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Deema Fattal, MD

Chief of Neurology - VAMC
Specialty: Balance Disorders
Director: Dizziness and Balance Disorders Clinic, Neurology
Assistant Director: Residency Program in Neurology
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology

Contact Information

Primary Office
2RC-2157 RCP
Iowa City, IA 52242


BA, Physics, American University of Beirut
MD, American University of Beirut
Resident, Neurology PGY2, St. Louis University
Resident, Internal Medicine PGY1, St. Louis University
Resident, Behavioral Neurology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Resident, Neuro-Otology, University of Pittsburgh


Shaban, A., Zafar, A., Borte, B., Elhawi, Y., Tayaeb, A., Ten Eyck, P., Ahmed, A. & Fattal, D. (2019). The Bucket Test Improves Detection of Stroke in Patients
with Acute Dizziness. Plan to submit to the Journal of Emergency medicine, 2019


Gastala, J., Fattal, D., Kirby, P., Capizzano, A., Sato, Y. & Moritiani, T. (2019). Brain Death: Radiologic Signs of a Non-radiologic Diagnosis. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery. (105465), pp. 185.

Fattal, D. (In Press). Brain death. In the book by Springer, title: Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging of the Brain, Head and Neck, and Spine.

McDaniel, J., Enrique Leira, E. & Fattal, D. (2019). Case Report: Bobbing-Like Ocular Movements in
a Patient with Brain Death. Presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting.

Gonzalez Otarula, K., St Louis, E., Sainju, R. & Fattal, D. (2019). Case Report: Room Tilt Illusion in Epilepsy. Sahs Symposium, University of Iowa, 2019.

Fattal, D., Hansen, M. & Fritzsch, B. (2018). Aging hearing loss and balance impairment.
In: The Wiley Handbook on the Aging Mind and Brain. Rizzo M, Anderson, S, eds.
Submitted. I wrote most of the chapter.

Eppsteiner, B., Fattal, D. & Hansen, M. (2016). Central vertigo. In R. T. Sataloff , et al (Eds.) Sataloff's comprehensive textbook of otolaryngology : head and neck surgery. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers.

Fattal, D., Lanska, D. J. (2014). Balance and gait disorders. (2014 updates) Medlink Neurology.

Fattal, D. (2013). Dizziness and nystagmus. In Syllabus to medical students. Iowa City, IA: Carver College of Medicine.

Hsu, S. W., Chaloupka, J. C. & Fattal, D. (2006). Rapidly progressive fatal bihemispheric infarction secondary to Moyamoya syndrome in association with Graves thyrotoxicosis. AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology, 27(3), 643-7. PMID: 16552009.

Fattal, D. (2005). Balance and Gait Disorders. (2005) Minneapolis, MN: American Academy of Neurology.

Karimi, M., Razavi, M. & Fattal, D. (2004). Rubral lateropulsion due to vertebral artery dissection in a patient with Klippel-Feil syndrome. Archives of neurology, 61(4), 583-5. PMID: 15096409.

Razavi, M., Jones, R. D., Manzel, K., Fattal, D. & Rizzo, M. (2004). Steroid-responsive charles bonnet syndrome in temporal arteritis. The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences, 16(4), 505-8. PMID: 15616179.

Fattal, D., Rizzo, M. (2004). The vestibular system and cognition. In M. Rizzo , P. J. Eslinger (Eds.) Principles and practice of behavioral neurology and neuropsychology. Philadelphia, Pa.: WBSaunders, Mosby, Churchill Livingstone.

Fattal, D. (2004). Balance and Gait Disorders. (2004) Minneapolis, MN: American Academy of Neurology.

Razavi, M., Razavi, B., Fattal, D., Afifi, A. & Adams, H. P. (2000). Hemiplegic migraine induced by exertion. Archives of neurology, 57(9), 1363-5. PMID: 10987906.

Rearson, M., Fattal, D. (2000). Obsessive-compulsive behavior secondary to an anterior thalamic infarction. JINS Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6(2), 212.

Razavi, M., Rizzo, M., Fattal, D. & Jones, R. D. (2000). Visual hallucinations in temporal arteritis. JINS Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6(2), 230.

Fattal, D. (1997). Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada syndrome. Waco, TX: Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Neurology Website.