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

Treatment & Services

  • Actigraphy
  • Clinical Trials
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation
  • Interpretation of EEG in the critical care setting
  • Intracranial EEG monitoring and brain mapping for presurgical evaluation
  • Polysomnogram
  • Positive Airway Pressure Titration (cpap; Bilevel Pap Titration)
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Sleep Studies
View all 10 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult Epilepsy
  • Brain Malformations Causing Epilepsy
  • Circadian Rhythm Disorders
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Complex Epilepsy in Adults
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • First Seizure Assessment
  • Geriatric Epilepsy
  • Hypersomnia
  • Insomnia
  • Intractable (Drug Resistant) Epilepsy
  • Malformations Of Cortical Development
  • Narcolepsy
  • Neurofibromatosis Causing Epilepsy
  • Rem Sleep Behavior Disorder
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizures
  • Sleep and Epilepsy Issues
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Status Epilepticus (continuous Seizures)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Causing Seizures
  • Women's Health And Epilepsy
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About Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO, MS

Nancy Foldvary-Schafer, DO, MS is Director of the Sleep Disorders Center and Staff in the Epilepsy Center.  She is Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University with a Joint Appointment in the Women’s Health Center at Cleveland Clinic.
Certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, she has treated patients with sleep disorders and epilepsy at Cleveland Clinic since 1995. She has served as a lead investigator on numerous clinical trials and has published on sleep and epilepsy, epilepsy surgery, EEG, women's issues in epilepsy and sleep disorders.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Duke University Hospital
Clinical Neurophysiology
Durham, NC USA

Residency - Loyola University Medical Center
Maywood, IL USA

Residency - Evanston Hospital
Internal Medicine
Evanston, IL USA

Internship - Chicago Osteopathic Medical Center
Chicago, IL USA

Medical Education - Chicago College of Osteo. Med. @ Midwestern University
Downers Grove, IL USA

Undergraduate - Loyola University of Chicago
Chicago, IL USA

Additional Training

  • Master of Science in Clinical Research from Case Western Reserve University, 2011

Professional Highlights

  • Published several books on sleep disorders including "The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Sleep Disorders", Kaplan Publishing, 2009 and "Sleep Disorders: A Case a Week from the Cleveland Clinic", Oxford University Press, 2010.


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Sleep Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Epilepsy

Specialty Interests

Adult epilepsy and sleep disorders, sleep and epilepsy, women's health and epilepsy, clinical trials, clinical neurophysiology, surgical evaluation of epilepsy

Awards & Honors

  • Listed in "Top Docs," Cleveland Magazine, 2007-11.

    Received 2004 Epilepsy Association Legacy Award, 2006-2007 Cleveland Clinic Innovators Award, and 2008 Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute Professional Staff Award.

Innovations & Patents

  • Pioneering use of hotel-based sleep laboratories in a large tertiary care center


  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American Epilepsy Society
  • Sleep Research Society
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Nancy Foldvary-Schaefer, DO, MS.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

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. 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 9/4/2022, Dr. Foldvary-Schaefer 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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

  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals, plc

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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

103 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

I always value my annual video appointment with Dr Foldvary SchaeferShe asks questions to make sure I haven't had any seizure - since my brain bleed in 2009.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Dr. Foldvary Schaefer is excellent and a top asset of the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

I'm very happy with Dr Foldvary Schaefer and her staff.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Great loved my doctor

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

Dr. Foldvary Schaefer is an extremely competent, professional, well informed, attentive and caring health provider. I am very pleased with my treatment.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

The entire team is wonderful and caring especially Dr Ahmed

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

I very much appreciated the attentiveness and care of my physician. It was extremely comforting during such a difficult time. I was able to ask any and all questions, and felt my needs were greatly met.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

No doubt she is the most compassionate Intelligent doctor I have had the pleasure of being her patient.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2022

It's great to be able to talk to my Dr & not have to drive an hour & half. We talked about everything we needed to.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

I give Dr. Foldvary the highest possible rating

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2022

I love Dr. Foldvary. I have had so many physical problems and she has been very patient and willing to work with me on changing meds, changing dosages, etc. Very compassionate and understanding listener. I'd recommend her to anyone with sleep issues.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2022

#4. Thank you *Dr. Fesler.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2022

Very impressed! *Dr. Alexopolous explained everything in a way WE could understand - and - His drawings were extremely helpful!

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2022

Dr. Folvary is a warm caring physician.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Dr Foldvary is an outstanding physician

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

The doctor was very professional and caring.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

I've seen Dr. Foldvary for the past 12 years to treat my epilepsy. She has always been compassionate and caring and listens to any issues I may have even if they're not epilepsy related. I never feel rushed or uncared for when speaking with her.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2021

Dr. Foldvary went above and beyond my expectations.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

I believe Doctor Foldvary to be highly educated in her means of service. Her insight as to my medical condition opened personal thoughts upon myself as to my illnesses reasoning.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

I'm happy Dr. Foldery is listening to my concerns and comments about the pattern I noticed with my seizures and that we are following through with treatment.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

Dr Foldvary is the best!

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Easy to do and Dr Foldvary Schaefer is Excellent!

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

I love Dr Foldvary. She is the reason I go to Cleveland Clinic. I trust her completely

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Dr Foldvary is excellently. I came with an outline. Dr Foldvary listened carefully, responded to each concern, and offered proposed course of action.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Dr. Foldvary is superior to all physians I've ever seen.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

I wouldn't go to anyone else. Dr. Foldvary and her staff are great!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Dr. Folvary is kind, empathetic and very knowledgeable. Im so happy to have her as my Neurologist. She has helped me more than any other Neurologist has. Thank you so much!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Dr. Foldvary is an excellent doctor. She came across very well in the telemedicine format although I think an advantage to in person medical care is immeasureable.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Doctors were very good at keeping us informed of results.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Dr. Foldvary is the BEST! She gave me back my ability to live my life!

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