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
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Nerve Transfers For Injury/tumor
  • Neurosurgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Decompression/transfer
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
  • Surgery For Spinal Tumors
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 20 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aging Spine
  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Cancer (Brain Tumor)
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Brain Metastases
  • Cancer
  • Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Facet Arthropathy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • 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 30 Specialties +


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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 8/5/2019, 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

172 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
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.5

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Because my needs were not life threatening it seemed that it took a long time to get into see the doctor. The appointments went out a three weeks to a month.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Dr. Benzil is wonderful-a great listener and very knowledgeable. The long wait to get an appointment and the long drive to Mayfield Heights keep me from whole-heartedly recommending the Clinic.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

The dr. needed more information before she could make a decision, so we have not come up with a plan yet. During our visit, the dr. got a text about a patient in the ER. I don't know if she was on call, but after that text she lost interest in my problems. I drove over three and a half hours to get there, and basically got the brush off. I know ER is VERY important and they need immediate attention, but she was being rude.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

I was very impressed by Dr. Benzil. She was personable, caring, respectful and didn't rush or talk down to me.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

I am sure Dr Benzil is well respected and has had wonderful results but I felt my symptoms and status 8 months post surgery are being more as a statistic or norm vs really looking at me as an individual. I really don't she is listening but has an opinion already made.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Dr Benzil was very good and did provide good notes of visit

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Dr. Benzil answered all our questions...and then some! We feel Tatum is in good hands.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019


Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019


Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

this was my first visit with Doctor Benzil. I found her to be encouragingly attentive and respectful.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

dr. Benzil is always acted in a courteous professional and friendly manner when dealing with me . her demeanor and calmness is always very reassuring she explains everything the pros and cons when we talk about surgery . She is very open and honest when discussing surgical procedures

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

I liked Dr Benzil very much. she was direct, had a sense of humor and listened to you.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

My experience with my care provider was one of the best Ive had.She was very informative and gave me a positive outlook on my procedure.She gave me the feeling of confidence in her ability to help me.

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

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