North Shore-LIJ Appoints Souhel Najjar, MD As Sr. VP & Executive Director of Neurology Services

Souhel Najjar
Dr. Souhel Najjar

NEW YORK, NY—The North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced the appointment of Souhel Najjar, MD as senior vice president and executive director of the health system’s neurology service line. 

In this position, he is responsible for all neurology services across the health system. In addition, he continues to serve as chair and professor of neurology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, as well as chair of neurology services at both Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH).  In these roles, he manages clinical services at the two hospitals, and is responsible for the oversight of research, education, and faculty appointments throughout the health system and for the advancement of the department of neurology’s academic reputation.

Dr. Najjar’s clinical, research and teaching expertise has earned him international recognition as a leading clinician on rare autoimmune disease that affects the brain, as well as epilepsy and other neurological illness.  He has been featured on television and in books and national magazines, and has been listed in “Best Doctors” issues published by US News and World Report and New York Magazine.  Dr. Najjar was also honored with Exceptional Parent Magazine’s Maxwell J Schleifer Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of his contributions to the care of children with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, movement disorder and related disabilities.

Before his appointment at the medical school, Lenox Hill and SIUH, Dr. Najjar served as SIUH’s director of neurosciences and director of stroke since 2006.  Previously, he served as director of epilepsy quality assurance and associate professor of neurology at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.  Dr. Najjar was also director and founder of the Epilepsy Center Division of the NYU Department of Neurology’s Neuroinflammation Research Group.

Dr. Najjar has written extensively on topics related to epilepsy, neuroinflammation-related neuropsychiatric disorders and autoimmune disorders of the central nervous system and been published in leading peer-reviewed journals.

To make an appointment with Dr. Najjar, call 718-683-3766 at Staten Island University Hospital and 212-434-6400 at Lenox Hill Hospital.

About the North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 19 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,400 beds, employ nearly 11,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of about 54,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to

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