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Department Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health- Cleveland
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Behavioral Neurology
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Grand Rapids, MI USA

Undergraduate - Lake Superior State College
Sault Ste. Marie, MI USA


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
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 10/4/2021, Dr. MacDonald 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

125 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Visit with physician was very professional, he listened & provided feedback

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr. MacDonald is by far the best most caring doctor I have ever dealt with.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Provider thoroughly explained my test results and discussed options for moving forward, and addressed all questions and concerns that we had.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Cannot say enough about Dr. MacDonald. A kind, empathetic young man. Excellent!

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

Dr. MacDonald is amazing and has a wonderful bedside manner

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

I can not say enough good about Dr. McDonald. This is a very difficult thing to deal with. His calmness and genuine concern brings my mother such comfort. Even with her decline over the last year and being so long since she saw him, she lit up. He has made this all much more bearable for her and me.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr McDonald is the best. As a nurse in the memory care field for 15+ years, I've never encountered a provider that shows as much care and compassion as he does. He puts us at ease, he listens and treats the patient/family as well as the disease.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Although I did not have to call the doctor, based upon the interaction with the associates, certain I would not be disappointed

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

I was astounded by how quickly I was able to see the doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Dr took time to explain why other Drs probably have diagnosis but clearly explained optional reasons why

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Dr. MacDonald was incredible. He listened to me and made me feel "seen". This has been a very difficult time for me and his validation of my illness gave me great hope.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

Fabulous doctor; patient, kind, good listener and communicates well

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Dr. MacDonald, in my opinion, defines what a doctor should be and how they should care for their patients. he is genuine, sympathetic, and empathetic. Far and away the best doctor I've ever dealt with.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Dr.MCDonald was very professional and all around !!

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Doctor McDonald was very wonderful he was very knowledgeable and seemed to care a lot about me as a human

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

Dr. Mcdonald was so kind. he took great time to explain everything and was very informative. Great Dr. and a Great experience. Thankful to have him as part of my care team..

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

The world should be full of Dr. MacDonald's. He is the best doctor I have encountered in a long time.

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Dr Steven MacDonald is courteous, professional and caring. He has been nothing but amazing helping us work through and understand my significant other's diagnosis. I have already recommended Dr MacDonald to a friend who made an appointment April 22nd.

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

dr. McDonald was exceptionally courteous professional and I appreciated having the visit with him. Made me feel very comfortable and knowing that he was going to take care of my problems. Thank you again keep up the good work. you all need a whole Hospital full of doctor McDonald's

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Dr MacDonald has always made me feel very comfortable. He cares about his patience.

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Dr MacDonald is very encouraging.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Dr. McDonald's bedside manner was off the chart! He was beyond kind. He was patient, empathetic, spent time explaining until we understood a very complex issue about our daughter.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

Dr. MacDonald is excellent. He explained the condition of my brain.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Dr. MacDonald and his staff were professional, caring, attentive and showed genuine concern.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

to #8 we have recommended Dr McDonald as well as CC many times

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Dr McDonald was caring and compassionate. he listened to our concerns and addressed them to our satisfaction. he recapped our plan at the end of the visit and was incredibly nice. I didn't feel rushed at all!

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

Dr. Macdonald was absolutely amazing. He made us feel that we were being listened to and took the time to make sure we understood and all of our questions were answered. He was very thorough and personable.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

as nervous as I was, the staff put me at ease and made me feel comfortable. Can't say enough about Dr Macdonald. spoke so I could understand all that was going on

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

There was a very comfortable connection with Dr MacDonald. We had a difficult diagnosis to hear but felt very supported .

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

always an en excellent experience in dealing with Dr. McDonald and his staff.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Dr. McDonald is the finest Doctor I have ever met. he cares about his patients and that is obvious. He makes you feel better about your illness and that is invaluable

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

I would highly recommend Dr McDonald to others.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

My care provider did an excellant job on covering all procedures. He asked what my primary concerns were and he said that he could provide help on my concern, which he set up. I was very pleased and appreciated his help.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Care Provider was very good

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Dr. MacDonald was absolutely terrific. Very personable & concerned.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

Can not say enough about Dr. Stephen McDonald. He is great. Would not want to see anyone else.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

Doctor MacDonald is like family.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

Excellent doctor very caring and has a wonderful sense of humor.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

The Clinic was wonderful in finding and introducing us to Dr. MacDonald and once directed to his office staff they were terrific, both helpful and promptly responsive.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

If this inquiry relates to Dr. MacDonald (or his male staff assistant who participated during an earlier telemedicine visit, Matt, I believe), the answer is an unqualified "outstanding" experience. if I could provide a rating above "5", I'd happily do so. And as for a referral to another, I already have!

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Again, high marks. I already have recommended Dr. MacDonald to another patient and have enthusiastically reported our positive experience to the physician who initially suggested we consult CC in the first place. Just can't say enough about the intellect, kindness, patience, and willingness to help which we experienced with Dr. Steve MacDonald. After 2.5 years, and a dozen different doctors, this was an experience like nothing we have ever seen before - in three different states! He was a "Christmas miracle".

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

Doctor MacDonald is so sweet and caring!!

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

I appreciate the virtual appointments, but prefer being physically with doctor.

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