University of California, Riverside


Dr. Lama Al-Khoury Associate Clinical Professor of Neuroscience

Topics: Stroke

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Languages Spoken: English, Arabic

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Tel: (951) 827-7963

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Tel: (951) 827-6050


Lama Al-Khoury, M.D., is a neurologist with expertise in stroke and headache. She is an associate clinical professor at the department of neurosciences at UCR School of Medicine, as well as a neurology faculty. Al-Khoury is also the director of the Ambulatory Stroke Program for UCR Health and the medical director of neurology at UCR Health.

Al-Khoury earned her medical degree from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. She completed a residency in internal medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon, and her residency in neurology at the University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock, Ark. She then completed a fellowship in stroke at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and a fellowship in cerebrovascular imaging (mainly transcranial ultrasound applications in stroke) at UCSD.

Al-Khoury is board certified in neurology and in headache medicine.

On Stroke

Stroke is one of the leading causes of deaths in adults, with the frequency of strokes increasing age. In many cases, strokes are caused by a clot or plaque blocking of one of the arteries which supply the blood flow to the brain and as a result of the blocking artery, there is reduced blood flow, and therefore reduced oxygen and glucose supply to the brain. Treatment of these risk factors and lifestyle modification including diet modification and restrictions and encouragement of exercise may reduce the future risk of stroke. Al-Khoury has been trained to evaluate stroke patients, identify their risk factors, and implement a treatment plan.

On Headache

Headache is a non-specific symptom of a big variety of illnesses. Al-Khoury’s special interest and expertise is in migraine headaches, which are genetically influenced headaches. Migraine headache is typically associated with migraine features of nausea, vomiting, light and sound sensitivity, and sometimes is associated with neurologic symptoms. Al-Khoury is an expert in evaluating headaches and determining the underlying pathology.