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Department Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Administration of Injectable Medications for Osteoporosis
  • Adult Rheumatology
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA)
  • General Rheumatology
  • 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
  • Osteoporosis Diagnosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Rheumatology
  • Steroid Injections
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Ultrasound-Guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 27 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Antiphospholipid Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Autoinflammatory Syndromes
  • Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Calcinosis
  • Chondrocalcinosis (Pseudo Gout)
  • Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF)
  • Gout
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Problems
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • Immunosuppression
  • Joint Pain
  • 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 in the Elderly
  • Osteoarthritis of the 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
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Scleritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthropathy
  • Spondylosis
  • Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis
  • Systemic Autoimmune Diseases
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
View all 77 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

Residency - Boston Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA

Internship - Boston Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Boston, MA

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

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

Professional Highlights

  • Board of Directors, American College of Rheumatology


  • Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine

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

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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 5/15/2024, 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 (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Amgen, 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

349 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

80 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 29, 2024

I've never had a bad experience before, but this time when I sent a message in my chart the day after my appointment trying to get in touch with Dr deal I got a message back that he was out for an unknown amount of time on medical leave and I should go to the emergency room in needed. I was just surprised that another Dr didn't step in and respond to my needs.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Dr. Deal's office is a model for excellent responsiveness.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

The Doctor was listened to my concerns and was very informative

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

Dr.Chad Deal was very easy to talk to. He listened intently to all of my concerns. He was thorough in his examination and he was very gentle in administering the injection that he gave me.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr. Deal was knowledgeable and cordial.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr Deal worked me into his schedule at the request of Dr. Tom Meoz

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Dr Deal stands out for thoroughness and communication

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2024


Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

Dr Deal was excellent. He listened. He didn't rush me. He explained everything clearly

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2024

Dr Deal is a wonderful provider.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

Have already recommended Dr. Deal to others

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

I have been a patient of Dr. Deal for many years. He is excellent. Always thorough and caring.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

Dr. Deal has been my rheumatologist for close to 30 years I think. He listens, explains and cares whenever I see him. I'm dealing with a new diagnosis, a serious, rare genetic disease that is completely new to me. He is educating me about the disease, the treatment and options. I have many questions and I'm stressed about this but I'm staying in contact with Dr. Deal via email and phone and he's being supportive, helpful and understanding about my apprehensions. I love him as a doctor and greatly respect his knowledge and trust him to do whatever is best for the treatment of the disease.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

I get excellent care from Dr. Deal and his staff.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

Dr. Deal always speaks in detail and visible so I understand my condition.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

Communicating w Dr. Deals office is always efficient and pleasant, especially w the Doctor and his nurse Anna

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024

Excellent Doctor. I will go to him again in a heartbeat.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

It is always a pleasure to visit Dr Deal.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Everyone in this department is nice, helpful and friendly. Especially Anna, Dr. Deal's assistant. She is so down to earth and is a real sweetie!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Dr. Deal is very nice and listens well. He offerered a solution to my concerns. And spends all the time I needed with me.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr. Deal is one of the best physicians that I have had the pleasure of encountering. Very professional and highly competent. The Clinic is lucky to have him.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

This was my first appointment with Dr. Deal. I could not be more impressed and feel lucky to have him as my physician.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2024

Dr. Deal is an outstanding physician.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2024

Dr. Deal is a superb physician.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Dr. Chad Deal is always sympathetic and caring about my ailments. He is a top doctor who explains and answers any questions I may have. He works with me to determine my course of care. I always recommend him highly to anyone who needs a very knowledgeable rheumatologist.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2024

Dr Deal is terrific. Listens. Explains all. Works with you as a team. Gives me the time and care needed.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2024

Wonderful physician and staff. Thorough, detail oriented, listened well, took their time and offered helpful advice and direction.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Dr Deal schedules in advance.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr. Deal is great.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr. Deal is excellent not only in his medical expertise but also in his manner and friendliness. As I described to him my insurance situation regarding the very expensive Forteo treatment, and he made sure I was ok with the expense while being in the Medicare Part D 'donut hole'. He took all this into consideration as well as where I am with my bone density improvement in planning the next steps of care. He explained everything very well.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

Prior scheduling always easy and smooth with Dr. Deal and this department.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

I appreciated that Doctor Deal listened to and considered my concerns about future treatment options because this has not been the case in past with others.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

I have preferred in-person visits, however, In this situation, It was not necessary. Well, it's not Dr. Deal's fault, He has a large patient caseload, so may not always be easy to schedule an appt. It was easier to schedule the video visit.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

Dr Deal is terrifichave been seeing him for several years, and his staff is terrific, setting up my appointments, and reminding me for future appointments Very efficient people!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

Dr Deal is excellent & I have recommend him to a friend who will be seeing Dr Deal shortly."

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

Dr deal is very caring and answers all questions.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Listen to me explain how the medicine works, don't rush me.Review my Labs and remind me of additional test like eye exam and bone density. He is the greatest doctor. He is the reason I am doing so well and I am alive.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Dr. Deal and his staff are always caring and thorough.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

I am very pleased with Dr.Deal and how helpful he has been,

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

My appt was scheduled directly through Dr Deal.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Everyone worked as a team lead by Dr Deal

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

Had to contact Dr Deal to get a timely appointmment

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

I absolutely love Dr Deal

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

I've been seeing Dr Deal for over 10 years and he's an excellent and compassionate doctor

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Dr. Deal is terrific. I only wish it was easier to get in to see him.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

My experience with Doctor Deal and the office was good. No issues.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Completely satisfied with how Doctor Deal worked with me and explaining my health issues.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Always the best care with Dr.Deal

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

I can't say enough about the confidence I have in Dr Deal

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Doctor Deal is great, very concerned and professional

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Dr Deal is the BEST

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

This is the easiest most efficient office next to my Primary Care Physician's office

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Dr Deal is wonderful.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr. Deal was excellent, professional and thorough. He addressed all my concerns and questions and then some!! The staff that I dealt with were compassionate and understanding. So very pleased with my appointment. Leigh Ann at the Solon location is the sweetest and so helpful. KUDOS to Dr Deal & his staff for a job very well done!!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

I have and continue to recommend this provider

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Dr Chad Deal is a Great physician. Always caring attitude. Listens and gives good advise. We discuss and come up with a treatment plan. He is the only dr who suggested Phy therapy. He really knows osteoporosis conditrion.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

I love Dr. Deal! He's my favorite doctor. He always time to listen to me and address any concerns I have. He's friendly, caring, funny and kind.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Again, Dr. Deal is just the best!

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Dr Deal is great

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr. Deal was so great and knew exactly what was going on with me!

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Dr Deal always gives me a date and time to schedule before I leave.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Love Dr. Deal! He certainly has been a partner in my care by listening to my concerns and needs.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Dr deal, is an excellent provider. I have seen him for years, I love the continuity of care. He knows my history well and treats me accordingly, he's the best.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Dr. Deal is a busy practitioner and hard to get appointments sometimes.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Dr. Deal is the ultimate professional, smart, experienced, wise, and good with his patients.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Dr. Deal is always very personable, thoughtful, knowledgeable and has a wonderful bedside manner! He is definitely a Top Doc which is why I love that he is my rheumatologist! He is always up to date with the latest treatments and he keeps my Primary Care Doctor informed.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

I have always had a positive experience with Dr. Deal. Listens to me and clearly explains everything.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

I would have liked an appointment sooner but I also respect the fact that he is a great doctor with a very full schedule

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Dr. Deal has an excellent reputation for a reason. He was very kind and attentive to me and was very knowledgeable re my concerns. He met and exceeded all my expectations.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Dr. Deal needs to be cloned. If/when he retires it will be a real loss for the clinic. I have told other docs that I am seeing Dr. Deal and they are very enthusiastic in letting me know that he is "the best."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr.Deal communicates very well with patient

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Very glad that we could have a virtual visit instead of me having to drive across Cleveland to meet with Dr Deal OR to have to change physicians in order to avoid a difficult drive. Virtual visit was comfortable and probably shorter than an in-person office visit.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

I sent 2 brief follow-up questions to Dr Deal after the virtual visit. He answered with quick responses. That worked very well. My message took no more than a minute to write, and I am guessing his reading and responding took no more than a minute either.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Dr. Deal is the Real Deal! He is smart and knowledgeable. But it is also obvious that he cares. Ditto for his nurse assistant who administered the bone density test.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Dr Deal & Staff are always pleasant

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Dr Deal is always concerned with my issues

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Dr Deal and his staff are organized beyond belief, their ducks are all in a row for sure, I am where I need to be

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

I had a very good experience. Dr. Deal was very friendly and professional.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Dr Deal is exceptional. His sense of humor was most appreciated. Great medical advice. My mother is also a patient of his.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Excellent Doctor visit. Doctor studied history, outlined treatment, very professional and capable.Inspired confidence.

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