Department Pain Management
Primary Location Hillcrest Medical Building 1
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Arabic, English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Comprehensive Pain Management
  • Management of Back and Neck Pain
  • Pain Management
  • Pain Medicine
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Chronic Neuropathic Pain
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Pain
  • Spine Pain
View all 7 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Huron Hospital
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Huron Hospital
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical School - Damascus University-Faculty of Medicine


  • Anesthesiology
  • Anesthesiology - Pain Medicine

Specialty Interests

back, Back Pain, back/neck pain, evaluation of back and neck pain, interventional pain management, interventional pain management for back and neck pain, Low Back Pain, management of chronic pain, pain, pain management, pain management including spine, spine, spine pain

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 1/26/2018, Dr. Laham 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. Laham receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Depomed, Inc.
  • Pernix Therapeutics Holdings, Inc.
  • BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc.

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Laham has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

  • Depomed, 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

224 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 4.6
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

i was not verbally told of a med change prior to follow up instructions I read at home. I had questions, I would have asked when the caregiver was present. The doctor told me he didn't have time for questions the nurse would do that.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2018

Dr Laham needs to spend more time listening to his patients instead of popping in, ignoring what the patient says, and ducking out after seconds of arriving in the room. I'll wait 2 hours to see him, then he spends less than 1 minute with me in the room to talk.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

This doctor interrupted me and I did not get a chance to report symptoms that, according to my former ortho, suggest there may be another issue involving a related area to the site treated.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2018

Dr Laham and his staff are awesome. they are courteous, respectful and they care about their patients.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2018

Been seeing Dr. Laham for years now and he's by far the best pain management doctor I have been with. Does not just push drugs onto you and finds the best way to treat your issue that works for you!

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

doc lahamm explaine' s everything to me!

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2018

I have seen Dr. Laham for a number years. Not only do I find him an exceptional doctor, but his staff is fabulous! There have been at least 25 times that I needed something urgently, he and team has provided great care very quickly.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

Dr did not spend very much time with me, did not seem very concerned about my pain level, said here's a prescription for some pain medication that will take awhile before it starts working, here's a referral to physical therapy, goodbye.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2018

dr. Laham has no business being a doctor. He spent 15 seconds in the room with me and gave me a medication that may or may not help. he didn't take the time to discuss what my possible condition could be. he never even sat down. this is the 2nd appointment with him and I won't be going back.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2018

Doctor really cares for his patience

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

when I get cortisone shot from dr. laham my back feels great.!!

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

Dr. Laham is always prescribing the best meds. for me. And my well being!!

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

I'm in and out of dr Laham's quickly.

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

Always good at Dr. Laham's!!

Reviewed on May 23, 2018

it took a month to get in to see the Dr Laham for initial visit

Reviewed on May 8, 2018

Dr. Laham is very helpful and concerned re. trying to replace the meds that are no longer covered. It was difficult to be on a med for years and one day be cut off from it. (Amrix) I actually was very sick from this, he was so helpful, unlike my ins. co. who didn't care. I also was set back in my pain regimen, up all night and in pain all day. Having someone who is concerned and willing to help makes a big difference.

Reviewed on May 7, 2018

The doctor was very unpassionate regarding my condition and did not seem to be concerned about the severity of my pain. He ask me why did I come to see him? I explain to the doctor that my primary care physician referred me to a pain management physician. The physician showed absolutely no compassion for my pain. I would never recommend anyone to see him nor will I ever return to his office.

Reviewed on May 7, 2018

The doctor didn't show any concern nor compassion for the pain I was experiencing.

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