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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
  • Microsurgical Management of Cerebral Aneurysms
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Percutaneous and Endoscopic Interventions
  • Pituitary Surgery
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Benign Brain Tumors
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Carotid Artery Stenosis
  • Carotid Body Tumor
  • Cavernoma
  • Cavernous Sinus Tumors
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Occlusive Disease
  • Chordomas
  • Clival Chordomas
  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Ependymomas
  • Geniculate Neuralgia
  • Hemangioblastomas
  • Hemangiomas
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Meningioma
  • Meningocele
  • Moyamoya Disease
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Schwannoma
  • Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • 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, FAANS, 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 Associate 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 150 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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/31/2023, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

218 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

35 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Dr Khshettry is an amazing and talented neurosurgeon. He is the only individual in 14 years that I have seen who has expertise in the disease. The clinic is very lucky to have him

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Dr was very good and sharing all the information with my daughter and husband so we could all understand

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2024

The doctor did a great job in explaining about the type of tumor I have

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Dr V Kshettry was absolutely magnificent, making myself,my wife and daughter feel very comfortable. He spent over an hour explaining various surgical options available but wanted to speak with Dr Willis my cardiologist in Watertown ny.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Most grateful. Just awaiting discussion between Dr Willis and Dr. Kshettry regarding my ability to recover from surgery with regard to my INR level.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

The doctor went out of his way to be helpful & show his concern.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2023

Though Dr. Kshetty is very professional. He was also sympathetic and personable. I was reassured and it is comforting to know this Dr will be following my case.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

Dr Kshettry is the best. He saved my life. He is thorough with reading and assessing my MRI check ups. He shows me the MRI pictures and explains what it shows and answers my questions.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Very pleased with doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

I feel that Dr Kshettry has always been a good communicator and has my best interest in mind. I greatly appreciate his professionalism and expertise!

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Love Zoom Dr appts as I am couple hour away from Weston. Dr Skettry is great and is easy to talk to. He is a talented Dr and I am so glad he did my TN surgery. Cleve Clinic Drs are the best. Ive had 2 open heart there also. Grateful!

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Excellent Doctor!!!!!

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Dr Kshettry is very kind and explains everything so well. He spent time with us and was very thourough:

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Awesome group. Friendy and direct. Loved Dr Ksettry and his right hand gal Maria. Very friendly, Intelligent, honest, helpful..

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Kshettry did an amazing job of explaining my options and his after visit notes had everything we talked about, making it so much easier when I wanted to go back and review and/or explain to my family

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

Dr was great. Kind, personable, very open to my questions. Explained everything so I could understand.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

*Dr. Kshettry and his team were beyond exceptional!

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr Kshettry was great. Informative, direct, and a good listener. Explained surgery in detail and I was impressed by his back up plan in case it was necessary. (Plan B). He really cares about the patient (me) and it shows. Greatful to have him as my surgeon for my surgery options for Trigeminal Neuralgia In October. Also, impressed by his assistant Maria who was so helpful in scheduling my surgery and pre-op appts. I was a bit of a pain in vacilating appt for surgery date, and Maria never showed any annoyance with me and kept her sense of humor. She was pleasant, efficient and understanding.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Exceptional doctors, very impressed. Extremely happy to have them care for me

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

Dr. Shkettery and his team are wonderful

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

I am completely satisfied with Dr. Kshettry and everyone I've had contact with at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Coordination of my care by *Drs. Toth and *Dr. Kshettry was excellent.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2023

The physicians were outstanding!

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Excellent. I was thrilled to be able to get an appointment with Dr Kshettry on only a month's notice.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Dr. Kshettry asked great questions to tease out the differences in the types of pain I feel with my TN, shared possible options for surgical options should my pain become worse. Knowing there are options available to me beyond medication every three hours is a great source of solace to me.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Both Doctors were very helpful

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

I was very happy with the appt. The Dr. Was very personal and explained problem and possible solutions. Very impressed!!

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

The appointment team was not able to accommodate the time span I had but through Dr. Kshettry's nurse Maria problem solved.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

Dr. Kshettry and nurse practitioner, Maria K, always made me feel that I can reach out to them. I had such a negative experience at the start of this journey with an ENT (not directly linked to CCF). Once I was in the care of Dr. Kshettry, I never had to worry about scheduling my own appts and they were always willing to connect through email.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

Maria is a gift! She contacted me morning, afternoon, evening. She learned quickly I am someone with a worried heart and she helped build rapport and care for me from the moment I stepped in the office. She built a trust out of the gates. At my most difficult moment (the night before surgery) she called to reassure me of the procedure and did what no one else could offer, an empathetic ear, a knowledge in the procedure and the peace of mind that I was in good hands with Dr. Kshettry. Love this team!

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

By far this was the greatest team at Cleveland Clinic and doctor I have ever worked with! His knowledge is evident, yet he eloquently puts the process in laymen's terms. He was caring, respectful, and took his time with me. World class care at its best! I have recommended him to others even out of state.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

Dr. K is great. He was patient, explained everything, listened to my concerns and questions and answered them thoroughly. He treated me with respect and dignity. I hope I don't have to have brain surgery, but, if I do, I'm thankful that Dr. K would be the physician to perform the surgery. All of the neuro staff has been great. CCF is very lucky to have them on staff.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

My surgery at Cleveland Clinic was with a very skilled surgeon Dr Kshettry. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a neurosurgeon.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

He is by far the best doctor I have ever been to. What an excellent doctor! Very caring, listens to patient and explains care in details! And not in a hurry!

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