Bassam Bassam, MD
Dec 17, 2019
Bassam Bassam, MD, earned his medical degree from the University of Aleppo in Syria, then came half way around the world to complete his residency in Neurology at Wayne State University in Detroit. His interest in the field inspired him to go on to pursue fellowships in Neuromuscular Diseases and Electromyography at Wayne State and Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Now he is board certified in Neurology and Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Medicine and Diplomate in Neuromuscular Subspecialty.
Dr. Bassam serves as a professor of Neurology and Director of Neuromuscular and EMG laboratory at the University of South Alabama, an institution whose faculty he joined in 1985. At the University of South Alabama, Dr. Bassam treats patients needing neuromuscular services, performs clinical research and teaches neurology residents and medical students. He is proud of the 135 residents he has trained and the impact they have gone on to make in academic and clinical practice.
Since joining SCNS over 12 years ago Dr. Bassam has never missed a meeting. He has been a very active member of SCNS, frequently presenting and leading the neuromuscular portion of the meeting. Dr. Bassam’s positive experiences at SCNS have led him to recruit several friends and colleagues to become members. He “strongly encourages neurologists in private and academic practice, young in their career or well established, to join and get involved with SCNS for all it offers.”
For Dr. Bassam, the SCNS annual meeting has been an opportunity to make and maintain great friendships, all while learning from prominent national speakers in all aspects of neurology. Among his best memories are the evening banquets where he says attendees can leave the formalities aside and enjoy a night filled with music, dancing, friends and family. He also appreciates the meeting layout. The “unique half day education, free afternoon to have fun” is a plus and the evening meet the professor sessions are “very pleasant, informal.”
Outside of medicine, Dr. Bassam loves to play soccer. He played throughout high school and college and played on a local club team in Mobile through his fifties. Now he is a loyal fan cheering “Roll Tide Roll” from the side lines.