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Farhad Bahrassa, MD, FAANS

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Farhad Bahrassa, MD, FAANS

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Dr. Farhad Bahrassa is a board-certified neurosurgeon and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Yale School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery. He completed undergraduate and medical school at Boston University via the 7-year accelerated BA/MD program. He completed residency in Neurosurgery at Albany Medical Center with his training covering all aspects of general and subspecialty neurosurgery. During fellowship he continued to specialize in diagnosis and management of neurovascular disorders--conditions affecting the blood vessels of the brain, head, neck, spine, and spinal cord. He has expertise in both open surgical and endovascular treatments of these conditions including cerebral aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid artery stenosis, and stroke. He also specializes in spinal vascular malformations, vertebral artery stenosis, intracranial artery stenosis, and embolization of intracranial tumors, head and neck lesions, and spinal tumors. He has specific interest in combining endovascular treatment with surgical treatment when appropriate, as well as utilizing advanced technology including bi-plane angiography and neurosurgical operating rooms with state-of-the art equipment and design. He has a special commitment to excellent patient care and avoiding complications. His approach is "quality over quantity" when it comes to treating neurosurgical disorders. Before joining Yale, he practiced for over 4 years in Springfield, MA at Baystate Medical Center where he was Director of Vascular Neurosurgery, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery) at UMass Medical School, and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), and the AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Albany Medical Center (2014)
  • MD
    Boston University School of Medicine (2007)
  • BA
    Boston University, Medical Science (2004)


  • Mechanical Thrombectomy for Stroke
    Waterbury, CT, United States 2020
    Saint Mary's Hospital Stroke Meeting
  • Mechanical Thrombectomy for Stroke
    Simsbury, CT, United States 2019
    Simsbury EMS Meeting
  • Middle Meningeal Artery Embolization for Chronic Subdural Hematoma
    New Haven, CT, United States 2019
    Yale Critical Care and Emergency Neuroscience Symposium
  • Intracranial Aneurysms: Past, Present, and Future Treatments
    Ledyard, CT, United States 2019
    EMSPRO Conference
  • Mechanical Thrombectomy for Stroke
    Tolland, CT, United States 2019
    Tolland EMS Meeting
  • Transfer Care for Stroke Patients
    Middletown, CT, United States 2019
    Middlesex Hospital Emergency Department Meeting

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
William Casper Kite, Jr. Memorial AwardAlbany Medical College2013
Edward L. Spatz Award for Excellence in NeurosurgeryBoston University School of Medicine2007
Gold Foundation Humanism AwardGold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine2007
Pathology Honor SocietyAssociation of Pathology Chairs2005
Presidential ScholarBoston University College of Arts and Sciences2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Professional Service

Saint Francis Neuro-Oncology Multidisciplinary Tumor BoardCo-Director2019 - 2020
Saint Francis Trauma Peer Review and Quality Improvement CommitteeCommittee Member2019 - 2020
Yale Department of Neurosurgery Quality and Safety CommitteeCommittee Member2019 - Present
Saint Francis Cranial Peer Review CommitteeCommittee Member2019 - 2020
Saint Francis Spine Peer Review CommitteeCommittee Member2019 - 2020
State of Connecticut Stroke Advisory Council, State of Connecticut Stroke Advisory CouncilMember2019 - Present
Saint Francis Stroke Peer Review CommitteeCommittee Member2018 - 2020

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