Megdad Zaatreh, MD

Megdad Zaatreh MD

Dr. Zaatreh is a neurologist with special expertise in Epilepsy. He graduated medical school at Jordan University in Amman. He completed a residency in Neurology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he served as Chief Resident of Neurology.

In 2000 Dr. Zaatreh moved to New Haven, Connecticut to join the elite Epilepsy Program at Yale University under the directions of Dr. Susan Spencer where Dr. Zaatreh completed a two year fellowship in Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation.

Dr. Zaatreh is board certified in Neurology and the subspecialty of Epilepsy by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

After completing his fellowship Dr. Zaatreh was recruited by the University of North Carolina to develop an Epilepsy Surgery Program. During his academic carrier he served as assistant professor of Neurology and Medical Director of the Epilepsy Surgery Center at the University of North Carolina for three years, before moving to New Jersey. Dr. Zaatreh published multiple research articles in peer-reviewed medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Neurology and Epilepsia.


  • Fellowship: Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation: Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Neurology Chief Resident: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
  • Neurology Residency: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
  • Internship: University of Missouri at Kansas City, MO
  • Medical Doctor: University of Jordan, Faculty of Medicine, Amman, Jordan


  • Pediatric and adult epilepsy
  • Autism and language development
  • Epilepsy and brain tumors
  • Epilepsy; alternative therapies.


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – Epilepsy


  • American Epilepsy Society
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


  1. Zaatreh M, Tennison M, Greenwood R.: Successful treatment of hypothalamic seizures and precocious puberty with GnRH analogue. Neurology. 2000; 55; 1908-1910.
  2. Zaatreh M, Tennison M, D’Cruz O, Beach R. Anticonvulsants induced chorea: a role for pharmacodynamic interaction? Seizure. 2001; 10: 596-599.
  3. Zaatreh M, Bates E, Hooper SR, Palmer G, Elmenshawi E, Courvoisie H,Greenwood RS: Morphometric and neuropsychologic studies in children with arachnoid cysts. Pediatric Neurology. 2002; 26: 134-138.
  4. Zaatreh M, Spencer DD, Thompson JL, Blumenfeld H, Novotny EJ, Mattson RH and Spencer SS. Frontal lobe tumoral epilepsy: clinical , neurophysiologic features and predictors of surgical outcome. Epilepsia, 2002; 43(7):727-733.
  5. Zaatreh M, Finkel A: Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension: case report and a review: Southern Medical Journal 2002; 95(11):1342-1346
  6. Motamedi M, Nguyen D, Zaatreh M, Singh S, Westerveld M, Thompson J, Spencer SS. Levetriacetam efficacy in refractory partial onset seizures, especially after failed epilepsy surgery. Epilepsia, 2003; 44(2):211-214.
  7. Nguyen D, Singh S, Zaatreh M , Novotny E, Levy S, Testa F, Spencer SS. Hypothalamic hamartomas: seven cases and review of the literature. Epilepsy and Behaviour 2003;4(3):246-258
  8. Zaatreh MM, Anticonvulsant-induced dyskinesia. Expert Opinion on Drug Safety 2003; 2(4): 385 – 393
  9. Zaatreh MM, Quint SR, Tennison MB, D'Cruz O, Vaughn B. Heart rate variability during interictal epileptiform discharges. Epilepsy Research. 2003; 54(2-3):85-90.
  10. Zaatreh MM, Spencer DD, Fertig K, Spencer SS. Tumoral temporal lobe epilepsy: presurgical evaluation and predictors of surgical outcome. Neurology. 2003; 61(5):636-41.
  11. Zaatreh MM, Levetiracetam in Porphyric Status Epilepticus: A case report. Clinical Neuropharmacology. 2005 (5): 243-4.
  12. Zaatreh MM, Abdulakarim W. CNS Nocardiosis, New England Journal of Medicine. 2006 June 29; 354(26):2802