Title Medical Director Cleveland Clinic Beachwood
Department Otolaryngology
Primary Location Beachwood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Beachwood Family Health Center
Primary Location

Beachwood Family Health Center


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Ent/Otolaryngology
  • Adult General Otolaryngology
  • Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Diagnostic head and neck
  • Ear Tubes
  • Ear Wax Removal
  • Entry-level Rhinology and Laryngology
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Nasal Endoscopy
  • General ENT
  • General Otolaryngology
  • General Pediatric ENT
  • Laryngeal Videostroboscopy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Medical Management of Otolaryngology Problems in Adults
  • Nasal Airway Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nose/nasal Surgery
  • Office Turbinate Reduction
  • Pediatric and Adult Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric ENT (otolaryngology)
  • Pediatric General Otolaryngology
  • Phonomicrosurgery
  • Septoplasty
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Sleep Apnea Surgery
  • Vocal Wellness Counseling
  • Voice And Larynx Surgery
View all 28 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult and Pediatric ENT Problems
  • Difficulty with Vocal Range
  • Dysphonia
  • Ear Infections (Otitis Media)
  • Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
  • Effortful Singing
  • Effortful Talking
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hearing Problems
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
  • Middle Ear Infection
  • Mouth Lesions
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Fractures
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal-Sinus Disease
  • Nose Or Nasal Problems
  • Nosebleed
  • Paranasal Sinus Disease
  • Pediatric Ear Disease
  • Pediatric ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) Problems
  • Pediatric Hearing Loss
  • Pediatric Vocal Cord Problems
  • Salivary Gland Diseases
  • Sebaceous Cysts
  • Septal Deviation
  • Sinus Infections
  • Sinus, Sleep, Salivary Gland Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Smell And Taste Disorder
  • Snoring
  • Sore Throat
  • Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)
  • Strep Throat
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Throat Problems
  • Throat Symptoms from Reflux
  • Tongue Tie
  • Tonsil And Adenoid Problems
  • Tonsillitis
  • Vocal Fatigue
  • Voice Disorders
View all 45 Specialties +


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About Tom Abelson, MD

Tom Abelson, MD is Medical Director of the Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center.  Dr. Abelson is also a Staff Physician in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center and at the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute. His specialty interests include voice medicine, pediatric otolaryngology, hearing and general otolaryngology.

Dr. Abelson is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University where he also is a Preceptor for the Foundations of Clinical Medicine course for first and second year students.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic in 1997, Dr. Abelson was in private practice with EENT Associates, Inc. He is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed a surgical internship and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio and an otolaryngology residency at the Cleveland Clinic, also in Cleveland, Ohio.

He has several publications on topics such as unilateral superior laryngeal nerve paralysis and laryngopharyngeal reflux.  He is a member of several medical societies, including the Voice Foundation, the Ohio State Medical Association and the American Medical Association.  He previously served on the board of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio (AMCNO).

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH USA


  • Otolaryngology

Specialty Interests

general adult and pediatric otolaryngology, voice problems in professional voice users and others, laryngopharyngeal reflux, ear infections, hearing loss, nasal airway problems and sinus disease, obstructive sleep apnea (adults and children), tonsil and adenoid problems

Awards & Honors

  • Cleveland Magazine – Best Doctors” 2007 through 2016
    Best Doctors in America – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2013
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/1/2020, Dr. Abelson 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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* 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

257 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

39 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Known Dr. Abelson for many years and have great respect for him. one of the best! New audiology team is fantastic-heads above prior years!

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

physician was very good in follow-up appointment

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Dr. Abelson was thorough and answered all my questions. he has great bedside manner and I feel he is an expert in the field

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

I really liked Dr. Ableson, he had fantastic bedside manner and seemed to really listen to my concerns. I did leave with the feeling that the underlying problem was not addressed and that I had just wasted my time and money. Despite that, I would still go back to him. The clinic has a reputation for having doctors with no bedside manner and I was pleasantly surprised when I actually had a positive experience. I trust that the doctor knew what he was talking about.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

it took me 3 months to get an appointment with this doctor. which may mean he is very busy.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

superb doctor

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Dr. Abelson spent time with me. He was very attentive and helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Always a good experience w/*Dr. Abelson.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Ue has been my Doctor for years

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2019

excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

dr Abelson is very good and talked to me about about the options for my care.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

my care is the best, my doctor listened to my problems and gave me the care needed

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

Dr. Abselson was a true professional.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

we have already spoke praises about Doctor Abelson and his amazing staff! we were very happy with our visit and feel confident in him as our sons surgeon!

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

Doctor Abelsons administrative assistant who us schedule surgery was so sweet to my husband and I and our son! she took the time to explain things and walked us out to show us where the surgery center was!

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

The doctor was very pleasant.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Dr. Abelson and I communicate through the MyChart application and he was very accommodating in getting me in to see him to align with insurance requirements.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Dr. Abelson asked about my CPAP but also talked to be about the other condition (chronic cough) that I had seen him about earlier. Very patient with my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

I had a very good experience with the Dr. and his staf.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

Dr. Abelson has taken care of many of my family members spanning over 20 years. he is great, and I like that he focuses on my son as the patient and not just me as the mom.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Dr. Abelson combines his high level of expertise and the patient's input to synergistically treat for the best possible outcome.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

We LOVE Dr ableson. He is outstanding and has an excellent bedside manner

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

If it's Dr. Abelson he gets my recommendation.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

I have been a patient if Tom Abelsons's for many years. He is an excellent physician and also friendly and compassionate

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

Doctor answered all my questions Also carefully explained next steps

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

As a new patient to the CC I am impressed by their service. The doctor was very helpful, listened and thorough.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

I was a but disappointed once at the appointment, we sat in the exam room for 40 min before the doctor saw us.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

Dr. Abelson has consistently been an outstanding provider to my child and has be excellent with his communication to me as a parent. this is all in addition to his high level of skill.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

not sure if it was because appointment was later in the day but doctor seemed rushed

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dr. Abelson is one of the best however his staff has no personality and no empathy. I have been Dr. Ableson's patient for years and in the past, he always had very competent, caring staff members.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

I will recommend Dr. Abelson but inform others that they most likely will not get the attention from the desk clerics and or MA's.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Again, Dr Abelson showed the appropriate responses in as much as caring and supportive for my appointment issues, I cannot say that about anyone else. Even upon leaving to schedule a follow up in three months, the desk individual acted like I was imposing on her time.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dr Ableson listened to my concerns. He explained everything to me

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Called and was scheduled the SAME day for the physician I requested. Wow!

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

Dr. Abelson was very thorough and appeared extremely knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

we think dr.ableson is an amazing doctor.he was very informative. my daughter really happy that he explained the surgery.he made he feel confident.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

Dr. Abelson is a very confident, assured and professional doctor. We are so happy that we found a doctor who is so knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

Doctor was very concerned about my situation, and was very helpful to make sure I could understand him.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2019

*Dr. Abelson was running behind, but he still gave me the time I needed. He checked my allergies before prescribing and medications. I appreciate that.

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