About Me

I have always had a great passion for the brain as a fascinating organ of billions of synapses, which has humbled scientists for centuries. It was when my grandmother died of advanced Alzheimer’s disease that I knew I wanted to dedicate my career to understanding this disease that hit so close to home.

I spent most of my childhood years between my home country Jordan and the United States. I completed medical school training at the University of Jordan, graduating at the top of my class, and was the first student to graduate from the university with a 4.0 GPA. I then moved to the U.S. in 2005, where I completed my neurology residency and a combined clinical and post-doctoral training in cognitive neurology and memory disorders (with special emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease) at Washington University in St. Louis. During my time at Washington University, I worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. David Holtzman and a clinical fellow with Dr. John Morris.

Our work resulted in the identification of two proteins as novel markers of neuronal and synaptic injury in Alzheimer’s disease. We were able to show that these proteins improve our ability to detect Alzheimer’s disease in the brain years prior to the onset of clinical symptoms, which will improve early diagnosis and allow better identification of individuals who would benefit from disease-modifying treatments.

Prior to joining The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, I was involved in the evaluation and management of patients with memory and cognitive disorders, as well as the design and conduction of clinical trials for new Alzheimer’s disease therapies.

My current research focuses on the use of bioinformatics and genomics to identify new protein and gene targets for disease-modifying treatments in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. I am the primary investigator of several clinical and translational studies in Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. I also enjoy teaching students, residents and fellows.

I treat patients like family – with respect, compassion and a full dedication to their well-being. My goal is to provide the highest level of care, while making sure they are given the time and the support that they need.
  • Recognized among the top 1.4 percent of Alzheimer’s disease experts in the world
  • Patient’s Choice Award for Physicians, 2008-2011, 2014-2020
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015-2020
  • America’s Top Professionals, 2016
  • Recognized among the Leading Physicians of the World, 2012–2014
  • Top 10 Physicians in Missouri, 2012
  • Research featured on MedScape, National Public Radio, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) news, the Alzheimer’s Association News, UptoDate, the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference news release, Clinical Neurology news and Neurology Advisor news, among others
  • Highest score in the nation (100 percentile) in the Neurology Residency In-service Training Exam (RITE), 2007 (for level of training), 2008, 2009 (across all levels of training)

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Dementia
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Lewy Body Disease
  • Dementia, Vascular
  • Dementia, Multi-Infarct
  • Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Pick Disease of the Brain
  • Memory Disorders
  • Prion Diseases
  • Supranuclear Palsy, Progressive
  • Hydrocephalus, Normal Pressure
  • Amnesia, Transient Global
  • Neurology

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

University of Jordan Medical School, Amman, Jordan,
9/1/1997 - 6/30/2003


University of Jordan Hospital, ,

7/15/2003 - 6/18/2004


Jordan University Hospital, Amman, Jordan,

7/1/2004 - 6/30/2005


Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO

6/21/2005 - 6/20/2006


Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO

7/1/2006 - 6/30/2009


Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO

7/1/2009 - 6/30/2011


Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

7/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Subspecialty: Neurology)

Academic Information

My Department



The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

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79 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.8 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.8 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.5 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.8 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.8 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

    Very kind & gentle - wanting everything to be down right away.

  • Reviewed on Jul 08, 2021

    Has genuine concern for my best interests. Takes time to explain what she is doing to help me.

  • Reviewed on Jul 04, 2021

    A good listener then proceeded with advice

  • Reviewed on Jul 04, 2021

    My Doctor was professional & empathetic. She was reassuring & caring while discussing my medical condition. She spent a great deal of time on my first visit. She was thorough and answered all of my questions & those of my wife who accompanied me. The office visit more than met our expectations!

  • Reviewed on May 20, 2021


  • Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

    Did feel somewhat rushed at appointment. Otherwise very satisfied.

  • Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

    Concern for my health. Used information from previous OSU consult.

  • Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

    she really listened and told me about memory care places she was familiar with

  • Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

    She diagnosed my condition VERY thoroughly and very well. She inspired confidence in her knowledge and in her ability to apply that knowledge.

  • Reviewed on Mar 03, 2021

    Dr. Tarawneh was very kind and helpful and gave us more information than several previous doctors.

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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 10/25/2021, Dr. Tarawneh has reported relationships with the companies or entities 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.

  • The American Academy of Neurology