Omar Arnaout

Omar Arnaout, MD

Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery

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Personally Speaking

I have been passionate about neurosurgery since I was a teenager. My grandmother, who I was very close with, had brain surgery for a meningioma when I was young and I later had the chance to shadow her surgeon in clinic and the operating room. It quickly became obvious to me that the field was incredibly challenging and rewarding at the same time. I was drawn to it ever since.

My greatest strength as a surgeon is the relationship I have with my patients. Early on, one of my mentors told me that the key to the practice of medicine is to treat your patients like you would your family. I have carried that with me since and now share it regularly with my trainees as a cardinal rule. That simple mantra makes decision making very simple: if you treat your patients like family, you will always do right by them.

For me, the field of neurosurgery is not about the procedures, but rather the long term relationships I have with my patients. Good outcomes are tied closely to having strong therapeutic relationships; as a result, I often see patients more than once prior to discussing surgery and then regularly in the post-operative period. For the patients I see who do not need surgery, it is still critical to have a close relationship so that I can help guide them to the outcome they are looking for.


The most rewarding part of my job is seeing a patient be able to get back to an activity they were unable to do before surgery.  Hearing a patient’s pain is gone and they are happy with the outcome is what motivates me to strive for excellence every day.



Medical School

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, 2010


McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, Neurological Surgery


Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, Skull Base Surgery
Center for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, Sydney, Australia, Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Surgery

Academic Appointment

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School


Arabic and French

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"Neurosurgeon, Dr. Omar Arnaout was very good. Very, very good, thank you."

June 26, 2018


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