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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
Primary Location

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

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

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

Undergraduate - Brown University
Providence, RI USA


  • 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 12/13/2022, Dr. Bharmal 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.

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

137 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

39 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

I love my Dr. She is Great

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

She's the best doctor ever

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

I really trust *Dr. Bharmal and see that her approach is very realistic and educational. She always takes the time to educate and answer questions.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Throughly discussed my care with doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Dr. Bharmal and her team did an excellent job getting me in early for this appointment. Everyone from the nurses, secretaries, and check in person or so kind and efficient. Thank you.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2023

Dr. Bharmal is the most thoughtful and caring provider I've ever had. She listens, provides options with explanations and instills trust. Clone her - we need more physicians with her approach to patient care.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr Bharmal is an excellent physician.I could not receive better care anywhere.She's responds promptly to any concerns whether in person or via my chart, I PRAY she remains with the Cleveland Clinic and continues to be my primary physician.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr Bharmal is very personable and she really cares about my health and well being, not only as her patient but also as a person!

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Dr Bharmal has been stellar in helping me to figure out some complex health issues by working with me, not talking down to me, and not dumbing down complicated explanations

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2023

I liked her so well that I am thinking of changing her to my primary care physician

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2023

Dr Bharmal is very kind, considerate and patient person yet very knowledgeable in her profession.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2023

Dr. Bharmal is an exemplary physician. She is prepared and has read my record before she comes in the room. She listens carefully. She responds with thought and kindness. I wish all of my doctors met these standards.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2023

Dr Bharmal is always so knowledgeable and caring.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2023

Even after waiting for over an hour, the care I received from Dr. Bharmal was the best I've ever received. She was thorough, and took her time with making sure we investigate the cause of my nausea and other systems. It was such excellent service, I don't care about the wait, because the services she provided as a Doctor takes time. I've moved out of State and will travel all the way to Cleveland, just to keep her as my Doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2023

She is the best doctor I have ever had in my life. If she leaves, I leave too.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2023

Dr. Bharmal is an excellent doctor.She goes above and beyond with my care. I see a lot of different doctors and she makes sure to keep her eye on everything going on. She's great.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2023

Dr. Bharmal showed excellent knowledge of the condition, listened and explained thoroughly reasons and options, and discussed care for wellbeing.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

Dr. Bharmal is great! She is very knowledgeable and really takes her time to listen to her patients. Her staff is great at scheduling and they always find something that works. I would recommend Dr. Bharmal to anyone looking for a new doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Feel that doctor is thorough and very familiar with my medical history.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

I couldn't ask for a better PCP than Nazleen Bharmal. She's intelligent, thoughtful and wise; has great communication skills; is candid, compassionate and caring. Has a delightful, no-nonsense personality. She's action-oriented and extremely effective at what she does. I trust her completely.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Generally speaking, there was a high level of professionalism with staff members I encountered.Dr. Bharmal uses good judgement about next steps and helpfully makes referrals.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Dr Bharmal is very knowledgeable, courteous, efficient and caring I would highly recommend her but would never be able to get an appointment if I did to too many people I feel very comfortable with her

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Doctor thoroughly explained results of examination.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2023

Dr. Bharmal is an excellent doctor, for whom I have the greatest respect.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

She is always showing concern and asking me questions thru each step how we as a team her and I could make me feel better and obtain good health

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Dr. Bharmal is a delight. She is pleasant and I KNOW she listens because she remembers little things that aren't in notes. She asks questions and truly considers who and where I am In my life when she treats me. She then gives It to me straight. She Is the best primary care physician I've ever had and I'm 65.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

My Doctor is the best

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

She is the most caring and attentive doctor that I've ever had

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

If I could tell EVERYONE about Dr Bharmal, I would but then she'd never be available She's amazing Very informative, kind, thoughtful and intelligent

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Dr. Bharmal is one of the best physicians I've ever had. She is always personable, listens well and seeks my input. She also keeps up with the notes from other providers who are involved in my care.

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