Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Marcus Neuroscience Institute names Khalid A. Hanafy, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director of Neurocritical Care and Research

October 13, 2020

Boca Raton, FL – October 13, 2020 – Khalid A. Hanafy, M.D., Ph.D., has joined Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, part of Baptist Health, as medical director of neurocritical care and director of research. He specializes in the care of subarachnoid hemorrhage patients and the study of neuroinflammation. He also serves as associate professor of neurology at Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton. He is board certified in neurology and neurocritical care.

Dr. Hanafy joined Marcus Neuroscience Institute from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., where he served as the director of the neurological intensive care unit and was an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Hanafy to Marcus Neuroscience Institute,” said Frank D. Vrionis, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., Institute director and chief of neurosurgery. “His clinical skills, research acumen and leadership in the field of neurology will greatly benefit our team and our patients.”

As the Institute’s director of research, Dr. Hanafy is principal investigator of cutting-edge studies that seek to bring the most advanced, personalized treatments to subarachnoid hemorrhage patients and improve their survival rates and health outcomes. His groundbreaking work in neuroinflammation has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, American Academy of Neurology, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Marcus Neuroscience Institute is at the forefront of stem cell therapeutics, and Dr. Hanafy and Dr. Vrionis have already initiated clinical trials using stem cells in critically ill COVID patients. Together, they will expand research and clinical trials using stem cells for the treatment of other neurological conditions, such as stroke and brain tumors.

Dr. Hanafy has authored more than 40 articles, book chapters and invited editorials in peer-reviewed scientific publications and serves on the editorial boards of scholarly journals in his field. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Academy of Neurology, Society for Neuroscience Research, Society of Critical Care Medicine, and Neurocritical Care Society.

Dr. Hanafy earned his medical degree and doctorate degree in molecular biology at the University of Texas Medical Scientist Training Program at Houston, a dual degree program of the University of Texas McGovern Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He did his thesis graduate work under Dr. Ferid Murad, the 1998 Nobel laureate. He returned to these Houston facilities to complete a neurology residency following an internal medicine internship at the University of Texas Southwestern at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. He concluded his medical training with a two-year fellowship in neurological critical care at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

About the Marcus Neuroscience Institute
The Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an innovative nexus for neurologic and neurosurgical care. The 57,000-square-foot facility houses a 20-bed Neuro Intensive Care and Step-Down Unit, four dedicated operating rooms — including one equipped with intraoperative MRI and two with intraoperative CT capability — and a biplane angiography suite, a crucial component in the diagnosis and care of neurological conditions. The Institute has a staff of five neurosurgeons and nine neurologists who represent some of the most respected clinicians in their fields and is affiliated with Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine.

About Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, nearly 23,000 employees, more than 4,000 physicians and more than 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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