Islam Hassan

Clinical Associate Professor and Staff Neuropsychiatrist, BC Neuropsychiatry Program and VGH Epilepsy Program
Degrees / Designations 


Email Address 
Mailing Address 
BC Neuropsychiatry Program, Detwiller Pavilion, UBC Hospital 2255 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 2A1. W: E: (Please note that in compliance with healthcare privacy standards, the above email address is not used for correspondence with patients.)


Academic Appointment 
Clinical Associate Professor
Body Locations and Systems 
Disorders and Conditions 
Mental Health
Other Areas of Research 
Neuropsychiatry of epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures

Dr. Hassan is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a Neuropsychiatrist within the BC Neuropsychiatry Program at UBC Hospital and the Epilepsy Program at Vancouver General Hospital.  He completed his medical training at the University of Alexandria followed by a Master’s degree in Neuropathology at the University of Adelaide.  Dr. Hassan then undertook postgraduate clinical training in general medicine in Perth and Melbourne culminating in Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of the UK (Internal Medicine).  He undertook specialist training in General Psychiatry at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne followed by a Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsy Fellowship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and a subsequent Neuropsychiatry Fellowship at the UBC in Vancouver.  Dr. Hassan is board-certified in neuropsychiatry by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

Dr. Hassan’s clinical and research work focuses on the interaction between seizures and mental health.  He launched a neuropsychiatry of epilepsy clinic at Vancouver General Hospital and also developed a province-wide program providing shared care for non-epileptic seizures (  In addition, Dr. Hassan works as an inpatient neuropsychiatrist within the BC Neuropsychiatry Program (, the province-wide tertiary referral centre for neuropsychiatry.  He also developed the Neuropsychiatric Formulation Chart, a clinical instrument which offers a stepwise approach to diagnostic formulation in neuropsychiatry (  Dr. Hassan has been a speaker at national and international conferences in several countries including Canada, the UK, Australia and South Africa and is active in several global health initiatives involving the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy.

In addition to projects of more focused scope, larger scale research platforms for which Dr. Hassan is Principal Investigator include:

  • VENbase (Vancouver Epilepsy and Neuropsyciatry Database): a prospective research platform examining various aspects of the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures.
  • NECSA (Neuropsychiatric Effects of CNS Structural Abnormalities) study: an analysis of deeply phenotyped presentations with neuropsychiatric symptoms and central nervous system lesions, using the previously published NECSA framework.