A, Abdennadher M, Zaghloul KA, Inati SK (2018)
  • Transient postictal blindness after a focal posterior cingulate gyrus seizure
  • Seizure, 2018 Jan, 54:58-60. PMID: 29275288
  • 3) Sheehan TC, Sreekumar V, Inati SK, Zaghloul KA.  (2018)
  • Signal complexity of human intracranial EEG tracks successful associative memory formation across individuals
  • J Neurosci, 2018 Feb 14;38(7), 1744-1755.  PMID: 29330327.
  • 4) Khan OI, Zhou X, Leon J, Kessler R, Gaughan T, D’Souza P, Gropman A, Cohen N, Rennert O, Buckley A, Inati S, Thurm A (2018)
  • Prospective longitudinal overnight video-EEG evaluation in Phelan-McDermid Syndrome
  • Epilepsy Behav, Mar;80, 312-320. PMID: 29402632.
  • 5) Hodges S, Goldenholz DM, Sato S, Theodore WH, Inati S. (2018)
  • Postoperative EEG association with seizure recurrence: Analysis of the NIH epilepsy surgery database.
  • Epilepsia Open, Han 31;3(1), 109-112.  PMID: 29588996.
  • 6) Wittig JH, Jang AI, Cocjin JB, Inati SK, Zaghloul KA. (2018)
  • Attention improves memory by suppressing spiking-neuron activity in the human anterior temporal lobe
  • Nat Neurosci, Jun;21(6), 808-810.  PMID: 29786083
  • 7) Goldenholz DM, Kuhn A, Austermuehle A, Bachler M, Mayer C, Wassertheurer S, Inati SK, Theodore WH (2017)
  • Long-term monitoring of cardiorespiratory patterns in drug-resistant epilepsy
  • Epilepsia, 2017 Jan;58(1) , 77-84. PMID: 27864903.
  • 8) Austermuehle A, Cocjin J, Reynolds R, Agrawal S, Sepeta L, Gaillard WD, Zaghloul KA, Inati S, Theodore WH (2017)
  • Language functional MRI and direct cortical stimulation in epilepsy preoperative planning
  • Ann Neurol, 2017 Apr;81(4) , 526-537. PMID: 28220524.
  • 9) Chapeton JI, Inati SK, Zaghloul KA (2017)
  • Stable functional networks exhibit consistent timing in the human brain
  • Brain, 2017 Mar 1;140(3) , 628-640. PMID: 28364547.
  • 10) Summers AC, Snow J, Wiggs E, Liu AG, Toro C, Poretti A, Zein WM, Brooks BP, Parisi MA, Inati S, Doherty D, Vemulapalli M, Mullikin JC NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Vilboux T, Gahl WA, Gunary-Aygun M (2017)
  • Neuropsychological phenotypes of 76 individuals with Joubert syndrome evaluated at a single center
  • Am J Med Genet A, 2017 May 12, PMID: 28497568.
  • 11) Jang AI, Wittig JH, Inati SK, Zaghloul KA (2017)
  • Human cortical neurons in the anterior temporal lobe reinstate spiking activity during verbal memory retrieval
  • Curr Biol, 2017 Jun 5;27(11) , 1700-1705. PMID: 28552361.
  • 12) Li A, Gunnarsdottir KM, Inati S, Zaghloul K, Gale J, Bulacio J, Martinez-Gonzalez J, Sarma SV (2017)
  • Linear time-varying model characterizes invasive EEG signals generated from complex epileptic networks
  • Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, 2017 Jul, 2802-2805. PMID: 29060480.
  • 13) Sepeta LN, Berl MM, Wilke M, You X, Mehta M, Xu B, Inati S, Dustin I, Khan O, Austermuehle A, Theodore WH, Gaillard WD (2016)
  • Age-dependent mesial temporal lobe lateralization in language fMRI
  • Epilepsia, 2016 Jan; 57(1) , 122-30. PMID: 26696589
  • 14) Scott JM, Robinson SE, Holroyd T, Coppola R, Sato S, Inati SK (2016)
  • Localization of interictal epileptic spikes with MEG: optimization of an automated beamformer screening method (SAMepi) in a diverse epilepsy population
  • J Clin Neurophysiol, 2016 Oct;33(5), 414-420. PMID: 27760068.
  • 15) Goldenholz DM, Jow A, Khan OI, Bagic A, Sato S, Auh S, Kufta C, Inati S, Theodore WH (2016)
  • Preoperative prediction of temporal lobe epilepsy surgery outcome
  • Epilepsy Res, 2016 Nov;127, 331-338. PMID: 27701046.
  • 16) Yaffe RB, Kerr MS, Damera S, Sarma SV, Inati SK, Zaghloul KA (2014)
  • Reinstatement of distributed cortical oscillations occurs with precise spatiotemporal dynamics during successful memory retrieval
  • PNAS USA, 2014 Dec 30;111(52) , 18727-32.
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