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Department Mellen Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.8631
Desk:
216.444.8600
Fax:
216.445.7013

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Consultation and Long-term Care
  • Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Devic's Disease (Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis
  • Transverse Myelitis
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Biography

About Mary Rensel, MD

Mary Rensel, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Director of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Wellness at the Mellen Center of the Cleveland Clinic. She has graduated from the Medical College of Ohio and completed her Neurology and Neuro-immunology fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic. She is boarded in Neurology and IntegrativeMedicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Rensel’s work has focused on Adult andPediatric Multiple Sclerosis, Brain health and Integrative Medicine. Her work in academic medicine often intersects with wellness, advocacy, innovation and strategic initiatives. She serves on the steering committee of the National Network of Pediatric MS Centers. She isa “Best Doctor” of Cleveland since 2010 per the Cleveland Magazine. She has served as President of the Women’s Professional Staff Association of the Cleveland Clinic and sits on multiple boards including the Ohio National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is active as a coach, mentor, scientific reviewer, clinical researcher, activity director, entrepreneur and national speaker. She has also appeared on numerous media outlets, including a spot on Good Morning America.

Dr. Rensel has had articles and abstracts published in peer-reviewed medical journals and has written chapters: "Differential Diagnosis of MS and Clues to Misdiagnosis," in the book entitled Multiple Sclerosis: Diagnosis, Medical Management and Rehabilitation as well as "General Health and Wellness in MS" in the book entitled Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1998

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Neuroimmunology
Cleveland, OH USA
1998

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Neurology
Cleveland, OH USA
1996

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1993

Medical Education - Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
Toledo, OH USA
1992

Undergraduate - Gannon University
Biology
Erie, PA USA
1988

Additional Training

  • Quality as Value in Healthcare: What do current changes mean? 11/1/12
  • Resonant Leadership: Creating Sustainable Leaders Through Mindfulness, Hope & Compassion, 9/11/12
  • Middle East Cultural Competence: Culture, Patient Care and Working Relationships
  • The Business of Healthcare, 10/12/11
  • Foundations of Healthcare Communication for Physicians, 9/13/11
  • Investigator Human Subject Research Education track 2/17/10
  • Cleveland Clinic Staff Mentorship training 1/ 2010
  • Palatucci Patient Advocacy training 1/2011
  • Engaging Women Leaders: Setting Your Goals , 3/3/09
  • The Science and Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine , San Diego, CA 11/16-21/08
  • Using Sharepoint CCA 7/24/08
  • Situational Leadership CCA 7/1/08
  • Tools and Tips for Information Management , 10/21/08
  • Patient Experience Within the Revenue Cycle, 11/25/08
  • Writing Educational Objectives, Cleveland Clinic, 2006
  • What the CEO Wants you to Know: Building Business Acumen, Physician Leadership University, Cleveland Clinic, 2006
  • Process Improvement, Physician Leadership University, Cleveland Clinic, 2006
  • Essentials of Clinical Teaching and Assessment Retreat, Cleveland Clinic, 2006
  • Biostatics and Statistical Computing, Cleveland Clinic, 2002
  • Research Methods Module I, Clinical Epidemiology, Cleveland Clinic, 2002
  • Human Research Subjects Protection Training, Cleveland Clinic, 2002

Professional Highlights

  • Network of Pediatric MS Centers Steering Committee
  • Director of Pediatric MS,  Mellen Center
  • Director of Wellness, Mellen Center
  • Principal Investigator of Clinical trials
  • President of Women's Professional Staff Association 2017-2019
  • International Pediatric MS Study Group 2011- Present

Certifications

  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology

Specialty Interests

Adult Multiple Sclerosis, Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis, Pediatric NMO Wellness for MS patients, Integrative Medicine , NMO, Devics disease Clinical trials , Complementary Alternative Medicine

Awards & Honors

  • Clinical Neurology Award, Medical College of Ohio, 1992
  • Alumni of the Year, St. Francis of Assisi, 2003
  • Distinguished Educator Level I Certificate, ClevelandClinic, 2007
  • Best Doctors of Cleveland, Cleveland Magazine, 2010-present
  • Caregiver Celebration Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2013,2014
  • Mentor Recognition Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2015
  • Service award for Career Development and Coaching, Cleveland Clinic, 2016
  • Outstanding preceptor for Medical students, Cleveland Clinic, 2019

Innovations & Patents

  • BrainMAX

Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology, Fellow
  • Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Board Certification of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Mary Rensel, 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 7/6/2022, Dr. Rensel has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Rensel serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Brain Fresh, LLC
  • Brain Ops Group, LLC

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

99 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

15 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Dr. Rensel and I have a 20 year relationship. She has guided me through the many stages of MS from beginning to now. I depend on Dr. Rensel tremendously.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Dr. Rensel has bee my doctor for over 20 years and she has always been there for me. She excellent.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Dr. Goldschmidt left the clinic and set me up with Dr. Rensel. I was very impressed with the interest Dr. Rensel had in my case. It was a good visit.

Reviewed on May 18, 2022

This is the first time I have spent an hour with a doctor in the examination room and truly felt heard. She was so thorough and helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2022

Dr Rensel cares about her patients. She is always prepared to answer my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2022

Dr. Rensel is always very nice and very professional. She answered all my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr. Rensel is truly the best!

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Dr. Rensel is the most amazing physician I've ever had.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Dr. Rensel cares about her patients. She listens and comes up with a plan. She treats the whole patient from physical symptoms to mental issues.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2021

I was very pleased how well the Doctor listened to all my complaints & addressed each of them. She was extremely helpful & willing to take on all my issues & help rectify them

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2021

Dr Rensel was kind and caring. Spent so much time with me and husband. We were very pleased with our appointment.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

Dr Rensel does a great job of always answering any questions or concerns we have. She was great in taking to us about COVID shots. I have been seeing her since 2010 and I will never go to anyone else.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

The doctor was very thorough and listened to me. I felt like my concerns were being heard and addressed. The doctor explained things in language u could understand.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Excellent care with Dr Rensel!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

It's very hard to find a doctor that you were comfortable with and she is a very good doctor

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