Laura Nofal, PA-C, works at Brain & Spine Specialists, in Panama City, Florida, as a physician’s assistant, where she uses her experience in surgery and neurosurgery. Her special interests and skills include alternative therapies, performing minor procedures, and working with patients with complex neurological diseases and chronic pain syndromes.
Laura has been working in neurology since 2006 when she worked in brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Atlanta. While working as a certified neurosurgical assistant, Laura earned her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Behaviors from Georgia State University, and her Master of Medical Science degree from Emory University School of Medicine, both in Atlanta.
Today, she focuses her energies on outpatient pain management and general neurology. She’s an active member of her local chapter of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. For her skills, she has been certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Khurram Nazir, MD, serves Brain & Spine Specialists as a neurologist and neurophysiologist. Dr. Nazir brings his extensive neurological experience to patients in the Panama City, Florida, area.
A native of Pakistan, Dr. Nazir earned his medical degree at Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, and completed his internship there as well. Dr. Nazir first moved to the United States in order to perform clinical research at Harvard Medical Center in Boston.
After his time at Harvard, Dr. Nazir trained in neurology at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island, New York. During his final year of residency, he served as chief resident. He then completed an additional year at North Shore University Hospital, in order to receive fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology.
Dr. Nazir continues to advance in the neurological field. He’s a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and he’s a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and Florida Medical Association. Dr. Nazir is also part of the clinical faculty at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan.
Karin Maddox, MD, specializes in neurology and pain management at Brain & Spine Specialists, located in Panama City, Florida. Her local hospital affiliations include Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center and Sacred Heart Health System-Bay Medical Center, both located in Panama City.
Dr. Maddox received her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1997 in Augusta, Georgia, from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. She then completed both an internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at Medical College of Georgia.
Dr. Maddox is proud to serve neurological patients in Panama City at Brain & Spine Specialists, the only certified neurodiagnostic center for EMG and EEG in the area. She has more than 20 years of neurology experience and is known for her kind and caring attitude, and her success rate. Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Maddox offers her neurological patients thoughtful, thorough, expert care.
M.D., FACP, FAAN
Kamel Elzawahry, MD, FACP, FAAN, serves his practice, Brain & Spine Specialists, located in Panama City, Florida, as a neurologist. He’s board-certified in pain management, headaches, vascular neurology, tropical medicine, internal medicine, and neurology and psychiatry.
Dr. Elzawahry received his medical degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Two years later, he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine. A phenomenal young doctor, he then went on scholarship to train in the United Kingdom.
While in the UK, Dr. Elzawahry trained at Oxford University, Leicester University, Edinburgh University, and the Midland Neuro Center. He then moved to Kingston, Jamaica, to work at University Hospital of the West Indies.
In 1976, Dr. Elzawahry moved to the United States, where he completed a neurology residency at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, then served as the chief resident of internal medicine at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, New Jersey.
Dr. Elzawahry serves the greater Panama City community as the founder of the Bay Cares program in Bay County and as an active member of several medical societies, including the Florida Medical Association, Florida Society of Pain Medicine, Florida Society of Interventional Pain Medicine, Florida Society of Neurology, and American Academy of Neurology. He also teaches neurology students at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan as a clinical faculty member.
He’s also a diplomate of The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Neurology.
Dr. Elzawahry is extremely accomplished and has been recognized with many awards, including the Merit Award of the Florida Medical Association, Wall of Honor Gulf Coast Medical Center, Kenneth M. Viste Patient Advocate of American Academy of Neurology, Bay Medical Center Community Service, and Gulf Coast Medical Center Doctor of the Year.
Kaitlyn Blais, ARNP
Graduated from Troy University with a Masters of Science in Nursing with a 4.00 GPA
Graduated from Spring Hill College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Deans Listat Spring Hill College
Certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Licensed in the State of FL
Hoda Elzawahry, MD, works at Brain & Spine Specialists in Panama City, Florida, as a neurologist, neurophysiologist, and headache expert. She’s particularly interested in pediatric neurology and multiple sclerosis.
Born and raised in Panama City, Dr. Elzawahry received her medical degree from the alma mater of her father, Dr. Kamel Elzawahry, Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. After that, she returned to the United States to complete her training in neurology.
Dr. Elzawahry completed her neurology training at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Later, she moved to Atlanta to complete a subspecialty in neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and epilepsy at Emory University.
Dr. Elzawahry is board-certified in neurology and psychiatry, headache medicine, and neurophysiology. She has hospital privileges at two Panama City hospitals: Gulf Coast Medical Center and Sacred Heart Health System-Bay Medical Center. Dr. Elzawahry is also a clinical faculty member of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan.
When she’s not working, Dr. Elzawahry enjoys spending time with immediate and extended family in Florida.
Douglas Stringer, MD, is a neurosurgeon at Brain & Spine Specialists, located in Panama City, Florida. At the practice and nearby area hospitals, including Bay Medical Sacred Heart Health System and Gulf Coast Medical Center, Dr. Stringer specializes in neurological surgery.
Dr. Stringer has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. He received his medical degree in Augusta, Georgia, at Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia. He completed his internship at Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and his residency at the Wake Forest University Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, Dr. Stringer stands apart as one of only five neurological surgeons at Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart Health System, and one of a mere three neurological surgeons at Gulf Coast Medical Center.
Dr. Stringer is committed to neurosurgery and his patients. For his efforts, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons recognizes him as a Fellow, and he is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Achraf Makki, M.D.
Dr. Makki has served our community and the State of Florida for several years prior to becoming the Assistant Professor of Neurology at the American University in Beirut. Dr. Makki had appointments at several universities including his alma mater at Emory University, but because of his love of the community, he decided to rejoin our group. Dr. Makki is Board Certified in Neurophysiology and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Board Certified in Headaches. In addition, he has been trained in pain management. He was the Director of the Headache Clinic at the American University in Beirut. He served as the President Elect and Board Member of the Florida Society of Neurology and Board of Trustee of the Gulf Coast Medical Center. He served as the President of the Bays Medical Society in 2011-2012 and Chairman of the Continuing Medical Education between 2008-2013. He has held many other positions for advocacy of patients in medicine, among them a Member of the Executive Medical Board at Healthsouth Rehabilitation. He is a Pediatric Neurology and Neuromuscular Fellow and served as Chief Resident at Emory. In addition to all of his achievements, he has a Master's Degree in Neuroscience. He has published many papers in the field of Neurology. He will be accepting patients at the Brain and Spine Center starting today.