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Title Associate Chief, Community Health & Partnerships
Department Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus



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About Nazleen Bharmal, MD, PhD

Nazleen H. Bharmal, MD, PhD, MPP is the Associate Chief of Community Health & Partnerships for Cleveland Clinic Community Care and Population Health. In this role, she works with an interdisciplinary team to implement a community health strategy for Cleveland Clinic focused on health equity, social determinants of health, and partnerships with community stakeholders. Dr. Bharmal practices primary care internal medicine focused on disease prevention and health promotion.

She previously was the Director of Science and Policy at the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to her time at OSG, she was a clinician-investigator at the RAND Institute and UCLA Department of Medicine, Division of Health Services and General Internal Medicine with a research focus on health disparities, chronic disease prevention, and social determinants of health using quantitative, qualitative, and community-based participatory research methods.

She has published in several scientific journals and received awards for her public health research and leadership activities. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School, PhD in health policy and management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Yale School of Management

Graduate School - UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
PhD in Health Policy/Mgmt
Los Angeles, CA

Residency - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA

Medical Education - Harvard Medical School
MD/MPP with JFK School of Govt
Boston, MA

Undergraduate - Brown University
Providence, RI


  • Internal Medicine
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 3/24/2024, Dr. Bharmal 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.

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

129 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

37 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2024

She is the best doctor I've ever had

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2024

Dr Bharmal has a great team. Pleasant and courteous

Reviewed on May 24, 2024

Dr Bharnal and her staff are very thorough and knowledgeable

Reviewed on May 24, 2024

Dr Barmahl is knowledgeable, professional and she listens to what you say.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

Dr Bharmal is caring, perceptive & worked hard to help ID my health issues

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

The doctor was superb! She was thorough in reviewing my medical history and assessing my medications and possible interactions. She counseled me well and prescribed the medicine that I needed. She was great!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr Nazleen bharmal. Is by far the greatest doctor in the states! She is very caring and knowledgeable and explains things clearly and nicely

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

I adore Dr. Bharmal! Anytime I see her, she always takes my concerns, thoughts and beliefs into consideration and respect. She's a very thorough and attentive physician.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

Very professional, efficient, knowledgeable, empathetic. I feel my primary physician knows my history, symptoms, and expresses guidance with assertively and repeats my input as a member of my health team. She is super. She is excellent.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2024

My Doctor is the best, she always lesson to me

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2024

Dr. Bharmal is an excellent doctor, and a wonderful person!

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2024

Doctor Bharmal did not seem or was concerned with my hearing loss. This surprised me very much .

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

Having Dr. Bharmal as my PCP gives me peace of mind.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

Dr. Bharmal is an exceptional caring physician. She took the time to listen to my concerns, and suggested multiple approaches. She is one of the best PCP on staff.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

Dr. Bharmal is and Excellent Care Provider. Just wish she had more days other than Monday and Friday.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

Dr. Bharmal is and Excellent Care Provider. As always very thorough. Funny. I always feel safe with her and her recommendations. She cares for me as a patient as if I was her own family. Thank you Dr. Bharmal.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Dr Nazaleen Bharmal is EXCELLENT!!!

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Dr. Bharmal has consistently empowered me to take charge of my health. She provides me with the tools and resources I need to live a healthy lifestyle.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2023

She is best doctor ever!

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2023

Best doctor. She actively listens and cares!

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr. Bharmal comes in thoroughly prepared. She is able to address the major issues while taking into consideration the smaller ones. She is the epitome of what every internal medicine physician should be.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

Dr. Bharmal is amazing. She is knowledgeable, approachable, considerate and takes the time to truly understand my entire health and well-being. She listens attentively and recalls information I have shared in previous appointments. I trust her immensely.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Dr Bharmal is the best PCP I have had in the 30 years I have been going to the Clinic. She is thorough, kind and explains her rationale for testing and treatments.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023

A very caring and thorough doctor. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr. Bharmal is the finest primary care physician I've ever had. She's so highly competent, professional, kind, and caring. She genuinely listens, addresses all of the issues I raise, and thinks of ones that I don't. She's practical but she also urges me to do the best I can in caring for myself. I feel fortunate and grateful to be in her care. The Cleveland Clinic is lucky to have her, and I hope it can keep someone of her caliber.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2023

Dr Bharmal is very polite, knowledgeable, and most importantly she listens to me as a person and as a patient. She is my PCP and I am very happy that I found her.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr. Bharmal is very professional and very personable and easy to talk to

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr. Bharmal makes me feel I am her most important patient.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

Between MyChart and the 24 hour appointment line it is convenient and easy to schedule appointments with Dr. Bharmal.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

Dr. Bharmal deserves scores higher than 5. During my last appointment she thoroughly explained the treatment plan for my problem and facilitated moving through the system.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

I have been a CCF patient for 13 years and have worked in healthcare systems for 30 years in system optimization and integration, and leadership roles. It is natural for me to observe performance. By far, Dr. Bharmal sets a high bar for others.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Dr Nazleen Bharmal is incredible. She has a nice personality, is no-nonsense, listens intently, is knowledgeable/caring,/and helpful. She is a wonderful resource for me and is GREAT for the Clinic's image.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr. Nazleem Bharmal is highly professional and an excellent caregiver. In my opinion, she is the best internal medicine specialist at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

This was the best experience I've ever had when booking a doctor appointment.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

This was my first time going to this doctor, since my doctor wasn't available. I have never had such a good experience with a doctor. She took so much time to explain everything, and went through every question I had. I cannot recommend her enough

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2023

Always excellent care with Dr.B

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

I am so happy with my provider she is thorough and attentive to my questions an concerns

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