Imad Najm, MD

216.636.5860

Imad Najm, MD
Department: Epilepsy Center
Director
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S51
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
WorkFax:216.445.4378
Imad Najm, MD
Department: Neurology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S51
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
WorkFax:216.445.4378
Imad Najm, MD
Department: eCleveland Clinic
N/A
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S51
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
WorkFax:216.445.4378
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Imad Michel Najm, MD, is Director of Cleveland Clinic's Epilepsy Center at the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute.

Dr Najm received his Medical Doctor degree from Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon in 1988. After one year of internship in Paris, France, Dr Najm became a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Southern California from 1989 till 1992. During that period, Dr Najm's research focused on the basic mechanisms of status epilepticus induced neuronal injury.

Dr Najm completed his Residency in Adult Neurology at Cleveland Clinic in 1996, and a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at Cleveland Clinic in 1997.

Dr. Najm received his board certification in adult neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1998, with an added qualification in clinical neurophysiology in 1999.

Between 2000 and 2003, Dr Najm served as the Director of the Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program at Cleveland Clinic. In 2003, he became the Head of the Section of Adult Epilepsy within the Department of Neurology at Cleveland Clinic and in 2006 he assumed his current position as the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center.

Dr. Najm has over 22 years experience in Clinical and Basic Mechanisms of Epilepsy. This includes conducting numerous research projects dedicated to exploring the topic of mechanisms of epilepsy and malformations of cortical dysplasia.

Professional Highlights

  • Research Programs Committees, Cleveland Clinic Foundation: Metabolic changes leading to neuronal damage in the temporal lobes of an epileptic model (July 1994-June 1995 and July 1995-June 1996).
  • Cleveland Clinic Neuroscience Research Day (1994)
  • Cleveland Clinic Neuroscience Research Day (1995)
  • American Epilepsy Society: Glaxo Junior Investigator Award (1996)
  • Principal Investigator: Epilepsy Foundation of America
  • Principal Investigator: National Institutes of Health (K08 and R21)
  • Principal Investigator: US Department of Defense

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Epilepsy
Cleveland, OH USA
1997
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Neurology
Cleveland, OH USA
1996
Internship - Sacre Coeur Hospital
Medicine
Beirut Lebanon
1989
Medical School - Saint Joseph University Faculty of Medicine
Beirut Lebanon
1988

Certifications

  • Neurology
  • Neurology- Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Neurology- Epilepsy

Specialty Interests

Medical and surgical management of adult and geriatric epilepsy, malformations of cortical dysplasia, basic mechanisms of epilepsy, post-traumatic epilepsy.

Awards & Honors

  • Cleveland Magazine Best Doctors (2006, 2007)
  • Epilepsy Association of North East Ohio: Legacy Award (2006)
  • Starthmore's Who's Who, Lifetime Member

Memberships

  • American Epilepsy Society
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Neurological Association

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortical Brain Mapping
  • Epilepsy Pharmacotherapy with Call Office
  • Epilepsy Surgery And Video Eeg Evaluation
  • Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation
  • Intraoperative Brain Mapping And Monitoring
  • Specialized EEG With Subdural Grids
  • Surgery In Brain Malformations
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulation
  • Video EEG Monitoring
  • Wada Test

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

  • Adult Epilepsy
  • Benign Focal Epilepsies and Variants
  • Brain Malformations Causing Epilepsy
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Epilepsy
  • Geriatric Epilepsy
  • Malformations Of Cortical Development
  • Non-epileptic seizure disorder
  • Seizure Manifestations
  • Seizures
  • Seizures - Febrile
  • Sleep and Epilepsy Issues
  • Status Epilepticus (continuous Seizures)
  • Women's Health And Epilepsy

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/23/2013, Dr. Najm has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Najm received fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • UCB, SA

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

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Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
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