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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

See publications for Imad Najm, MD.

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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 9/18/2022, 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

87 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 4.8
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

Again. Overall it was a good experience. Very glad to have come to your clinic. I feel very fortunate to have been paired with Dr. Imad Najm.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

No better doctor you'll ever find!!!! Seriously......

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Dr. Najm provided excellent service. He explained the potential treatment plans. As usual, he was very kind and friendly. I sincerely appreciate it.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Dr. Najm is a wonderful doctor He explained my condition as well as the treatment options clearly.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

Seeing Dr Najm is always the highlight of my day!!

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

Dr. Najm and his team will always have a special place in my heart

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

He always takes the time necessary to listen and to explain if I have any issues or I don't understand something. I will always recommend Dr. Najm

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Very nice physician

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Dr. Najm was highly professional, emphatic and friendly, he gave me the feeling that he will do whatever he can to help our case

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Dr. Najm is very personable and professional. We feel very comfortable with him.

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

This Dr. Seemed a real person. Not used to that with Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

Dr and lady prior to doc very good

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Dr. Najm treats us like family! That is very important to my son and has helped develop not only his bond with Dr. Najm but his faith in his own recovery.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

I am eternally thankful to Doctor Najm for providing me with exceptional care that allowed me to make such significant improvement with my epilepsy. He is an extraordinary doctor! I am so blessed to have Doctor Najm as my doctor. It gives me great joy and honor to recommend Doctor Najm to others. I wish others could experience the sincere care and extraordinary expertise of doctors Najm as a doctor. It was a wonderful experience.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

The doctor treated with great respect, courtesy and great professionalism

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Dr.Najm is the BEST neurologist I have ever had and I have been through my share. His compassion and empathy for his patients is truly remarkable and deeply appreciated.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

I was greatly touched by how kind Dr. Najm was during our appointment.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2022

I have and will always recommend Dr. Najim

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

Dr. Najm provides excellent care. He is pleasant and actually cares about his patients!

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2022

With every visit I had with Dr Najm, whether in person or virtually, he always treated me so special - I felt as if I were his only patient. He cared about me and always made sure that I was well informed about everything we had discussed during the appt. He took time with me and that was very important. Dr Najm is truly a dedicated physician who is very people oriented.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

I could see Dr Najm, and my picture was also up, but we couldn't hear one another, so Dr Najm was kind enough to call me. He is an excellent, caring doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

Dr Najm has been helping me for years with my seizures, and through the bad times and good, he always tries to make a plan ( that I Agee to) that will hopefully help.

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