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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
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Nerve Pathology
View all 6 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Autoimmune/Inflammatory Polyneuropathy
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (cidp)
  • Demyelinating Neuropathies
  • Dermatomyositis
  • 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
View all 19 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

  • 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

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 7/18/2022, Dr. Polston 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.

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Polston has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

  • American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

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

79 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

I know it might sound cliche at this point when I refer to the doctors on my care team with superlatives but Dr Polston really is the best!!!!

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

Dr Paulson is one of the best physicians I have ever had. His thoughtfulness, attention to me and to detail are exemplary.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Dr. Polston gave me the best doctor's visit I have ever had. He was very careful to make sure he understood everything about my condition and carefully explained small fiber nerve neuropathy to me. He made sure I understood the skin biopsy I would get later in the day and what the results would mean. He was incredibly conscientious and caring.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Dr Polston is a rare doctor who actually listens and takes time with his patients.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

This was one of my best ever experiences with a doctor. Dr. Polston was amazingly knowledgeable, really listened to me and tested for my concerns, took time to explain everything and answer my questions. The care he showed was also authentic and he seemed like a really good person in general (highly relatable). What a perfect blend of everything a patient would want.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2022

Dr. Polston is always STELLAR!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Dr. Polston is such a wonderful doctor!!!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Yes my experience with Dr. David Polston was excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Dr. David Polston, explained to me the degree of the conditions that I am likely to face. He was professional and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Doctor had great information and presented it very well. I'm completely satisfied

Reviewed on May 2, 2022

*Dr. Polston's "bed-side" manner has been unmatched to any other provider I have ever seen. Throughout my complex diagnosis. I never felt rushed or that my questions and concerns were not his priority. He has helped put myself and family at ease knowing that as a patient of his I will be taken care of. His prompt reply to my messages was also greatly appreciated!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Dr. Polston and Dr. Hill could not of been better. They are exceptional doctors they provided the best of care

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Dr. Polston is very kind and thorough

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Dr. Polston has always been straightforward and honest with me about my diagnosis recommendations and prognosis.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Dr Polston is always professional and I never feel rushed. I feel he is really interested in my well-being.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2022

I have had Dr. Polston for nearly four years and he has always provided me with the best care.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Easy access. Great Doctor.

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