Dr. Rezai earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Southern California and underwent neurosurgical training at New York University. He completed his subspecialty training in functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He then joined the neurosurgical faculty at New York University Medical Center, becoming the director of the Center for Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery until January 2000, when he joined the faculty at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Rezai was the director of the Center for Neurological Restoration, as well as the Jane and Lee Seidman Chair in Functional Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic until August 2009, when he joined the faculty at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He is currently Associate Dean of Neuroscience and the Director and CEO of the OSU Comprehensive Brain and Spine Center.
A board certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Rezai’ s clinical areas of expertise are the neurosurgical management of patients with severe movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor, psychiatric conditions such as depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain. Dr. Rezai was named one of the best doctors in America in Castle and Connolly’s Guide to America’s Top Doctors for 2001-2014.
Dr. Rezai has published over 150 peer reviewed articles and more than 30 book chapters. He serves on the editorial board of five journals. He has edited a book on surgery for psychiatric disorders and the two volume textbook, Neuromodulation. In addition, Dr. Rezai has been the Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-investigator on eight NIH grants. Dr. Rezai has trained over 40 fellows, has delivered over 430 lectures and chaired numerous symposia and meetings. Dr. Rezai presented his work to the President of the United States as well as to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.
Dr. Rezai is currently the Past President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), the largest neurosurgical societies in the world, as well as the Past President North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), and the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (ASSFN).
Dr. Rezai’s research focuses on mechanisms of neurostimulation, and developing neuromodulation devices and novel therapeutic strategies for treatment of neurological disorders. He has been involved in innovations using brain pacemakers for treating Parkinson’s disease, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and traumatic brain injury. His current research focuses on developing neuromodulation therapies to treat migraine headaches, asthma, addictions, Alzheimer’s, obesity, post-traumatic stress disorders and autism.
Dr. Rezai has received the Bottrell Neurosurgical Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Fellowship award, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons William Sweet Investigator Award. He has also received several innovation awards. Dr. Rezai holds 35 issued US patents for medical devices and technologies.
Dr. Rezai’s work has been in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, MIT’s Technology Review magazine, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail. He has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television broadcasts including CBS’ 60 Minutes, Prime Time, The Charlie Rose Show, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, NPR, PBS, the BBC, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS Nightly News and The Discovery Channel.