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

Treatment & Services

  • Consultation and Long-term Care
  • Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Devic's Disease (Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • 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
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 7/7/2021, 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 as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Novartis International, AG
  • EMD Serono, Inc.
  • Sanofi Genzyme
  • Biogen Idec, Inc.
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Immunic, Inc.
  • Celgene Corporation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb)

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

37 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
4.5 out of 5
Explains 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

7 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

Dr. Fox was unbelievable! So compassionate knowledgeable thorough and had a wonderful bedside manner

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

The nursing staff left a lot to be desired. Dr Fox was wonderful.The building smells of urine and can seriously use an update

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

Dr. Fox is an excellent clinician. Explains things, takes time to review material and answers questions.

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Dr. Yan and Dr. Fox have been amazing!

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

Took the time to answer all of my questions. He is the first provider that has been able. Very thankful for his clinical expertise.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

I choose to drive an hour to see Dr. Fox. He provides great care and truly listens to me & my needs. I am glad to have him as my neurologist.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Dr Fox was very patient and took his time explaining everything and I couldn't ask for a better experience.

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