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Dr. Souhel Najjar, MD
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Dr. Souhel Najjar, MD

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    Overview

    Souhel Najjar, MD is the Chair of Neurology at Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital and is Chair and Professor of Neurology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Najjar is a world-renowned physician, internationally recognized for his clinical, research and teaching expertise, having dedicated his career to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, neuroinflammation-related neuropsychiatric disorders and autoimmune disorders of central nervous system.Dr. Najjar received his MD from Demascus Medical School in Syria and completed residencies in pathology and neurology at Albany Medical College. Following residency Dr. Najjar completed a fellowship in neuropathology at the NYU School of Medicine as well as a fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at NYU s Hospital for Joint Diseases.Prior to his appointment at North Shore-LIJ, Dr. Najjar was the Director of Neurosciences and Director of Stroke at SIUH, as well as the Director of Epilepsy Quality Assurance and Associate Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Najjar was also the Founder and Director of the Epilepsy Center Division of the NYU Department of Neurology s Neuroinflammation Research Group.Dr. Najjar was featured in the New York Times best-selling novel Brain on Fire, a memoir written by Susannah Cahalan, a reporter from the New York Post. Dr. Najjar diagnosed Ms. Cahalan with a rare autoimmune disease in which the body was attacking her brain. This illness is now thought to have been the cause of demonic possessions throughout history.In addition, Dr. Najjar has been featured in several nationally syndicated broadcast interviews including TLC s Mystery Diagnosis, NBC-TV s Today show and ABC-TV s Katie Couric Show. Dr. Najjar has also been featured in Oprah magazine and Forbes magazine and has been included in Best Doctors issues published by US News and World Report and New York magazine. Dr. Najjar was also recognized in Exceptional Parent Magazine s Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the care of children with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, movement disorders and related disabilities. Dr. Najjar s work has been widely published and is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He is also the Co-Director of the Scientific Planning Committee of the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance and lectures regularly both nationally and internationally.
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    Medical Specialties and Areas of Expertise

    Neurologist

    Education & Training

    NewYork Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital (Internship)

    Albany Medical Center Hospital (Residency)

    Albany Medical Center Hospital (Residency)

    New York University (Fellowship)

    New York University (Fellowship)

    Medical Degree - Damascus University Faculty of Medicine

    Languages

    Arabic

    Medical Conditions Treated

    Insurances

    Please contact Dr. Najjar's office to confirm accepted insurance plans.

    Locations

    Northwell Health Physician Partners Neurology at East 77th Street

    176 East 77th Street

    New York, NY 10075

    (212) 434-6400

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    Northwell Health Physician Partners at Chelsea South

    22 West 15th Street

    New York, NY 10011

    (212) 434-6400

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    Northwell Health Physician Partners Neurology at Seaview Avenue

    501 Seaview Avenue

    Suite 104

    Staten Island, NY 10305

    (718) 226-5700

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    Northwell Health Physician Partners Neuroscience Institute at Great Neck

    611 Northern Boulevard

    Suite 150

    Great Neck, NY 11021

    (212) 434-6400

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    Recognitions

    Castle Connolly Doctor’s Choice Awards

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    Doctor’s Choice - All Time

    Among the most nominated for the Castle Connolly Top Doctor recognition across all time

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Dr. Souhel Najjar accepting new patients?

    Yes, Dr. Souhel Najjar is accepting new patients at this time.

    Does Dr. Souhel Najjar offer online booking?

    Please contact Dr. Najjar's office at (212) 434-6400 for information about online booking, telehealth, or to schedule an appointment.

    Does Dr. Souhel Najjar offer telehealth appointments?

    Please contact Dr. Najjar's office at (212) 434-6400 for information telehealth appointment availability or for scheduling assistance.

    Which language(s) does Dr. Souhel Najjar speak?

    Dr. Souhel Najjar speaks English and Arabic.

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