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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Autonomic Nervous System Testing
  • Autonomic Reflex Test
  • Electromyography
  • Inflammatory/Autoimmune Neuropathy
  • Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)
  • Nerve Pathology
View all 6 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autoimmune/Inflammatory Polyneuropathy
  • Autonomic Nervous System Disorders
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (cidp)
  • Demyelinating Neuropathies
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Dysautonomia
  • Fabry's Disease
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM)
  • Inherited Neuropathies
  • Lambert-eaton Myasthenic Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myopathy
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Neuropathy - Diabetic
  • Polymyositis
  • Pompe's Disease
  • Stiff-Person Syndrome
View all 22 Specialties +


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About David Polston, MD

David W. Polston, MD, is a staff physician in the Neuromuscular Center at Cleveland Clinic's Neurological Institute. Dr. Polston earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville in 1999 and then completed his internship and neurology residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. This was followed by a one-year fellowship in peripheral nerve disease at Mayo Clinic and a one-year fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disorders at Cleveland Clinic. He joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2005. He is board-certified in neurology, neuromuscular medicine and clinical neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in electrodiagnostic medicine by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and in nerve pathology by the American Academy of Neurology Committee on Neuromuscular Pathology.

A neuromuscular specialist, Dr. Polston's areas of clinical expertise include inherited and acquired demyelinating neuropathies, nerve pathology, and performing electromyography and nerve conduction studies. His academic interests include the natural history of inherited and acquired demyelinating neuropathies, and resident and fellow education. He is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Clinical Neurophysiology
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Peripheral nerve-Neuromuscular Diseases
Rochester, MN USA

Residency - Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Rochester, MN USA

Internship - Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Rochester, MN USA

Medical Education - University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, KY USA

Undergraduate - Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY USA


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Clinical Neurophysiology - Neuromuscular Medicine

Specialty Interests

Electromyography and nerve conduction studies, inherited and demyelinating neuropathies, myasthenia gravis, nerve pathology, neuromuscular diseases, autonomic disorders, autonomic nervous system diseases and testing

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 7/8/2021, Dr. Polston 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

96 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Dr. Polston and the Resident were incredibly thorough and professional and kind

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Both Drs Polston and the resident Dr Birdley were wonderful and respectful to my concerns and needs. The best!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Extremely happy with the care I receive from Dr Polston and his staff, especially in this crazy yr!

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Dr. Polston is a stellar doctor!!!! I would HIGHLY recommend!!

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Dr Polson is so personal and shows that he genuinely cares. I appreciate and trust him . I look forward to seeing him and seeking his help. My symptons are worse and I have been back In the hospital since I talked with him.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

I had my son hook me up to video apt. And I enjoyed visit and as usual Dr Polston was thorough and clear.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

I am very happy to have the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Polston to treat me.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

We are very pleased with our doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Dr Polston is a wonderful person and dr. He truly cares about his patients and so does everyone in his office . You always get 150 % or more from all of them!!

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

I saw 6 doctors. All were very thorough and spent time reviewing symptoms, possible causes, follow up. I never felt rushed, and felt comfortable asking questions. All expressed concern and a desire to help.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Dr. Polston was very attentive when discussing my case with me. I felt he genuinely listened to my concerns and that he answered any questions that I had.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Dr Polston was very kind and spent extra time answering all of my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

The over all experience at cc was good. however, my doctors lack of diagnostic interest in identifying my problem was not good.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Dr. Polston is very excellent

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

The care providers did an excellent job from start to finish.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

Dr Polston was having an issue with his video which delayed our meeting. This was no fault of him but their was an issue with the video provider

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

Dr Polston is great doctor

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Dr. Polston was amazing!! Professional, personable and very kind. His level of knowledge and expertise was incredible. It was my first visit with Dr. Polston and I feel I made an excellent choice. I look forward to an ongoing Doctor/patient relationship with him.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Dr. Polston is very empathic and takes the time to answer every question I have with thought and consideration.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

I love having the option of video visits. I live in Dayton and it's hard for me to get to Cleveland for appointments, but I want to continue seeing Dr. Polston and this gives me the opportunity to do that. I hope that video visits will continue after Covid-19.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

All was very convenient and thanks to Dr. Jerry Estep the first appointment was flawless.

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