Hesham Abboud, MD, PhD

Hesham Abboud, MD, PhD

Hesham Abboud, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Director of Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology, UH Cleveland Medical Center
Staff Neurologist, Parkinson's & Movement Disorders Center, UH Cleveland Medical Center


  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology

Education and Training

  • Fellowship: Clinical Neuroimmunology, Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Fellowship: Movement Disorders and Deep Brain Stimulation, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Residency: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Internship: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Residency: Neurology and Psychiatry, Alexandria, University, Egypt
  • Medical School: Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt
  • Graduate School: PhD, Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt

Board Certification

  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Research Interests

  • Neuroimmunology: Multiple sclerosis, NMO, transverse myelitis, autoimmune/paraneoplastic encephalitis
  • Movement disorders: autoimmune movement disorders, spinal movement disorders, spasticity, Parkinson's disease, dystonia, tremors
  • Neuromodulation and DBS


Hesham Abboud, MD, PhD is the Director of the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Program at University Hospitals and a staff neurologist at the Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Abboud is board-certified in neurology. His special interests include MS, NMO, autoimmune encephalitis, autoimmune movement disorders, spinal movement disorders, spasticity management, and neuromodulation.

Dr. Abboud earned his medical degree from Alexandria University in Egypt where he also completed an internship and a residency in Neurology and Psychiatry. He obtained Masters and Doctorate degrees in Neurology from Alexandria University before joining the Cleveland clinic where he completed a residency in adult neurology, a clinical fellowship in movement disorders and neuromodulation, and a clinical fellowship in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology. He received special training in transverse myelitis and neuromyelitis optica at the Transverse Myelitis Center of Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Abboud is invested in medical education. He was selected as the medical student liaison for Neurology clerkship at the Cleveland Clinic during his residency and was appointed as a clinical instructor of neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He received the Trainee Teacher of Year Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Cleveland Clinic in 2015, and the UH Excellence in Neurology Teaching Award in 2020.

Dr. Abboud has written several peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters in the fields of Neuroimmunology and movement disorders. He has presented his research in many international and national conferences and has won several research awards and travel grants from professional societies like the American Academy of Neurology, the American Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis, the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, and The International Movement Disorders Society. In addition, Dr. Abboud has served as a reviewer for a number of prominent medical journals focusing on general neurology, neuroimmunology, and movement disorders. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, The Consortium of MS centers, the NMO International Clinical Consortium, the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance, and the Movement Disorder Society.

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