Division of Neurology

Ammar Gilani


Associate Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine

Staff Neurologist, Hamilton Health Sciences, Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre



Education and Professional Standing

  • F.Sc., Sahiwal, Pakistan, 1985
  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.), University of the Punjab, Pakistan, 1991
  • ECFMG Certification, Philadelphia, USA, 1995
  • USML3, Euless, USA, 2002
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification, Chicago, USA, 2002
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Division of Neurology), McMaster University, 2002

Research Interests

  • Treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy and posttraumatic neuralgia in the context of routine clinical care
  • Observational study of incidence of Post Stroke Neuropathic pain.

Selected Publications

  1. Ammar Gilani. Chronic Daily Headache due to Opiod-overuse, Treatment; A case report. (Newsletter of the Canadian Pain Society May, 2004)
  2. Gilani A , Zvartau-Hind M, Zhai H, Lewis RA, Lisak RP, Khan OA Recurrent Transverse Myelitis in African-Americans. (Submitted for review)
  3. Ammar Gilani, Michael Fehlings, Patrick Shanon, Ralph Kern, Isolated weakness of the neck extensors due to Mitochondrial Cytopathy, Is it the dropped head syndrome. (Submitted for peer review)
  4. Ammar Gilani, Ralph Kern. Migraine Diagnosis and Management: It doesn’t have to be a Headache! (Park Hurst, April 2004)
  5. Zvartau-Hind M, Din MU, Gilani A, Lisak RP, Khan OA. Topiramate Relieves Refractory Trigeminal Neuralgia in Multiple Sclerosis Patients. Neurology 55, November 2000: 1587-1588

Abstracts and Posters

  1. Katzburg H, Kern R, Jaigobin C, Gilani A, Agid R, Mikulis D. MRI characteristics of white matter lesions and cerebral infarcts are similar in migraine-Stroke and Control-Stroke patients. 47 th Annual Scientific Meeting American Headache Society, June 23-25, Philadelphia, PA
  2. Ammar Gilani , Cheryl Jaigobin, Ryan Manijeh, Ralph Kern. Migraine-Stroke: analysis of stroke risk factors in migraine with and without aura. (Platform Presentation, American Headache Society Meeting Vancouver, 2004 ID # 80438)
  3. Ammar Gilani, Marilyn Galonski, Allan Gordon. Treatment of Chronic Pelvic Regional Pain with Botox. (Presented at the Joint American Pain Society and Canadian Pain Society meeting in Vancouver. Poster No. 916, May 8, 2004)
  4. Ammar Gilani, Marilyn Galonski, Douglas Gourley, Ralph Kern, Allan Gordon. Methadone for treatment of Chronic Daily Headache. (Presented at the American Headache Society Meeting Vancouver 2004, ID #80813)
  5. Ammar Gilani , Marilyn Galownski, Allan S Gordon. Botulinium Toxin Type A for treatment of Chronic Pelvic Regional Pain, (Presented at CPS meeting 2003 in Toronto)
  6. Mehbobul Haq, Ammar Gilani, Kumil Mohan, Robert Lisak, Omar Khan. Clinical and Para clinical Features of Juvenile and Childhood Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Application of Adult Diagnostic Criteria in Children. Neurology 2000;54(Suppl 3):A351-A352
  7. Moeen U Din, Ammar Gilani, Marina Zvartau-Hind, Robert Lisak, Omar Khan. Topiramate Relieves Refractory Trigeminal Neuralgia in Multiple Sclerosis Patients. Neurology 2000;54(Suppl 3):A60
  8. Omar Khan, Marina Zvartau-Hind, Ammar Gilani, Richard Lewis, John Kamhoz, Robert Lisak. Recurrent Transverse Myelitis in African-Americans. Annals of Neurology 2000; Vol 48, No3: 451
  9. Ammar Gilani , Umesh Verma, Ahmad Al-Sadat, Bradley S. Jacobs. Enhancement of Oculomotor Nerve on Magnetic Resonance Imaging of a Patient with Brainstem Infarct and Associated Wallerian Degeneration of the Ocoulomotor Nerve. (Poster Presented at Michigan Neurological Association Sept. 2000).

Book Chapters

  1. Neuro-anatomy. Neurology, Pearls of Wisdom (Second Edition, 2001)