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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


Additional Locations

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 Surgical Director for the Cleveland Clinic Trigeminal Neuralgia Program. He also is the Director for the Advanced Endoscopic & Microscopic Neurosurgery Laboratory. He is the Neurosurgery Department Quality Improvement Officer. He is Associate Program Director for the Neurosurgery Residency Program and an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

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 130 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 is co-chair for the Committee on Value-Based Health Care for the North American Skull Base Society and Scientific Lead for the RAPID multi-center Pituitary Consortium. 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

  • Cleveland Magazine Top Doctors, Neurological Surgery, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Faculty Teacher of the Year Award, Cleveland Clinic Neurosurgery, 2022
  • Outstanding Preceptor Recognition, CCLCM/Case Western Reserve University, 2020
  • 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

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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 8/30/2022, 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

119 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Dr. Kshettry is an excellent neurosurgeon.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Dr. Kshettry is an amazing person and surgeon.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Great doctor

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Dr. Kshettry explained my issue and the upcoming surgery very clearly. He's very kind and easy to talk to.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Dr. Kshettry and his nurse Maria are wonderful.I am grateful to remain under his talented care.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

*Dr. Kshettay was stellar.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

My physicians & PAs were superior!!

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

We liked the Dr very much.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Dr. Kshettry is one the countrys best Neurosurgeons. He is an excellent Doctor!

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Dr Kshettry was wonderful at explaining my options and detailed the proceedure. He gave me success rates and failure rates. Very helpful and I have complete trust in him.

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

I still prefer in-person care but the convenience of video is best for physician and patient I guess

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Dr. Kshettry was excellent. He listened to my concerns, validated my feelings and thoroughly explained my condition. I felt very good leaving my appointment.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2022

The Dr took his time explaining my condition and MRI and also care options

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2022

The physician specialist took time and expressed concern for me as a person and for my condition. He clearly explained the condition, prognosis, treatment options, treatment risks/advantages, demonstrated patience with my questions and allowed me to make choices concerning treatment.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

I felt extremely comfortable with Dr Kshettry from the start of our meeting thru the very end. As it stands right now, my level of confidence with him is so high that I wouldn't want a different surgeon operating on me.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2022

Every one on staff has been very pleasant and helpful. Dr. KShettry spent all the time I needed to clearly explain my diagnosis. My options and his recommendation. He clearly outlined the risk and benefits related to the surgery.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2022

The care, education and respect from Maria the nurse, the MD a fellow and Dr Kshettry weas excellent

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2022

Dr Kshettry was so informative, he spent a lot of time explaining my situation. I felt so at ease and so comfortable with my decision for surgery after my visit with him.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

My neurosurgeon is very knowledgeable, trustworthy and informative. I have recommended the Cleveland Clinic to others due to my experience with Dr Kshettry.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Dr Kschettry is very easy to understand and he explains things well

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

*Dr. Kshettry provided wonderful care, knowledge, and respect. We couldn't be happier with his expertise.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

Both doctors I saw were very very good at explaining everything and answering all questions

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