Dr. Sherif Salama, MD

Pain Medicine •  Male • Age 58
  
Dr. Salama
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Sherif A Salama MD

850 Brainard Rd Cleveland, OH 44143

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Dr. Sherif Salama, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Salama has more experience with Spine and Pain Management than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Hillcrest Hospital and Marymount Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Salama to book an appointment.


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4 board actions Found
  • Substandard Care, Incompetence or Negligence (11/14/2018)View details
  • Disciplinary action in another state (9/5/2018)View details
  • Substandard Care, Incompetence or Negligence (3/14/2018)View details
  • Substandard Care, Incompetence or Negligence (1/10/2018)View details
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Salama

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Salama treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Salama treats other conditions, please contact the office at (440) 995-4500.

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Dr. Salama typically treats 83% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 15 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Osteoarthritis of Spine
Spondylosis
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Pain Management

Pain management specialists diagnose and treat pain and pain-related conditions through procedures including medication, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture.Compare with other Pain Management specialists.

Dr. Salama typically treats 61% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 13 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Low Back Pain
Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
Spinal Nerve Block
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
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Dr. Salama's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Celiac Plexus Block
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Low Back Pain
  • Migraine
  • Myelopathy
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid Injection
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Salama accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Balanced Blue Access-OH PPO
Blue Access Options for ERC Health-OH PPO
Blue Access Options-OH PPO
Blue Access-OH PPO
Blue Connection-OH HMO
Blue Preferred Plus-OH POS
Blue Preferred-OH EPO
Blue Preferred-OH HMO
Blue Preferred-OH POS
Blue Traditional-OH
Bronze Blue Access-OH PPO
Bronze Blue Access-OH PPO Plus
Bronze Pathway Group-OH HMO
Bronze Pathway X-OH HMO
Bronze Pathway-OH HMO
Catastrophic Pathway X-OH HMO
Catastrophic Pathway-OH HMO
Gold Blue Access-OH PPO
Gold Pathway Group-OH HMO
Gold Pathway X-OH HMO
Gold Pathway-OH HMO
Lumenos Plans-OH
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Ohio Med Plan-OH
Pathway-OH HMO
Platinum Blue Access-OH PPO
Platinum Pathway Group-OH HMO
Silver Blue Access-OH PPO
Silver Blue Access-OH PPO Plus
Silver Pathway Group-OH HMO
Silver Pathway X-OH HMO
Silver Pathway-OH HMO
The Christ Hospital Health Network (TCHHN)-OH
Trihealth HD80-OH
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Coventry Health Care
Coventry Health America PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO

Dr. Salama's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Salama

2.8

Based on 53 ratings

5 Stars
37.735849056603776%
(20)
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
50.943396226415096%
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He is a rude arrogance doctor He doesn't listen and you will have a 2 and a 1/2 hour wait. If you ask a question he makes you feel like it was stupid He has no sympathy for people in pain stay away
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Nov 26, 2020
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I be had a drug test(routine) and at the next appointment he was asking all kinds of questions about what drugs I had been taking. It was very odd. At the end he tells me that my drug test showed minute amounts of a drug I had never even heard of. I have NEVER taken anything that was not prescribed He was very accusative and made me feel like a criminal. I was not impressed.
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Nov 14, 2020
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Horrible Doctor. My wife has medical issues a mile long and had just be released from a nursing home rehabbing. From the 1st appointment he didn't want to continue the pain meds she had been prescribed for years. He made her feel like an addict. 6 months into this horrible experience with frequent drug tests(which was fine) 1 day he calls and says my wife had cocaine in her system. My wife tells him there must be a mistake I dont take anything other than what I'm prescribed. She told him she would take a test on the spot! He said no you might have only did the drug 1 time. We could not believe this was happening. Not only did he stop her pain meds cold turkey he gave us the run around as to which lab her sample went too. Good luck trying to find a doctor to take you serious after telling them what you have just endured. We found a Doctor who had heard similar stories about that Doctor Salama and with her documented medical history decided to take her on as a patient.
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Aug 31, 2020
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Dr. Salama was very understanding of my neck and back pain as well as my wishes to not take prescription medications. He ordered MRIs and then reviewed them with me very thoroughly. He makes recommendations along with pros and cons. He takes time to explain your condition. His office hours are o.m as the last patient taken is at 3:30 p.m. ( May be an inconvenience with work schedule), however, once there the wait time is reasonable. He was highly recommended.
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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JC in Cleveland , OH – Oct 11, 2019
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After reading the reviews, I was apprehensive. But he came highly recommended by my family physician. My experience with Dr Salama was nothing like the negative reviews I read. He was very personable, he took time in evaluating my problem, he explained the situation & answered all of my questions. He even fit me in for the shot that day upon my request. He explained he was busy & I would have to wait. But his staff fit me in & it didn’t take that long. Don’t be deterred by the negative reviews.
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Dennis C. in Highland Hts , OH – Jul 04, 2018
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I was referred to Dr. Salama a few years ago. I was in severe neck and back pain. He was very kind and understanding of my condition. He took me on as a new patient and immediately began my treatment plan that day. He and his staff were very kind and caring and still are. N.A.S.
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Nikkie in Parma – Oct 29, 2017
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I have waited in waiting rooms for up to 2hrs at times. Also seems to switch people medication often just to extra incentives from pharmaceutical Companies. Even though you try to talk to him about how these new medications are reacting differently he doesn't want to hear it. He just does what's best for his pockets. Just seems very uncomfortable trying to talk to him about my pain that new medication is not reliving my pain. Feels like He just don't want to help. I tried to tell him
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Macedonia, OH – Aug 21, 2017
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This doctor reads and listens to NOTHING! I waited over 1 hour in the exam room for him to immediately tell me he is changing ALL my medication AND we will be doing frequent spine injections even though I mentioned that I have had terrible experiences with them! ANY written medication would be contingent upon me submitting to the very costly injections. Holds you hostage to spending a great deal of time and money on treatment and visits just to obtain your prescriptions. Seek another pain Doc
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Bedford, OH – Aug 04, 2017
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Met w/ Salama 2x in the past week to go over pain (drugs) and at both visits he managed to call me a liar and insult me while his office staff said I was a drug addict. He doesn't know my past history regarding pain medication which I definitely prefer not to take, he is insists that everything I say is surrounded by me wanting Vicodin. The Hysingla is making me constipated (side affect) and no over the counter or prescription lax is working. He said I lied and it was just to get more Vicodin.
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Cleveland, OH – Jun 20, 2017
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He was the worst doctor I have ever had do not go to him very arrogant talks nasty staff was ok doctor jus terrible No pain meds and I am a cancer patient Go else where not there
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Toledo, OH – May 30, 2017
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30 minutes just to check in and 75 minutes later, Dr. Salama enters with a hostile attitude. After 2 surgeries I was told that due to DEA rules, I would have to go to pain mgmt 1 week post op. I explained this to Dr. Salama but he seemed to think I was making this up and had me remove both braces so he could visibly see my scars. He accused me of thinking scripts are "candy" which is totally opposite of how I take my meds. I left feeling like a drug addict. Worst doctor I have ever met.
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Cleveland, Oh – Apr 30, 2017
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I was a former marathoner and triathlete who developed spinal stenosis and chronic sciatica after two hip resurfacings. I found Dr. Salama and his staff to be caring and professional. I have retired and moved away from the area; however, I have absolute confidence in his ability to manage chronic pain. It became difficult to obtain steroid injections without two visits, however, but that is due entirely to the insurance company's pre-approval process, and not his office policy.
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Kate in Leesburg, FL – Nov 13, 2016
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He's great. Professional and to point. He is very busy but will answer questions you have, just ask.
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Angela in Cleveland, OH – Oct 06, 2016
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I'm incredibly surprised by the comments saying Dr Salama is rude and uncaring. I found him to be the opposite. He cared greatly about my pain (spinal stenosis) and his staff was very helpful too. I've been to other doctors in the past who showed little compassion or care for their patients and he's not one. He listens, but he also has to type all the notes into his laptop. Just because he isn't holding your hand, and giving you pain meds doesn't mean he doesn't care. In fact, it shows he DOES!
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Amanda in South Euclid – Sep 22, 2016
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Please read the reviews well. He is the most uncaring Doctor that I have ever have ever met. He keeps his back to you & types on his laptop during the entire visit. He has no compassion what so ever. He has a one track mind. Once he makes a decision even if it's incorrect & you prove to him that he was wrong concerning the particular situation he has too much pride to admit that he was wrong. There is a lot more that I can say but, the bottom line is: SEE ANY OTHER DOCTOR OTHER THAN HIM.
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Lee B. in Cleveland Ohio – Sep 13, 2016
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The rudest uncaring doctor i have ever met. Do yourself favor dont go there..staff just as rude but i gave them a pass. He said he didnt believe i had as many surgeries as i did.easily verifiable.i cannot tolerate to long of car ride, so im bad because i thought be easier on me going to place 5 min from home.no matter what . Ive got radiculopathy/drop foot on left. He lifted my leg straight upward and forced it an had immediately pain and my foot that had surgery popped open and still bleeding
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Maria in Parma hts OH – Jul 02, 2016
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In it to protect himself not treat the patient. You can do better
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Mark in Akron, OH – Apr 23, 2016
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This doctor wont read your chart and wont look at you and spends the whole appointment on his laptop maybe he's playing Operation.he acted like i was a drug addict from the 1st appt and gave me his bad attitude everytime.hes a mess of a doctor,dont go.
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jodi g in Cleveland, OH – Apr 10, 2016
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There are few Doctors that really listen to a person. Sometimes, I feel like one of the crowd. He has compassion for people. I feel that I am one of them...
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Jan DiNardo in Cleveland, OH – Feb 08, 2016
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Terrible bedside manner. Not compassionate to patient's pain. Seemed to be full of himself.
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Dr. Sherif Salama, MD is a Pain Medicine Specialist in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Salama has more experience with Spine and Pain Management than other specialists...Read more

Specialties

  • Pain Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pain Medicine

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Sherif A Salama MD

Sherif A Salama MD850 Brainard Rd Cleveland, OH 44143
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Hillcrest Hospital

Mayfield Heights, OH

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2020, 2019)

Marymount Hospital

Garfield Heights, OH

66% Patient experience rating, 3% lower than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019)

University Hospitals MacDonald Women's Hospital

Cleveland, OH
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