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Department Hematology and Medical Oncology
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

  • Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT)
  • Cancer Center
  • CAR T-Cell Therapy
  • Cellular Therapy
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
  • Lymphoma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
  • Myeloma
  • Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
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About Claudio Brunstein, MD, PhD

Dr. Brunstein is the Vice-chair of the Department of Hematology and Oncology in the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute. He received his medical and PhD degrees from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He trained in internal medicine and clinical oncology in Brazil, followed by hematology/oncology and blood and marrow transplant fellowships at the University of Minnesota. His clinical and research focus in transplant and cellular therapy. He has led numerous clinical trials and extensively published in the field of transplant and cellular therapy. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology and American Society of Transplant and Cellular Therapy. He currently serves as co-chair of the Graft Sources and Manipulation Working Committee of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Minnesota
Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Minneapolis, MN USA

Fellowship - University of Minnesota
Hematology and Oncology
Minneapolis, MN USA

Graduate School - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Medicine
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Residency - Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre
Clinical Oncology
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Residency - Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre
Internal Medicine
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Medical Education - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Porto Alegre, Brazil

Undergraduate - Not applicable

Professional Highlights

  • Appointed: Vice-chair of the Department of Hematology and Oncology in the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, 2022
  • Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota, 2018-2022 
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota, 2011-2018
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota, 2004-2011
  • Section Head of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, University of Minnesota, 2018-2021 
  • Program Director, Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program, University of Minnesota, 2017-2021 
  • Clinical Director, Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program, University of Minnesota, 2011-2017
  • Medical Director, Unrelated Donor Transplant Program, University of Minnesota, 2007-2021 
  • Co-Chair, Transplant and Cellular Therapy Research Program, Masonic Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, 2021-2022 


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Hematology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 12/22/2023, Dr. Brunstein 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

85 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

7 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

I would recommend Dr Brunstein to anyone. I have been seeing him for almost a year now & he has always been courteous & respectful, always ready to discuss my concerns & answer questions. I feel like I've always been involved in decisions regarding treatment & my plan of care.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Appreciate that Dr Brunstein never makes me feel hurried to get my questions/concerns asked. He thoroughly explains the process to me in a way that I understand. I believe God picked him to be my dr.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

I would recommend Dr Brunstein to anyone. He explains everything, answers all my questions, & allows me to express my concerns. I am extremely grateful for having had Dr Brunstein as my doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

I felt like he actually cared about my complaints. I have dealt with my current health issue for more than half of my life, and I would like a reason why. Dr. Brunstein made me feel like I am one step closer.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

I couldn't be happier with Dr Brunstein. He's courteous, respectful, & always addresses my concerns & questions before anything else. He explains any problems & the decisions for treatment made. He allows me to express my concerns & allays my fears. I was in the medical field for 40 + years & he's the best doctor I've ever met. I would recommend him highly to anyone.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

Dr. Brunstein has been a pleasure to work with.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Dr Brunstein took a lot of time with my wife and me. He was very thorough in explaining the bone marrow transplant procedure.

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