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Bashar Katirji, MD

Specialty: Neurology

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



UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106


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

Research Interests

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

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)

Languages Spoken

Arabic, English, French

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.