Department Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Balloon Compression for Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Cancer Center
  • Craniotomy
  • Endoscopic Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Glycerol Injection for Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Microsurgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Microsurgical Management of Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Percutaneous and Endoscopic Interventions
  • Pituitary Surgery
View all 15 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm, Cerebral
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Benign Brain Tumors
  • Brain Aneurysms and Hemorrhage
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Carotid Body Tumor
  • Cavernoma
  • Cavernous Malformation
  • Cavernous Sinus Tumors
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Occlusive Disease
  • Chordomas
  • Clival Chordomas
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Ependymomas
  • Geniculate Neuralgia
  • Hemangioblastomas
  • Hemangiomas
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Meningioma
  • Meningocele
  • Moya Moya Disease
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Schwannoma
  • Spinal AVM (arteriovenous malformation)
  • Spinal Dural Fistula
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Vestibular Schwannomas
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL)
View all 32 Specialties +


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About Varun Kshettry, MD

Varun R. Kshettry, MD is an Associate Staff specializing in Skull Base, Pituitary, Cerebrovascular Surgery, and Trigeminal Neuralgia. He is the Director for the Advanced Endoscopic & Microscopic Neurosurgery Laboratory.

Dr. Kshettry received his BA in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He earned his medical degree from Northwestern University, Chicago. He completed his residency training at the Cleveland Clinic, during which, he performed a Research Fellowship in Skull base & Microsurgical Anatomy at Ohio State University. He then performed a Clinical Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Cranial Base & Pituitary Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Kshettry has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, 10 book chapters, and is an editor for a book on Endoscopic and Keyhole Cranial Surgery. He serves as an editor for multiple neurosurgical journals. He serves on Committees on Value-Based Health Care and Surgical Simulation for the North American Skull Base Society. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, IL.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, PA USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Northwestern University
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA

Specialty Interests

Skull Base/Pituitary, Cerebrovascular Surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Awards & Honors

  • Teaching Excellence Award, Cleveland Clinic Graduate Medical Education, 2015
  • Resident Teacher of the Year, Cleveland Clinic, 2015
  • Annual Scholarship in Teaching Award, Case Western Reserve SOM, 2014
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Cleveland Clinic Graduate Medical Education, 2013
  • Resident Humanitarian of the Year, Cleveland Clinic Neurosurgery, 2012
  • Chairman's Award, Cleveland Clinic Neurosurgery, 2011
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), Northwestern University, 2008
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 8/26/2019, Dr. Kshettry 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. Kshettry receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Integra Lifesciences 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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

149 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 4.8
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

Dr. Kshettry was very nice, he listened to my issues and I felt comfortable talking to him.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

I had invited my two adult children to attend the appointment regarding meningioma treatment, and Dr. Kshettry was very accommodating and answered their questions, as well as mine, very clearly and thoroughly. They were also able to view the new MRI images in order to understand the location and concerns regarding the tumor. We were all impressed w/ the time Dr. Kshettry took with us and his assistance in evaluating the treatment options at this time.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

Dr Kshettry was very kind, friendly and professional and appears to be an exceptional neurosurgeon.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

Dr. Kshettry is a wonderful doctor! Very caring.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

Before I had my surgery the doctor was in my room for over an hour explaining everything. Never once was he in a hurry. Even though I was very nervous he made it as comfortable as possible.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

Dr. Kshettry has provided me with excellent care. He's interested and concerned about me as a patient and takes the time necessary to answer my questions and provide relavent information. I recommend him highly.

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Dr. Kshettry and his clinical staff ( NP's) who work with him are exemplars of Cleveland Clinic's commitment to world-class care. I cannot say enough positive things about him- skilled, compassionate, articulate, knowledgeable, reassuring, thorough and patient-centered always. He always takes time to answer my questions and any of those of my family members attending appointments with me. A superlative physician.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

My doctor has been great & I am grateful for what he has done for me!

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr. kshvettry is absolutely amazing. Performed trigeminal surgery successfully and my pain is gone. He is thorough, takes time to answer any questions and explains in terms that are easy to understand; very personable! His nurse, Maria, was not only extremely helpful, took time to explain and answer questions. Promptly answered email messages. Highly recommend as you couldn't ask for better.

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Always feel comfortable with staff and I can tell that Dr. Kshettry is genuinely concerned for my needs.

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr. Kshettry has always been very wonderful with giving me the best care and explaining what all I would be going through, and very patient with my questions and concerns. I always feel that he has my best interests at heart.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Dr. Kshetrry and Maria are both very thoughtful, caring, and considerate.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

Dr. Kshetry is a great doctor, thorough in his explanation and treatment, shows concern for his patients welfare.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

*Dr. Kshettry rounded at 11 p.m. after a very long day for him! He is AMAZING!

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2019

We live in Indiana and sought out treatment because of the wonderful reputation this group of doctors has with the type of tumor I have. This was the best decision of my life, I have never had a group of doctors and his team take so much time with me explaining everything and answering the many questions my wife and I both had. I have never felt rushed and so appreciate Dr. Kshettry and his staff making sure I understood everything and spent so much time with me. I will forever be grateful I chose to travel from Indiana to Cleveland to seek out what I consider the best docs anywhere with the best possible out come for my future.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

Dr. Kshettry has been a great doctor. His bedside manor is extraordinary. I'm so very thankful he has taken care of me. I've recommended him to many friends.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

Dr Kshettry was informative and thorough. Complete lack of arrogance or paternalism. We feel that we are in good hands.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019

Dr. Kshettry and his team were true professionals. Maria was very responsive to phone calls and emailed questions and concerns. Dr. Kshettry took time to call my friend/optometrist and personally called me to review my pathology report.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2018

I am so impressed by the doctor and his staff. he is honest, informative, and reassuring about my condition and options. He and his nurse listened to my concerns and responded in a way that was easy to understand. the doctor is informative and always makes sure I understand my condition and options. I am so appreciative that he is my doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2018

10:40 appt. time. Was called back at noon. But I was told that doc was running 60 min. late.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

The clinic is too concerned about numbers to allow the clinical staff time to address concerns or the doctor just didn't care not sure which

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

provider was an hour behind- no one said a word

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2018

Very good experience Dr.Kshettry is very thorough and answered all my questions. He allowed ample time for my situation.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2018

*Dr. Kesshetry was amazing. He explained procedure in depth and made me feel less anxious.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

Very courteous and considerate doctor.

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