Department Center for Neuro-Restoration
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Concussion Center
  • Videonystagmography
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cervicogenic Dizziness
  • Concussion
  • Imbalance
  • Migraine-Associated Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Neurocardiac Dizziness
  • Otolith Dysfunction
  • Syncope
  • Vestibular Disorders
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About Neil Cherian, MD

Neil Cherian, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Neurological Institute and is a member of the Center for Neuro-Restoration at Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in adult neurology and in headache medicine. Dr. Cherian maintains an active clinical practice and conducts research related to dizziness, tinnitus and complex brain and brainstem disorders. Subsequent to his current role, he was a member of the Associate Staff at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Cherian received his medical degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He completed an Otoneurology Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic from 2000-2002.  His postdoctoral training also included time at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School where he specialized in the neurology of tinnitus.

He is frequently an invited speaker at various professional conferences.  He has spoken on behalf of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) of which he was a member of its board of directors for six years. He has authored numerous journal articles and posters focusing on vestibular dysfunction, tinnitus, dizziness and multidisciplinary approaches to vestibular disorders.

Dr. Cherian has contributed his expertise to the media. He is currently ad hoc reviewer of Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Strong Memorial Hospital of The University of Rochester
Rochester, NY USA

Internship - Strong Memorial Hospital of The University of Rochester
Internal Medicine
Rochester, NY USA

Medical School - State University of New York Health Science Center
Brooklyn, NY USA

Medical School - State University of New York-Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Graduate Studies in Biophysics
Buffalo, NY USA

Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Electrical Engineering
Ann Arbor, MI USA


  • Neurology

Specialty Interests

Vestibular and Balance disorders. Dizziness, Imbalance, Tinnitus, Headache. Central vestibular dysfunction (migraine-associated dizziness, neurocardiac dizziness / syncope), Peripheral vestibular dysfunction (BPPV, vestibular loss, otolith dysfunction...) and various overlap syndromes. Cervically-mediated dizziness and headache. Performance Medicine / Medical care of performers.

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/11/2017, Dr. Cherian 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

188 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2017

that's the problem, there has been no treatment recommended.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2017

Dr. Cherian is extremely thorough in his exam and history taking. He pays attention to detail and takes great care to listen.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2017

this was a very good experience

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2017

Dr Cherian was attentive, thoughtful and, I thought, very thorough. His questioning was careful and persistent, I would say he was working to get the clearest clinical picture. His conclusions made sense.

Reviewed on May 24, 2017

Dr. Cherian was the best doctor I have ever seen. He spent time with me, explained everything in an easy to understand way, did a very thorough examination, answered all my questions, and made me feel like he was interested in what I had to say rather than being in a hurry to get to his next patient. I have never been to a more thoughtful, caring doctor.

Reviewed on May 16, 2017

More than pleased with Dr. Cherian and nurse practitioner thank you!

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2017

again I thought the doctor was excellent . he knows his business and was thorough and making a decision

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2017

Doctor should remember to speak slower when talking to elderly patients as things process alittle slower. He was still very good though

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2017

An excellent exchange of information, and a good listening provider. After Q & A, a decision was made regarding treatment...

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2017

very good job

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2017

I'm so glad that I was referred to Dr. Cherian. He spent a lot of time with me addressing my overall health and treatment plan. I haven't been feeling well for over 4 years. I believe I finally found the right doctor and he was able to diagnose my condition. Thanks Dr. Cherian.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2016

Dr. Cherian has always treated me with respect and has repeatedly shown that he is 100% invested in my care and overall wellbeing.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2016

Dr. Cherian was excellant in many ways. A great balance of compassion and obvious expertise.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2016

I feel included and informed regarding health care decisions

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2016

Dr. Cherian did a wonderful job of listening to the details of my rather involved medical condition. His job was made harder because the MRI images that I uploaded more than 48 hours earlier were still not available in the system. Neither was my summary of my case and my goals for the appointment with him. I was very grateful that Dr. Cherian did not treat me like Ms. Generic Patient. He took the time to understand my perspective and to work with me in a way that was genuinely helpful. I am not a physician, but I do have a graduate-level training in neurobiology, and I have been dealing with my spinal condition for over two years. So, although I am under no illusions that I "know everything," I did have several questions that required more than typical lay medical knowledge to formulate. Dr. Cherian did me the courtesy of taking these questions seriously, and of giving me answers at a level of detail that genuinely answered them, rather than brushing me off with generalities. Unlike many physicians, he seemed to appreciate the difference between a patient "diagnosing themselves" and a patient asking informed questions about possible differential diagnoses. I came from a medical family, and I was used to discussing differentials over the dining room table. I never thought that I had the ability to make a definitive diagnosis. But I was allowed to ask questions and press for explanations without being accused of thinking that I was a doctor/veterinarian/radiologist. This is the level of respect that Dr. Cherian showed me, and which I used to expect from treating physicians, but which has been terribly rare in the past 10 years. I have spent two years trying to get these answers from the doctors in the city where I live, including those who have stated that they need to do surgery on my spine to prevent paralysis and incontinence. I am very, very grateful to Dr. Cherian for putting my mind at ease about an ancillary condition which I needed to have addressed before I took the (very scary) step of having chunks of my spine removed and replaced.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2016

I had a followup question after reading clinic notes and was most impressed and relieved that Dr. Cherian took the time to call me back personally. He was very thorough. I highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2016

great doctor !!!

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