Chafic Karam M.D.

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Associate Professor of Neurology School of Medicine

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4.7 out of 5 (348 Ratings, 116 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 (348 Ratings, 116 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Oct 31, 2019

    My experience was very pleasant and comfortable to now my health is in good hand

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Very warm and informative. I would recommend him.

  • Oct 16, 2019

    Everyone was nice and friendly, made me feel good and as relaxed as could be expected.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    I had a great experience with Dr. Karam. He is very nice, has good bedside manners and seems to have empathy about helping his patients.Thank you

  • Oct 03, 2019

    He was very kind, patient and thorough with his knowledgeable explanations of my procedure.

  • Oct 02, 2019

    Doctor has always been very helpful and answers all my questions and concerns.

  • Sep 26, 2019

    Dr. is very personable and takes the time to answer all questions and concerns.

  • Sep 18, 2019

    Knowledgeable answers to all my questions.

  • Sep 17, 2019

    Very thorough exam and good explanation regarding my neuropathy.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    He is very kind and caring. He doesn't rush the patient, but is willing to spend whatever time is needed to get all questions answered.

  • 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.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    One of the best and most thorough doctors I experienced.

  • Aug 20, 2019

    I can?t thank him enough for his expertise and care. Thank You you very much Dr. Karam.

  • Aug 15, 2019


  • Aug 14, 2019

    Dr. Karam was careful to review all of the past tests and carefully weighted his response. He took his time and was clear with us. We respected his analysis.

  • Aug 08, 2019


  • Aug 07, 2019

    They were all really really good. It was a good experience. And I'm happy with it.

  • Aug 01, 2019

    Dr. Karam is congenial, thorough, and kind. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to others. He covered all my questions and left me with sense of comfort.

  • Aug 01, 2019

    Dr.karam has helped me with my MSG. I feel much more positive about it.

  • Jul 29, 2019

    Informative and to the point.

  • Jul 27, 2019

    Dr. Karam is an excellent doctor, who gives great advice, has been tremendous in my well being and care, and it's very attentive when I'm talking to him about my problems. I really enjoy Dr. Karam and hope to continue to work with him,and see him on a regular basis.

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Essential but complete in his job, caring, clear communication, friendly and very professional.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    Excellent provider and caregiver

  • Jul 13, 2019

    I had an initial visit with Dr. Karam and Pippa. He ordered a blood test to see what type of "CMT" I have and I am anxious to see the results. She did most of the exam with him completing it and both seemed very knowledgeable about CMT.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    I felt the doctor was very interested in helping me and I felt really positive about my visit.

  • Jun 19, 2019

    Dr. Karam is a bet nice doctor that really knows what he?s doing. Very happy to recommend him to people.

  • Jun 15, 2019

    This is a teaching hospital. I expect to be seen by students (who are already doctors) and then for a similar or identical checkup by a regular doctor. This is not a problem. This appointment was as expected. Dr Karam repeated many of the tests with the same results. I always have a chance to ask questions with either the students or my regular doctor.

  • Jun 15, 2019

    I was very satisfied with this doctor and have been seeing him for several years now, and I hope he stays at OHSU and continues to be my doctor. Thank you. Bye.

  • Jun 12, 2019

    Dr. Karam was very kind, very concerned about the questions that we had and gave us appropriate answers to our questions and concerns and linked us with appropriate resources to help us in best managing the patient's condition.

  • Jun 05, 2019

    Best combination of quality service and expert care I have ever experienced. Wonderful experience!

  • Jun 04, 2019

    Everything was easy and smooth. Thanks.

  • May 31, 2019


  • May 31, 2019

    Great service. Friendly

  • May 29, 2019

    Professional and pleasant

  • May 25, 2019

    I have great confidence in Dr. Karam. He is a bed side manner is excellent and I think that he is absolutely brilliant and I do believe he's probably one of the finest minds in the world, but my condition is I'm just very pleased so I can do this client.

  • May 24, 2019

    Great doctor, and great research team in OHSU. Thank you for everything you guys do to help us with problems.

  • May 23, 2019

    Very caring, personable and professional. Answered all of our questions with an explanation we could understand.

  • May 23, 2019

    Very professional and even a follow up phone call.

  • May 22, 2019

    I thought the Dr. was very nice and professional, he seems to be very good at what he does.

  • May 21, 2019

    Always a good visit. Dr. Karam listens and provides feedback.

  • 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!

  • Apr 14, 2019

    (INAUDIBLE) was extremely thorough and much appreciated everything well to the doctor, the attending. I enjoyed meeting him a lot looked forward to it for quite a while. I wish that I had had more questions written down to ask him. But I ... I liked him a lot. He was very personable and I've got all sorts of things that I wanted to ask after I left which is par for the course (INAUDIBLE). Thank you.

  • Apr 11, 2019

    He has helped me to feel better and understand the autoimmune disease I was diagnosed with.

  • Apr 10, 2019

    every one is concerned and helpful

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