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Zafer Keser, M.D.

  1. Vascular Neurologist



  1. Rochester, Minnesota



Dr. Zafer Keser is a board-certified vascular neurologist who treats patients with ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes and complex cerebrovascular pathologies. His research focuses on using advanced technologies such as neuromodulation to enhance recovery after stroke. He also leads research studies using EEG and TMS-EEG to better identify recovery patterns after stroke. He is also interested in intracranial and cervical artery dissections and conducts studies to characterize the natural history of these rare disease entities.

  1. Carotid artery disease
  2. Carotid artery dissection
  3. Stroke
  4. Vertebral artery dissection
  • Ischemic Stroke
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke
  • Carotid and vertebral artery dissections
  • Stroke in Young
  1. 2021
    Fellowship - Vascular NeurologyJohns Hopkins School of Medicine
  2. 2020
    Residency - NeurologyMcGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  3. 2016
    Post Doctoral Fellowship - Neuromodulation and Neural Interfaces LabNeurorecovery Research Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  4. 2013
    MDCerrahpasa Medical School, University of Istanbul
  5. 2010
    Research Internship - NeuromodulationSpaulding Rehabilitation Hospital


  1. 2020
    NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Awards and honors

  1. 2022
    Teacher of the Year 2022- Department of NeurologyMayo Clinic in Rochester
  2. 2020
    Senior Resident Teaching AwardMcGovern Medical School at UT Health at Houston
  3. 2020
    Excellence in Teaching Award voted by third-year medical studentsMcGovern Medical School at UT Health at Houston
  4. 2020
    Yatsu Award voted by facultyMcGovern Medical School at UT Health at Houston
  5. 2018
    Resident Excellence in Humanism and Teaching Award voted by third-year medical studentsMcGovern Medical School at UT Health at Houston
  6. 2017
    Resident of the Month voted by UT Physicians Neurology StaffMcGovern Medical School at UT Health at Houston

Professional memberships

  1. 2023 - present
    MemberNeurology Residency Competency Committee
  2. 2022 - present
    Core FacultyNeurology Residency Wellness Committee
  3. 2021 - present
    MemberNeuromodulation Committee, Department of Neurology
  4. 2020 - present
    Abstract ReviewerAmerican Neurological Association
  5. 2019 - present
    MemberAmerican Neurological Association
  6. 2016 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Neurology
  7. 2016 - present
    MemberAmerican Heart Association


Research activities

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