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Bashar Katirji, MD

Bashar Katirji, MD



98 Ratings 24 Reviews


Neurology, Neurology-Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology-Neurophysiology

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Primary Location

UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

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  • Director, Neuromuscular Center and EMG Laboratory, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Program Director, Neuromuscular Medicine, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Director, Autonomic Laboratory, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Bashar Katirji, MD, FACP, FAAN is a Professor of Neurology, the Director of the Neuromuscular Center, and the Program Director of the Neuromuscular Fellowship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center - Case Western Reserve University and Director of the Electromyography (EMG) laboratory. Dr. Katirji earned his medical degree from the Medical School at the University of Aleppo in Syria. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, he completed his neurology residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, followed by fellowship training in Clinical Electromyography at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He has previously been a Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Katirji specializes in the field of Neuromuscular Disorders and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He has published extensively and authored more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 50 chapters in neurologic textbooks. Dr. Katirji has also authored an EMG textbook, Electromyography in Clinical Practice, now in its third edition.  and co-authored the textbook, Neuromuscular Disorders in Clinical Practice, a widely utilized reference text in the US and abroad, now in its second edition. Dr. Katirji also co-authored a nerve conduction study manual for trainees and technologists. He has directed and lectured in numerous continuing medical education courses on neuromuscular disorders and electrodiagnostic testing at the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine annual meetings, as well as at many other international associations' seminars. He is a reviewer of many U.S. and international neurologic peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Katirji enjoys teaching and writing and is very involved in clinical research with trainees. As the Program Director of Neuromuscular Fellowship since 1990, he has trained over 75 neuromuscular fellows and supervised EMG/Neuromuscular training of more than 400 neurology residents. Dr. Katirji has published with neuromuscular fellows and neurology residents more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and more than 20 chapters. 

Dr. Katirji is married, with two children, one is an Emergency Medicine Physician, and one is in College. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, walking, biking, and neurologic writing.


  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Electrodiagnostic Testing
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Entrapment Neuropathies
  • Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Languages Spoken

Arabic, English, French

Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106

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1611 S Green Rd
South Euclid OH, 44121

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3909 Orange Pl
Beachwood OH, 44122

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3619 Park East Dr
Beachwood OH, 44122

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Patient Experience Reviews

4.7 out of 5

98 Ratings

Patient Comments (24)

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Always receive the best care from Dr. Katirji and his staff. Very responsive and I always compliment Dr. Katirji and his team.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Dr. Katirji and team provided me with a clear plan of action based on the investigation conducted. All were cordial, attentive and clear on relaying the details of the visits and tests.

Reviewed On 12/1/2020
Loved everything about the doctor and the people who ran my daughters tests. ***

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
This was an easy transition from Dr. ***'s care. Provider had reviewed my records ahead of time and took time with exam and explaining things.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
Dr Katarji is a great doctor.

Reviewed On 11/1/2020
great experience

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
I have been under the care of this physician for years. He's an excellent doctor. Normally I would not have been very happy about not seeing my physician in person, but he knows me very well.

Reviewed On 10/1/2020
I was very happy with my experience. ***

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Dr. Katirji is a brilliant physician who always exhibits empathy for his patients. Although so highly intelligent he relates well with his patients explaining everything in easy to understand terms. He is an amazing doctor and takes very good care of me. He diagnosed me after ten previous physicians could not. Brilliant man!!!

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Great experience!

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
I have a long relationship with Dr. Katirji, so we were able to talk openly about my concerns. He is very responsive to my needs; was able to prescribe and call in a new prescription to my pharmacy and recommend a specialist for me to consult.

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
Both the doctor and nurses were so helpful in working through my issue

Reviewed On 9/1/2020
excellent doctor and Fellow!

Reviewed On 8/4/2020
Dr. Katirji is the ultimate professional. He is the most competent Dr. I have ever met.

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
*** stayed a safe distance away and discussed my condition and care. He definitely remembered me and the severity of my neurological history

Reviewed On 5/1/2020
Dr.Katirji is wonderful. I totally believe I would not be here today if he was not my doctor. I highly recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed On 3/25/2020
I truly owe Dr Bashar so much thanks from the bottom of my heart. There had been a scheduling conflict with the central scheduling office when my appointment was made and I was not even supposed to be seen that day. I ended up getting seen by Dr Bashar that day and a fellow. It is because of him that I am finally getting a diagnosis to all of my unexplained medical conditions and I couldn't begin to express my thanks in enough words. He recognized what may have been going on and referred me in the right direction to get a diagnosis and treatment plan made. He always explained things in easy to understand terms and I felt truly listened to and not rushed.

Reviewed On 3/14/2020
Dr. Katirji is a brilliant, caring physician. He always takes time to explain and listens carefully to any concerns you might have. An excellent doctor that I am so happy to have taking care of me!!!

Reviewed On 3/7/2020
good program

Reviewed On 2/25/2020
I just felt like a nobody. no real explanations from Doc, [...] Doctor seemed indifferent, bordering on rude.

Reviewed On 2/13/2020
I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Katirji monitoring and treating my condition.

Reviewed On 2/5/2020
Great experience with this physician. I feel like he knows what he is doing.

Reviewed On 1/25/2020

Reviewed On 1/23/2020
Always a positive experience when seeing Dr. Katirji and his staff. [...]

Board Certifications

  • Neuromuscular Medicine - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Fellowship | Electromyography
Electromyography - University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1983 - 1984)

Fellowship | Electromyography
Electromyography - Cleveland Clinic (1983 - 1983)

Residency | Neurology
Neurology - University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1980 - 1983)

Residency | Neurology
Neurology - University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1978 - 1980)

Internship | Rotating
Rotating - University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1977 - 1978)

Internship | Rotating
Rotating - University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1976 - 1977)

Medical Education
University Of Aleppo (1971 - 1977)

Research Interests

Neuromuscular Disorders, EMG and Nerve conduction studies, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Peripheral Neuropathies, Peripheral nerve hyperexcitability syndromes, Stiff Person Syndromes

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

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As of December 31, 2016, Bashar Katirji did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.