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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.444.5559
Desk:
216.444.5551
Fax:
216.445.1563

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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Biography

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

Appointed
2005

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Clinical Neurophysiology
Cleveland, OH USA
2005

Fellowship - Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Peripheral nerve-Neuromuscular Diseases
Rochester, MN USA
2004

Residency - Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Neurology
Rochester, MN USA
2003

Internship - Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Rochester, MN USA
2000

Medical Education - University of Louisville School of Medicine
Louisville, KY USA
1999

Undergraduate - Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY USA
1995

Certifications

  • Neurology
  • Neurology - Clinical Neurophysiology
  • 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 8/28/2020, 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.

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* 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

101 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 4.7
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Dr Polston is a great Dr. with a great "bedside" manner.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Polston was amazing very informative and listened to me and made every effort to help me figure out what's going on. care was exceptional

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

i really enjoyed meeting with Dr Polston. He's a very caring Physician

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Dr. Polston is caring and professional

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

My interaction and conversation with Dr. Polston was fantastic! He listened, asked questions, and provided insights. It was exactly why I wanted to come to the CC for care of my hATTR.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Dr.Polston took a lot of time to explain everything. He truly is a caring physician. it was a pleasure seeing him.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

all very smooth process Dr took a good amount of time for exam and explanation.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Dr. Polston failed to put an order in for a test which made it difficult to schedule and I had to call 3 times and I was told all 3 times someone would return my call to schedule me.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Absolutely fantastic! I had seen 4 other specialists that had no idea what was wrong with me and I didn't plan on leaving Cleveland Clinic until I had an answer and Dr. Polston had an answer for me right away! after 4 specialists and 6 months, Dr Polston was a breath of fresh air!

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

I live almost 4 hours away and I tried to get to see both my doctors on the same day or back to back days and I could not.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Dr. Polston was completely unhurried, answered all our questions, and explained his recommendations in precise understandable language during our appointment.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

I like Dr. Polston very much. He is clear about what he is asking and very good at addressing concerns I may have.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

DR.POLSTON IS VERY HELPFUL AND ANSWERS ALL OUR QUESTIONS!

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Dr. Polston took a detailed patient history and did not rush through the interview process.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Above and beyond great care from Dr. Polston.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr. Polston made certain he heard my concerns, which I felt had not fully been addressed by other care providers prior to seeing him. Hearing him say, "I hear you" was extremely reassuring.

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