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
View all 2 Treatment & Services +

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

Graduate 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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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 8/12/2019, 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.

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

221 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.5
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

36 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

I travelled 6 hours for this appointment because I was not able to get a useful assessment by a knowledgable practitioner close to home. Dr. Cherian's evaluation was focused and deep, and his conclusions gave me the insight I was hoping for. Well worth the trip.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

The care provider conducted an extremely thorough and detailed medical examination/review. This is the first time since my medical issue began that anyone has been able to render a diagnostic opinion and treatment options. I could not be more pleased with the care and more hopeful for the outcome.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

The nurse and dr were both very good. as expected

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Dr. Cherian overall came off apathetic of everything that I was telling him. He seemed out of it, like he didn't get enough sleep or he was on a pain medication. He could not focus when he looked at me. When I described my symptoms, he was selective with which ones he wanted to address. Then he spent a lot of time talking about other medical history that had nothing to do with my current symptoms. He then did a few basic tests such as poking me with a safety pin and checking my reflexes. He had a medical student with him the whole time, and I could hear him speaking with her about my symptoms in the hallways, where he proceeded to tell her my tremors basically made up by myself. At the end of the exam, he told me he didn't see anything wrong with my symptoms. I told him I did not think he was taking my symptoms seriously and I asked for tests. He then got visibly offended and passive aggressive and resisted any treatment but finally gave in to an MRI. When I exited the exam room, he made me feel really uncomfortable by condescendingly telling me how to exit the office. He was visibly frustrated.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Dr Neil Cherian is a wonderful Dr. I'm very thankful to God that I'm in his care!! I'm very happy with the care I'm receiving!!

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

Fantastic doctor, spends a lot of time with each patient and is very thoroughout, makes sure patient understands everything, and is kind

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019

exceptional physician. Thorough assessment and treatment with a favorable outcome. Doesn't get better than that.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

Dr. Cherian was very thorough in his assessment. He felt confident he cld help me which gave me great solace.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

I'll recommend the care provider without any hesitation. He impressed me very much and was very knowledgeable and concerned of my medical problem.

Reviewed on May 15, 2019

Dr. Cherian explains theory and practice in a collegial, succinct manner. I trust his advice.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

I waited several months to see Dr. Cherian and he did not disappoint! He was incredibly generous with his time and thoroughly examined me. He can up with different conclusions then any of the other Drs. I've seen and help me find clarity with my problems. I plan go change my care from my current Drs. to Dr. Cherian and follow his suggested treatment plan....Hopeuincan finally get some resolution and become fully functional.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

doctor Cherian was due to my Dec 17, 2018 brain surgery. 5 months post surgery and I continue to have dizzines. I made the appointment woth Dr. Cherian to get his opinion regarding how slow the rehab is going. Dr. Cherian was very helpful and reassuring.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Dr. Cherian had obviously reviewed my file. his questions were to evaluate my condition and it was refreshing to actually talk to a patrician about the dizziness and possible solutions to it

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Because I was an "add on" patient arranged by Dr. Cherian himself, I was disappointed in his attitude which appeared to me as though he was uninterested in my concerns because I was intruding on his free time that he would have had otherwise. I would recommend him to others, though, because of his specialty.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

Excellent! Dr. Cherian listened carefully as he evaluated the conditions.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

The Doctor was excellent. His manner was respectful and professional. As my mother has a difficult time hearing there where times when questions had to be repeated. His style is professional however his warmth came through over time.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

I've been to see several "specialists " over the last 8 months. Dr. Cherian is the first provider to take the time to listen and explain.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2019

Dr Cherian is excellent physician, empathetic and very knowledgeable. He is a great asset to the Cleveland Clinics staff

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

I very much liked meeting with the doctor I met with. However, I felt like what I came in for was not fully addressed. I left the clinic with many unanswered questions. I left with conflict. On one hand, I felt very comfortable with the doctor and felt him to be very knowledgeable and caring. On the other hand, I felt like he could have taken more interest, care, and concern as to why I came in. I felt like some of my questions were just "brushed" over or not addressed at all.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

I can't speak highly enough of my experience here. I felt misunderstood and unimportant by the specialist I saw in my area and was left without a diagnosis. The provider at the Cleveland Clinic spent nearly 2 hours actually listening to me and genuinely wanted to figure out what was going on. Because of that I feel much less anxious and more confident that things will improve.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

I felt like the specialist in my area was using my mental health problems and addiction history against me. The doctor I saw at Cleveland Clinic made a couple comments putting me at ease about those issues. He asked if my meds were working for me, even though that wasn't the point of my visit, and there was a depression screening before the visit. It was a completely different experience.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Dr. Cherion seemed to ask the right questions for my medical situation. He seemed to be very detailed.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

Dr. Cherion is one of the best doctors I have had the honor to be seen by

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

Extremely thorough. for a few important questions, he asked them 3xs during the history-taking to make sure they were consistent and accurate. Calmly rephrased is he believed I didn't answer the question asked , i.e. "That's a diagnosis; I want to know how you felt." Extreme expertise in providing an environment in which I felt comfortable to give a complete history and ask questions. I believe that this physician will "stick with me" until I get some relief from debilitating symptoms.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

Dr. Cherian is one of the best doctors I have ever been to. He is extremely knowledgeable and always listens to any concerns I have.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019

Dr. Cherian is very quic to respond to any of my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

If Dr. Cherian is right about the treatment plan I will overlook his businesslike approach. There was zero small talk about me. He directly went into my case and he moved very quickly.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

Had a very good experience with Dr. Cherian. He helped answer alot of questions

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

Dr. Cherian is an excellent doctor, interested in my well-being and improvement of symptoms

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019

Excellent doctor- good explanations

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

Dr. Cherian was very thorough, and I could tell that he wanted to get to the bottom of my issues. The only thing I wish he would have done a little better is to display a positive outlook for my condition. I've already been living in the misery of 24/7 symptoms for 5 months, and a little encouragement that this will be resolved would have been appreciated.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018

I believe it was 2 or 3 months before I could get an appointment with this doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2018

It was a good experience. The Dr. was very thorough.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

Dr. Cherion excellent in the examination and in explaining the possible solutions and problems. I was very pleased overall.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018

I have seen several doctors in the past year and been misdiagnosed more than once. After a 2 hour, very thorough appointment, Dr. Cherian was able to not only tell me answers to my health problems but how to solve them. I was very impressed with him and would highly recommend him to others.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

I think Dr. Chairen is a very informed doctor. I believe I will be seeing him again if my headaches and dizziness does not go away.

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