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Dr. Marwan Sabbagh on His 1-Year Anniversary at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

By Rob Kachelriess | April 5, 2019 | People

For Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, Vegas' Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is the heart of medical innovation in Sin City.


“I can do more in a year here than 10 years somewhere else. If there is a new idea for a drug, device, blood test, discovery or innovation, one of the first places they call is us. We espouse clinical excellence and innovation. That’s what I’m about and what the Cleveland Clinic is about. How can we advance the field of brain diseases, [including] dementia, Parkinson’s and MS? It’s a culture of ‘yes.’ We want to do the work. We want to innovate. I have my own research interests, which are usually sequestered to nights, weekends and airplanes. I’m writing grants, books and medical papers, and publishing in medical journals. That’s part of the job. You have to push the envelope in terms of research and science.”

What's Now: Dr. Sabbagh is marking one year as director of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, overseeing a staff of 160 people while still spending up to 50 percent of his time as an active neurologist.

What's Next: The health care facility is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and preparing to announce major new initiatives.

Photography by: Photo by Tony Tran