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Department Rheumatologic and Immunologic Disease
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

  • 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
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • 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
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF)
  • Gout
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Hand Pain
  • Hand Problems
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Pain
  • Immunosuppression
  • Inflammatory Arthritis
  • 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
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Trigger Finger
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
View all 80 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.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 5/3/2023, 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:

  • 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

337 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 4.9

78 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

*Dr. Chad Deal took his time with me and helped me with my care for my new medication which I will need for my osteoporosis.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

*Dr. Chad Deal is very hard to get to make an appointment but when you see him. He spends the time with you!

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

Dr deal is consistently helpful and interested in me a a patient. Great follow-up on questions, too.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Dr. Deal is an excellent physician. I trust him for my osteopenia. He took the time to explain my values and show me grafts. Plus, he informed me of my next steps.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Really appreciate Dr. Deal fitting me into his busy schedule.

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

Fantastic experience!!!! Great doctor! Chad Deal is the best!

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

Love Dr. Deal!!! The best!! Excellent!

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

Outstanding physician

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

Had to go to nrw location. But trust Dr Deal

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

Dr Deal is the BEST!

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Dr Deal answered all my questions and gave me guidance on all my concerns

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Dr.Deal is the best. He is the only doctor at CCF that answers messages the following day, himself. He is an amazing doctor, listens, and I feel like he is a partner in deciding how to treat my osteoporosis. He explains everything and takes as much time as needed for my appointments. He is my favorite doctor and I feel like he is taking care of me so I don't have to worry when he gives me bad news.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

Dr. Deal is the ultimate role model of what every physician and health care provider should strive to class!

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr. Deal exceeded my expectations! Being in so much pain, he addressed the plan we were going to use to try and get the pain under control. I was thrilled. My other doctors won't address my concerns. Since I was spending my days in bed, I was at my wits end. The pills haven't helped yet, but, I am hopeful. He asked me to call if I don't get relief.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

Dr. Deal gives my appointment date for each visit before I leave.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

Been with Dr. Deal for 34 years.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Dr Deal is amazing so thorough and understanding. He listens and I am grateful he is my doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2023

Seeing DrDeal almost 20+years and always make referrals to him He is the Best

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2023

Dr. Deal is an expert concerning osteoporosis. I suffered 5 debilitating and painful fractures over the years before seeing him. Since beginning treatment with Dr. Deal, I have had no fractures. I am very grateful to Dr. Deal. Also Dr. Deal always personally answers MyChart messages very promptly. He is a very busy doctor but always makes time to respond to patients' concerns on MyChart.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Greatful that Dr. Deal take s care of me and doesn't rely on physicians assistance. I prefer my Dr. As my caregiver

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

Dr. Deal has always been excellent. He listens and never rushes me. He's been my rheumatologist for probably over 25 years. He's my favorite doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

Dr. Deal has that rare combination of kindness, sensitivity, respect for the patient; and scientific knowledge, He is able to begin with brief, warm small talk and segue into a thorough questioning of history. He took time to piece together a timeline of treatment in order to rule out any cause of my problem. He covered every possible etiology and then said, "Here is the reason, and here is what we are going to do." He had discovered the probable cause, not suggested or found by a former provider. When I requested that he see me in the future, he assured me that he would. The POC has received me of stress I have had since last year, and I am completely confident in his care. He is not only brilliant but also interesting and kind. I am grateful.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2023

Without a direct relationship with the provider through my chart or otherwise, access is challenging.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr deal is kind and understanding. Addressed any concerns that I had

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr. Chad Deal is one of the most truly involved doctors I have seen. He called me on a Saturday with lab results and later in week to check on me.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

First appointment with Dr. Deal and he was simply outstanding. More information about my disorder than I knew that past 30 years!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr. Deal is such a compassionate physician. He truly listens to you as a patient and has a vested interest in partnering with you as a patient for the best course of action.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Although it took several months to get an appointment with *Dr. Deal it is worth the wait!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Dr Deal is the best. He cares and it shows in lots of ways.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

Dr Deal is always so thorough. I appreciate the review of that which was previously suggested/prescribed.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Dr Deal is the best. I respect and admire him. I'm glad he was able to help me.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

I always look forward to an appointment with Dr. Deal. He's a very warm, friendly person and an exceptional physician.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

My virtual visit with Dr. C. Deal was very good. It was video and audio was clear making It easy to talk to Dr. Deal.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

My virtual visit with Dr. C. Deal was very good. It was video and audio was clear making It easy to talk to Dr. Deal.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Love Dr Deal. He's knowledgeable, thorough, and is always pleasant and never rushes us . His patience and ability to listen to geriatric patients is unparalleled and he allows my 90 yr old mother a truly better existence.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

DR.Chad Deal is the absolute best!! Knowledgeable attentive caring and terrific!!!

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Dr. Deal was great. He also called personally and promptly regarding test results!

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

It was a follow-up visit so I guess that was why we could only discuss what I said on mychart.I felt that I might have made him upset with me. Maybe just my intuition. The second appointment seemed off a little compared to our first visit. But I definitely respect him and his decisions and ideas.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Always have a good experience with Dr. Deal. He's been my doctor for years and always satisfied with his care.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Dr. Deal is terrific!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Dr. Deal and his staff are always courteous and efficient. I'm seen promptly and they allow enough time to listen to my concerns and address them.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

Very good experience with my provider , he is the best

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

Dr. Deal is an excellent physician. Top notch.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2022

I normally am fair, but critical. Dr. Deal and staff excellent. Care about us as patients with concerns.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Once I was an established patient I was able to arrange a tele-health appt easily. I had to wait for 6 months to get my initial visit with Dr. Deal. Well worth the wait though.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

The Cleveland clinic needs more physicians like Dr. Deal. He listened to me and poured over my test results to find the root of my medical problem.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Dr. Deal is one of the most knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate physicians I have had in my life. A real gem for the Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Dr. Deal is wonderful when orchestrating prompt and proper care.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dr. Deal listened to my past experiences and spent quite a bit of time explaining a good course of action for my situation.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

I was impressed with the amount of time Dr. Deal spent with me. He really was listening to my history and concerns and analyzing any data he had in front of him.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Doctor Deal is always nice, concerned and professional

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2022

Dr Deal Is always a very precise and caring Doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

I still prefer the face to face with doctor when you need to discuss important health issues

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Exceptional physician skill and always a warm, calm, clear, and reassuring manner

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Deal

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2022

This is by far the best experience a patient can have with a provider's office.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2022

Dr. Deal is very knowledgeable and caring for my concerns and future health. I appreciate his candidness and thoroughness.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

Dr. Deal is an outstanding physician. My only wish is that he would be back at Main Campus.

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