Title Medical Director Cleveland Clinic Beachwood
Department Head and Neck Institute
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

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 1/17/2019, 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

285 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
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

23 Patient Comments

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 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.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2019

Dr seemed rushed. Did not take much time with me & he was not as friendly as in the past. I have referred many patients to him over the years & he is a great doc. Maybe he was having an off day or is becoming ill mannered.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2018

Dr. Abelson listened to my concerns and immediately came up with an action plan to help my son. I am so grateful that he was open to hearing about my son's sleeping experience at home.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2018

Dr Abelson's visits are always excellent. Never felt rushed and always made to feel that my daughter's needs and concerns are important and addressed. He always makes her feel comfortable, listens to what she has to say, and has a great sense of humor (which makes my daughter laugh and relax each time he sees her). He is a delightful doctor who is an excellent ENT physician!

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2018

Dr. Abelson is a credit to his profession and CCF

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2018

I called in March and did not get an appointment until July. I am a teacher and we could not get my procedure done until September after school had started and now I am having to take time off of work when this should have been taken care of in the summer. that was extremely disappointing to me, but the office staff and Dr Abelson have been wonderful! maybe need to tweak some scheduling procedures.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

Provider was great. However, I think provider could have address more in depth about my issue.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2018

*Dr. Abelson always takes his time & explains every thing in detail.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018

Dr. Abelson puts me at ease because he is friendly, a good listener, very knowledgeable and helps me make good decisions about my medical conditions. He is one of the best doctors I have ever had in my life.

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