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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
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus



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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - The University of Michigan Health System
Internal Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Rheumatology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Shashank Cheemalavagu, 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 3/31/2023, Dr. Cheemalavagu 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.

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

119 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 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

34 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr.Cheemalagu is by far one of the absolute best Doctor I have ever been seen at the Cleveland clinic. The time and care he shows towards his patience should be a teaching seminar for the rest of your Doctors.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

I look forward to all of my visits with Dr. Cheemalavagu. He is very personable and knows his patients. I travel an over an hour because he is such a great doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

He was very observant and engaging. Dr C explained everything and always asked if I had any questions.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Can't say enough about the quality of service provided by Dr. C !

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Dr. C spent time with me and explained my diagnosis in detail. We went over many treatment options with him allowing me to choose what best fit for me at this time to see if it will work. He went over all risks and timeliness.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr. C listened to every concern I had and I felt like he actually cared about my pain and finding an answer. It was refreshing to finally have someone listen and believe me.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr. C was very attentive, thorough, and empathetic. The only thing I wish were different about my visit was that I was made aware of the delay to my visit starting. My appointment started 20-30 minutes after my scheduled time and I was starting to worry I was forgotten or checked in wrong because I get anxious but they were just running behind I guess which is okay with me.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr. C is a very thorough, personable, caring Dr. He takes time to listen and asks questions. He shows genuine concern about my health and care. He made me feel very relaxed and did not rush through my appt. I feel very confident with my health under his care.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Dr C and his staff are amazing!!

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Dr C is amazing!! So caring, attentive and understanding!! What a breath of fresh air!!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr. C and staff are always so kind, patient and caring.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

Had an excellent conservation with Dr. Cheemalavagu.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

No other place I have been was as comforting

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

The doctor was prompt, thorough, competent and kind.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr C is a good doctor and made me feel very comfortable and that he cared .

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

Wasn't able to get into my regular rheumatologist, but was very happy to meet dr cheemalavagu.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

Dr cheemalavagu was very good listener and was very caring. I appreciated him.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2023

Wonderful doctor!!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

I have recommended Dr. C to my husband. He is such a caring, competent and empathetic doctor. This was my second visit and I feel like I have known him my whole life.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

The doctor got me in very quickly very pleased

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr Cheemalavagu was very thorough and explained everything well am very pleased with him

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Dr. Chee is very personable and very flexible in setting up time to see me.

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Dr Chee is thorough in doing the tests that are required.

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

Dr. C is an amazing physician. Very thorough, caring, professional, excellent listener and explains everything very clearly and always asks if I have questions.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

Dr. C is the best doctor I've seen besides my GP in 19 years of care at Cleveland Clinic. He was very empathetic, gentle, respectful, encouraging, and took great time to examine me and take copious notes on my condition. He made me feel "seen and heard". I feel blessed to be in his care. I have a rare autoimmune eye condition, newly diagnosed. He calmed my fears and gave me hope.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

Dr. C's colleague, a dermatologist, was also very kind.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

Dr C was very compassionate and explained things very well!

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Very good staff and doctor

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Dr C is very professional and has great bedside manners. Dr C really cares about his patients and their well being and ALWAYS takes the time to listen to their concerns, and he takes time responding and explains it to where you understand what is going on. You never feel rushed by him. He explained the next steps and the next tests that he would like for me to get in a way that I understand what he is looking for. I feel very confident in Dr C and truly appreciate him being such a compassionate and caring provider who truly cares. Highly recommend.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

Dr C Has always been so kind and attentive to my situation. We're still trying to find the right medication, but after this last visit I feel more hopeful than I have in a long time

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

Dr. C is not only the epitome of what a professional doctor is to be, but he's got a lot of patience, empathy & compassion for what his patients are experiencing. He takes the time during the visit to really talk/ comb thru things that maybe either an issue and/ or a solution. I look forward to my visits; minimal anxiety for sure!

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

My care/ treatment there at Cleveland Clinic has always been top notch since day one! I really appreciate my current rheumatologist, Dr. C for taking good care of his patients. I don't think my experience under his care is a one off. That in of itself is quite refreshing in regards to overall healthcare in general.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

Very good experience, Dr C. Is very focused on my personal problem.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

Great staff and the Dr as well.

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