Islam Fayed, MD, MS


Cooper University Health Care Titles

  • Director, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive & Complex Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgeon

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery Pending Board Certification

Specialty Certifications

Complex and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Professional Type

Cooper and Inspira Neuroscience / Cooper University Physician



About Me

Dr. Fayed is a neurosurgeon who specializes in movement disorder, epilepsy, and spine surgery. He completed his neurosurgical residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. During his residency, he completed an enfolded fellowship in Minimally Invasive & Complex Spine Surgery. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Dr. Fayed joined Cooper University Health Care as Director of Stereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery, specializing in the surgical treatment of movement disorders, epilepsy, chronic pain, spasticity, and emerging indications for psychiatric disorders. He specializes in deep brain stimulation and focused ultrasound treatment for Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. For epilepsy, he provides resective surgeries, including temporal lobectomy, minimally invasive laser and radiofrequency ablation, as well as responsive neurostimulation, deep brain stimulation, and vagus nerve stimulation. For chronic pain and spasticity, he provides spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and intrathecal pumps. He has particular interest in minimally invasive and robotic approaches to epilepsy surgery and deep brain stimulation.

Dr. Fayed has also joined the Cooper Spine Center, adding expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery. These techniques utilize small incisions and muscle sparing approaches, as well as intraoperative CT navigation and robotic technology, to provide less invasive surgeries with faster recoveries to patients with degenerative, oncologic, and traumatic pathologies of the spine. 

In addition to his clinical training, Dr. Fayed also completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). His primary research interests include defining the pathophysiology of epilepsy, as well as advanced imaging and robotic platforms in neurosurgery. He has published extensively and presented at various national and international conferences on these topics, and he hopes to advance cutting edge technologies in neurosurgery. He is also passionate about educating the next generation of neurosurgeons. 

Office Locations

Cherry Hill, Glassboro
Cooper and Inspira Neuroscience at Cherry Hill

2339 Route 70 West
4th Floor
Cherry Hill , NJ 08002
Phone: 855.306.3876
Fax: 856.546.8527
Maps & Directions

Cooper and Inspira Neuroscience at Glassboro

221 Victoria Street
(GPS: 26 Mick Drive)
Glassboro , NJ 08028
Phone: 855.306.3876
Maps & Directions

Education & Training

Medical SchoolGeorgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
Graduate SchoolMS, Physiology and Biophysics - Georgetown University, Washington, DC
ResidencyNeurosurgery - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC
FellowshipStereotactic & Functional Neurosurgery - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA


  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • North American Neuromodulation Society

Awards and Honors

  • The Amy and Edward Knight Award for Excellence in Neurosurgical Research, 2022
  • Charles Kuntz Scholar Award for excellence in neurosurgical research, 2019, 2021
  • Best Operative Technique Award in Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery - Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2019
  • SPIRIT Award for passion and commitment to patient care


Solanki C, Williams J, Andrews C, Fayed I, Wu C. Insula in epilepsy - "untying the gordian knot": A systematic review. Seizure. 2023 Mar;106:148-161. doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2023.02.019. Epub 2023 Feb 27. PMID: 36878050.

Fayed I, Syed M, Gingold E, Alizadeh M, Sharan A, Wu C. A Novel and Simple Method Using Computed Tomography Streak Artifact to Determine the Orientation of Directional Deep Brain Stimulation Leads. Neurosurgery. 2023 May 25. doi: 10.1227/neu.0000000000002536. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37227135.

Fayed I, Tai A, Triano MJ, Weitz D, Sayah A, Voyadzis JM, Sandhu FA. Lateral versus prone robot-assisted percutaneous pedicle screw placement: a CT-based comparative assessment of accuracy. J Neurosurg Spine. 2022 Feb 4:1-9. doi: 10.3171/2021.12.SPINE211176. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35120316.

Kelly R, Fayed I, Conte A, Rock M, Nair N, Voyadzis JM, Sandhu F, Anaizi A. Minimally invasive surgery for intradural extramedullary spinal cord pathologies: A case series and technical note. J Clin Neurosci. 2022 Mar;97:108-114. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2022.01.012. Epub 2022 Jan 25. PMID: 35091315.

Chesney K, Stylli J, Elsouri M, Phelps E, Fayed I, Anaizi A, Voyadzis JM, Sandhu FA. Minimally Invasive Surgical Decompression without Fusion for the Treatment of Lumbar Synovial Cysts: Feasibility and Long-Term Outcomes. World Neurosurg. 2022 Nov;167:e323-e332. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2022.08.015. Epub 2022 Aug 10. PMID: 35961590.