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Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Aneurysm Surgery - Traditional Open Surgery
  • Brain Aneurysm Surgery
  • Cancer Center
  • Carotid Artery Aneurysm Surgery
  • Cerebral Aneurysm Clipping
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Cervical Deformity Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Craniotomy
  • Craniotomy for Brain Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Deformity Correction
  • Embolization of Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Embolization of Cerebral Aneurysms
  • General Neurosurgery
  • Image-Guided Spinal Navigation
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Removal and Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Surgery
  • Surgery for Spinal Vascular Malformations
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 31 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Carotid Bruit
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Complex Cervical Deformities
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke
  • Herniated Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sarcoma
  • Schwannoma
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Vascular Lesions
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Dural Fistula
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Metastases
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Vascular Disorders
  • Spinal Vascular Malformation
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Syringomyelia
  • Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Venous Malformations
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL)
View all 47 Specialties +


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About Ajit Krishnaney, MD

Ajit Krishnaney, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Center for Spine Health, a Staff Physician in Neurological Surgery and a Staff Physician in the Cerebrovascular Center at Cleveland Clinic.

He was appointed in 2005. Dr. Krishnaney's specialty interests include cervical spondylosis, degenerative spine disease, complex spine instrumentation, spine tumors, spinal cord tumors, syringomyelia, spinal vascular malformations, cerebrovascular disease including AVMs and intracranial aneurysms, general neurosurgery.

Dr. Krishnaney attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, Wisconsin, and he completed his internship, residency and fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Spine Surgery
Cleveland, OH United States

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Medical Education - University of Wisconsin Medical School
Madison, WI

Undergraduate - Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA


  • Neurological Surgery

Specialty Interests

AVMs, brain aneurysm, cerebral aneurysms, cerebrovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease including AVMs and intracranial aneurysms, cervical spondylosis, complex spine instrumentation, degenerative spine disease, general neurosurgery, spinal AVM's, spinal cord tumors, spinal cord vascular malformations, spinal vascular malformations, spine tumors, stroke, syringomyelia, treatment of spinal cord vascular lesions, vascular malformations

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Ajit Krishnaney, MD.

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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 1/2/2024, Dr. Krishnaney 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. Krishnaney 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:

  • Stryker Corporation

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

215 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 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 31, 2024

Doctor K. Was very knowledgeable about my spinal issues. He was well prepared for my appointment. He was very understanding, thorough and committed to helping me He gave me 2 referrals to help reduce my pain and explained why and how they might help me. I was extremely pleased with Dr. K. I would certainly recommend him in a heartbeat!

Reviewed on May 31, 2024

Dr. Krishnaney is very down to earth and answered every question that I had.

Reviewed on May 31, 2024

When I was in the hospital after surgery, Dr Krishnaney stopped in every day to check on me. He never rushed those visits, and he did not rush this Friday afternoon video appointment. He clearly cares about his patients and has even engaged in a little small talk which goes a long way with a patient. When I was still in the hospital, I saw a doctor come in for the patient in the bed next to me. He spoke to the patient for less than a minute and left. I appreciate Dr. Krishaney's empathy for his patients and I admire his highly regarded surgery skill. Considering the issues I had, he's helped me a lot.

Reviewed on May 24, 2024

Dr. Krishnaney is the BEST. His helper Steven C. APRN. (NP is also excellent. Thank you!

Reviewed on May 17, 2024

Had to wait months to get an appointment with this Dr.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

Dr. Krishnaney is awesome!!

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2024

I feel Dr. Krishnaney spent quality time with me, visiting on multiple days to check up on me.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Dr. Krishnaney first asked about a pain episode that I had experienced two weeks earlier. He also told me about the medicines that I could take now that I am more than six weeks post-op. This was a real help because he said I could take NSAIDs now and those work better for me than the opiates. Very good visit.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Getting the first appointment took some time. I waited months to see Dr. Krishnaney and that wasn't surprising. However, after that, it was easy to use myChart to set up or cancel appointments and communicate via email with the doctor's nurses.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2024

Dr. Kryhnoney & floor staff amazing.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Dr Krishnaney, was very thorough explaining all the potential risks and pitfalls of the surgery. He took his time while listening to our concerns. I cannot speak highly enough about my experience with him.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Dr. Krishnaney is always very concerned about my condition and listens to my concerns while providing excellent advice on my care. I recommend Dr. Krishnaney and the Cleveland Clinic to anyone who tells me they have back problems.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2024

In talking with my doctor and his nurse, I didn't feel pressed or rushed at all even though we were late. There was another doctor there that was shadowing our doctor. She was very nice, enthusiastic and approachable too.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2024

Bothe Dr. Krishnaney and his resident were kind and thorough with my visit.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2024

Dr. K_____ & his staff were exceptional - including aftercare.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2024

Dr. Krishnaney was very professional and excellent surgeon. I am confident my spinal fusion surgery is 100% successful because of his excellent surgical skills.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

Dr Krishnaney is one of the kindest down to earth doctors

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

The Doctor and his Team provided 95% of the answers to questions & worries I had listed before the meeting ended, so I call that a great meeting.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr. Krishnani has a very calming effect on this patience

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2023

I would she Dr. Krishnany everyday and he would take time to tell me what he did in OR and the pain team also was very concern about my pain and comfort.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

I appreciate everything Dr. Krishnaney has done to help me.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023

Dr K told his time and answer all are questions

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Dr Krishnaney is by far the best. Respect, care & being thorough on my treatment is A+++

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Excellent doctor listened and answered all my questions

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr.Krishnaney and his staff are very responsive.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

I believe that Dr.Krishnaney is an outstanding physician, and have already recommended him several other people.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2023

*Dr. Krishnaney & team were thorough & very well coordinated, kind and expert.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Was totally satisfied with Dr. Krishnaney

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

The doctor showed concern to my medical condition and was most clear to my overall general health. He is a most caring person.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Outstanding from the OA to the physician. Very impressed with both.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Appreciated Dr. K's knowledge and how he shared it with me and answered my questions.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Other than 3 months to get in - it was great. I understand - to get a great doctor it is worth the wait.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

The staff and Dr. Krishnaney were knowledgeable, kind and professional.

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