Edward C. Benzel, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic. He also holds a faculty appointment, Professor of Surgery, at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University (CCLCM of CWRU). Dr. Benzel’s major clinical interests embrace many aspects of neurosurgery, but are focused on spinal disorders including cervical spondylosis and syringomyelia, complex spine instrumentation, and spine tumors. Clinical research has encompassed such issues as hydrocephalus, neonatal hemorrhage, cerebrovascular disorders, cranial trauma, critical care, brain death, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and of course, spinal disorders.
He has been actively involved in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgery, North American Spine Society (NASS), World Spinal Cord Society, and Cervical Spine Research Society. Dr. Benzel is one of the founding members of the Lumbar Spine Research Society formed in 2007. He serves on numerous committees, and in multiple different positions of the various societies.
Dr. Benzel rigorously reviews clinical and research content for numerous professional neurosurgical and spine publications. He was Co-Chairman of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery (2003-2004), and is currently Chairman of the Review Board for the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. He has served as a reviewer for Neurosurgery, Spine, and The Spine Journal, and is an ad hoc reviewer for other journals.
He has authored multiple textbooks (7), and over 250 book chapters. His seminal texts, Biomechanics of Spine Stabilization (1st & 2nd Editions) and Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complications, Avoidance and Management are conceivably the highlights of his publication endeavors.
Dr. Benzel holds several patents and has participated in many medical advances. He is perhaps best known as an educator. He directed the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program, and the Spine Fellowship Programs at the University of New Mexico, and has been instrumental in the development and success of these programs at the Cleveland Clinic. His innovations in Neurosurgery Resident Education have won accolades and numerous awards.