Tarek Zakaria, MD

Zakaria Tarek

Primary Office
1150 N 35th Ave
Ste 590
Hollywood, FL 33021

Meet the Physician

Medical Director, Adult Neurology Program and Epilepsy Program

Dr. Tarek M. Zakaria is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in neurophysiology and epilepsy. 

Prior to joining Memorial Healthcare System, Dr. Zakaria served as the director of the epilepsy program and as co-director of the epilepsy surgery program at Norton Neuroscience Institute in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dr. Zakaria earned his medical degree from Damascus University in 1998, and completed his internship in internal medicine at West Virginia University Charleston Area Medical center in 2005. He completed his residency in neurology at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in 2008. He completed his fellowships in neurophysiology and in epilepsy at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, where he later served as assistant professor.

  • Epilepsy
  • Arabic


Awards and honors

  • Educational Representative for the Fellows, Mayo Clinic, 2009-2010
  • Resident Teacher of the Year Award, University of Cincinnati, 2008
  • Samaha Research Award, University of Cincinnati, 2007
  • American Neurological Association Scholarship Award, 2007
  • Rush University Resident Scholarship Program, 2007
  • National Neurology Scholarship Program, 2006
  • Resident of the Year Award, West Virginia University Internal Medicine Department, 2005
  • Best Graduating Medical Student, University of Damascus, 1998

Professional organizations

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Medical Association
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • Mayo Clinic Medical Fellow Association

Recent publications

  • “Scalp and Intracranial EEG in Medically Intractable Extratemporal Epilepsy with Normal MRI,” ISRN Neurology, 2012
  • “Age Accounts for the Racial Differences in Ischemic Stroke Volume (SV) in a Population-Based Study,” Cerebrovascular Diseases, 2008
  • “Seizures in Critical Care: A Guide to Diagnosis and Therapeutics,” Panayiotis N. Varelas, 2008


  • “Making Headway: Epilepsy Surgery,” Epilepsy Foundation of Kentucky, 2012
  • “Principles of Epilepsy Surgery,” Bowling Green Hospital, 2012
  • “Women and Epilepsy,” Epilepsy Foundation of Kentucky, 2011
  • “Epilepsy and Stroke,” Primary Care Symposium, Norton Neuroscience Institute, 2011
  • “Epilepsy Surgery: The Present and the Future,” Mayo Clinic, 2009
  • “Epilepsy Surgery: What We Know, What We Should Do,” Grand Rounds, Case Western Reserve University, 2009
  • “Intracranial EEG Seizure-Onset Patterns and Surgical Outcomes in Patients with Refractory Epilepsy,” American Academy of Neurology, 2009
  • “The Present and Future of Epilepsy,” Grand Rounds, University of Toledo, 2008
  • “Factors Associated with Seizure-Freedom in Patients with IGE,” 60th American Academy of Neurology Conference, 2008
  • “Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy,” Grand Rounds, University of Cincinnati, 2008
  • “Diagnosis of JME Predicts Better Seizure Outcome than Other IGE Subtypes,” 62nd Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society, 2008
  • “Which Stroke Symptoms Prompt a 911 Call?”, International Stroke Conference, 2008



  • Faculty Of Medicine-Damascus University, 1998
  • Charleston Area Medical Center-General Division, 2005, Internal Medicine
  • University Of Cincinnati, 2008, Neurology
  • Mayo Clinic, 2010, Epilepsy
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology-Psychiatry

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