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Department Pain Management
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages Arabic, English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Back Pain Treatment
  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Cervical Epidural Injections
  • Cervical Facet Joint Block
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Diagnostic Epidural Differential Blocks
  • Discograms
  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Facet Median Nerve Branch Block
  • Implantable Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems
  • Implantable Spinal Cord Stimulator Therapy
  • Intradiscal Procedure for Pain Relief
  • Intradiscal Intervention (IDET, Biacuplasty)
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump
  • Joint Injections
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Epidural Injections
  • Lumbar Facet Joint Block
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression
  • Neck Pain Treatment
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Neuro Anesthesiology
  • Neuromodulation
  • Occipital Nerve Block
  • Occipital Nerve Stimulation
  • Pain Control
  • Pain Management
  • Peripheral Nerve Blocks
  • Placement of Cervical Tunneled Epidural Catheter
  • Placement of Lumbar Tunneled Epidural Catheter
  • Second Opinion Neuropathic Pain
  • Selective Nerve Root Injection
  • Sphenopalatine Ganglion (SPG) Blocks
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Sympathetic Nerve Blocks
  • Thoracic Epidural Injections
  • Thoracic Facet Joint Block
  • Transforaminal Injections
View all 38 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arachnoiditis
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Cancer Pain
  • Causalgia
  • Central Pain Syndrome
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Facial Pain
  • Female Pelvic Pain
  • Headaches
  • Herniated Disc
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuropathy - Diabetic
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pediatric Migraine Headache
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Pain
  • Spondylosis
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
View all 33 Specialties +


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About Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD

Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD, holds a joint appointment at the Cleveland Clinic Spine Center and Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center. He is also Professor of Anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve. His treatment interests include pain management, interventional spine pain management, cancer pain and neuropathic pain.

Dr. Mekhail  is a member of the Pain Committee of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Member of the American Pain Society Palliative Care Special Interest Group, Member of the  Board of Directors World Institute of Pain and Examiner for the World Institute of Pain Practice Exam. He is also a member of the Oversight Committee for the Annual American Society of Anesthesiologists Meeting Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) and part of the Task Force for "Industry Relations."

He is also a member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, an Executive Board member of the World Institute of Pain, Chair of the  Interventional Pain Practice Examination Board of the World Institute of Pain, and an ASA Adjunct Member of the Committee on Pain Medicine and Committee on Physician Resources. He is a member of the Society for Anesthesia Education Committee for the Journal of Education in Perioperative Medicine. 

Dr. Mekhail is the former Chair of the Pain Management Fellowship Directors Committee on Training Curriculum of the American Association of Pain Management Program Directors. He is also the former Co-Chair of a Pain Management Fellowship Directors Round Table Discussion on incorporating interventional pain therapy in training fellowship programs.
He is a former member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual program Committee, former ASA Adjunct Member of the Committee on Physician Resources, former member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine Scientific Review Committee. He also is a former member of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia Research Committee, Review Course Chair of the American Academy of Pain Medicine Program Committee, a participant in the ASA Refresher Course Lectures/Basic Science Review on Pain Management and Scientific Symposia Chair of the American Academy of Pain Medicine Program Committee.

He became a Diplomate of American Board of Anesthesiology and Diplomate of American Board of Anesthesiology, with added qualifications in Pain Management in 1993 and was recertified in 2004. He became a Fellow of the Interventional Pain Practice in 2001.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Anesthesiology/ Pain Medicine
Cleveland, OH United States

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Medical Education - Ain Shams University, Cairo,


Residency - Ain Shams University Hospitals
Internal Medicine & Cardiology
Cairo, Egypt

Graduate School - Ain Shams University, Cairo,


Internship - Ain Shams University Hospitals
Internal Medicine
Cairo, Egypt

Medical Education - Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine

Additional Training

  • Executive Education Program, Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, 1994-1995
  • Health Care Leadership Institute, George Town University, Washington, 2005

Professional Highlights

  • Chair of the Interventional Pain Practice Examination Board
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists, Pain Committee
  • Associate Editor of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Journal
  • Member of World Institute of Pain  Executive Board
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine, Scientific Review Committee Member
  • Associate Editor of Pain Practice Journal


  • Anesthesiology - Pain Medicine
  • Anesthesiology

Specialty Interests

Evaluation of back and neck pain, interventional pain management for back and neck pain, with special interest in the management of spinal stenosis and vertebral compression fractures, cancer pain evaluation and management, neuropathic, neuropathic pain, pelvic pain,Neuromodulation and interspinal drug delivery of pain and spasticity, research, spine, spine pain

Awards & Honors

  • Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists, Residents Research Contest, September 1988
  • The Cleveland Clinic Anesthesia Residents Research Contest, June 1989
  • Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists, Residents Research Contest, September 1989
  • The Cleveland Clinic Anesthesia Residents, Research Contest, June 1990
  • The Cleveland Clinic Anesthesia Residents, Research Contest, June 1991
  • Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists, Residents Research Contest, September 1991
  • The Cleveland Clinic William E Lower Fellowship Thesis Prize, June 1992
  • Foundation of Anesthesia Educational Research (FAER) Grant Award, 1992

Innovations & Patents

  • Pioneered minimally invasive techniques to treat painful degenerative disc disease
  • Innovated use of spinal cord stimulation for peripheral vascular disease
  • Minimally invasive technique of spinal stenting
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation


  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • American Pain Society
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • World Institute of Pain Executive Board
  • ASRA
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 6/26/2024, Dr. Mekhail 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Mekhail receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Saluda Medical, Inc.

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.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

116 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.

Overall Star Ratings
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2024

Dr. Mekhail was extremely attentive in understanding my pain. He took his time asking questions, asking me to move and discuss treatment options. I feel confident In his ability to provide me the best treatment possible.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2024

Dr. Mekhail is the best pain physician. Hoping he's extensive skills are appreciated. Love him, and grateful he's my physician.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2024

Dr. Mekhail saw me for an urgent problem the day after I spoke to him.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2024

I have known Dr. Mekhail for several years and he is a wonderful physician and skilled practitioner.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2024


Reviewed on Mar 28, 2024

Dr Mekhail is excellent! I was referred to Pain Mgmt. By Dr. Schlenk who is also outstanding. I avoided unnecessary surgery recommend locally by two other neurosurgeons, who recommended drastic surgeries and bone grafts. Dr. Schlenk was forthcoming and recommended pain mgmt as my first option and Dr. Mekhail has exceeded all of my expectations.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2024

Dr. Mekhail and Cathy are STILL outstanding !I would trust no other.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2024

Dr. Mekhail is the absolute best physician for pain management at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024

Staff always replies promptly on mychart. Dr MEkhail is in high demand so first available was not soon - but they called to get me in as soon as an opening appeared.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2024

It was all together an excellent experience. The office staff is amazing and Dr. Mekhail and his nurses and associates do a fantastic job. It's nice knowing that someone understands what you are going through and are eager to help you.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2024

It's so amazing to have a doctor and his associates that listen and have a plan to help. Would recommend Dr. Mekhail in a heartbeat!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr Mekhail and his staff went above and beyond helping me schedule my visit. I appreciate the time he spent with me and is kind and empathetic bedside maner.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

This was the worst medical experience I have ever had in my life. I have been dealing with issues for over 2 years and am, understandably, frustrated. My pain has been more severe in the past few months, and I was recommended to see a pain specialist by Dr Howell (pulmonology). The only question the doctor asked me was if my pain was better with rest. He felt my back and then said this was fibromyalgia. When I told him that my rheumatologist said he thought that something else was going on besides fibromyalgia, your doctor said, "no, it's fibromyalgia." He never asked about other symptoms and was uninterested when I tried to tell him about the thickening of my joints. He wasn't about to listen to any other symptoms. At this point, out of frustration, I was in tears, to which he said, "being upset doesn't help anything. If it did, I would write you a prescription!" He also told me that the only thing he could do was injections or procedures..there was nothing he could do for me. He recommended that I go to a pain recovery clinic..telling me that, when they call, that I, "need to take it seriously." There was no professionalism, care, concern, compassion, or anything else! He had his mind made up from the start and was unwilling to listen to me. I am at the point where I can't function on a normal daily basis..I can't even walk up the stairs in my home, but "being upset doesn't help anything!" I'm not drug seeking.I have a DEA license so I certainly wouldn't travel over 2 hours to different doctors on the chance that I might get some drugs prescribed. I was just hoping for some reliefeven a suggestion of what might help. Instead, all I got was berated for the 5 minutes he was in the room with me.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Great doctor

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

The doctor do great work

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

I just love Dr Navy Mekhail because he explains everything in such detail. Excellent doctor!!

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

The provider was not courteous and showed that he was in a rush to finish with me.it was sort of bundled.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Dr. Mekhail was incredible. He confirmed my diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and put me back on the medication that I took myself off of. He also recommended that I get PT as well as a Ganglion Nerve Block which is consistant with my Pain Management provider in San Antonio.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr went out of his way to help me

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Dr. Mekhail was very caring. Listened and answered my questions

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

I would not hesitate to refer him to family or friends.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

I had a good experience with Doctor even though I did not like the diagnosis

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