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Benjamin Katholi, MD


Benjamin Katholi, MD

Appointed: 2010

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Benjamin Katholi, MD
Department: Developmental and Rehabilitation Pediatrics
Medical Director, Center for Pediatric Integrative Medicine
Location: Childrens Hospital for Rehabilitation
Mail Code CR11
2801 Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Cleveland, OH 44104
Type of Doctor:
Children & Adolescents Only

Biographical Sketch

Benjamin Katholi, MD, received his bachelor's degree from Illinois College and earned his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine where he also completed an internship in internal medicine. After a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at University of Minnesota, he completed a two-year fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatric rehabilitation.

Dr. Katholi has areas of interest in medical acupuncture, microcurrent therapy, pediatric gait disorders, orthotics and prosthetics, neuromuscular disease, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury, and spasticity management including intrathecal baclofen pump, Botulinum toxin injections and phenol neurolysis.

He has been invited to speak on a variety of topics such as rehabilitation pharmacology, pediatric integrative medicine, pediatric cancer rehabilitation, gait disorders, and spasticity management. He currently serves as Associate Staff for Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation. 

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Pediatric Rehabilitation
Chicago, IL USA
Residency - University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Minneapolis, MN USA
Internship - University of Southern Illinois & Affiliated Hospitals
Internal Medicine
Springfield, IL USA
Medical School - Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, IL USA


  • Acupuncture

Specialty Interests

Spasticity management, gait disorders, orthotics and prosthetics, neuromuscular disease, adult transition planning for adolescents with physical disabilities, medical acupuncture

Awards & Honors

Nightingale Physician Collaboration Award - 2013

Heroes in Medicine - Physician's Weekly 2016

Additional Training

  • Medical Acupuncture for Physicians - Helms Medical Institute, Berkeley, CA
  • Frequency-Specific Microcurrent Core Seminar and Advanced Seminar - FSM Seminars, Vancouver, WA


  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy for Medical Acupuncture

Treatment & Services

  • Acupuncture
  • Botox Injections For Headache
  • Botulinum Toxin Administration for Hemifacial Spasm
  • Botulinum Toxin Injection for Dystonia
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Botulinum Toxin Injections for Cervical Dystonia
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Care for Children with Disabilities
  • Care of the Young Athlete
  • Department of Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Electromyography
  • Frequency Specific Microcurrent
  • Gait Analysis
  • Gait Assessment
  • Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump
  • Medical Acupuncture
  • Nerve Conduction Tests
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Pain Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Neuroscience
  • Phenol Neurolysis
  • Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation for Pediatric Patients
  • Rehabilitation Of Neuromuscular And Orthopedic Disorders
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Spasticity Management

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/4/2016, Dr. Katholi has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English