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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 a neurosurgeon specializing in Skull Base, Pituitary, Cerebrovascular Surgery, and Trigeminal Neuralgia. He is the Director for the Advanced Endoscopic & Microscopic Neurosurgery Laboratory. He is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and serves on the Case Western Reserve University Faculty Council.

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 more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and is an editor for a book on Endoscopic and Keyhole Cranial Surgery. He serves as an editor or reviewer for multiple neurosurgical journals. He serves on the Committee on Value-Based Health Care for the North American Skull Base Society. He serves as faculty director for the Cleveland Clinic Pituitary Tumor Board and is an investigator in several multi-center clinical trials.

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


  • Neurological Surgery

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

See publications for Varun Kshettry, MD.

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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 9/11/2021, Dr. Kshettry 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.

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

153 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Obviously being in person is better, but due to co-vid and long distance travel, this video visit was much appreciated . Dr. Kshettry is wonderful!

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Very compassionate caring educational Dr.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Dr. Kshettry is an exemplar physician/surgeon. He is extraordinarily gifted and capable as well as being able to communicate warmth and empathy for his patients. He has saved me twice. I am profoundly blessed to have found him to care for me and am so grateful.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Dr. Kshettry was honest, forthcoming and gentle in delivering hard information. In the days that followed, we have been able to come to terms with the severity of the situation and the overwhelming risks of surgery.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Saved me from driving 3.5 hours to get the doctor's medical opinion. Appreciated the ease of the telephone visit.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Dr K is awesome!! Couldn't ask for a better surgeon or communicator.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

love my doctor

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

All the people involved in the visit were extremely helpful. Dr Kshetty made it easy to understand in explaining the the result and was very pleasant.

Reviewed on May 22, 2021

My personal doctor, *Varun Kshettry was absolutely "over the top good!" He removed a tumor from my head... he made me feel safe & he was just terrific.

Reviewed on May 22, 2021

*Dr. Varun Kshettry was my doctor & he was amazing, wonderful & incredible!

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

excellent experience with Dr Kshettry. very knowledgeable, friendly and explained things so I could understand.

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

I am honored to be a patient of Dr Kshettry.I feel I am in the very best hands and he and Maria have always treated me with enormous kindness and respect.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

Dr was very informative he explained to us the different options his opinion as what's best in my case! I was very nervous before the call but after talking with him felt alot better!

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

I had my daughter's on a Skype phone call with me while I was on the Zoom call and the Doctors were very receptive to them as well.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Doctor was seemingly caring and understanding. That's comforting when you have very serious issues as I do.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Dr. Kshettry is the best. Second to none in my opinion.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

Exceptional care. Really appreciate Dr Kshettry taking the time and giving personal attention

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

Dr. Kshettry is exceptional in every way; knowledge, skill, ability to explain to patient, shows compassion and patience.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

Dr. was amazingly kind, patient and had thorough explanations. Very appreciated.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Best doctor that I have ever had.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

I had an incredible experience with Dr. Kshettry. He was very knowledgeable and informative regarding my condition. He took the timeto explain everything, and I didn't feelrushed. He was so kind and compassionate. He is certainly a blessing to the Cleveland Clinic.Also, his nurse Maria was fabulous!! Thank you!

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

Dr Dshettry was very patient and helpful

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

There is no other hospital that I would rather receive care at. Cleveland Clinic offers quality care close to home that shows a deep and personal care for the community and it's people. They are exceptional doctors and caregivers.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

the entire team was amazing! the doctor, the intern snd Maria were kind and understanding.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Very fortunate to have *Dr. Kshetry.

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