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Department Epilepsy Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Arabic, English, French
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortical Brain Mapping
  • Epilepsy Pharmacotherapy with Call Office
  • Epilepsy Surgery And Video Eeg Evaluation
  • Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation
  • Interpretation of EEG in the critical care setting
  • Intracranial EEG monitoring and brain mapping for presurgical evaluation
  • Intraoperative Brain Mapping And Monitoring
  • Specialized EEG With Subdural Grids
  • Surgery In Brain Malformations
  • Vagal Nerve Stimulation
  • Video EEG Monitoring
  • Wada Test
View all 13 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult Epilepsy
  • Benign Focal Epilepsies and Variants
  • Brain Malformations Causing Epilepsy
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Complex Epilepsy in Adults
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Epilepsy
  • Geriatric Epilepsy
  • Intractable (Drug Resistant) Epilepsy
  • Malformations Of Cortical Development
  • Neurofibromatosis Causing Epilepsy
  • Non-epileptic seizure disorder
  • Seizure Manifestations
  • Seizures
  • Seizures - Febrile
  • Sleep and Epilepsy Issues
  • Status Epilepticus (continuous Seizures)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Causing Seizures
  • Women's Health And Epilepsy
View all 19 Specialties +


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About Imad Najm, MD

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.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Training Program
Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Sacre Coeur Hospital

Medical Education - St. Joseph University Faculty of Medicine
Beirut, Lebanon

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


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Psychiatry and 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


  • American Epilepsy Society
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Neurological Association
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 9/19/2021, 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 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. Najm receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Eisai Co., Ltd.

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

115 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

*Dr. Alexopolis was amazing.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Dr. Najm was great.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Dr Najim is top notch. He listens well and really shows he cares about you as a person not just as a patent.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Dr.Najm was very patient in explaining everything. He took his time to talk to me. He was in no rush at all to get his next appointment or to end the call. I felt very comfortable talking to him. I live out of state and my appointment was a video visit. My family was with me as well since the treatment decision was huge for us to for a surgery or not. He answered each and every one's question until we ran out of questions to ask him. He is the best I talked to in regards to my epilepsy so far !!

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

We have truly enjoyed working with Dr Najm. Dr Najm is always approachable, caring, and patient when working with us. We feel he has done an excellent job and that he and his team of have provided the best care for our son, Grant. Dr Najm also does a great job providing information and answering all our questions/concerns regarding our son's care. Dr Najm also listened to our son's personal goals for his treatment and Dr Najm helped him come up with a plan to achieve this goal.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Very special to see Dr Najm, great personality

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Dr. Najm is the best neurologist out there. Make sure you hang on to him. He cares very deeply about his patients in a way that I have never seen before and as someone who has been to their fair share of doctors it is very nice to see this in a professional provider who you care and trust with your health needs.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Doctor Najm is incredible. He was polite and friendly. He provided an excellent medical care!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Dr Njam is the best doctor we have had in a very long time for this issue

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Dr. Najm is very professional and very thorough. He took time and was not in a hurry. He is kind and compassionate.

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Dr. Najm is amazing!!!! His staff does an amazing job arranging appointments and answering any questions I have. They are extremely quick at responding to my messages and helping me find an answer to my questions, refill my meds, getting me an appointment, etc. I've never had such great help with a doctor and team! A+++++

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Dr.Najm truly cares! We talk like we're good friends and he knows my whole history. He even remembers my daughters birthday!!!

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

I started out trying to rush. I was calling for a second appt and wanted to rush through my history so I wouldn't run out of my hour without getting to what I was calling about. Dr. Najm told me to slow down and said he wanted to hear EVERYTHING. He said he needed to hear everything about me to give his opinion whether I chose to have him treat me or simply give me a second opinion and if I didn't get through all of my info by the end of the hour, he would call me back at the end of his work day. I was so incredibly touched. I never met a doctor so dedicated to a patient that wasn't even his!

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Someone from the staff called me first to make sure I knew how to get in to the waiting room. After talking to Dr. Najm for just a handful of minutes, I knew I would be happy with him as my doctor. when I said "if you think you can help me, I'll fly there tomorrow," he said "ok, let me get my Secretary on the call on the line and make those arrangements." And he wasn't joking! He really got his Secretary and they started making plans. I was shocked and speechless.

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Dr. Najm offered to contact my wife from his home since I am on MST to ask her additional questions I was unable to answer. We have been unable to connect thus far; however, I have never had a doctor do this!

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Dr Najm is so helpful, positive, caring and amazing as a physician! really was a blessed appt

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

good at having great Dr.experience !

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr. Najm is fantastic. Truly takes a personal interest in the care he provides. MyChart continues to improve.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

great experience doctors and staff were friendly and awesome. never have a bad experience at cleveland clinic been coming their now for like 15 years.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2021

amazing dr. look forward to meeting him in person. we have hope for the first time in a long while.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

thoank you Dr. Najm for your patience, concern for my son, and willingness to what I want to do with my medicine.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

The portal makes it very easy to send messages to Dr. Najm and his team. They always respond very quickly!

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

Dr. Najm is amazing! He not only treats you like a patient he sincerely cares about, but also like a dear friend.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2021

I want to sincerely thank Dr. Najm. His care and kindness made me very glad to be under his care. His carefully planned treatments plan and excellent professional knowledge have provided me with great relief and confidence. Thank you Dr. Najm!

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

dr Najm is wonderful and is very professional and knowledgeable of how to treat me.

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