Robert Bermel, MD

216.444.8600

Robert Bermel, MD

Appointed: 2008

Robert Bermel, MD
Department: Mellen Center
Medical Director
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code U10
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.8600
WorkFax:216.445.6259
Robert Bermel, MD
Department: Neurology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code U10
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.8600
WorkFax:216.445.6259
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Robert Bermel, MD is a Staff Neurologist in the Neurological Institute's Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Cleveland Clinic. He received a medical degree with thesis honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where his interest in MS began while training under Dr. Lawrence Jacobs. Dr. Bermel completed neurology residency training and served as Chief Resident at Cleveland Clinic. He was funded as a National MS Society postdoctoral fellow in clinical neuroimmunology and advanced imaging at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Bermel cares for patients, conducts imaging research, and participates in clinical trials at the Mellen Center. Dr. Bermel is leading the implementation and application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for the clinical program at the Mellen Center.  His current research interests focus on the identification of advanced imaging methods to evaluate and improve recovery from inflammatory demyelinating disease. Specifically, he is utilizing techniques such as Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Diffusion Tensor MRI (DTI), and Functional MRI (fMRI). He is currently principal investigator on a research grant funded by the National MS Society, and a co-investigator on multiple clinical trials.

He regularly serves as a volunteer speaker to patient groups on behalf of the National MS Society, and occasionally as a consultant to industry in the field of MS therapeutics.

Professional Highlights

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Research Grant: "Advanced imaging methods to study recovery from acute optic neuritis"
  • Program Committee - American Society of Neuroimaging
  • Regular volunteer speaker for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
neuroimmunology
Cleveland, OH USA
2008
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Neurology
Cleveland, OH USA
2007
Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
2004
Medical School - State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Scienc
Buffalo, NY USA
2003
Undergraduate - State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY USA
1999

Certifications

  • Neurology

Specialty Interests

clinical trial research, imaging research, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

Awards & Honors

  • 2003   American Society of Neuroimaging William Oldendorf Award for Outstanding Neuroimaging Research. Presented at the ASN Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA March 7, 2003 for the work entitled: "Gray matter T2 hypointensity predicts longitudinal brain atrophy in MS: effect of interferon beta-1a".
  • 2003   American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology. Presented at University at Buffalo School of Medicine commencement May 23, 2003.
  • 2003   State University of New York at Buffalo Baccelli Award for Most Outstanding Research. Presented at University at Buffalo School of Medicine commencement May 23, 2003.
  • 2001   American Academy of Neurology G. Milton Shy Award in Clinical Neurology. Presented at the AAN Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA May 7, 2001 for the work entitled: "Bicaudate ratio as a marker of brain atrophy in multiple sclerosis".

Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology -  member since 2000
  • American Medical Association  - member since 1999
  • American Society of Neuroimaging - member since 2001. Annual Meeting Program Committee since 2003

Treatment & Services

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/25/2014, Dr. Bermel has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Bermel received fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Novartis International, AG
  • Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Teva Neuroscience

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