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)
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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

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 9/18/2020, 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

148 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

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

I needed an appointment before the end of August due to a change in my insurance. Dr. Kshettry and the Brian Tumor Center were very accommodating in scheduling me in before that time.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Both Dr. Kshettry and his fellow presented a clear and concise explanation of my vestibular schwanomma. I understood my treatment options, and was able to make an informed decision about my treatment. They answered all of my questions thoroughly and respectfully.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

Dr. Kshettry always provides exceptional service and care. He is thorough in his explanation and will take the time to answer all of your questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

both doctors were excellent and made me feel important.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

Dr Kshettry and his staff are fabulous!

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Dr Kshettry was excellent, he answered all my questions, Dr Kshettry did not leave the room until I was comfortable with his consultation with me.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

Dr. Kshettry's nurse, Maria, is always quick to respond and able to obtain any information from Dr. Kshettry that is needed. Ease of appointment scheduling is also a bonus. Overall, they make a great team!

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

he's a great doctor

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

I can't thank this hospital enough. Amazing people, staff, doctors, etc. The care given was the best. Thank you for everything.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

I had seen so many doctors. Each one of them helped immensely. They worked together great and put me at ease.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

it was great visit , doctor explained everything and what are the next steps

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

wonderful physician

Reviewed on May 15, 2020

Dr V K is a very knowledgable, concerned, and compassionate sergeon. I always feel I've gotten the best care and advice from him.

Reviewed on May 15, 2020

I just have a deep respect for the whole effort Doctors, Staff an support system worked together to get me well and on my way.

Reviewed on May 15, 2020

The Dr. saved my life. Could not have gone on in the pain I was in without the surgery he performed. Been a year without pain and it's been amazing.

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

Dr was very thorough and explained everything to me and answered all questions

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Dr Kshettry was outstanding in every way possible!

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

Dr Kshettry was informative & very caring. Felt confident seeing him.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

Dr. Kshettry is the absolute best! He takes his time with his patients and truly listens to concerns. He treats myself and my wife with great respect every time we see him. Above all, he gave me my life back with the surgery he performed, and I am so grateful. I would absolutely recommend him.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

All staff at Cleveland Clinic are kind, caring and professional. My experience with Dr. Kshettrey was positive from the scheduling of the appointment to the end of my visit.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

*Dr. Kshettry and his staff are professional, pleasant and concern. They take time to make sure you have all the info. to make a health decision you are comfortable with. Would highly recommend them.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2019

Dr Kshettry is a phenomenal doctor both in knowledge/skill and communication

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

Dr. Kshettry is terrific. I appreciate his calm confidence. He listens, answers questions and is "present" throughout my visits. I have felt that since my first meeting with him and it continues today. I'm thankful for doctors with his skills and abilities. Make sure to keep him!!

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

I don't have many heroes but I will say this, Dr. Varun Kshettry is my hero. The man is phenominal as a surgeon and doctor and has communication and people skills that go far beyond the normal call of duty in his profession. My experiences at Cleveland Clinic have been 100% positive.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

I've never had a problem scheduling my appointments with Dr. Kshettry.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

I still feel Dr Kshettry, Dr Chow, Dr. Machado all 3 saved my life. I know they did. The only reason I am still here is because of them.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

dr kshettry is great !!! really like him

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

every single person we encountered at the Cleveland clinic was fantastic from the quickness of the original call to set up an appointment, to the grader that registered us the nurse the doctors assistant and the final doctor everything was fantastic. We were very very impressed

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

Always a pleasure seeing Dr. Kshettey... Even for an annual visit, he takes his time, communicates, cares, and listens.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

I am VERY pleased with the physician I had.

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