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Ali Rezai
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Dr. Rezai earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Southern California and underwent neurosurgical training at New York University. He completed his subspecialty training in functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He then joined the neurosurgical faculty at New York University Medical Center, becoming the director of the Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery until January 2000, when he joined the faculty at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Rezai was the director of the Center for Neurological Restoration, as well as the Jane and Lee Seidman Chair in Functional Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic until August 2009, when he joined the faculty at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He is currently associate dean of Neuroscience and the director and CEO of the OSU Neurological Institute.

A board certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Rezai's clinical areas of expertise are the neurosurgical management of patients with Parkinson's disease, dystonia, chronic pain, brain and spinal cord injuries, spasticity, as well as depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. Dr. Rezai was named one of the best doctors in America in Castle and Connolly's Guide to America's Top Doctors from 2001-2016.

Dr. Rezai has published more than 175 peer reviewed articles and 40 book chapters. He serves on the editorial board of five scientific journals. He has edited a book on surgery for psychiatric disorders and the two volume textbook, Neuromodulation. In addition, Dr. Rezai has been the principal investigator (PI) and co-investigator on eight NIH grants as well as being the PI of the state of Ohio's Neurotechnology Innovations Translator (NIT) Center. Dr. Rezai has trained over 40 fellows, has delivered more than 500 lectures and chaired numerous symposia and meetings. Dr. Rezai presented his work to the President of the United States as well as to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Rezai is the past president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the largest neurosurgical society in the world, as well as the past president of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), and the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN).

Dr. Rezai's research focuses on neural circuitry, neurological sensors and monitors, and development of surgical tools new therapeutic strategies for neurological disorders. He has been involved in developing brain pacemaker innovations for treating Parkinson's disease, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, Alzheimer's, traumatic brain injury and obesity. In addition, he is developing sensors and monitors for autism, ADHD and Alzheimer's, as well as the use of micro implants to treat migraine headaches, asthma, chronic pain and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Rezai has received the Bottrell Neurosurgical Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Fellowship Award and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons William Sweet Investigator Award. He has also received several innovation awards. Dr. Rezai holds 50 issued U.S. patents for medical devices and technologies.

Dr. Rezai's work has been in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, U.S.News & World Report, USA Today, MIT's Technology Review magazine, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Reader's Digest, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail. He has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television broadcasts including CBS' 60 Minutes, The Charlie Rose Show, Prime Time, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, NPR, PBS, the BBC, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS and The Discovery Channel.


  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of America’s “Top Doctors” for 2017

Medical Degrees

  • M.D.
    University of Southern California

  • New York Medical College


  • Neurological Surgery
    New York University Medical Center
    7/1/1991 - 6/30/1996

Specialties and conditions I treat

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Brain Injuries
  • Memory Disorders
  • Depression
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dystonia
  • Movement Disorders
  • Tremor
  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Huntington Disease
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Parkinson's Disease

More about my work

My background


  • Neurological Surgery
    University of Toronto
    7/1/1997 - 6/30/1998

Board Certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery

My Department

Neurological Surgery

News about me

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 03/25/2016, Dr. Rezai has reported financial relationships with the medical device, research and/or drug companies listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office at 614-293-7802.

  • Autonomic Technologies (ATI)
  • Neurotechnology Innovation Management (NIM)
  • Neurotechnology Innovation Translator
  • University of Illinois