Dr. Marwan Sabbagh joins the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (CCLRCBH) as the new director beginning May 1, 2018. He brings over 27 years of experience as an Alzheimer’s disease investigator and most recently served as the director of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Division at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Dr. Sabbagh will take over for Dr. Jeffery Cummings, CCLRCBH’s founding director. Dr. Cummings will serve an advisory role after he steps down and will continue to work part-time on the various clinical trials taking place at the center.

Dr. Sabbagh comes to the center with many goals for the upcoming years. He hopes to develop a blood test to screen for Alzheimer’s disease, a spit test to detect amyloids (a protein found in larger quantities in Alzheimer’s patients’ saliva), and to repurpose cancer drugs to treat various brain diseases. Additionally, Dr. Sabbagh hopes expand the Las Vegas campus and its staff.

Dr. Sabbagh received residency training in neurology at Baylor College of Medicine after earning his medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tuscon. He completed his fellowship in geriatric neurology and dementia at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where he served as an assistant professor. Prior to his appointments at the Lou Ruvo Center and the Barrow Neurological Institute, he was with the Banner Sun Health Institute for 15 years.


Bekker, J. (2018, March 4). New director taking over Ruvo Center for brain studies in May. Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved from https://www.reviewjournal.com/life/health/new-director-taking-over-ruvo-center-for-brain-studies-in-may/

Coutré, L. (2018, March 20). Dr. Marwan Sabbagh to lead Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Crain’s Cleveland. Retrieved from http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20180320/news/155486/dr-marwan-sabbagh-lead-cleveland-clinic-lou-ruvo-center-brain-health

Sabbagh, M. (n.d). About Marwan Sabbagh, M.D. Retrieved from http://www.marwansabbaghmd.com/about/

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