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.
Highlights
  • Recognized among the top 1.4 percent 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
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Lewy Body Disease
  • Dementia, Multi-Infarct
  • Akinetic Mutism
  • Wernicke Encephalopathy
  • Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive Disorders
  • Dementia, Vascular
  • Hydrocephalus, Normal Pressure
  • Neurosyphilis
  • Prion Diseases
  • Tauopathies
  • Memory Disorders
  • Neurobehavioral Manifestations
  • Amnesia, Transient Global
  • Marchiafava-Bignami Disease
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Encephalitis
  • TDP-43 Proteinopathies

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History


Duke University Medical Center
12/31/2014

MD
University of Jordan Medical School
6/30/2003


University of Jordan Hospital
6/18/2004


Washington University in St. Louis
6/20/2006


Washington University in St. Louis
6/30/2009


Washington University in St. Louis
6/30/2011


Jordan University Hospital
6/30/2005

Academic Information

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Subspecialty: Neurology)
9/28/2009

My Department

Neurology

Reviews

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100 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.8 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 Sep 05, 2019

    Patient, kind, very smart.

  • Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

    Dr. Tarawneh is always very helpful & professional.

  • Reviewed on Aug 11, 2019

    I think everything has been great.

  • Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

    Consummate professional; very knowledgeable, empathetic, caring made me feel comfortable and confident in treatment of medical and neurological issues. Genuine concern for my overall well being.

  • Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

    Overall good.

  • Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

    Everything was excellent.

  • Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

    GOOD

  • Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019

    Very caring.

  • Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

    She did an excellent job with me.

  • Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

    Dr. Tarawneh was very thorough with her questions and understanding of issue. She had always been a very professional health care provider.

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Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Tarawneh has reported no relationships with companies or entities.