Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations 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 Avm
  • Deformity Correction
  • Emobilization of Cerebral Aneurysms and AVMs
  • General Neurosurgery
  • Image-Guided Spinal Navigation
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
  • Surgery For Spinal Tumors
  • Surgery For Spinal Vascular Malformations
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 33 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aneurysm, Cerebral
  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Brain Aneurysms and Hemorrhage
  • Brain Cancer (Brain Tumor)
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Carotid Bruit
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Complex Cervical Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intracranial Aneurysms
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sarcoma
  • Schwannoma
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal AVM (arteriovenous malformation)
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Vascular Lesions
  • Spinal Cord Vascular Malformations
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Dural Fistula
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Metastases
  • Spinal Neoplasms
  • Spinal Vascular Disorders
  • Spinal Vascular Malformation
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
  • Stroke
  • Syringomyelia
  • Unruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Venous Malformations
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL)
View all 50 Specialties +


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About Ajit Krishnaney, MD

Ajit Krishnaney, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Center for Spine Health, an Associate Staff Physician in Neurological Surgery and an Associate 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

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Spine Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical School - University of Wisconsin Medical School
Madison, WI USA

Undergraduate - Stanford University Hospital
Stanford, CA USA


  • 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

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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 9/11/2018, 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 as a paid consultant, speaker or 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

177 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018

thoroughly excellent experience, and Dr krishnaney went above and beyond with me. I could not possibly be happier with him and his work.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018

Dr Krishnaney and his staff are prompt, professional and caring.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2018

Feel very confident with Dr Krishnaney and his associates for having to have surgery

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2018

Dr Krishnaney and his staff are the best! If I had to, I would wait all day to see him!!

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

*Dr. Krishnaney and his team are always informative and attentive to my needs.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

I always feel very taken care of. I've gone to Dr Krishaney for over 10 years as he has done two surgeries on me. I would recommend he and his staff to anyone.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2018

Dr. Krishnaney gave a comprehensive overview of the surgical process and procedures. He completely answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

I only communicated via the MyChart app. I cancelled and re-scheduled my appointment via messages within the site. It was very easy. I did not speak on the phone with anyone. Overall, I am amazed at how organized things at the clinic are. In a good way, I feel like I'm registering for classes as I go from station to station. Also, directions from staff were always very clear and easy to follow. One minor area of improvement: It is difficult to get from parking to my appointment. Fortunately I don't have any problem walking very far. You almost need those conveyor belts they have in airports. It is also difficult to figure out WHERE to park. It would be nice to be given better information about parking facilities. There may be an obvious way to get this information, but I did not see it. An address for the parking lot entrance, or entrances if there are options would be nice. The only address I could find is of the main campus. I don't know how to reconcile the building J-1-A or whatever my providers floor/building was with parking. As it turns out I found the parking garage which led me to the tunnel to my appointment. I don't know if I could find my way back. (I estimate I walked about 250 yards to get to from my car to my appointment, and another 250 yards back.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

I was a little early and was warned that it might be a bit before my name would be called. It turned out not to be the case. I was taken for questioning almost immediately. Then to the exam room directly, then within 5 minutes (maybe less) a doctor (not my neural surgeon, but another doctor) came and examined me, and asked questions about how I was doing. The surgeon came by almost immediately after that. I was scheduled for an x-ray right then, walked down waited 2-3 minutes before I was called, and got the x-ray. It was reviewed and I was contacted by phone the results. I had previous knowledge of the results thanks to the MyChart site. The only suggestion I would make is to allow me to see a picture of my x-rays. Otherwise, everything was spot-on.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018

Dr., his RN and his PA treat me as a real person rather than a number. They do not talk down to me, make sure I understand the medical issues and answer questions. They are clear, concerned, knowledgeable and true professionals.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018

To some extent these issues were discussed by my provider while others by his RN. They are a team and it shows. I cannot recall how much each provided, but some was by both and some by one or the other. Bottom line, it was all provided.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2018

PA was efficient but gave us one opinion and the dr. another. it was confusing and she had attitude.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2018

Dr krishnaney is wonderful and he is very caring about my health.

Reviewed on May 13, 2018

*Dr. Krishnaney was excellent, thorough, kind, and professional.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2018

Very impressed that *Dr. Krishmaney saw me three days in a row, including Saturday. Thank you.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2018

Superb doctor-very kind and informative to patient-he is the best!!

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2018

Dr Krishnany has the unique talent of being informative and descriptive without being overwhelming. He paces the exchange in a measured way ensuring the patient's questions and concerns are addressed

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