- Medical Director, Center for Music and Medicine, UH Cleveland Medical Center
- Director, Autonomic Program and Laboratories, UH Cleveland Medical Center
- Associate Professor of Neurology, CWRU School of Medicine
Kamal Raymond Chémali, MD joined University Hospitals in 2021, almost 22 years after the completion of his neurology residency at University Hospitals. He is the Director of the Autonomic Nervous System Program and the Medical Director of the Music and Medicine Program in the Neurological Institute and an Associate Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Chémali specialized in Neurology at Case Western Reserve University-University Hospitals of Cleveland and sub-specialized in Neuromuscular Diseases, Electromyography and Neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic, where he subsequently practiced for twelve years in the Neuromuscular Center. As a Resident at University Hospitals, and as a Fellow and Staff Physician at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Chémali became intimately involved in the Autonomic Laboratory and pioneered the use of Infrared Dynamic Pupillometry in the diagnosis of mild and pre-clinical autonomic disorders. He also was heavily involved in Medical Education and took the lead on building the second year neurosciences curriculum at the newly founded Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM). At CCLCM, he directed the Neuroscience Course Year 2 for six consecutive years. He then moved to Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk, Virginia to found and direct the Sentara Neuromuscular and Autonomic Center that an EMG Laboratory and a state-of-the-art Autonomic Laboratory. The Center drew referrals from all over the United States and abroad. In Norfolk, Dr. Chémali was also involved in medical and resident education as an Associate Professor of Neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Dr. Chémali started studying the piano at age seven and continued his musical activities throughout his medical studies and training. Combining his role as a physician and a musician, Dr. Chémali’s firm belief in the power of music in connecting people and in healing disease led him to start the Doctor-Patient Music Connection Program, where physicians and professional or student musicians perform for patients in a hospital setting, and the award-winning Music and the Brain™ Concert-Lectures, educational scientific symposia on the effect of music on the nervous system, incorporating live performances. Along those lines, he was the co-founder of the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Institute and the Founding Director of the Sentara Music and Medicine Center. An active educator and researcher in the field of music and neuroscience, Dr. Chémali lectures, narrates and participates in lecture-concerts all over the world in concert halls, universities, music festivals and conservatories, in special events that illustrate the important effect of music on health and disease. He has appeared on the stages of prestigious musical institutions such as the Lincoln Center in New York, the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria, The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico and the Abu Dhabi International Music Festival, among others. On the clinical side, he is a champion of Music Therapy and its applications in neurological disorders.
Nationally, he served as a Course Director at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and is the current Chair of the Autonomic Section of the AAN.
- Autonomic Disorder Testing
- Autonomic Disorders
- Botulinum Toxin Injections
- Music Therapy
- Performing Arts Medicine
- Skin Biopsies
English, French, Lebanese, Arabic
Patient Experience Reviews
4.0 out of 5
Patient Comments (7)
Reviewed On 8/2/2023
Dr. Chemali and his staff were excellent during and after the testing that was done. Thanks to the great folks who administered the EMG and Tilt table tests.
Reviewed On 7/1/2023
My first visit there and I was very pleased with how things went. ***
Reviewed On 6/1/2023
Dr. Chemalli is an excellent physician. He is thoughtful, knowledgeable and very kind.
Reviewed On 6/1/2023
Dr Chemali was so nice and listened to everything I had to say. I appreciated his attention and concern.
Reviewed On 5/1/2023
This team of doctors was amazing. I was completely impressed by them and very thankful for the time they took to help my daughter. They seem knowledgeable and caring and I feel like the path forward will be helpful.
Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Dr. Chemali and his staff were thorough, kind and very professional.
Reviewed On 4/1/2023
I have been disabled by a rare, poorly understood disease for 26 years, and Dr. Chemali is the most knowledgeable, well-researched, and intelligent doctor I have seen in that time.
Research & Publications
Autonomic Disorders, Autonomic Testing, Small Fiber Neuropathies, Music and Medicine, Music Therapy, Neuromuscular Disorders, EMG and Nerve conduction studies
Certifications & Memberships
- Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
- Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Fellowship | Clinical Neurophysiology
Clinical Neurophysiology - Cleveland Clinic (1999 - 2000)
Residency | Neurology
Neurology - UH Case Medical Center (1996 - 1999)
Internship | Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine - Staten Island University Hospital - North Site (1995 - 1996)
Lebanese University Faculty Of Medical Sciences (1995)
American University Of Beirut (1987)
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As of December 31, 2016, Kamal Chemali did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.