Naji Riachi, MD
Department of Neurology
Division of Clinical Neurophysiology
Division of Epilepsy
Assistant Dean for Clinical Research
Chair, Department of Neurology
Dr. Naji Riachi is an Associate Tenured Professor of Neurology and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Research at the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital. He is head of the Department of Neurology and head of the Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology laboratories at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital.
Dr. Riachi obtained his M.D. degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, in 1986. From 1986 through 1990, he pursued a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in neurophysiology, neurochemistry and neuropharmacology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. In 1991, he completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, then a Neurology Residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1994. From 1994 to 1996, he was a Fellow in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinics Foundation. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and a diplomate of the American Board of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.
In 1997, Dr. Riachi came back to Lebanon and established his practice in Neurology at (then) Rizk Hospital, now LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital. He has a busy outpatient practice with more than 23,000 patients. He is the coordinator of the neurosciences module for LAU Med-II students, and he created the residency-training programs in Neurology for the Lebanese University and for LAU. He has helped train 13 physicians who are now successful practicing neurologists both in Lebanon and abroad. His areas of expertise include epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, headache and cognition.
Dr. Riachi has been involved in more than 35 clinical studies and has given more than 250 lectures locally, regionally and internationally. He is currently involved with 13 clinical research projects. He has secured several grants to support his research work and is the author of many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Dr. Riachi is a member of several scientific societies including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society, and the Lebanese Neurological Society. He is a founding member and past President of the Lebanese League Against Epilepsy.
- Chalah MA, Riachi N, Ahdab R, Cr̩ange A, Lefaucheur JP, Ayache SS. Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: Neural Correlates and the Role of Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation.Front Cell Neurosci. (2015 Nov) 30(9):460.
- Guidelines for the pharmacological treatment of peripheral neuropathic pain: expert panel recommendations for the middle East region. Bohlega S, Alsaadi T, Amir A, Hosny H, Karawagh AM, Moulin D, Riachi N, Salti A, Shelbaya S. J Int Med Res. (2010 Mar-Apr) 38(2):295-317.
- Riachi NJ, LaManna JC, Harik SI. Entry of 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine into the rat brain. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. (1989 Jun) 249(3):744-8.
- Riachi NJ, Harik SI, Kalaria RN, Sayre LM. On the mechanisms underlying 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine neurotoxicity. II. Susceptibility among mammalian species correlates with the toxin’s metabolic patterns in brain microvessels and liver. J Pharmacol Exp Ther. (1988 Feb) 244(2):443-8.
Professional and Research Interests
- Neurology, Epilepsy, Clinical Neurophysiology
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cognitive changes, Dementia
- Neurotoxicity, Neurochemistry, Neurophysiology
Education and Training
- B.S. in Biology, American University of Beirut, 1982
- M.D. degree, American University of Beirut, 1986
- Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Research, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., 1986-1990
- Internship in Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, 1990-1991
- Residency in Neurology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio, 1991-1994
- Fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, 1994-1996
- Certification, American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, 1998
- Certification, American Board of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, 1997
Professional Memberships and Organizations
- Member, American Academy of Neurology
- Past President of the Lebanese League Against Epilepsy
- Member, Lebanese Society of Neurology
- Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 18th Annual Neurosciences Day, First Prize, 1993
- Cortical excitability changes predict response to Fampridine in MS patients with walking disabilities, Principal Investigator, 2016-2017, Grant from Biogen Idec Switzerland: 37,250 USD
- Cortical Excitability Changes in Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Patients Started on Gilenya (Fingolimod), Principal Investigator, 2017-2019, Grant from Novartis Switzerland: 200,000 USD
- Investigating Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy: Co-Principal Investigator, 2017-2018, Grant from LAU GSR: 25,000 USD
- Vitamin B6 Toxicity on the Nervous System, Co-Principal Investigator, Applied Oct 2017 for 30,000 USD, CNRS & LAU