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Department Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acute Care Medicine
  • Blood Glucose Test
  • Blood Tests
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Challenges and Choices of Aging
  • Complete Physical Examinations
  • Comprehensive Care Of The Adult Patient
  • Contraception
  • Destruction Of Skin Tags
  • Diagnosing Asthma
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Genitourinary Exams
  • HIV Testing
  • Immunization
  • Internal Medicine
  • Mammogram
  • Medication Interactions Quiz
  • Medication Management
  • Men's Health
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Outpatient Care
  • Pap Test
  • Peak Flow Meter
  • Prevention And Wellness
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Screening and Testing
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Treating Asthma With Bronchodilators
  • Urine Protein Test
  • Women's Health
View all 30 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Adult Medicine
  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Anemia
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis (vascular)
  • Avoiding Dehydration, Proper Hydration
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Bronchitis
  • Cellulitis
  • Chickenpox
  • Chlamydia Trachomatis
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Common Cold
  • Constipation
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Cough
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis - Contact
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Disease Prevention
  • Diverticulosis
  • Dyspnea
  • Ear Infections (Otitis Media)
  • Eczema
  • Edema
  • Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ERT)
  • Falls
  • Female Incontinence
  • Fever
  • Gas (Digestive)
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • General Infectious Diseases
  • Growth Failure in Children with Kidney Disease
  • Hay Fever
  • Headaches
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Heartburn
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Kidney Infections
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow
  • Menopause
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Middle Ear Infection
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Nausea
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Primary Care
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Ringworm
  • Rosacea (Adult Acne)
  • Scabies
  • Sciatica
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease
  • Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)
  • Strep Throat
  • Sunburn
  • Syncope
  • Tension Headaches
  • The Poison Plants: Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Vaginitis
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Yeast Infections
View all 94 Specialties +
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Biography

About Craig Nielsen, MD

Craig Nielsen, MD, FACP, is a staff physician in the Department of General Internal Medicine, located on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. He was appointed in 2002 subsequent to serving as associate staff physician, assistant staff physician and clinical associate of that department. In addition to his current appointment, he also serves as program director of the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program, Vice Chairman of Education for the Medicine Institute, Vice Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Cleveland. Dr. Nielsen is board-certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. His special interests include preventive medicine, alcoholism, diabetes and men's health.

Dr. Nielsen received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Vermont. He  has been named as a "Top Doc" by Cleveland Magazine from 2006 to 2011. In 2009, Dr. Nielsen was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for the quality of his care of diabetics (Diabetes Physician Recognition Program).

He has authored and presented a broad range of topics including hypertension, alcoholism, cervical cancer screening, preventive medicine, suicide and medical education. Dr. Nielsen is a member of the Medical Student Promotion and Review Committee, the Governor's Advisor Council of the Ohio Branch of the American College of Physicians(ACP), and the Cleveland Clinic Graduate Medical Education Committee, among others.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1997

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1997

Medical Education - University of Vermont College of Medicine
MD
Burlington, VT USA
1994

Undergraduate - Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL USA
1990

Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

Diabetes, lipids, hypertension, Heart Disease, preventive medicine

Awards & Honors

  • Cleveland Clinic Department of General Internal Medicine – Physician of the Year Award, 2004
  • Cleveland Clinic Department of General Internal Medicine – Teamwork Award, 2004
  • 'Top Docs,' Cleveland Magazine – 2006 to 2011
  • CCF Internal Medicine Residency Program - Best Internal Medicine Senior Morning Report Staff Award: 2004-2005
  • CCF Internal Medicine Residency Program – Teacher of the Year (General Internal Medicine) – 2005-2006
  • CCF Internal Medicine Residency Program – Teacher of the Year (General Internal Medicine) – 2007-2008
  • Scholarship in Teaching Award, Case Western Reserve University  - Program Directors Certificate Program - 2010
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Craig Nielsen, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 12/13/2021, Dr. Nielsen 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

38 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
Listens 3.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Dr Nielsen is a great asset to Cleveland Clinic. He is a very thorough Dr with his patients and explains everything in detail.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Dr Nielsen is very thorough and takes time to explain everything to his patients.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Dr Nielsen is absolutely the most professional honest and incredible listener and motivator when I need it the most!!!

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Dr Nielsen is the best primary doc I've ever had. As for video, it was down to technical issues.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2021

Dr Nielsen is a good doctor for patients and just as good for future doctors

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

We are so grateful to Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Nielsen for arranging video visits.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Dr. Craig Nielsen is wonderful. We are so grateful for his outstanding insight, knowledge, and compassionate care.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

I'm someone who ordinarily hates shots and going to the doctor! However, Dr. Nielsen Made me feel at ease. I'm very happy he's my Primary care Provider

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

Dr. Nielsen is the best.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Dr. Nielsen's explanations of conditions was beyond "Ver Good."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Dr. Nielsen is simply the best.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Dr. Nielsen is the BEST!

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

I cannot imagine a more caring or amazing doctor than Dr Nielsen. He literally saved my life what is now 13 years ago and has continued to care for me since. He is beyond what anyone could wish for in a care provider.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

doctor was great accommodating our schedule

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

craig nielson is an awesome doctor.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Doctor Craig Nielson, is just wonderful. He truly will not rush you and take the time to answer all your question and listen to your concerns. I just feel like he truly care about you and that is makes me feel relaxed.

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