Department Center for General Neurology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Consultation, Evaluation, And Treatment Adult Neurological Disorders
  • Electromyography
  • General Neurology
  • Performing Arts Medicine
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Aphasia
  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Binswanger's Disease
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Cluster Headaches
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
  • Dementia
  • Dystonia
  • Essential Tremor Resources
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Instrumental musicians' injuries
  • Memory Impairment
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Myoclonus (muscle twitch)
  • Olivopontocerebellar Atrophy
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Spasticity
  • Stiff-Person Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Wilson Disease
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About Richard Lederman, MD, PhD

Richard J.  Lederman, MD, PhD, is a Staff physician in the Department of Neurology at Cleveland Clinic's main campus. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 1973 after completing a clinical fellowship in neurology at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Lederman is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and of the American Association of Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Medicine and an active member of the American Neurological Association.

Dr. Lederman received the Cleveland Clinic's Bruce Hubbard Stewart award in 2001 and was appointed Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in 2004.  

Dr. Lederman received several academic honors while earning a medical degree and then a doctorate in physiology, both completed at State University of New York at Buffalo. He subsequently did an internship and one year of residency in medicine at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center in Bronx, NY. An interest in experimental embryology led to a position at the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He subsequently completed a residency in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. 

Board-certified in neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine, Dr. Lederman has authored two books plus over a hundred textbook chapters and other publications. Both books and many of the publications address the neuropathies of performing artists. He has served on the board of the International Arts-Medicine Association and of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, as well as on the editorial board of Medical Problems of Performing Artists and American Music Teacher. 

Dr. Lederman has been an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Bronx Municipal Hospital Center
Internal Medicine
Bronx, NY USA

Internship - Bronx Municipal Hospital Center
Medical Internship
Bronx, NY USA

Medical School - State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Scienc
Buffalo, NY USA

Undergraduate - Princeton University
Princeton, NJ USA


  • Neurology

Specialty Interests

Dementia, Electromyography, memory executive functioning, movement disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Parkinson Disease, parkinson's disease and movement disorders, Performing Arts Medicine, peripheral nerve disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, restless legs syndrome, tourette's syndrome

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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. 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, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 7/26/2018, Dr. Lederman 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

124 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.4 out of 5
Explains 4.4
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.5
Knows Medical History 4.1
Time Spent with Patient 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.4

10 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

Dr. Lederman and his resident were amazingly knowledgeable and thorough

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

I felt in GREAT hands with Dr. Lederman and his resident. They were both very personable, polite, kind and thorough

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

My issue is this: I came to Cleveland Clinic because of reputation that they resolve difficult cases. I have pain & weakness in left thigh, causing 25-30 falls, and 4 hospital stays in 60 days. The provider, *Dr. Lederman, did assessment, order EMG, and results did not lead to diagnosis. His response is "I see nothing in EMG or MRI's that surgery could fix." Hopes that neck surgery for spur will resolve issues. I expected that I would have had additional testing at Cleveland Clinic (in neurology or another speciality) to get a diagnosis. Not the brush off to my neck surgery, *Hepink for resolution.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2018

Dr. Lederman is an incredible person! I'm sure you are staffed with mostly incredible people but Dr. Lederman is one of a kind in my experience. I appreciate and respect him and his medical expertise!

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2018

i love dr. lederman. he is very charismatic, he is very thorough, and efficient, he is a really good dr.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018

Referring Dr. called the first week of Feb. They called twice and I called twice... finally the end of MARCH I was given an appointment for JULY... told all along that they only schedule 60 days in advance and they would be calling me. It was my call that got it scheduled. I would have thought that calling the very first week of Feb. that an appointment would have been scheduled much sooner and the promised call backs would have happened. It took two months to get an appointment scheduled

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018

Dr. Lederman is a superb doctor. In all respects, what a doctor ought to be.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2018

Dr. Lederman was excellent and knowledgeable for my issue. He gave me a generous amount of time, his advice and suggestions have been accepted and I am most satisfied with my consultation with him.

Reviewed on May 1, 2018

Dr Lederman was professional, thorough and friendly. He addressed all of my concerns and ordered what I believe the necessary testing to definitively diagnose my problem.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2018

Again, Dr. Lederman the best of the best. My mother was an RN and in the healthcare profession her entire career. She agrees that Dr. Lederman and his staff are a rare breed in today's healthcare industry.

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