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August 2, 2010

Dr. Ayman Omar, Ph.D.,Dr. Ayman Omar, Ph.D portrait has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of neurology, specializing in the management of central nervous system tumors and the neurological complications of systemic cancer. He also is director of the department’s neuro-oncology division and a member of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU.

Prior to joining SIU, Omar was on the neurology faculty at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He also was a neurologist and neuro-oncologist with NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston.

Omar completed a two-year fellowship in neuro-oncology at the University of Toronto (2008). He completed his residency in neurology, including one year as chief resident, at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Administration Hospital and University of Missouri in Columbia (2006). He earned a master’s in anatomy and neurobiology and a doctorate in neuroscience/cellular and molecular medicine, both at the University of Ottawa (1999, 2002), where he also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neural stem cell research (2002). He earned his medical degree at the University of Cairo (1992) and completed pre-medical training at the University of London (1986).

Omar also has been actively involved in clinical trials looking to develop new treatment modalities for brain tumors. He has authored several professional publications and is actively involved in various clinical trials sponsored by pharmaceutical companies as well as the National Cancer Institute of Canada.