Chafic Karam M.D.

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Associate Professor of Neurology School of Medicine

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4.7 out of 5 (347 Ratings, 77 Comments)


  • Neurology

Special focus on

  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Residency:

    • Beth Israel Medical Center Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY
  • Fellowship:

    • Peripheral Nerve Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
    • Neuromuscular Medicine and EMG, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, MA
  • Certifications:

    • United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology
    • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Neuromuscular Medicine
    • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology


Dr. Karam is Associate Professor of Neurology, Director of the ALS and Neuromuscular Center and Director of the Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship program at the OHSU Brain Institute. Dr. Karam specializes in peripheral neuropathies and motor neuron disease (ALS) and is involved in various clinical trials in neuromuscular disorders.

Dr. Karam completed his medical training at St Joseph University in Beirut and his residency in neurology at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, in New York. He did a fellowship in peripheral nerve pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and another fellowship in neuromuscular medicine and EMG at the Partners program, Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston’s Children Hospital) in Boston. Prior to joining OHSU, Dr. Karam was Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Karam is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the Peripheral Nerve Society, The Muscle Study Group, the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association and Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS). He is a reviewer for major neurology and neuromuscular journals.

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  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish (some)

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Neurology

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (347 Ratings, 77 Comments)

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Patient Comments

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Knowledgeable answers to all my questions.

  • Sep 17, 2019

    Very thorough exam and good explanation regarding my neuropathy.

  • Sep 10, 2019

    I have really enjoyed seeing him. He is friendly and personable. He will put some notes in the computer but then turn his focus on me and not the computer.

  • Sep 04, 2019

    Dr. Karam was very professional, obviously knew his area of expertise and how it related with overlapping treatment areas. Friendly, clear and complete on discussions.

  • May 03, 2019

    The doctor was polite thorough and answer my questions.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    The man listens, he pays attention, he takes everything into consideration, has a dry sense of humor which find very nice, but other people don't always like it but I think he's fabulous to be honest about it. He's the only ... just about the only doctor I really completely trust and that's basically the way it is. I think he is outstanding neurologist and I like the way he pays attention to what you're saying and takes it into consideration if he agrees, then hey, great. If he doesn't agree, he explains exactly why and helps you work it out. I think he's great.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    Everyone was helpful and courteous, can’t thank them enough.

  • Apr 22, 2019

    Dr. Karam is a very kind intelligent, personable doctor, that's all I can say.

  • Apr 19, 2019

    Good experience, very happy, good doctor,hope he stays with OHSU for a long time, Thanks, 

  • Apr 18, 2019

    Dr Karam cares!

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