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Bashar Katirji, MD

Bashar Katirji, MD



112 Ratings 20 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
  • Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Bashar Katirji, MD, FACP, FAAN is a Professor of Neurology and the Director of the Neuromuscular Center 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

UH Suburban Health Center

1611 S Green Rd
Suite: 300
South Euclid, OH 44121

CMC 3909 Orange

3909 Orange Pl
Suite: 2300
Beachwood, OH 44122

UH Foley ElderHealth Center

3619 Park East Dr
Suite: 109
Beachwood, OH 44122

Patient Experience Reviews

4.6 out of 5

112 Ratings

Patient Comments (20)

Reviewed On 8/1/2023
Exceptional provider!

Reviewed On 8/1/2023
My husband was diagnosed with *** by Dr. Katieji last October. He and his staff especially his nurse *** have gone above and beyond to assist my husband with in any way possible. *** has relentless in intervening with insurances to get Bill approved for the medication and devices that will help him live a more comfortable life. The whole staff shows compassion and consideration dealing with this terrible disease. *** is lucky to have such a medical team in his corner and so am I *** loving wife of more than 50 years.

Reviewed On 8/1/2023
When meeting with Dr. Katirji, my appointment always goes well. He is a very caring, knowledgeable and helpful doctor.

Reviewed On 6/1/2023
*** Dr. Katirji's team has been excellent.

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Dr. Katirji listens to me and understands my concerns

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Dr Katirji is so personable and attentive. I feel totally seen as a person. He is very easy to talk with (I tend to get intimidated). Also, he is professional and, in my opinion, clinically excellent. Love him. Love his staff.

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
I appreciate having Dr. Katurji as my neurologist, given my chronic condition that progresses only very slowly

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Katirji monitoring my treatment.

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Patient, caring, understanding

Reviewed On 5/1/2023
Always a great experience when I see Dr. Katirji! A brilliant physician who always takes time with you, explains everything in a way that you can understand. A very caring physician!!!

Reviewed On 4/1/2023
It was the first time to visit this doctor and I was very pleased

Reviewed On 4/1/2023
We like Dr Bashar Katirji, we just wish he was more on time.

Reviewed On 3/1/2023
Dr Katerji was wonderful. His fellow doctor (also wonderful) did a thorough history and exam. ***

Reviewed On 3/1/2023
Very good

Reviewed On 3/1/2023
*** Dr. Katirji has been very professional and pleasant. I will continue our relationship.

Reviewed On 1/1/2023
Dr Katirji is excellent doctor. He is good listener. I'm fortunate to have him as my doctor

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
Dr. Katirji is an outstanding physician! He is a brilliant man and an excellent provider. He always shows compassion and really cares about his patients and what their needs are. I would highly recommend Dr. Katirji to anyone who needs a neurologist!!!

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
Excellent visit and I am so glad to have been referred to Dr. Katirji by my primary care Dr. ***.

Reviewed On 12/1/2022
Both Dr. Katurgi and Dr. *** were patient to let me ask questions and explain what medical terms and plans are best suited for me.

Reviewed On 11/1/2022
Dr Katerji and his staff are excellent. I would highly recommend.

Research & Publications

Research Interests

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

Certifications & Memberships

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


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)

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.