Lael Stone, MD

Department Mellen Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Devic's Disease (Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Transverse Myelitis
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About Lael Stone, MD

Lael Stone, MD, is a Staff Neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center. Her specialty interests include multiple sclerosis, specifically the use of MRI to monitor natural history and therapy, and neuroimmunology. Dr. Stone is board certified in neurology and psychiatry.

She earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
She completed her internship in internal medicine and a residency in neurology at Baylor College of Medicine. She was a National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, Neuroimmunology Fellow, as well as a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Training Fellow.

She has spoken at  national and international meetings on the topic of multiple sclerosis and has received  grants for conducting research on potential new treatments for the disease. She has also published articles in professional peer-reviewed journals. She is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of MS Care, which is sponsored by the CMSC.

Dr. Stone is a member of several medical societies, including the American Academy of Neurology and the Consortium of MS Centers. She is a member of and former Chair of the Professional Advisory Council, Buckeye Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD USA

Residency - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX USA

Internship - Baylor College of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Houston, TX USA

Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX USA

Undergraduate - Stanford University
Biology & Spanish
Palo Alto, CA USA

Graduate - Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA USA


  • Neurology

Specialty Interests

Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

Awards & Honors

  • America's Best Doctors,continuous listing since 1998
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/19/2016, Dr. Stone 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

136 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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

11 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2017

Dr. Stone listens and reviews my condition and progress intently. She and I discuss treatments and options together. She seems to value my input and my decision making as we discuss plans and options for my treatment.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2016

I couldn't ask for any better. Dr. Stone is a great doctor!

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2016

I've been seeing Dr. Lael Stone since I think 1996 or 97, I drive 177miles round trip to see her. If she wasn't good, I sure wouldn't be coming back. And I got her because of a misdiagnose down here where I live. She found the real problem!! Thank Goodness For Her!! And I started with CCF in 1985, Dr. Anderson & Bergfeld for a shoulder Bankheart repair in Sports Medicine.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2016

Dr. Stone was very prompt and went over my MRI with me in a timely manner.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2016

We are very grateful that Dr. Stone spent over an hour with us reviewing my records and discussing a treatment plan, especially as it likely came at the expense of other patients' timely care that day. We are very pleased with and confident in the care plan.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2016

Dr. Lael Stone is the best neurologist out there. I travel across the country to get treatment from her.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2016

excellant follow through from dr stone

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2016

I really liked her. She listened, shared her thought process, gave possible choices, and really covered all my concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2016

Dr Stone is very attentive and informative without making you feel silly or uneducated about your illness or disease process. I really appreciate her knowledge and kindness.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2016

Dr. Stone is fantastic! She listened to everything, questioned everything, went over everything; and in the end came up with a game plan that I am very comfortable with.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2016

Love Dr. Stone, a doctor who is truly concerned for the health & welfare of my SITUATION.

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