Department Mellen Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Spanish
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Devic's Disease (Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Transverse Myelitis
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University
Clinical Research
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Neuroimmunology/Multiple Sclerosis
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX USA

Medical Education - Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador
Quito Pichincha,


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/15/2020, Dr. Ontaneda 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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* 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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

41 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.1
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

11 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Everything went smoothly. it's incredibly convenient and a lot easier to have imaging performed and viewable by Dr. Ontaneda on the same day.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Dr. Ontaneda is attentive and always ready to share the most current research into MS. It's reassuring to know that he is involved in the work to uncover effective treatments, and possibly a cure, for this disease.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Dr Ontaneda mastered the ability to listen and inform. He is warm, kind and extremely communicative. He made me feel part of the process... truly a gift to make a connection with masks & face shield

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Dr. Ontaneda was very easy to talk to and answered all of questions.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

My experience was excellent. The Dr. was very compassionate and through with me. This was my very first visit at the Cleveland Clinic and I am so glad I made the decision to come.

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

I wish that I could continue my care there....I'm just concerned about coming to Cleveland in the winter months. I still may transfer my care there though. Am still going to try with my doctor in Pittsburgh. Thank you for the opportunity to be seen and taken care of, informed, etc. Everyone was wonderful.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

very happy with the Dr.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Dr. Ontenada was very helpful in explaining my Secondary Progressive MS diagnosis .

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

my attending physicians were excellent in all areas.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Physicians treated me with respect and used a caring touch. They made me feel at ease and were unbelievably understanding. I was impressed by their demeanor and caring.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

physician was very thorough in exam

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