Nanjing University School of Medicine
Clinical Neurophysiology
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas - Neurology
Stanford University - Research
New York University - Epilepsy
Clinical / Research Interests
Seizure and Paroxysmal Events
Intractable Epilepsy
Anti-epileptic Medications (effectiveness and side effects)
Epilepsy Surgery
Diet Treatment for Epilepsy
Neuromodulation for epilepsy

Hai Chen, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. Chen is an epileptologist (seizure specialist), and he also serves as the Epilepsy Fellowship Program Director. After earning his MD and PhD and performing ground-breaking research, Dr. Chen completed his internship and residency at UT-Southwestern Medical Center from 2010-2014. He then completed Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy fellowship at NYU from 2014-2016. He then joined the faculty in the Neurology Department at GW.

Dr. Chen is board certified in Neurology, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology. His clinical interests include intractable epilepsy, anti-seizure medications, epilepsy surgery, and deep brain electrical stimulation. Dr. Chen provides service for patients with epilepsy in both the inpatient and outpatient clinic settings. He also offers specialized Neuromodulation Clinic and Diet Clinic at the GW Epilepsy Center.

Dr. Chen has been investigating the utilization of electroencephalography (EEG) in detecting seizures. Recently he has also conducted studies on optimizing anti-seizure medications and neuromodulation in epilepsy patient care. He published multiple papers from his research study in major scientific journals. Dr. Chen has also been the principle-investigator for anti-seizure medication clinical trials at George Washington University. He has also served in committees at the American Epilepsy Society, which is the largest professional organization for epileptologists (seizure specialists) in the US. He has been an invited speaker to discuss seizure treatment at national neurology conference. He is also an advocate for seizure patients in the community, and serves as a board member of Epilepsy Foundation, DC Chapter.

Dr. Chen is fluent in English and Mandarin.

  1. Koubeissi M; Joshi S; Eid A, Emami, M, Jaafar N, Syeda T, Foreman Jay, Sheth A, Amdur R, Bou Nasif M, Puente A, Aly R, Chen H, Becker A, Gholipour T, Makke Y, Elmashad A, Gagnon L, Durand D, Gaillard W, Shields D. Low frequency stimulation on a fiber tract in bilateral temporal epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2022 (Accepted)
  2. AlGaeed M, Grewal M, Hareesh P, Sadeghikhah S, Chen H, Gholipour T, Guerrero CRL. Diagnostic Yield of Electroencephalography When Seizure Is Suspected in Acute Ischemic Stroke. Neurohospitalist. 2022;12(1):8-12
  3. Chen H, Amdur R, Pauldurai J, Koubeissi M. Seizure recurrence after prolonged seizure control: Patterns and risk factors. Epilepsy Behav. 2021; 11;124:108330.
  4. Chen H, Koubeissi M, Aziz S, Slater JD, Al Bunni H, Khan MT, Ali NY, Khan FA, Alnobani A, Hussain FM, Syed AU, Fares A, Iqbal T, Syed TU. Seizure symptoms and ambulatory EEG findings: incidence of epileptiform discharges. Epileptic Disord. 2020;22(6):752-758
  5. Chen H, Koubeissi M. Seizure Occurrences: Patient Report, Scalp EEG, and RNS Electrocorticography Findings. J Clin Neurophysiol. 2020;37(4):306-309
  6. Indraswari F, Chen H. Hypercalcemia-associated PRES and status epilepticus: Answer J Clin Neuroscience, 2020; 74:258-259
  7. Chen H, Marcader, M, AlGaeed M, Koubeissi M: Yield and cost-effectiveness of tilt able tests combined with video-EEG. Epileptic Disord. 2019 Dec 1;21(6):555-560.
  8. Chen H, Koubeissi M EEG in Epilepsy Evaluation Continuum (Neurology) 2019 25(2):431-453
  9. Chen H, Dugan P, Chong D, Liu A, Doyle W and Friedman W (2017) Application of RNS in Refractory Epilepsy: Targeting Insula Epilepsia Open 2(3):345-349