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Edward Benzel, MD

216.636.5860

Edward Benzel, MD
Department: Center for Spine Health
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S40
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
DeskDesk:216.444.0228
WorkFax:216.445.6801
Surgeon:
Yes
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

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.

Professional Highlights

  • Medical Co-Director, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Spine Research Laboratory, 1999-Present
  • Director, Neurosurgery Residency Program, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, May 2002-Present
  • Course Director, Annual Cleveland Spine Review: Hands-On, Cleveland, Ohio, 2006-Present

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - VA Medical Center
SpineSurgery & Spinal Cord Inj
Albuquerque, NM USA
1981
Residency - Medical College of Wisconsin Clinics
Neurosurgery
Milwaukee, WI USA
1980
Internship - Medical College of Wisconsin Clinics
Milwaukee, WI USA
1976
Medical School - Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI USA
1975
Undergraduate - Washington State University
Chemical Engineering
Pullman, WA USA
1971

Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery

Specialty Interests

Cervical Spondylosis, Spinal Neoplasms, Spine Biomechanics

Awards & Honors

  • Scholarship in Teaching Award, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, 2005
  • Pioneer in Spine Surgery, North American Spine Society, 2006
  • North American Spine Society’s David Selby Award, 2007
  • Finalist, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award, 2007

Innovations & Patents

  • United States Patent 5,681,312 Spine Construct with Band Clamps, Hansen A. Yuan, Edward C. Benzel, Alex Dinello, Michael H. Wefers, Aaron C. Smith (inventors), issued Oct. 28, 1997 
  • United States Patent 5,800,433 Spinal Column Retaining Apparatus, Edward C. Benzel, Alex Dinello, Hansen Yuan, Michael Wefers (inventors), issued Sept. 1, 1998
  • United States Patent 5,843,082 Cervical Spine Stabilization Method and System, Edward C. Benzel (inventor), issued Dec. 1, 1998 
  • United States Patent 5,713,900 Apparatus for Retaining Bone Portions in a Desired Relationship, Edward C. Benzel (inventor), issued Feb. 3, 1998 
  • United States Patent 6,036,693 Cervical spine Stabilization Method & System, Edward C. Benzel (inventor), issued March 14, 2000 
  • United States Patent 6,193,720 Cervical Spine Stabilization Method & System, Edward C. Benzel (inventor), issued Feb. 27, 2001 
  • United States Patent 6,214,005 Spinal Column Retaining Apparatus, Edward C. Benzel (inventor), issued April 10, 2001
  • United States Patent 6,706,005 Apparatus and Methods for Assessing Loads on Adjacent Bones, Shuvo Roy, Lisa Ferrara, Aaron Fleischman, Edward C. Benzel (inventors), issued March, 2004 
  • United States Patent 7,182,736 B2  Apparatus and Method for Assessing Loads on Adjacent Bones, Shuvo Roy, Aaron Fleischman, Edward C. Benzel, Lisa Ferrara (inventors), issued February 2007

Memberships

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • World Spine Society, Aug. 2003-Present

  • Society of Neurological Surgeons, 1994-Present
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Treatment & Services

  • Cervical Deformity Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Biomechanics
  • Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
  • Surgery For Spinal Tumors
  • Surgery For Spinal Vascular Malformations

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 9/25/2013, Dr. Benzel 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. Benzel receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Axiomed Spine Corporation
  • Turning Point Biotechnology

Royalty Payments. Dr. Benzel receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Axiomed Spine Corporation
  • OrthoMEMS, Inc.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Benzel serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Cervical Spine Research Society

Right to Future Distribution of Cleveland Clinic Financial Interest. Dr. Benzel may receive future financial benefits from the Cleveland Clinic for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Axiomed Spine Corporation

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

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