Souhel Najjar, MD is the Chair of Neurology at Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital and is Chair and Professor of Neurology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Najjar is a world-renowned physician, internationally recognized for his clinical, research and teaching expertise, having dedicated his career to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, neuroinflammation-related neuropsychiatric disorders and autoimmune disorders of central nervous system.

Dr. Najjar received his MD from Demascus Medical School in Syria and completed residencies in pathology and neurology at Albany Medical College. Following residency Dr. Najjar completed a fellowship in neuropathology at the NYU School of Medicine as well as a fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at NYU s Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Prior to his appointment at North Shore-LIJ, Dr. Najjar was the Director of Neurosciences and Director of Stroke at SIUH, as well as the Director of Epilepsy Quality Assurance and Associate Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Najjar was also the Founder and Director of the Epilepsy Center Division of the NYU Department of Neurology s Neuroinflammation Research Group.

Dr. Najjar was featured in the New York Times best-selling novel Brain on Fire, a memoir written by Susannah Cahalan, a reporter from the New York Post. Dr. Najjar diagnosed Ms. Cahalan with a rare autoimmune disease in which the body was attacking her brain. This illness is now thought to have been the cause of demonic possessions throughout history.

In addition, Dr. Najjar has been featured in several nationally syndicated broadcast interviews including TLC s Mystery Diagnosis, NBC-TV s Today show and ABC-TV s Katie Couric Show. Dr. Najjar has also been featured in Oprah magazine and Forbes magazine and has been included in Best Doctors issues published by US News and World Report and New York magazine. Dr. Najjar was also recognized in Exceptional Parent Magazine s Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the care of children with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, movement disorders and related disabilities.

Dr. Najjar s work has been widely published and is a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He is also the Co-Director of the Scientific Planning Committee of the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance and lectures regularly both nationally and internationally.



  • Board certifications

    • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology-Neurology

  • Administrative titles

    • Executive Director - Neurology Service Line,

    • Senior Vice President - Neurology Service Line,

    • Chairman of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital

    • Chairman of Neurology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

    • Chairman of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital

    • Chairman of Neurology, Staten Island University Hospital

  • Academic titles

    • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

  • Medical school

    • Damascus University Faculty of Medicine

  • Residencies

    • Albany Medical Center Hospital

    • Albany Medical Center Hospital

  • Internships

    • NewYork Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital

  • Fellowships

    • New York University

    • New York University

  • Affiliations

    • Glen Cove Hospital

    • Huntington Hospital

    • Lenox Hill Hospital

    • Long Island Jewish Forest Hills

    • Long Island Jewish Medical Center

    • Long Island Jewish Valley Stream

    • North Shore University Hospital

    • Phelps Memorial Hospital Center

    • Plainview Hospital

    • Southside Hospital

    • Staten Island University Hospital

    • Syosset Hospital

    • Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute

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"Dr. Najjar is a God send. We are blessed to have him. He cares & treats my daughter as if she were his own. We love him! "
"I have been a patient of Dr. Najjar for 20 years. He is the finest physician as well as one of the most wonderful people I have ever met. I hear this from other patients as well."
"no problems at all."
"Dr. Najjar is the ultimate professional. He is so knowledgeable, but most importantly he is kind and compassionate and makes his patients feel as though they are the only person that matters during the time he is with them. We are very fortunate to have him as our doctor."
"Dr. Najjar is the best neurologist I have ever seen - "
"Dr. Najjar very busy since came came out but he is a wonderful physician."
"Dr. Najjar has always showed concern for my health, and cares from his heart - I am blessed to have him take care of my condition."
"Dr Souhel Hajjar is an outstanding and ethical physician,he has helped me so much."
"Dr. Najjar is without a doubt, the best physician I have ever seen. His knowledge is unsurpassed & his kindness is amazing. We need more doctors like him."
"Dr. Souhel Najjar gave me the most compassionate and comprehensive exam I have ever had! He spent a tremendous amount of time with me, listened to me, explained matters thoroughly and helped me to understand the plan of action to take moving forward. What a nice man!"
"Doctor was very kind and patient with my many questions about my treatment plan and potential side effects of medication. He also was very thorough in my exam - cutting no corners - which I appreciated very much! "
"Dr. Najjar is the best! He diagnosed and found the right treatment for my condition after going to many other physician on Long Island and the city. I would not have the quality of life I have today. A very caring man - super smart. "
"Time is no problems as much time I need. 8. No time if I have any questions. 9. He will spend all the time with me to answer any questions. "
"It has been a long road for mom with this disease. We are blessed to have mom under the care of Dr. Najjar - very, very happy with his care."
"Dr. Najjar is the most skilled knowledgeable, and sensitive neurologist I have ever had the pleasure of working with."
"Dr. Najjar is a kind sensitive caring doctor very easy to speak to he cares for me & explains everything to my wife & I. He is the best. We have recommended him to friends."
"I have been a patient of neurologist Dr. Souhel Najjar for approx. three years and he has always treated me with the upmost concern, care and compassion. On this visit, Dr Najjar not only provided answers to my questions about current symptoms and treatment, but helped me to understand the "big picture" of the nature of research on treatments and integrative care for autoimmune related to the brain and other autoimmune conditions. I believe his is an absolutely brilliant physician and I trust him completely with my neurological care. My husband (a neurosurgeon) and I are grateful that Dr. Najjar agrees to treat me and coordinate my care with my primary care physician, here in Arkansas where my home is. I am so grateful to Dr Najjar as I credit him with saving my life from autoimmune encephalitis!"
"Dr Najjar spends the time and explains everything. I haven't ever met such a caring and compassionate Dr. in my life."
"The care provider was thorough and cleared any concerns or worries. I have full confidence and needed no decisions about medication or follow up care."
"Dr. Najjar exceeds my expectations - always! He is an amazing doctor!"
"Dr. Najjar is one of the most compassionate physicians I have ever dealt with."
"I feel lucky to have Dr. Najjar as my physician. He never makes me feel like he is too busy for my questions despite how in demand he is."
"Very good."
"Dr. Najjar has been my doctor for over thirty years and I could not ask for better. I trust him and know there is nothing he wouldn't do to make me and his patients as well as possible."
"I have seen scores of doctors in Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, and Cleveland since falling ill 3.5 years ago. Dr Najjar outperformed all of them in every way. Amazing person and doctor."
"Very happy with Dr. Najjar. Good dr.!"
"Dr. Najjar was the best doctor we have seen for our daughter's difficulties. we have seen neurologists from Mt. Sinai, NYP-Cornell and no one was able to explain things to us and our daughter as well as Dr. Najjar. He is one of a kind!"
"Dr. Najjar is the best in the country I've been told and I'll put my total trust in him."
"i love dr najjar, he is the best doctor there is :)"
"Empathy exceptional. Great care w/explanations."
"Dr Najjar is kind, compassionate and a fantastic doctor in his field. He has made my life so much better"
"Brilliant dr."
"Dr. Najjar is a fantastic doctor. He has saved my life twice. Being the chairman and only seeing patients on Tuesday. The wait time is hours, but he is always worth the wait. "
"Dr. Najjar and his nurse Jessica were excellent."
"8. Always has time for us."
"When a person has seizures you need care and understanding and that's what get here at your practice."
"Dr. Najjar the most kindest & caring doctor to have."
"Dr. Najjar is absolutely fabulous. We rely on him and Dr. Fleming completely Dr. Najjar is caring, competent, willing to work with me on treatment."
"Excellent doctor!"
"Dr. Najjar is amazing, caring and so helpful. I highly recommend him."
"Dr. Najjar is a wonderful doctor. He cares about his patients and has a sincere desire to help them! For such an accomplished and knowledgeable doctor, he is very humble. What a beautiful quality to have especially for a doctor. He's the best!"
"very polite"
"Excellent, always feel better and more confident with my understanding of my condition after I see him."
"Dr. Najjar is one of a kind. A life saver. A genuine and caring person."
"Again, I've never seen a more brilliant physician than Dr. Najjar."
"Dr. Najjar is the BEST! and that is why I travel from out on Long Island into the hassle of NYC to see him!"
"Dr. Najjar is an outstanding and very ethical doctor. As a physician I trust my life which is extremely rare nowdays, a true scholar and a gentleman."
"I confident I will get better over time, thank you for Dr. Najjar."
"Dr. Najjar is the most caring and thoughtful person/doctor ever! He saved my son's life. We love him!"
"I have been with Dr. Najjar since 2007 he is an excellent physician, highly recommend."
"Dr. Najjar most patient, warm, knowledgeable, - would recommend him highly to anyone I know!"
"Dr. Najjar saved my life, and truly cares about me."
"I couldn't have asked for a better Dr."
"Dr. Najjar is the only doctor who diagnosed my condition and the best I've ever seen."
"I would recommend this practice, but I feel like Dr. Najjar does not have enough time for current patients."

In the news

In the news

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Lenox Hill, Staten Island University hospitals each receive the highest designation of Electrodiagnostic Laboratory Accreditation with Exemplary Status given by the AANEM.
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