Department Hematology and Medical Oncology
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

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical Trials
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
  • Merkel Cell
  • Minor Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Oncology
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Parotid Cancer
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Sinonasal Cancer
  • Solid Tumor Disorders
  • Submandibular Gland Cancer
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About David Adelstein, MD

David Adelstein, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology in the Taussig Cancer Institute, and he is a Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is also Co-Chairman of the National Cancer Institute Head and Neck Cancer Steering Committee. This group is instrumental in defining the national agenda for clinical investigation in this disease. 

Dr. Adelstein completed his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago, his medical school training at New York University School of Medicine, and his internship, residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals -- where he served as Chief Medical Resident from 1979-1980.

After his training, he joined the Staff of the Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital (now MetroHealth Medical Center). He came to the Cleveland Clinic in 1989 to the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, where he has served as both Vice-Chairman and Acting Chairman.

Dr. Adelstein is board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. His interests include diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract, including the head and neck and esophagus. He has focused on the integration of chemotherapy and radiation with surgery in the curative management of these diseases. 

He continues to be an active Clinical Investigator, and has conducted a number of multimodality clinical trials within Cleveland Clinic, as well as nationally. He has published widely on the management of aerodigestive tract malignancies in multiple medical journals.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Case Western Reserve University - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Hematology & Oncology
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Case Western Reserve University - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Case Western Reserve University - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY USA

Undergraduate - University of Chicago
Chicago, IL USA

Professional Highlights

  • Co-Chairman, National Cancer Institute Head and Neck Cancer Steering Committee
  • Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine - Hematology

Specialty Interests

Head and Neck cancer, Hypopharyngeal Cancer, Laryngeal Cancer, Nasopharyngeal Cancer, Oral Cancer, Oropharynx Cancer, Sinonasal Cancer, Salivary Gland Cancer, Cutaneous Squamous Cell Cancer

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow in FACP since 7/1/09 from the Ohio Chapter


  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Head and Neck Society
  • American Society of Hematology
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
  • American Association for Cancer Education
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/4/2020, Dr. Adelstein 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

89 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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

8 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

Dr. Adelstein is an internationally renowned leader in head and neck cancer. It is a privilege to be his patient.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr Adelstein has provided excellent care throughout my recovery.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Empathic, caring and wonderfully informative. Dr.Adelstein is the epitome of a physician where so many today are simply doctors, or worse providers.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Dr. Adelstein is the BEST!! Saved my life!!

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr. Adelstein was terrific during my whole situation. Highly recommend and respect him

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

wish I could see the doctor and not the pa. it was the pa who would not send my records to my pcp all was good but would prefer the doctor next time.

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

Dr. Adelstein is the very best!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Dr. David Adelstein has always been one of the truly exceptional doctors I have ever been involved with. He has been supervising and providing me outstanding care for ten years now and I think he is an outstanding, exceptionally intelligent, caring, and compassionate phsyician in. every aspect of the doctor/patient relationship.

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