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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 6/26/2020, 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

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

129 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.5

16 Patient Comments

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 12, 2020

Dr. Estemalik is very professional and compassionate! I would recommend him 100%!

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

As a nurse practitioner myself, I was very pleased with Dr. Estemalik. I will refer patients to him based upon how favorable our interaction was.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Provider was excellent and extremely helpful. He also demonstrated empathy when discussing pt history as well as when discussing the treatment options.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

he is a great doctor and very professional!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Dr Estemalik has has helped me tremendously.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Dr. Estemalik is always professional and listen to my concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Yes have recommended Dr.Estemalik to many people

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Dr Estamalik very professional, patient, encouraging, and I'm doing much better. Thank you Dr Estamalik.

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Excellent experience with the Doctor! I really appreciate his kindness and flexibility with scheduling! Thank you so very much!

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

Doctor was very nice, I just felt a little rushed.

Reviewed on May 15, 2020

very effective session. the provider spent the time necessary to understand my health issue.

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

best doctor ever! always professional, caring, polite.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2020

it was good to talk with the new doctor. He asked questions and I asked questions.

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