Katifi, Dr Haider



Consultant neurologist


Peripheral nerve disorders

Training and education

  • Attended medical school at the University of Baghdad, Iraq
  • Research registrar, neurosciences, University of Southampton
  • Neurology registrar, Wessex Neurological Centre, Southampton General Hospital
  • Senior registrar, Royal London Hospital, London.


Dr Katifi has worked for the Trust since June 1992. His previous experience includes

  • experience in peripheral nerve diseases, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London (specialist clinics run by Professor PK Thomas), 1991 to 1996
  • registrar and senior registrar in neurology, Wessex Neurological Centre, Southampton General Hospital and the Royal London Hospital, 1988 to 1992
  • senior house officer in general medicine, Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton, 1988
  • Honorary clinical assistant and research registrar in neurology and clinical neurophysiology, and studying for a PhD in clinical neurophysiology at University of Southampton, 1983 to 1987.
  • registrar in neurology, Medical City Teaching Hospital, Baghdad, 1982 to 1983
  • senior house officer in general and acute medicine, Medical City Teaching Hospital, Baghdad, 1979 to 1982.

Key achievements

  • Developing neurophysiological tests to investigate patients with back pain and sciatica.
  • Establishing regional clinics for peripheral nerve disorders at Southampton General Hospital.
  • Programme director and STC chair in neurology.
  • Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians.

Awards and prizes

  • First prize in physiology, University of Baghdad
  • Graduated with honour, Prize in Medicine, University of Baghdad
  • Awarded a grant by the Society of Clinical Neurophysiology to present research work at the International Congress of Electromyography, Italy, in 1987.


Dr Katifi developed a technique for assessing nerve root compression syndrome utilising neurophysiological methods, namely dermatomal evoked potentials. The work was awarded a PhD degree from the University of Southampton. Dr Katifi was the principal investigator for a multicentre trial in acute Guillain-Barre syndrome, and the use of methotrexate in CIDP. He has also undertaken research in thermal threshold testing in small fibre neuropathy.


  • Utility of dermatomal evoked potentials in lumbar root compression syndromes, failed back syndrome.
  • Chronic sensory ataxic neuropathy.
  • Short abstracts on prognosis in GBS, utility of nerve biopsies in peripheral neuropathy, and investigations in small fibre neuropathy