Kendra Drake, MD

Personal Information
Assistant Professor, Neurology; Medical Director, University Medical Center Primary Stroke Center
(520) 626-2006

Dr. Kendra Drake is an associate professor of clinical neurology and co-medical director of the Primary Stroke Center at the University of Arizona. She also serves as program director of the Neurology Residency Program. She is a member of the American Stroke Association, American Epilepsy Society, and American Academy of Neurology and is the author of several peer-reviewed journal publications. Dr. Drake is currently the principal investigator of several ongoing clinical trials at the University of Arizona and regularly participates in community outreach programs to educate the Tucson community on the importance of stroke prevention and early recognition as well as the prevalence of epilepsy and associated signs and symptoms.

Dr. Drake is certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


Dr. Drake’s research interests include:

1) understanding ethnic and racial disparities in stroke, and

2) epidemiology and novel treatments for epilepsy.


MD: University of Arkansas College of Medicine, Little Rock
Internship: Internal Medicine University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Residency: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Fellowship: Epilepsy, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Selected Publications

  • Nael K, Khan R, Choudhary G, Meshksar A, Villablanca P, Tay J, Drake K, Coull BM, Kidwell CS. Six-minute magnetic resonance imaging protocol for evaluation of acute ischemic stroke: pushing the boundaries. Stroke. 2014 Jul;45(7):1985-91.
  • Labiner DM, Drake KW. Formularies, costs, and quality of care: Formulary restrictions are not the answer, especially for epilepsy. Neurol Clin Pract. 2013 Feb;3:71-74.
  • Shah A, Korya D, Larsen BT, Torres M, Drake K, LaWall J.  Meningioangiomatosis:  a rare presentation with progressive cortical blindness.  Neurology.  2013 Jul 30;81(5):511-2.
  • Chong J, Drake K, Atkinson PB, Ouellette E, Labiner DM.  Social and family characteristics of Hispanics with epilepsy. Seizure, 21(1), 12-16.  2012.
  • Ouellette E, Chong J, Drake K, Labiner D.   Emergency department care of seizure patients: demographic trends in Southern Arizona. Epilepsy & Behavior, 21(4), 382-386.  2011.
  • Coull BM, Drake K.  Coagulation Abnormalities in Stroke. In: Stroke: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management.  Mohr JP, ed.  2011.
  • Drake KW, Labiner DM.  Lamotrigine:  Once daily add-on therapy for epilepsy in adults experiencing partial onset seizures.  Clinical Medicine Reviews in Therapeutics, 2010  
  • Drake KW, Labiner DM.  Severe constipation associated with the use of rufinamide (Banzel) in an adolescent.  Epilepsy & Behaviour, 18:132, 2010.
  • Drake KW, Adam R.  Coccidiodal Meningitis and Brain Abscesses: Analysis of 71 cases at a referral center.  Neurology, 73(21):1780-1786, 2009.