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 U.S. I completed medical school training in the University of Jordan, graduating at the top of my class, and being 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 particular emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease) in 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 OSU, 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.

Highlights

  • Recognized among the top 1.4% of Alzheimer’s disease experts in the world Patient’s Choice Award for Physicians, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015
  • 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

  • Neurology
  • Memory Disorders
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Neurobehavioral Manifestations
  • Lewy Body Disease
  • Dementia, Multi-Infarct
  • Amnesia, Transient Global
  • Akinetic Mutism
  • Wernicke Encephalopathy
  • Marchiafava-Bignami Disease
  • Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive Disorders
  • Dementia, Vascular
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Hydrocephalus, Normal Pressure
  • Neurosyphilis
  • Encephalitis
  • Prion Diseases
  • Tauopathies
  • TDP-43 Proteinopathies

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

MD
University of Jordan Medical School
6/30/2003

Residencies

Neurology
Washington University in St. Louis
7/1/2006 - 6/30/2009

Internal Medicine
Jordan University Hospital
7/1/2004 - 6/30/2005

Neuromuscular Disease
Duke University Medical Center
7/1/2014 - 12/31/2014

Fellowship

Behavioral Neurology
Washington University in St. Louis
7/1/2009 - 6/30/2011

More About My Work

Reviews

65 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.8
  • Listens Carefully 4.7
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.8
  • Knows My Medical History 4.5
  • Shows Respect 4.8
  • Time Spent Together 4.8

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 02, 2018

Dr. Tarawneh has been wonderful while in her care. Although my diagnosis was not what I had hoped, she provider 1st class care throughout. She was empathetic. Kind and caring. I could not have had better care than what she provided.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2018

She was very thorough and did more than any doctor has done so far. She's an excellent dr. Very patient with all of us.

Reviewed on Jul 05, 2018

The provider took time to explain the results of my scans. She reviewed the images with me explaining what the showed and answered any questions I had about them. I have never has a provider do this before and it made me feel that she really cared that my wife and I understand what was causing my condition.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2018

Excellent: Never feeling rushed, empathetic; & an encouraging MD!!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2018

The 1st time we saw the dr. and I explained my mom's issues the dr. had me try a new Rx and reorganized her meds and an immediate change for the better happened - After seeing drs. for 3 years for the same condition - finally this dr. helped us! (She also noticed a heart murmur & contacted the dept. to arrange an echocardiogram) -

Reviewed on Jun 06, 2018

Dr. Tarawheh is always very kind and thoughtful.

Reviewed on Jun 05, 2018

My provider was the very best. She explained with a long talk about my appointment.

Reviewed on Jun 04, 2018

She is very help full. Dr. Tarawneh is a kind and caring dr.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2018

Excellent!!! Explains everything, answers all questions I can understand and most of all sends a paper home with me describing all that take place that day - I could not ask for better care.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2018

Dr. Tarawneh is wonderful. She has compassion and shows concern for my Dad - we trust her completely.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 03/26/2018, Dr. Tarawneh has reported no relationships with companies or entities.