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Department Mellen Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only, Researcher
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations


Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Long-Term Care
  • Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Devic's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Transverse Myelitis
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About Robert Fox, MD

Robert Fox, MD, is a Staff Neurologist at the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Cleveland Clinic. He received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, neurology residency training at the University of Pennsylvania, multiple sclerosis fellowship training at Cleveland Clinic, and a master’s degree in Clinical Research from Case Western Reserve University.
He serves as an advisory committee member and principal site investigator for many clinical trials, including coordinating global principal investigator for a Phase III clinical trial of dimethyl fumarate in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (MS).
Dr. Fox’s current research interests focus on innovative MRI techniques to evaluate MS treatments and tissue recovery after injury, where he is principal investigator and co-investigator on grants funded by the NIH and National MS Society. He serves as a member of various advisory and review committees for the National MS Society. He is also Managing Director of the NARCOMS MS Patient Registry, a member of the General Advisory Council and Research Programs Committee for the Cleveland Clinic General Clinical Research Center, and a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry regarding the development of new treatments for MS.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

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

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA

Internship - Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA

Medical Education - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD USA

Undergraduate - Amherst College
Amherst, MA USA

Additional Training

  • Masters of Science in Clinical Research, Case Western Reserve University, 2003

Professional Highlights

  • Advisory Committee on Fellowships, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Chair, 2011-2012)
  • International Coordinating Investigator, Phase III clinical trial of BG00012
  • Editorial Board, Neurology and Multiple Sclerosis Journal
  • Managing Director, NARCOMS MS Patient Registry
  • Scientific Expert Working Group on CCSVI, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • MS Clinical Phenotype Subcommittee, International Advisory Committee on Clinical Trials in MS
  • Medical Monitor, Phase I Study of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation in MS
  • Ad hoc reviewer, NIH ZRG1 BDCN-N Member Conflict Special Emphasis Panel
  • Committee for Responsible Research Conduct, Cleveland Clinic
  • Neurosciences Sub-Chair, Research Programs Committee, Cleveland Clinic


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology

Specialty Interests

Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

Awards & Honors

  • 1991    James Olds Memorial Neuroscience Thesis Award
  • 1992    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Grant
  • 1996    Sellards Travel Award to Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1996    Medical and Chirurgical Society of Maryland Award for Excellence in Organized Medicine
  • 1996    Harold Lamport Biomedical Research Prize, Johns Hopkins University
  • 1999    Zeritzky Resident Clinical Research Award, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2000    Potiker Fellow, Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research
  • 2001    National Multiple Sclerosis Society Dale McFarlin Travel Award
  • 2003-2012    Top Doctors, Cleveland Magazine
  • 2008    Outstanding Physician/PA Team, Cleveland Clinic
  • 2009    Fellow, American Academy of Neurology
  • 2011    Researcher Hall of Fame, National MS Society


  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Society of Neuroimaging
  • American Medical Association
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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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 7/19/2023, Dr. Fox 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Fox receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Sanofi Genzyme
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Immunic, Inc.
  • Novartis International, AG

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

41 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

7 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2024

Doctor took his time and explain to me what Ms was. Then we went over the X-rays showing the lesions in the brain and fluid in a certain area of the spine. The doctor took his time and was thorough in his explanations, I didn't feel rushed nor like a number but like a human being.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

I have had MS for over 20 years and have been going to the Mellen Ctr the entire time. I specifically requested a provider and had an appointment scheduled with her. About 90 mins before my e-visit I logged in to do my pre-visit information and saw my appointment was switched to. Provider I do not like. So I called in and was able to cancel that appointment and get a new one with my doctor. I had to wait over a week, but it was ok.. This time. It was the first time in a long long time that I was upset by the clinic. I wouldn't change for anything

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

This was only my second visit with Dr. Fox. He listened, asked questions and over all couldn't have done a better job treating me as an entire person and patient. I have seen and dealt with a lot of doctors outside and inside the Cleveland Clinic- I would put him at the top. He could teach a master class in bedside and patient care.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024

Dr Fox is excellent

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. DiMauro, the fellow, was 5's across the board - I rated Dr. Fox here. He is obviously incredibly dedicated to his field. Unfortunately, I left with more questions than answers.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Fox is the best. Him and his staff have been a blessing. Life with MS is do-able thanks to him.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Just a great Doctor!!!

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