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Department Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Primary Location Avon - Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Arabic, English, French
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Administration of Injectable Medications for Osteoporosis
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Diagnosis of Osteoporosis
  • Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  • General Rheumatology
  • General Rheumatology Including Lupus
  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
  • Immunoglobulin Infusion
  • Immunology
  • Immunotherapy
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Infusions of Biologic Agents on Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Medical Management of Early Osteoarthritis
  • Medication Management
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Treatment for Joint Pain
  • Rheumatology
  • Steroid Injections
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Viscosupplementation Injections
View all 31 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • AIDS and HIV
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist and Hand
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Autoinflammatory Syndromes
  • Behcet's Disease
  • Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome
  • Buerger's Disease
  • Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Calcinosis
  • Central Nervous System Vasculitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis (Pseudo Gout)
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • EGPA (Eosinophilic Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis)
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) Syndrome
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Gout
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Problems
  • Henoch Schonlein Purpura
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Immunosuppression
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Iritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow
  • Lupus
  • Lupus Anticoagulant
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA)
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hips and Knees in the Elderly
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporosis in Men
  • Osteoporosis Related to Cancer
  • Paget's Disease
  • Painful Joints
  • Palindromic Rheumatism
  • Panuveitis
  • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Polymyositis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Rheumatoid Vasculitis
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthopathy
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Takayasu's Arteritis
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Uveitis
  • Vasculitis
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Wegener Disease
  • Wegener’s Granulomatosis
View all 108 Specialties +


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About Feyrouz Al-Ashkar, MD, FACR

Feyrouz Al-Ashkar, MD, FACR, is a Staff Physician who specializes in evaluating and treating rheumatic and immunologic disease at Cleveland Clinic Lorain and Avon REJ, Family Health and Surgery Centers. She also specializes in evaluating and treating metabolic bone disorders, such as osteoporosis, osteopenia and paget's disease of the bone.
She is also board-certified by the American Board of Rheumatology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Ross University School of Medicine
Roseau, Dominica

Undergraduate - American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

Additional Training

  • Metabolic Bone Disease/Osteoporosis
  • Certified in Bone Density Interpretation
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography for Needle Guided Joint Aspiration/Injection
  • Nailfold Capillaroscopy for Raynaud's Disease/Phenomenon
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound imaging
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound guided injections and aspirations

Professional Highlights

  • Served as Section Head of Medical Specialties, Cleveland Clinic Lorain and Avon REJ Family Health Centers, until 2014


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Specialty Interests

Adult rheumatology and osteoporosis Preventive Care, Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle Shared Medical Appointment clinic Innovation clinic appointments

Awards & Honors

  • America's Top Physician, since 2009

Innovations & Patents

  • Osteoporosis Clinic for shared medical appointments for women and men with low bone density.
    Rheumatology Access Clinic


  • American College of Rheumatology
  • International Society of Clinical Densitometry
  • National Osteoporosis Foundation
  • American College of Physicians
  • Cleveland Society of Rheumatology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Feyrouz Al-Ashkar, MD, FACR.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 4/23/2023, Dr. Al-Ashkar 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

270 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
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

74 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

Dr AlAskar explained everything very easily for me to understand.

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

Dr. Al-Ashkar is one of the best doctors I've ever seen - and that says a lot given that I'm in my 60s! She is impressively detail-oriented, looks at the overall picture of one's health, asks many questions to home in on any issues, and was very thorough with the exam part. I felt listened to and cared about - which is unusual in a doctor's office.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

It takes forever to get an appointment BUT that is because Dr. Al-Ashkar is so good

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

She is great, very thorough, helpful wants the best for her patients

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

I love the dr but she was very rushed this visit too much computer tapping not enough 1 on 1 interaction I left feeling rushed and wanted more time to discuss

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

I have already recommended Dr. Al Ashkar to friends and family. She is thorough and explains my condition, goals, and treatment. Personally, I have been dealing with my husband's serious illness, and she showed tremendous concern. We spoke like friends about what I've been going through.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

She is a great Doctor! Very respectful and and willing to explain her thinking clearly.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

Dr. always so very kind, compassionate, and thorough. Always looking out for my best!

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

We enjoyed the visit. The Dr. Was through and we even laughed a lot. Good Visit!

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

I love my doctor !!

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

I was especially pleased with the care, consideration, and genuine empathy that was given to me. This was my first visit with this particular doctor, and she spent over an hour asking about my condition, answering my questions, giving healthful lifestyle regimens, and prescribing tests for further evaluation. I can understand why she is given a 5-star rating by patients; I felt I was in very good hands, and I am so pleased that she is a member of the Cleveland Clinic staff.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

Straight forward and to the point - something that can be very hard to find in a doctor!

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2023

Dr. Ashkar is an excellent doctor who is very knowledgeable in her specialty. I have recommended her to my friends.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

I was most impressed with Dr Al-Ashkar's line of questions and analysis of my symptoms. I've been to many doctors recently and none of them seemed to be interested in the cause of my symptoms, only in treating the symptoms.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

As always, Dr. Al-Ashkar was very kind, thorough and helpful!

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

The Dr. Was very thorough during my scheduled visit and answered my questions thoughtfully.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Dr. Al-Ashkar gave me the most thorough assessment I have ever had. She was kind and considerate not only to myself but my husband also.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2023

My doctor is so caring and extremely intelligent on my conditions and me as a person. She is always trying to find the best plan to care and help me improve my conditions. I feel very privileged and blessed to have her for my doctor!

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

She is a very caring and genuine doctor! I love her. She makes me feel like she genuinely cares about me.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Very knowledgeable doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Dr Alashkar is a very caring, respectful human being. Creates a care plan with patient in mind.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Dr. Al-Ashkar is an outstanding doctor -- one of the best!!!

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

She was very thorough.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

Dr. Al-Askar explains things very well. She listens to concerns and answers clearly

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

Doctor really listened to my concerns

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

Wish the doctor could be cloned as we need more doctors like her

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

I recommend Dr. Al Ashkar to everyone who needs to see a rheumatologist. She is absolutely amazing! So caring, so up to date on treatments, spends time listening and explaining. She goes out of her way to make sure that patients feel heard and respected. She makes the patient a part of decision making, as that should be. She is the best in her field.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2023

Dr. Al Ashkar is one of the best doctors the Cleveland clinic has. She is very thorough and looks at the entire picture. I wish other practitioners were as thorough as she Is.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

She was very nice and caring

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

She is very knowledgeable and so helpful with all of the information she provides. Definitely an expert in her field with a great personality that truly cares about her patients. I would highly recommend her to anyone and so thankful to have her as my rheumatologist

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Always courteous, informative, concern. Great doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Dr. Al-Ashkar is a dedicated professional who is patient, caring and explains everything. Slew also listens which is an important plus.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Dr al ashkar is amazing! She always takes the time to go through everything. Her staff is also wonderful.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr. Al-Ashkar is the absolute BEST. She is very thorough, explains everything, and makes perfect recommendations that have helped me tremendously. I recommend her to everyone.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

I absolutely LOVE Dr. Al-Ashkar & cannot believe how incredibly lucky I am to have gotten an appointment with her. She is the very best doctor I have EVER had & I'm telling everyone how awesome she is! I would not want to trust my care to anyone else!

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr Al-Ashkar is fabulous - she explains thoroughly & listens to what your needs are

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr All-Ashkar was very compassionate and understood my reservations concerning medication. She allayed most of my concerns and I have started the medication.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

She was patient, courteous and attentive.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Wonderful Doctor!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Dr Al Ashkar is an amazing provider. She couldn't be better!!

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Great Experience!!! My first visit with Dr. Al-Ashkar. She spent a great deal of time with me. Very compassionate. Very thorough.Really listen to me. She asked all the right questions. To note of all my concerns. Easy to talk to. Shes a wonderful Doctor. The world needs more people like her as medical providers.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Dr. Feyrouz Al-Ashkar is one of the best doctors I've ever had. She is very knowledgeable, thorough, never rushed when she is with me, and always listens to and answers my questions and concerns. I have recommended her to friends and family.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

This DR is a gem!!! Really dug into my health condition! I trust her diagnosis and the recommendations she made for my health future!!!

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

Dr suggested the virtual visit due to the weather. I appreciated her taking the initiative and setting up the zoom

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

I hesitate recommending any doctor. Expectations of what makes for a good fit are very different.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

Dr AlAshkar is amazing- she helps me manage very challenging issues of RA. She is compassionate & very well informed w all medical issues. Also prompt to respond to any My Chart questions

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

Due to the incredible care and expertise of Dr. Al-Ashkar, an unknown illness of mine was diagnosed and a greatly improved quality of life and health has been achieved with a diet change. I am forever grateful to her!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Dr Al Ashkar truly listens, asks thoughtful questions. I was one of the best visits I've had.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2022

Dr. AlAshkar is the best caregiver ever

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Dr. Al Ashkar could not be more caring. She takes a lot of time to explain treatment options and needed tests. She really puts herself out there for her patients and I recommend her to everyone I know who needs a rheumatologist. I truly love her

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Of my many doctors, Dr Al-Askar is the most thorough. She reviews my entire chart and answers my questions with practical details.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Last response: Dr Al-Askar asked to see me again in Spring/Summer, around 6 months. Was not able to get next appointment until end of July. That's 9 months! I find that unacceptable.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

I was on a wait list for several months. I made the appointment in March and earliest date to see Dr Al-Ashkar was Dec 23. I was thrilled when I received call that there was an opening Oct 5.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

Dr Al-Ashkar was extremely patient and thorough going through my history. She listened to me about all the change in my health since I and my husband had breakthrough Covid in Sept 2021

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Love Dr. Al-Ashkar. She has made a positive impact in my life, medically, and continues to do so.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Dr Al -Ashkar was very helpful and caring

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Best Dr I've ever gone to

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Dr. Al-Ashkar was amazing. I've never had a doctor spend so much time with me and showed concern for every detail. She gave me lots of insight and suggestions. Also very thorough ordering lab work. I'm so empressed and grateful for her.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2022

Doctor Al-Ashkar was extremely thoughtful and thorough. Her paperwork to take home was most helpful.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2022

I always enjoy my appointments with Dr Al Ashkar. She shows a passion for her profession and is very helpful with recommendations on how I can improve my osteoporosis.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Dr. Al Ashkar is always very personable and on top of my health issues.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

Dr. Al-Ashkar is by far the best doctor I have at the Cleveland Clinic. She takes the time to hear her patients and listens to their concerns. There is no better doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Dr. Al-Ashkar is one of the best doctors I've ever been treated by.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Caring, knowledgeable and thorough Dr.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Dr. Ashkar was by far the best physician I have seen in a long time. She took time to read my chart, listened to me and involved me in conversation. Really trying to put it together and " hearing " my concerns

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Dr. Al-Ashkar is a phenomenal doctor. Although I have only seen her twice, in my long life she is the first doctor with the courage to suggest an alteration in my diet: a cessation of dairy. I took her suggestion a step farther and went vegan--resulting in a concomitant drop in my cholesterol. By ordering the necessary blood work, she also noted I needed additional vitamin D--a deficiency other medical staff did not detect. She is prompt, kind, warm, and intelligent.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

It's always a joy to see *Dr. Al-Ashkar!

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

I waited for 6 months to see the doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Dr. Al Ashkar always takes time to educate, explain, converse and include me in decisions about my treatment and care. She Is thorough, compassionate and stays current regarding research.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

I have been seeing *Dr. Al-Ashkar since May 2017. She is EXCELLENT! Always knowledgeable, efficient, respectful of my decisions. Learned a lot during shared medical appts. (pre COVID). Highly recommend her!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Dr.L. Ashkar is great

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Dr. Adhkar was excellent in her field.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Dr. AlAshkar is the best! professional, kind, and caring! I have referred her to many people!

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Always wonderful experience with this very knowledgeable Dr. She is confident and thorough in assessing my needs.

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