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Department Center for Neuro-Restoration
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Arabic, English, French, German
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Headaches
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About Emad Estemalik, MD

Emad Estemalik MD, MBA, is the Section Head for Headache and Facial Pain at the Center for Neurological Restoration at Cleveland Clinic. He joined the department in 2013. He is board-certified  by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and Headache Medicine by the United Counsel for Neurological Subspecialties. He is a member of the American Headache Society.

Dr. Estemalik completed his residency at Cleveland Clinic in 2012. He also completed a one-year fellowship in Headache Medicine following his residency. He received his MD from the Ain Shams University School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt, in 2005. He is also a graduate of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University from which he holds an MBA degree.

Dr. Estemalik serves on the leadership committee of Cleveland Clinic’s Neurological Institute. His role includes executing Cleveland Clinic’s vision and help achieve a high-performing institute while integrating education, research and medical innovation. His focus is to enhance the capabilities of medical informatics while directing the institute’s programmatic domestic and international growth and further enhance the development of service lines that better serve patients.

Dr. Estemalik speaks Arabic, German, French and Spanish. He often takes care of international patients who travel to Cleveland Clinic for headache treatment. He also serves on Cleveland Clinic’s Global Patient Services advisory board and oversees the Neurological Institutes International Patients service line.

Dr. Estemalik’s areas of interests are migraine headaches, trigeminal autonomic cephalgias and facial neuralgias. He is a national and international speaker on various topics of headache disorders and their comorbidities. He is an active participant in various headache clinic trials at Cleveland Clinic. He is an active reviewer for the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine and the Pain Practice Journal.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Headache and Facial Pain
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Ain Shams University Hospital
Cairo, Egypt

Medical Education - Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
Cairo, Egypt


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Psychiatry
  • Headache Medicine

Specialty Interests

Migraines ;TACs ; Botox injections for chronic migraines and Trigeminal neuralgias ; Occipital nerve blocks ; Trigger point injections

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 7/14/2021, Dr. Estemalik 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. Estemalik receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.
  • Allergan, Inc
  • Lilly USA, LLC

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

151 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
4.3 out of 5
Explains 4.3
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.4
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.3

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

It was absolutely the worst experience I have ever received as far as seeing a doctor. His bed side manner was awful. He talked at me instead of to me . I will not be returning and I hope and pray no one gets treated in the manner that I did

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Like I previously wrote it was the worst experience I have had as far as a health care provider. I came to Cleveland clinic in hopes of top notch care.I experienced the exact opposite and I hope and pray no one has to endure what I had to . I will not be returning.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Dr. Estamalik and his staff are 100 percent professional, knowledgable, caring, helpful and a great representation if the Cleveland Clinic as a whole. I would highly recommend them and the Clinic to others and have done so. We are blessed to have such wonderful professionals to take care of our needs, and the Clinic is blessed to have such a wonderful, caring and professional staff from the bottom to the top. Thanks to everyone for all that you do each day. You are ALL heroes!! God bless!!

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

I had a Fellow that did my treatment and he did a wonderful job and took his time explaining everything to me, he was not in a rush like Dr Estemalik always is. This time I didn't have a severe headache when I left. Dr Estemalik speeds through the injections like he's racing for a world record.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

I've been going to CCF for many years and have recommended countless people to CCF, but I don't recommend anyone to headache clinic, especially Dr Estemalik because he rushes through treatment and doesn't listen to me. He doesn't follow through with what he says, like writing orders for prn meds.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Dr. Estamalik reviewed my file before entering the ro and listened effectively. He answered all my questions and offered additional services despite being an out of town patient.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

This is first time I felt a doctor actually listened to me in the 10 years I have been dealing with the head rushes. While the medicine has not entirely stopped the head rushes, I have been able to sleep through the night. Dr, Estmalik is kind, with a great beside manner. I highly recommend him! He has truly changed my physical and mental health.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

I am overly thankful for Dr. Estamalik. He takes time to listen and then discuss my needs and well as my victories. I gladly travel from Atlanta Georgia to Cleveland Clinic as a patient of Dr. Estamalik's and am thankful for his expertise, care, attention, and continually exceeding expectation.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

I would travel anyplace in the United States to continue being Dr. Estamalik's patient. He is very thorough, knowledgeable, and caring.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Top notch physician, explained everything exceptionally well!

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

My first visit with Dr.Estemalik-Everything went very well-

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

He is such an awesome doctor

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Excellent 1st experience at the Cleveland Clinic and with Dr. Estemalik.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

I had a very informative meeting with my physician

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Dr. E is very person3alble and is a excellent doctor. I recommend him to anyone who suffers from migraines.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

great doctor

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Doctor never turned on his camera, it felt very impersonal.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

both physician and resident thorough and would recommend!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

He is an excellent Dr and if he was ever to Leave i would follow him where ever he goes. He is amazing!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

Dr. E and his staff were outstanding.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2020

I was at Jacobs for the blood lab for an upcoming wellness visit. I stopped into the main lobby and ask to make an appointment with Dr. Estemallik. I was told he had an appointment in one hour. I saw him and he referred me to Dr. Thomas at the spine center. I made an appointment with Dr. Thomas. My problem isn't debilitating, but it hurts constantly and I appreciated the concern and how expeditiously this was handled.

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