Dr. Mohammad Rifai, MD

Dr. Mohammad Rifai, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 62
Dr. Mohammad Rifai, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Merrillville, IN. He graduated from University Of Damascus, Faculty Of Medicine in 1978 and specializes in neurosurgery.Read his story

200 E 89th Ave Ste 3A

Merrillville, IN 46410

Contact Information

(219) 756-2900

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Family Insurance
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
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Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 98% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 91% of peers

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Dr. Rifai's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Rifai "Dr. Rifai is the founder of Neurological & Spinal Surgery (NSS). Under his stewardship, NSS has grown while serving the residents of Northwest Indiana for more than two decades. Dr. Rifai is constantly researching new technologies and treatments for patients suffering from neurological, brain and spinal disorders. He was one of the first neurosurgeons in the region to offer minimally-invasive microscopic spinal surgery, vascular neurosurgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery using Gamma Knife modality. Dr. Rifai also serves as a Diplomate for the American Board of Neurological Surgery and as an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago while maintaining an academic affiliation with the Indiana University School of Medicine."


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1  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Rifai does not have any board certifications listed.

41  Conditions Treated

  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Spinal Cord and Brain Disorders
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury


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33  Procedures


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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University Of Damascus, Faculty Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • Damascus University Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • University of Illinois
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
  • University Ill Cook Co Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1981

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

Dr. Rifai has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Rifai's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Rifai to family and friends
20 total reviews (6 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (20)

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  • 1

Dr. Rifai's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (6)

I have been under the care of DR. RiFAI under two different occasions for the removal of a brain tumor,. At both encounters I have had complete trust in Dr. RiFAI and the most recent surgery with Dr. Jaffer his assistant also. As with the Doctors their staff is very professional and caring of the...more
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I went and saw Dr Rifai a couple of months ago. He had done surgery on my husband about 10 years ago and it had gone very well. He saw my MRI and told me he wouldn't do anything for me and that I should get on Youtube and find a Physical Therapy video for spinal stenosis. I refused and explained...more
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Dr Rifai is simply the best, I would put my life in his hands any time, highly recommended.
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Worst Dr ever .please do NOT put your self between his hands. He did my husband such a horrible surgery, every Dr saw the MRI after that he told me what's a stupid Dr. I get there so easy apparently because he has no patients, no one wants him.
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He was an excellent brain doctor he fixed my brain it fells so good
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