Dina Dababneh, MD

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Dr. Dina Dababneh is an Adult Neurology specialist with sub-specialization in Multiple Sclerosis. Her clinical practice includes all types of neurological disorders with expertise in Headache Disorders, Movement Disorders, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr. Dababneh was elected as the Academic Chief Resident in her last year of residency. During fellowship, she served as the Chief Fellow at the University of Toronto, and a member of the Fellowship Education Advisory Committee (FEAC). Dr. Dababneh won multiple awards for outstanding professional and research skills. Prior to her residency, Dr. Dababneh completed 2 years of research training at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Maryland and the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Botox Treatment
  • Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS)
  • Concussion
  • Dizziness
  • General Neurology
  • Headache Disorders
  • Nerve Blocks
  • Primary Progressive MS (PPMS)
  • Radiologically Isolated Syndrome (RIS)
  • Relapsing Remitting MS (RRMS)
  • Secondary Progressive MS (SPMS)
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Tremors

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor in Neurology at CUMC

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, 2013 University of Jordan Medical School
  • Residency: 2019 St. Louis University School Of Medicine
  • Residency: 2019 Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System
  • Fellowship: 2020 University Of Toronto

Honors & Awards

  • Chief Clinical Fellow, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Academic Chief Resident, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • “James Sharpe Award” for the outstanding presentation by a fellow based on scientific merit and presentation
  • Best Resident Research Award, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Excellence in Professionalism Award, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Fellowship Education Advisory Committee (FEAC) representative for Clinical Fellows, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Resident Wellness Champion, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA


Dr. Dababneh’s clinical and research interests include clinically isolated syndrome, progressive forms of MS, environmental risk factors in MS including genetics, gender bias, Vitamin D role & smoking, MS fatigue & maintenance of function to delay disability as well as MS biomarkers. Her research activities focused on outcome measures for long term disability in Multiple Sclerosis and environmental factors including Childhood Sunlight Exposure, Immigration, and Risk of Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD).

Selected Publications

  1. Solomon JM, Shah PS, Ye Y, Sormani MP, Montalban X, Dababneh D, Muccilli A, Rotstein D. Predictive Value of NEDA for Long-term Disability in Multiple Sclerosis Observational Studies: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. ACTRMIS. Forthcoming.
  2. Dababneh D, Lee L, Stratos K, Taberner , waxman , Wong , Carr K, Rotstein D. Immigration, Childhood Sunlight Exposure, and Risk of Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD). Neurology. 2020 April; (94 (15 Supplement) 4382;).
  3. Waxman L, Lee L, Stratos K, Taberner K, Wong A, Carr,, Kathleen ,, Dababneh D, Rotstein D. Menstrual and Reproductive History in Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD): A cross sectional analysis using the EnvIMS questionnaire. Neurology. 2020 April; (94 (15 Supplement) 2816).
  4. Dababneh D, Yeboah K, Kafaie J. An Exceptional Case of Metastatic High-Grade Astrocytoma to the Spinal Cord Mimicking Guillain Barre Syndrome at Presentation. AANEM. 2019 September.
  5. Yeboah K, Bittar J, Malik A, Massaquoi R, Dababneh D, Chand P. Bickerstaff Brainstem Encephalitis. AANEM. 2019 September.
  6. Dababneh D, Notch D, Kafaie J. Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein (GFAP) Astrocytopathy underlies Autoimmune Epilepsy in the setting of Multi-Organ Failure. Neurology. 2018 April.
  7. Thomas F, Dababneh D, Holmes T, Chopra H, Rajeh M, Lionberger J. Diagnosis and Management of Acute Closed Angle Glaucoma after Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 2016 March; 22(3):SUPPLEMENT , S125-S126,.
  8. Galiatsatos P, Dababneh D, Greenough W, Friedlander T, Pearse D, Bellantoni M. Long Term Outcomes from a Single Chronic Ventilator Unit: A 5-Year Assessment. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2016; (193:A3654).
  9. Galiatsatos P, Dababneh D, Wilkerson H, Kiehle N, Huber K, Pearse D. Use of a sepsis order set improves time to antibiotic administration in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2015 April; (2015;191:A4494).