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Title Chairman, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Department Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, French
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Mellen Center

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Consultation and Long-term Care
  • Gait Assessment
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump
  • Neuro Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Spasticity Management
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult Cerebral Palsy
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
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About Francois Bethoux, MD

Francois Bethoux, MD, serves as the Director of Rehabilitation Services at the Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center. He was born in 1964 in Paris, France. He completed his medical studies and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Lyon, France. After moving to the United States to complete a Neuroimmunology fellowship at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research (affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation), he remained on staff and today serves as the Director of Rehabilitation Services. 

Dr. Bethoux's research interests include outcomes measurements in both general and multiple sclerosis (MS)-specific neurorehabilitation, gait analysis and evaluation of symptomatic therapies and rehabilitative interventions for spasticity in MS and other disorders of the central nervous system.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - MetroHealth Medical Center
Research Fellow-Funct. Elect.
Cleveland, OH USA

Graduate School - University of Burgundy
Diploma of Special Studies in
Dijon, France,

Residency - University Hospitals of Saint Etienne
PM & R

Internship - University Hospitals of Lyon
Internal Medicine
69002 Lyon,,

Medical Education - Alexis Carrel Medical School
Lyon, France

Specialty Interests

neuro-rehabilitation, spasticity management

Awards & Honors

  • Principal Investigator, “Efficacy Of  A Hip  Flexion Assist Orthosis In Ambulatory Multiple Sclerosis Patients,” National Multiple Sclerosis Society grant, 2010-2012
  • Principal Investigator, “Randomized, controlled trial of rehabilitation following acute relapses of MS,” study funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2000-2003

Innovations & Patents

  • Participated in the design and testing of a new leg brace (hip flexion assist orthosis) in patients with multiple sclerosis. A pilot study of the brace was funded by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The results of the study were accepted for publication in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Patients with hip flexor weakness using the brace have experienced significant improvement of walking performance and leg strength.
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Francois Bethoux, 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 9/13/2022, Dr. Bethoux 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.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Bethoux receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Biogen Idec, Inc.
  • Qr8 Health, Inc.
  • Demos Medical Publishing

Right to Future Distribution of Cleveland Clinic Financial Interest. Dr. Bethoux may receive future financial benefits from the Cleveland Clinic for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Qr8 Health, 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

118 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

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr. Beteaux was absolutely wonderful with our son and us. He took time to learn our son's medical history and the concerns we have. He was empathetic, caring and professional.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Dr. Bethoux is absolutely wonderful. He is highly skilled at what he does and is pleasant, compassionate & always focused on getting ultimate results. He works closely with Michelle's physical therapist who has a 22 yr. history with Michelle to ensure that optimal amounts of Botox are injected into the appropriate muscles.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Bethoux's knowledge and experience has been invaluable. He's helped us troubleshoot and develop a good action plan as we navigate new issues.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr Bethoux is a terrific prhysician. He listens & explains very well. Dr Bethoux is very skilled & fast in performing our son, Andy's Botox injections. Dr Bethoux speaks directly to Andy(who is disabled /CP) & shows empathy. A wonderful person & physician.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023


Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

I was very impressed by The thorough evaluation and detailed explanations Provided. The physician was able to explain my situation In language that was easy to comprehend And I really got the impression that he understood what I was talking about.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Dr Bethoux was amazing during the appointment very thorough and compassionate. Offered additional support during the procedure

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Dr. Bethoux was just the greatest and gave me some very good recommendations.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

I would recommend Dr. Bethoux to everybody

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2023

He was very thorough, patient with my dad and his problem. He's a very caring doctor from what I observed and felt during our visit.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2023

Most definitely would recommend Dr. Bethoux.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Twelve years after the news cameras are gone and people forget you and your injuries, Dr. B. And his staff are always so compassionate and knowledgeable about my condition. They are personable and sometimes funny. I know that when Dr. Bethoux always has my best interest in mind when he's treating me. I am lucky that I was able to get him as my doctor.

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

Doctor Bethoux Always always treats me with respect and is very caring!I love Hi love his demeanor and sense of humor not to mention. He is one of the few doctors that I actually trust!

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2023

Dr. Bethoux took the time to patiently listen to my medical problems, prior to his thorough physical examination. He had clear suggestions for the path forward for my stroke recovery. Dr. Bethoux spent about 1 hour with me. He is an empathetic physician!

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

He was great as always. The doctor always has a great dialogue with me about my medical situation. He is very concerned with me.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Excellent physician- highly recommend.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr. Bethoux was exceptional.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

I really enjoyed the doctor, so much. He listened, did testing, and then assessed everything to make a care decision.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2022

The dr and nurse work well together

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