Treatment & Services
- Bone Density Testing
- Immunoglobulin Infusion
- Infusions Of Biologic Agents On Site
- Joint Aspiration
- Joint Injections
- Ultrasound-guided Procedures
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Behcet's Disease
- Inflammatory Arthritis
- Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow
- Osteoporosis in Men
- Paget's Disease
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Raynaud's Phenomenon
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Systemic Lupus
- Temporal Arteritis
- Vitamin D Deficiency
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - Ross University School of Medicine
Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
- Metabolic Bone Disease/Osteoporosis
- Certified in Bone Density Interpretation
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography for Needle Guided Joint Aspiration/Injection
- Nailfold Capillaroscopy for Raynaud's Disease/Phenomenon
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound imaging
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound guided injections and aspirations
- Served as Section Head of Medical Specialties, Cleveland Clinic Lorain and Avon REJ Family Health Centers, until 2014
- Internal Medicine
Adult rheumatology and osteoporosis Preventive Care, Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle Shared Medical Appointment clinic Innovation clinic appointments
Awards & Honors
- America's Top Physician, since 2009
Innovations & Patents
- Osteoporosis Clinic for shared medical appointments for women and men with low bone density.
Rheumatology Access Clinic
- American College of Rheumatology
- International Society of Clinical Densitometry
- National Osteoporosis Foundation
- American College of Physicians
- Cleveland Society of Rheumatology
Research & Publications
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As of 8/7/2016, Dr. Al-Ashkar has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.
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260 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||5|
|Knows Medical History||5|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.9|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.9|
26 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Feb 1, 2017
I was given a phamplet of new medication that needs to be given for my condition.
Reviewed on Jan 25, 2017
dr. ashkar is amazing. This visit was the first time I ever felt like a doctor took my whole body health concerns seriously and treated me like a person rather than just a bunch of parts.
Reviewed on Dec 22, 2016
extremely good communicator
Reviewed on Dec 21, 2016
I feel so blessed to have Dr. Al Ashkar as my doctor!! She is so thorough!
Reviewed on Nov 18, 2016
I like her. She spends good amount of time with me, going over my lab results, medications and plans for the future regarding my health issues, making sure I understand and have input in all of it.
Reviewed on Nov 14, 2016
for the most part...cleveland clinic doctors dont want to help you get the health care you want. Instead they push their agenda on you, and it's "their way. or the highway".
Reviewed on Sep 21, 2016
Very thorough clear and detailed but a lot of information to absorb for a patient w/o a medical background. Very knowledgeable doctor. A very caring doctor.
Reviewed on Sep 21, 2016
Reviewed on Sep 7, 2016
The doctor was very complete in her knowledge as well as in the information both she and her nurse provided to me. They were thorough and accommodated me at the last minute after a call from my nephrologist who is also very thorough. They had all conferred with my PCP regarding the need for this care.
Reviewed on Sep 1, 2016
My visit was excellent!!
Reviewed on Aug 30, 2016
We are monitoring bone loss. Choices are shared in straight-forward manner. There is no talking down or attempt to change decisions.
Reviewed on Aug 15, 2016
Dr. Al-Ashkar is one of the most caring doctor's I have ever known. She's very thorough, never in a rush, understanding & patient. I trust her completely with my heath issues.
Reviewed on Jul 5, 2016
The Doctor is always excellent in all areas. She is very knowledgeable and informed and recommends alternatives to pain pills that are very helpful.
Reviewed on Jun 23, 2016
Reviewed on Jun 14, 2016
very thorough, respectful
Reviewed on Jun 7, 2016
Doctor gave me websites/_____ that I could use to help me develop a healthier lifestyle.
Reviewed on May 24, 2016
Reviewed on May 4, 2016
It is great not to be treated like an idiot concerning the health conditions I am being treated for.
Reviewed on Apr 20, 2016
Dr Al Ashkar very nice, and very knowledgeable. Glad I chose her as my Dr
Reviewed on Apr 18, 2016
Reviewed on Apr 14, 2016
Reviewed on Apr 7, 2016
very informative like I said before she cares about her patients! she is awesome!
Reviewed on Apr 4, 2016
Dr. Ashkar provided excellent care. SHe is focusing on providing as much treatment holisticly instead of pharmacologically. She is promoting life style changes as well as diet changes. I wish more doctors focused on holistic care.
Reviewed on Apr 1, 2016
Reviewed on Mar 31, 2016
this doctor from day one you made me feel that she really understood my condition and how to treat it.
Reviewed on Mar 31, 2016
Provided good information about meds and home care at home, informative.
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