Ajmal Zemmar, M.D., Ph.D., F.M.H. healthcare provider in Louisville, Ky for Neurosurgery, Oncology, Cancer Care, Neuro-Oncology

Ajmal Zemmar, M.D., Ph.D., F.M.H.

Neurosurgery, Oncology, Cancer Care, Neuro-Oncology, Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders, Epilepsy Center, UofL Health – Brain & Spine Institute
Areas of Interest

Movement Disorders | Neuro-Recovery | Neuro-Robotics | Neurosurgery | Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy

Primary Practice Location
UofL Physicians – Neurosurgery
UofL Health – Brain & Spine Institute
UofL Health – Abraham Flexner Outpatient Center
225 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 505
Louisville, KY 40202
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Ajmal Zemmar, M.D., Ph.D., F.M.H.

Ajmal Zemmar, M.D., Ph.D., F.M.H., obtained a medical degree at the Goethe University-Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Dr. Zemmar also has a doctorate in neuroscience at the Brain Research Institute Zurich, jointly from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and the University of Zurich (Switzerland). Dr. Zemmar is a physician-scientist specializing in epilepsy and functional neurosurgery. His research interests are the scientific basis of death, near-death experiences and neuro-robotics. When he was a young child, Dr. Zemmar and his family fled the war during the Russian invasion in Afghanistan and immigrated to Germany. His medical training has taken him around the globe from Germany to Switzerland, the U.S., England, Canada, China and South Africa.

Education & Training

Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main | Germany | 2009
Ph.D. in Neuroscience
Brain Research Institute, ETH Zurich & University of Zurich - Switzerland | Switzerland | 2013
Toronto Western Hospital - University of Toronto | Functional Neurosurgery | Canada | 2021
University Hospital Zurich & Vancouver General Hospital | Neurosurgery | Switzerland & Canada | 2020



Areas of Interest

Movement Disorders | Neuro-Recovery | Neuro-Robotics | Neurosurgery | Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy


Board Certified in Neurosurgery

School of Medicine

M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurosurgery


"Being a neurosurgeon and caring for my patients is an extraordinary privilege. I strive towards personalized and compassionate care and use everything available to achieve the utmost goal which is the happiness of my patients!"

Learn More About Dr. Zemmar

He was trained at prestigious institutions including Oxford University, New York University, the Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research and Toronto University, learning from and working alongside some of the most acknowledged neurosurgeons and neuroscientists in the world. Dr. Zemmar speaks Farsi, German, and English fluently in addition to knowing Spanish and Latin. Dr. Zemmar holds membership in multiple international neurosurgical and medical societies, has been the recipient of numerous awards and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for many internationally-recognized medical journals. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his daughter. Dr. Zemmar’s unique study “Enhanced Interplay of Neuronal Coherence and Coupling in the Dying Human Brain” published with Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience documented the first EEG recording of a dying human brain. Dr. Zemmar found the brain waves around the time of death were similar to those occurring during dreaming, memory recall and meditation, suggesting an explanation for life recall during near-death experiences. This one-of-a-kind study was covered by news outlets around the world including CBS, USA Today, Insider, BBC, The Sun, Daily Mail, Spiegel and more.

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