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Elham Yousef, MD, MBA

Elham Yousef, MD, MBA


Family Medicine, Internal Medicine

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UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

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  • Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

Elham Yousef, MD, MSC, MBA, FACP, FHM, is an attending physician in both the Internal Medicine and Family Medicine departments and is Vice Chair of Family Medicine and Community health and the Asher’s Chair of Diagnostic Imaging. She is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Yousef is double board certified in internal medicine and family medicine and earned Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the Weathered School of Management of Case Western Reserve, class of 2020. Dr. Yousef earned her medical degree from Assiut University, Faculty of Medicine in Egypt. She completed Internal Medicine Residency, Nephrology and Kidney Transplant training and Family Medicine Residency at Assiut University Hospitals, Egypt, Mansura Urology and Nephrology Center, Egypt and Rush University Medical Center, Illinois respectively. She earned her Master’s in Clinical Science and Internal Medicine from Assiut University Faculty of Medicine. Her Master’s degree thesis titled: “A Randomized Study of the Underlying Etiology of Chronic Renal Impairment in the Nephrology Out-Patient Clinic at Assiut University Hospital” was submitted in the fulfillment for the Degree of Medicine, approved by the Thesis Committee, Assiut University Hospital, Egypt.

Dr. Yousef’s passion in medicine is to make diagnosis safe, accurate, and timely and to engage and partner with her patients and their families throughout the diagnosis process. Through her work and collaboration with the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine both in the Policy, Advocacy and Education committees, Dr. Yousef was among the committee that wrote “The Road Map for Research To Improve Diagnosis” that was presented to Congress and led to the newly enacted federal spending bill calling for improving medical diagnosis a “moral, professional and public health imperative”. Dr. Yousef is chairing the Society of Hospital Medicine Diagnosis Error Subcommittee, where she is focused on increasing awareness about diagnosis errors as well as improving diagnosis quality and safety of hospitalized patients.

Dr. Yousef has been invited to speak about diagnosis errors and diagnosis safety and presented workshops to multiple national and regional meetings including the Society of Hospital Medicine, Ohio Hospitals Association, American College of Physicians and Cleveland Clinic Institute of Medicine. Dr. Yousef serves as a peer reviewer to the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Yousef has a variety of health care interests which include, health care value and population health, quality and patient safety with special interest in diagnostic safety and transition of care, medical education, clinical reasoning and critical thinking, health care policy, professional development, and professional women advancement and advanced peer coaching.

Dr. Yousef is a member of several professional societies including the American College of Physician, Society of Hospital Medicine, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine and American Medical Association and the previous Director of the Acute Care of the Foundation of Clinical Medicine of Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Other Education

Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the Weathered School of Management of Case Western Reserve 2020

Additional Training

  • Advanced Peer Coaching, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Fundamentals of Critical Care Support, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow American College of Physicians
  • Fellow Society of Hospital Medicine
  • Distinguished Educator, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College
  • Dean’s Academic Achievement Award and Medal for Outstanding Academic record, Wheatherhead School of Management of the Case Western Reserve University
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) the International Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business in recognition of high Scholastic Achievement
  • Outstanding Scholastic Achievement from College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Outstanding Scholastic Achievement from North American Primary Care Research Group
  • Outstanding scholastic Achievement from The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
  • Award for Recognition of Demonstrated Ability and Commitment to Medical Education, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine


  • American College of Physician (ACP)
  • Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)
  • Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)


  • Adult Medicine
  • Perioperative Medicine

Languages Spoken

English, Arabic

Office Locations

UH Cleveland Medical Center

11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland OH, 44106

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Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine - American Board of Family Medicine


Residency | Family Medicine
Family Medicine - Rush-Copley Medical Center (2007 - 2010)

Fellowship | Nephrology
Nephrology - Assiut University Hospitals (2000 - 2001)

Residency | Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine - Assiut University Hospitals (1997 - 2000)

Other Education
Case Western Reserve University (2020)

Medical Education
Assiut University Faculty Of Medicine (1996)

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.

View UH’s policy (PDF) on practitioner-industry relationships.

As of December 31, 2016, Elham Yousef did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.