Rawan Tarawneh

Rawan Tarawneh, MD

  • Neurology
  • Physician What's this? A physician, or doctor, is extensively trained to diagnose and treat complex medical problems. Often, physicians focus their practice on certain disease categories, treatment methods or patient types. Physicians can diagnose and treat illness, prescribe medication, offer medical consultation and advice, perform surgery and more.

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, 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

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Lewy Body Disease
  • Dementia, Multi-Infarct
  • Wernicke Encephalopathy
  • Dementia, Vascular
  • Tauopathies
  • Neurosyphilis
  • Prion Diseases
  • Neurology
  • Akinetic Mutism
  • Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive Disorders
  • Hydrocephalus, Normal Pressure
  • 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

Medical Degree

University of Jordan Medical School


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


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

More About My Work

My Background

Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Subspecialty: Neurology)

My Department



84 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Wouldn't go to any other doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Answered all questions & nice.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

Always excellent.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2019

My father and I both felt confident in the doctor's ability to help my mother, who is diagnosed with dementia. The doctor was knowledgeable, kind, practical, and a good listener. She gave us ideas about how to help my mother function better and gave us hope in managing the dementia process.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

Dr. Tarawneh is thorough and respectful. I appreciate her good communication with my PCP.

Reviewed on Apr 08, 2019

Always listens to the family's concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

After seeing 3 drs. before coming here, we were extremely pleased. The first 3 doctors could only do so much & said they couldn't do anymore. We were very excited we found someone who could help us go further with medical help.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2019

Dr. Tarawneh is an EXCELLENT Doctor and we appreciate her expertise.

Reviewed on Mar 05, 2019

She answered all the questions we had and listened to concerns about a new drug.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2019

She was very helpful and setup a new prescription for me.She is real friendly.

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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.