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Department Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Administration Of Injectable Medications For Osteoporosis
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortisone injections
  • Diagnosis of Osteoporosis
  • Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  • General Rheumatology
  • General Rheumatology including Lupus
  • Hyaluronic acid (HA)
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Immunotherapy
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Infusions Of Biologic Agents On Site
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Medical Management of Early Osteoarthritis
  • Medication Management
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Treatment For Joint Pain
  • Rheumatology
  • Steroid Injections
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Viscosupplementation Injections
View all 29 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist & Hand
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Autoinflammatory Syndromes
  • Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Calcinosis
  • Chondrocalcinosis (Pseudo Gout)
  • Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) Syndrome
  • Foot & Ankle Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Problems
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • Immunosuppression
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Pain
  • Lupus
  • Lupus Anticoagulant
  • Lupus Nephritis
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myositis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Of The Hips And Knees In The Elderly
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporosis in Men
  • Osteoporosis Related to Cancer
  • Paget's Disease
  • Painful Joints
  • Palindromic Rheumatism
  • Panuveitis
  • Polymyositis
  • Pseudogout
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Retroperitoneal Fibrosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Sacroilitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthopathy
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
View all 86 Specialties +


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About Chad Deal, MD

Chad Deal, MD, is Head of the Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease and a board-certified Rheumatologist at Cleveland Clinic. He has specialty interests in osteoporosis and related conditions. Dr. Deal did his undergraduate work at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. He attended medical school at the University of Arkansas, was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, and graduated in 1977. His internship and residency were at Boston City Hospital in Boston, Mass. He completed a fellowship in arthritis and connective tissue diseases at Boston University School of Medicine in 1982.

Dr. Deal has been in Cleveland since 1984. He was Associate Professor of Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine until 1999, when he left to become Head of the Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Deal has been an active investigator in multiple clinical trials relating to arthritis and osteoporosis. He has been an investigator in numerous multicenter trials, including drug trials using teriparatide (PTH) with raloxifene, zoledronic acid after teriparatide, and novel anabolic agents. He is author of over 50 publications.

He is a past member on the Committees on Rheumatologic Care, Training and Workforce, and Finance for the American College of Rheumatology. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the American College of Rheumatology. He is a member of the Interspecialty Medical Council of the NOF for the ACR. Dr. Deal is a reviewer for numerous rheumatology, orthopedic and osteoporosis journals. He has received the National Volunteer Service Citation from the Arthritis Foundation, and has been awarded Teacher of the Year in Rheumatic Diseases at Cleveland Clinic. He has been named one of the best doctors in Cleveland.

Learn from Dr. Deal on how osteoporosis, the ‘silent thief of bone,’ can be prevented, detected and treated. Both men and women get osteoporosis and it's a common misconception that only women have osteoporosis.

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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Boston Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Internship - Boston Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Medical Education - University of Arkansas College of Medicine
Little Rock, AR USA

Undergraduate - Washington University
History & Biology
St. Louis, MO USA

Professional Highlights

  • Board of Directors, American College of Rheumatology


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

Specialty Interests

Osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease, steroid osteoporosis, connective tissue disease, Paget’s Disease

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctor, Cleveland magazine


  • American College of Rheumatology
  • American Society of Bone and Mineral Research
  • International Society of Clinical Densitometry
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Chad Deal, 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 7/2/2021, Dr. Deal 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Deal receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Amgen, Inc.
  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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

319 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

78 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

The dr made me an appointment to come back I didn't have to call

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Dr Deal is excellent Im grateful to be a returning patient I know otherwise it takes months to get in with him all the specialists which is terrible you need to give mire alternatives I dont think the drs appreciate when it takes 3 months for someone very sick to get in most are thats why theyre seeing tyem

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Dr Deal was super

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Great doctor

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Dr Deal is just fantastic! So intelligent and caring-not many lije him!

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

The doctor saw me promptly. He discussed my symptoms with me. I was given a shot to alleviate the inflammation. I have had little or no pain after Receiving the shot. Dr Deal is my hero.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Dr Deal is good at explaining conditions and meds

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Dr. Deal always does his best to accommodate his patients!

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Dr. Deal truly cares about his patients, and always does his best to help ease my pain.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Dr Deal is easy to talk to, extremely knowledgeable, personable and kind. He takes time to listen and explain everything in understandable terms. I would definitely recommend Dr Deal.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Extremely pleased with treatment and was able to schedule next visit for 6 months while there for injection and Dr Deal

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Dr. Deal is wonderful. There is no doubt he cares very much about the outcome of my treatment and is doing all he can.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Telehealth is great. I can do labs and other testing locally and still access the best doctors.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Dr Chad Deal is a fabulous doctor- always courteous & friendly

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Dr Deal is always addresses any concerns and is very good at explaining any issues that he sees good as well as bad! Always very courteous!

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Exceptional Doctor who is an asset to the Cleveland Clinic-

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Dr. Deal always makes me feel that he cares about me. I think he is one of the best doctors I have ever had.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Dr. Deal is details and always come back on labs and notes!

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

I was very nervous and the doctor and nurse made me feel more comfortable.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Dr Deal is great. Caring knowledgeable and efficient.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

It's always a pleasure meeting with Dr Deal and his staff. They are prompt, knowledgeable, definitely put you at ease

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Dr. Deal is very thorough. He sees all aspects of problem & treatment.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Dr. Deal is a wonderful doctor! I'm so grateful I was referred to him by another exceptional Cleveland Clinic doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Dr Deal is the best. Relates well with the elderly. Respects the elderly

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021


Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Deal has been very thorough in evaluating the status of my osteoporosis/osteopenia across time and recommending treatment. He was also thorough in presenting treatment options and facilitating training for the treatment of choice. He has also followed through on the process of treatment in the recent visit and detected an error in my management of calcium intake. He is always professional and approachable. I feel very fortunate that I have been referred to him for treatment. He is clearly the expert of choice for the treatment I need.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Deal is wonderful.,, it's a shame that you have to wait six months vigor an appointment, but I guess if you want the best.,,,

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Have always felt that Dr Deal and his staff were there to put me at ease with my care

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Dr. Deal is great

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

I thought Dr. Deal spent a good amount of time with me and I was happy with all that was covered.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Dr Deal has been a great provider for me for many years.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Dr. Deal us very knowledgeable and tries hard to be friendly.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

I would be glad to recommend Dr Deal to someone I know.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Dr Deal is an excellent physician. I have been his patient for many years and he has always been there for me. He is a doctor who has my complete trust and I am very thankful that he is my doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Doctor Deal is a very nice and very thorough. 5

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

Dr. Deal is an exceptional physician.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Dr. Deal did not waste anytime ordering lab work to obtain more information. I also messaged the team after and their response was very timely.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

love Dr Deal.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

dr deal is always completely dialed into you as a caring extremely competent physician for your medical needs and shows a genuine concern for you as a person at the same time.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Dr Deal has always been exceptionally wonderful! a caring Dr who listens to you and deals with " the all of me". He helps me to get the very best out of the care available and also helps me to have the quality of life I want even though dealing with terrible disease

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

it's always a pleasure being in Dr Deals care

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Dr Deal sent me an email concerning my bloodwork within hours of having my blood drawn! I was very impressed.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Dr Deal spent time and care examining me on this initial visit.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

I am moving all my medical care from Youngstown to Cleveland Clinic doctors because of the degree of professionalism. I'm a relatively healthy female in my 60s who is intent on maintaining my health and active lifestyle.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

I think the doctor is an excellent provider. He is always attentive and concerned about my well-being.

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

*Dr. Deal is a truly wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Doctor Deal is one of the most caring and concerned physicians I have ever had. He is a genuine person, who understands my concerns. He is compassionate and always willing to be forward thinking, in terms of scheduling follow up appointments. Dr. Deal is real gem for the Cleveland Clinic!!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

Dr Deal is always attentive and provides excellent explanations regarding my osteoporosis and treatment

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

I trust Dr Deal implicitly with my health. in 25 years he has gotten me through many issues with my healt without issue. I can count on him.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

have recommended dr deal to others. he is great!

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Dr. Deal listened to me and was attentive.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

dr deal is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Dr. Deal is always kind, efficient and most informative.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

I always find visiting Dr. Deal an excellent experience.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

I find seeing Dr. Deal and his assistant an excellent experience.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

Dr.Deal is a very caring doctor

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

Dr. Deal is a very knowledgeable and patient man. He explained everything to me very well and he listened to my concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Services very good. Dr. Deal very nice and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Excellent care and information from Dr. Deal

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

Dr. Deal was the "best of the best!". He explained my issues using language I could completely understand. He was thorough, efficient, kind, professional, and totally understanding. He gave me procedures to follow and and a follow-up appointment. Absolutely and completely satisfied and happy with my appointment!!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

excellent doctor

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Dr. Deal always arranges for the next appointment at the end of an appt.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Dr. Deal is the ideal doctor: caring, a good listener, good explainer of options, engaging me in decisions and looking ahead.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

my appointments are always a pleasant experience with the staff. friendly ,efficient and moves quickly. nerve left sitting and waiting . Dr Deal is a gem. doesn't rush me out when I have questions . no complaints

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

I always praise the staff and Dr Deal to family and friends

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Dr Deal is a gem

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

I always look forward to my annual visit with Dr. Deal. He not only looks at my Rheumatology issues, but also my whole being. He is truly professional and is very kind. I believe I am healthy because of Dr. Deal. Thank you CCF for having someone like Dr. Deal to help me maintain my physical being. He"s excellent.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

I have alot of trust in Dr. Deal with his recommendations and would recommend him to my friends and family whom I have referred to /ccf.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Throughout this survey I tried to explain how professional and expert care I received. Please continue recruiting to find someone like Dr. Deal. My only concern is he may soon be retiring.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Dr Deal always responds quickly to any concerns I might have

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Dr Deal is always on time and answers all my questions. Wonderful provider

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

I love Dr. Deal! He and his entire staff are great!

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

I have many doctors at various CC locations and I feel I'm getting quality care with all of them.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

This was a very good experience and I'm very grateful for being a part of this journey in the study. Thank you for helping those with osteoporosis . Dr Deal and Sonya are number 1

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Dr Deal has been a pleasure to have as my doctor. I'm grateful and feel blessed to be a part of this study

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

I am always pleased with any dealings with Dr. Deal.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

My experience with the Cleveland Clinic has always been excellent. The doctors and staff are extremely prompt and efficient without making you feel rushed out the door which is why you're number 1. Keep up the great work and thank you for what you do!

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

My first meeting with Dr Chad, Deal. First medical appointment on face time. The illness discussed had been treated by another CCF specialist Dr Sethu Reddy for many years. So quite an adjustment fir me. The transition and newness and quality of care by Dr Deal and assistant Marilyn went without a glitch. To add their calm and caring in the midst of pandemic and crisis was impressive. Thank you

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