Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Hillcrest Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Neurosurgery
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About Deborah Benzil, MD

Providing state of the art, patient centered comprehensive neurosurgical care, including minimally invasive surgical interventions, Deborah L. Benzil, MD, FACS, FAANS joins the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health as Vice Chair of Neurosurgery.  Dr. Benzil received her undergraduate degree with honors (Phi Beta Kappa) at Brown University and her MD from University of Maryland.  She then completed a 2-year Fellowship at NIH, Surgical Neurology Branch doing brain tumor research before completing her Neurosurgical Residency at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital.

Upon completion of training, Dr. Benzil started work as Assistant Professor and attending neurosurgeon at NY Medical College, Valhalla, NY.  Since then, she has held several practice and academic positions, most recently as Associate Professor at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (Neurosurgery) with a practice through CareMount Medical.

Throughout her career, Dr. Benzil as been recognized for her patient care, innovation in education, and leadership, most notably relating to the wide spectrum of socioeconomic issues facing physicians, especially surgical specialists.  She has been a leader in social media as a tool for patient education, advocacy awareness, and education. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI USA

Residency - Rhode Island Hospital
General Surgery
Providence, RI USA

Medical Education - UNiversity of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Undergraduate - Brown University
Providence, RI USA

Additional Training

  • Fellowship, NIH, Surgical Neurology (Molecular Biology Research)

Professional Highlights

  • Vice President, American Association Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

    Executive Board AANS

    Chair, Council of State Neurosurgical Societies

    Editor, AANS Neurosurgeon

    Chair, Communication and Public Relations Committee

    Elected member, Senior Neurosurgical society


  • Neurological Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • New York Magazine, top Doctors

    Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Westchester

    Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Hudson Valley

    Plantree Physician Award, Northern Westchester Hospital

    Hats Off Award, Westchester Medical Center


  • AMA





Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/2/2018, Dr. Benzil 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

136 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.5
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019

Dr Deborah Benzil is not only a great surgeon, she has a wonderful bedside manner--so compassionate and kind.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

I LOVE Dr. Benzil's professionalism. I INSTANTLY knew that she is a good match for me/my condition

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

Dr. benzyl very rude and talked down to us as if we were "bumpkins". She acted put off just to speak with us after making us wait nearly 2 hrs to talk with her 3 minutes. I would never recommend her ...awful person

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

staff ok but Dr. rude

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Dr Brinzel was to the point and amazing. short and sweet which is what I like

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

I was very impressed with the care and concern *Dr. Benzil showed for my problem.

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2018

Provider talked vocally over me. Gave me the phrase "If I treated everyone that came into my office I'd be a millionaire and there would be no appointments left." She told me how she would fix my disks if I chose to do so but when I asked her about my bone spurs she waved her hand and stated "It's the same thing put it out of your mind." The bone spurs as I was told by another provider was "The" problem. By the time she said what she did I was holding back tears and could not peruse anymore questions. I came in to get a second opinion for options other than drugs and was very sorry I saw this provider.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2018

After checking in, I've never had to wait more than 10-15 minutes to see Dr. Benzil.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

Dr. Benzel took over my heath care when Dr. Ruch left. I found her very caring, concerned and very knowledgeable. I trusted her completely. would recommend Dr. Benzel to anybody that would need or is required for surgery

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

Very good experience, Nothing but respect for Dr. Benzil. She is a confident, intelligent, and caring person. We need more Doctors like her. The staff always treat me with respect, from from asking directions to answering questions. When in for surgery, actually had a good time talking and joking with nurses. Meals were excellent, restaurant quality.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

*Dr. Benzil is an excellent dr. Thanks.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2018

Throughout my care in the hospital and at my follow-up appointment, Dr. Benzil was very cold, abrupt and rude. She would not answer my family's questions about concerns they had when I was in the hospital and on more than one occasion, she was rude to my daughter and cut her off when trying to ask a question. She didn't take into consideration the risk of having spinal surgery at my age and with my medical conditions. She was persistent in pushing surgery and didn't seem to care about me at all. If I do ever need neurosurgery, I will find a provider who treats me like a human being, not a body to be cut into.

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