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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
Locations 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
  • 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

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As of 7/24/2019, Dr. Estemalik 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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* 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

166 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
4.5 out of 5
Explains 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.4

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

The doc was extremely kind, listened to my concerns, and made me feel comfortable with my diagnosis. I appreciate the vitamins he prescribed to assist in having lesser headaches.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

very good the dr understood what I wanted and and the med has worked.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

He really new what I needed and what I wanted for my migraines. He was very personable. I was glad to go to him. I have been to other drs who have been asses . They should be thrown out of the profession. So it was nice to have a dr that treats you very well and knows what he is doing. I hope he hears about this because most of the time people only hear the bad stuff. Thank you so much for taking care of me.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Dr Elmad was very helpful and calming.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

everyone in that office including the doctor are amazing

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

I felt like I was not heard during the appointment. very little time was spent on describing and discussing my situation. It was just the Doctor smiling and saying everything is fine and trying to get me out the door. I wanted to discuss my medication and he just glossed over any concern I might have had as he was sending the clear message that there was nothing to talk about.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

Dr. Estamalik is a very nice person but the issues I outlined before led to a very unsatisfying appointment.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

The only problem I had concerning this doctor was that we came from Arkansas to this clinic. The doctor had gone over my records before hand. He knew he could not help me and could have told me over the phone. My family could have saved $1000 in traveling expenses if he had done so. I appreciated his honesty but wish he could have done so over the phone.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Doctor was super, however the treatment did not work on me.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

the doctor and the staff are very good

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

he is one of the nicest professional doctor I have ever met

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

The doctor put me at ease and gave me good instructions on what to do in future if I have any medical issues.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Fantastic doctor! Intelligent, kind, caring & skilled!

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Dr. Estamalik goes above and beyond for his patients. He's a true advocate!

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

every employee was courteous and friendly. the Dr was professional and sympathetic to my medical issue. very knowledgeable and helpful.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

nurse and doctor were beyond amazing. I felt very comfortable.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

Dr was patient and tried to help me in every way

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Dr. Estemalik seemed very knowledgeable, personable & easy to talk to. He addressed my concerns but also respected my limitations.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

other comments remain true, Dr. Estamalik went out of his way to accommodate me on a difficult day, which I truly appreciated!

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

the nurse was very good. the doctor blew in, told me to switch meds, blew out-was very friendly, but didn't sit and discuss much about my health issues.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

One of the most professional and caring medical doctors I have ever experienced.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Dr. Estemalik is quite personable. A quality not always found in a specialist. He amazed my husband and me at how quickly he discussed my treatment plan with us and got us on our way. Dr. Estemalik was excellent!

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

I was very impressed with the doctor and his concern for me.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Super easy and fast! Thought the Dr and nurse practitioner were great! Asked me a couple times what questions I had. I felt very comfortable with them both!

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Dr E is a very kind caring doctor and I am very confident in his care

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

Dr and his nurse are great, very caring, compassionate and willing to listen to any issues that I feel are imp.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

the Dr the was very nice and help me with changing my medication. I was in and out did not have to wait a long time which was nice.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Doctor had poor bedside manners. Doctor was only with me for 5 minutes. I will never return here for care from *Dr. Estemalik, or recommend him.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

It took longer for us to park the car and get checked in, than the doctor took with me.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

the doctor was very rude and disrespectful to me. he is very unprofessional and I don't think he should be practicing medicine.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

I have already recommended Dr Estamalik

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

i've had the most extreme cluster headaches . it's been going on for four months I've never experienced that before with pain lasting sometimes 6 to 8 hours a day so even with cluster headaches I am a rare case. i've documented all my extreme headaches and conditions with pictures and videos. even the nurse said I was a rare case because they lasted so long so I had so many questions for the doctor. when I tried to show him my pictures he didn't even want to see them and that hurt my feelings because I've been going through a Trumatic experience, I feel like I was close to death during this process. The doctor was in the room for less than five minutes. I traveled a long way and had to book a hotel for several nights for less than five minutes of time and I got none of my questions answered. I didn't think I would leave there still confused about what's happening to me everybody told me the Cleven clinic would take care of me.

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