Pegah Afra, MD

Research Interests

  • Epilepsy, Neuropharmacology and Neurophysiology
  • Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy
  • MEG


  • English
  • Hungarian
  • Persian

Academic Information

  • Departments: Neurology - Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Epilepsy

Board Certification

  • American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology (Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring)
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Sub: Epilepsy)
  • Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (Electroencephalography)

Academic Office Information

  • 801-585-7575
  • Clinical Neurosciences Center
    Department of Neurology
    175 North Medical Drive East, Room: 5th Floor
    Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Afra is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Program Director of Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy Fellowship Programs in University of Utah’s Department of Neurology. She focuses her practice on diagnosis and treatment of adults and adolescents with seizures and epilepsy. Her interests include treatment of intractable epilepsies including evaluation for seizure surgery and neurostimulation devices for epilepsy, seizures that have been difficult to diagnose or have not responded to medications. During her research time Dr. Afra conducts clinical trials in epilepsy, which include novel upcoming neurostimulation devices and pharmacologic agents.

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Johns Hopkins Hospital
Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy
Residency University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics
Internship Southern Illinois University
Internal Medicine
Professional Medical Albert Szent Gyorgyi Medical University

Global Impact

Education History

Type School Degree Country
Professional Medical Albert Szent Gyorgyi Medical University
M.D. Hungary

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Afra P, Bruggers CS, Sweney M, Fagatele L, Alavi F, Greenwald M, Huntsman M, Nguyen K, Jones JK, Shantz D, Bulaj G (2018). Mobile Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) for the Treatment of Epilepsy: Development of Digital Therapeutics Comprising Behavioral and Music-Based Interventions for Neurological Disorders. Front Hum Neurosci, 12, 171.
  2. Afra P, Hanrahan SJ, Kellis SS, House P (2017). Non ictal onset zone: A window to ictal dynamics. Epilepsy Behav Case Rep, 8, 123-127.
  3. Fisher RS, Afra P, Macken M, Minecan DN, Bagic A, Benbadis SR, Helmers SL, Sinha SR, Slater J, Treiman D, Begnaud J, Raman P, Najimipour B (2016). Automatic Vagus Nerve Stimulation Triggered by Ictal Tachycardia: Clinical Outcomes and Device Performance--The U.S. E-37 Trial. Neuromodulation, 19(2), 188-95.
  4. Afra P, Jouny CC, Bergey GK (2015). Termination patterns of complex partial seizures: An intracranial EEG study. Seizure, 32, 9-15.
  5. Afra P, Adamolekun B (2012). Lacosamide treatment of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Seizure, 21(3), 202-4.
  6. Afra P, Anderson J, Funke M, Johnson M, Matsuo F, Constantino T, Warner J (2012). Neurophysiological investigation of idiopathic acquired auditory-visual synesthesia. Neurocase, 18(4), 323-9.
  7. Afra P, Adamolekun B (2011). EEG findings in an adult with severe case of alobar holoprosencephaly. Seizure, 20(9), 731-4.
  8. Adamolekun B, Afra P, Boop FA (2011). False lateralization of seizure onset by scalp EEG in neocortical temporal lobe epilepsy. Seizure, 20(6), 494-9.
  9. Zhao J, Afra P, Adamolekun B (2010). Partial epilepsy presenting as focal atonic seizure: a case report. Seizure, 19(6), 326-9.
  10. Afra P, Jouny CC, Bergey GK (2008). Duration of complex partial seizures: an intracranial EEG study. Epilepsia, 49(4), 677-84.
  11. Ozdemir V, Kalow W, Posner P, Collins EJ, Kennedy JL, Tang BK, Albers LJ, Reist C, Roy R, Walkes W, Afra P (2001). CYP1A2 activity as measured by a caffeine test predicts clozapine and active metabolite steady-state concentrationin patients with schizophrenia. J Clin Psychopharmacol, 21(4), 398-407.


  1. Afra P (2015). Auditory synesthesias. [Review]. Handb Clin Neurol, 129, 389-407.
  2. Bennett AE, Hoesch RE, DeWitt LD, Afra P, Ansari SA (2014). Therapeutic hypothermia for status epilepticus: A report, historical perspective, and review. [Review]. Clin Neurol Neurosurg, 126, 103-9.
  3. Afra P, Adamolekun B (2014). Update on once-daily zonisamide monotherapy in partial seizures. [Review]. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, 10, 493-8.
  4. Afra P, Funke M, Matsuo F (2009). Acquired auditory-visual synesthesia: A window to early cross-modal sensory interactions. [Review]. Psychol Res Behav Manag, 2, 31-7.


  1. Bulaj G, Bruggers CS, Afra P, Sweney M (2019). Multimodal Epilepsy Management Suite, US Appl 62336067. U.S. Patent No. Pending approval. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.