Naji Riachi, MD

Associate Professor
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.

Selected Publications

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Epilepsy, Seizure, Generalized seizure disorder, Complex partial seizure, Temporal lobe epilepsy, Status Epilepticus, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia, Headache, Migraine, Tension Headache, Cluster headache, Pseudotumor cerebri, Temporal arteritis, Vasculitis, Encephalitis, Encephalopathy, Transient Global Amnesia, Multiple Sclerosis, Optic Neuritis, Ophthalmoplegia, Transverse myelitis, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Lewy Body dementia, Huntington disease, Chorea, Parkinsonism, Parkinson's disease, Psychogenic movement disorder, Bell's palsy, Facial nerve palsy, Dysphonia, Dystonia, Blepharospasm, Meige syndrome, Hemifacial spasm, Cavernous sinus disorder, Concussion, Head trauma, Traumatic brain injury, Traumatic nerve injury, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Ulnar neuropathy, Sleep Apnea, Narcolepsy, Parasomnias, Restless Legs Syndrome, Ataxia, Friedreich's Ataxia, Cerebellar Ataxia, Cerebellar hemorrhage, Subarachnoid hemorrhage, Stroke, Transient Ischemic Attack, Amaurosis Fugax, Aphasia, Dyslexia, Cerebellar Syndrome, Vertigo, Benign Positional Vertigo, Labyrinthitis, Meniere's disease, Gait disorder, Cerebral aneurysm, Herniated disc, Thoracic outlet syndrome, Chronic pain, Chronic back pain, Low back pain, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Lumbar spinal stenosis, Lumbar spondylosis, Sciatica, Spinal cord compression, Spondylolisthesis, Sprain, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Diabetic Neuropathy, Guillain Barre syndrome, Hydrocephalus, Neuromuscular disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Lou Gehrig's disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, Lyme disease, Meningitis, Multiple system atrophy, Myopathy, Somatization Disorder, Tourette syndrome, Wegener's granulomatosis