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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 - 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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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

34 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 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

10 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2022

Dr. Bharmal is a rockstar. She's brilliant and humble. She takes the time to understand the challenges and asks great questions. She does an amazing job of explaining options for treatment. She is highly personal and takes the time to follow up to see how I'm doing after experiencing the loss of a family member. She exemplifies excellence as a care-giver. I find her highly trustworthy is working through complex decisions.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2022

Dr Bharmal is what every doctor should be. Knowledgeable, likable, able to communicate and empathetic.

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

I feel Dr. Bharmal listens to me and understands my concerns. She is thoughtful, thorough yet efficient. Because of multiple medication sensitivities this means so much to me where as some other physicians at Cleveland Clinic my experience has not been as positive. Dr. Bharmal, I feel, acknowledges that I am part of my healthcare team and we work together to help me to be healthy and active in my lifestyle to the best of her ability. I have only positive, praise for Dr. Bharmal, and I feel fortunate that she is my primary caregiver. I live an hour away, but it is worth the distance for the excellent intellectual and clinical experience that she provides.

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Dr. Bharmal was excellent. She has always shown care and understanding of anything I have shared with her. I believe she is a fine and excellent physician. I wish more Doctors were like her at the Clinic. Her professionalism is a standard that should be followed by all Doctors.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2022

MD,very accommodating and concerned about my overall health and my recovery after my heart operation. Highly recommend her !

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

She is the BEST physician I've had! She listens to me and doesn't minimize anything I tell her! She makes great recommendations and I just absolutely love her

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