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Title Vice-Chair, Neurosurgery
Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Hillcrest Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Brain Biopsy
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Craniotomy
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumor
  • General Neurosurgery
  • Image-Guided Spinal Navigation
  • Image-Guided Surgery
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Nerve Biopsy
  • Nerve Transfers For Injury/tumor
  • Neurosurgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Decompression/transfer
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Shunt
  • Spinal Decompression Surgery
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
  • Surgery For Spinal Tumors
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 29 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aging Spine
  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Brain Cancer (Brain Tumor)
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Brain Metastases
  • Brain Trauma
  • Cancer
  • Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical Facet Syndrome
  • Cervical Foraminal Stenosis
  • Cervical Herniate Disc
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Kyphosis
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Facet Arthropathy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Lumbar Canal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Facet Syndrome
  • Lumbar Foraminal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Strain
  • Lumbosacral Plexopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Schwannoma
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
View all 50 Specialties +
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Biography

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

Appointed
2018

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Rhode Island Hospital
Neurosurgery
Providence, RI USA
1994

Residency - Rhode Island Hospital
General Surgery
Providence, RI USA
1987

Medical Education - UNiversity of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA
1985

Undergraduate - Brown University
Providence, RI USA
1981

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

Certifications

  • 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

Memberships

  • AMA

    AANS

    CNS

    WINS

    SNS

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 8/17/2022, Dr. Benzil 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.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Benzil serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Benzil Zussman, LLC

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

152 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 4.6
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

9 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Dr.Bezil needs to improve on curtis courtesy and concern and respect for her patient's concerns and learn to listen to them

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

I have recommended all my Dr.s at the clinic

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2022

Excellent team of doctors.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2022

Excellent team of doctors.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022

Dr. Benzil is very kind and caring.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Dr. Deborah Benzil is a very personable, professional and knowledgable physician. She has interpreted and explained the results of my imagings in very clear and understandable ways. She also makes a point of asking if she has answered all of my questions satisfactorily.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Dr Benzil was excellent

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Dr. Benzil is great

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Love Dr. Benzil. It was good to see her. The visit went well

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