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Department Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Appointment:
216.636.0007
Desk:
216.445.7876
Fax:
216.445.1068

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Neuro-Oncology
  • Body Radiosurgery
  • Brachytherapy
  • Brain Tumor Management
  • Cancer Center
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cranial Radiosurgery
  • External Beam Radiotherapy
  • Fractionated Radiotherapy
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Gamma Knife Treatment
  • General Radiation Oncology
  • Hyperfractionated Radiation Therapy
  • Image Guided Radiation Therapy
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
  • Novalis Radiosurgery/Radiotherapy
  • Pediatric Neuro-Oncology
  • PET in Tumors
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Spinal Radiosurgery
  • Spine Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
  • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
View all 26 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Adult Brain Tumors
  • Anaplastic Astrocytomas
  • Anaplastic Oligodendrogliomas
  • Astrocytoma
  • Benign Brain Tumors
  • Benign Tumors of the Brain
  • Benign Tumors of the Spinal Cord
  • Brain Cancer (Brain Tumor)
  • Brain Lymphoma
  • Brain Metastases
  • Cancer
  • Cavernous Sinus Tumors
  • Central Nervous System (CNS) Malignancies
  • Chordomas
  • Clival Chordomas
  • Ependymomas
  • Glioblastoma Multiforme
  • Hemangioblastomas
  • Heterotopic Ossification
  • Malignant Gliomas
  • Malignant Tumors of the Brain
  • Malignant Tumors of the Spinal Cord
  • Meningioma
  • Myeloma
  • Ocular Lymphomas
  • Ocular Mets
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Ophthalmic Tumors
  • Pediatric Brain Cancer
  • Pediatric Spine Tumors
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphomas
  • Retinal Hemangioma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Sarcomas of the Brain or Head
  • Skull Base Cancer
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Metastases
  • Spine Tumors
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Uveal Melanoma
View all 42 Specialties +
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Biography

About Samuel Chao, MD

Samuel Chao, MD, obtained his Bachelor's degree in chemistry with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University and stayed in Cleveland to specialize in radiation oncology at Cleveland Clinic, where he is currently on Staff. His appointment is under the Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center and the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Chao is also Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

His clinical interests include adult and pediatric brain tumors, brain metastases, heterotopic ossification, stereotactic radiosurgery of the brain and spine, Gamma Knife radiosurgery, intensity-modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy. His research interests include improving quality of life following treatment, and outcomes following radiation to the brain and spine. He is actively involved in research studies for brain and spine tumors.

Dr. Chao has been invited nationally and internationally to give lectures on the management of brain and spine tumors using radiation. He is a lecturer for the Cleveland Clinic Gamma Knife course. He has authored numerous papers and book chapters regarding radiation for benign disease and malignant tumors.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2006

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Radiation Oncology
Cleveland, OH USA
2006

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Transitional Year
Cleveland, OH USA
2002

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University
MD
Cleveland, OH USA
2001

Undergraduate - Stanford University
Chemistry
Stanford, CA USA
1997

Additional Training

  • Special Training for Gamma Knife Icon, 2016
  • Special Training for Gamma Knife Perfexion, 2007
  • Pediatric Radiation Oncology Rotation at St. Jude, Memphis, Tenn., 2005

Professional Highlights

  • Radiological Society of North America Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award, 2006
  • Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Travel Award, 2006
  • Board-certified in radiation oncology

Certifications

  • Radiology - Radiation Oncology

Specialty Interests

Brain tumor, gamma knife

Awards & Honors

  • Radiological Society of North America Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award, 2006
  • Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Travel Award, 2006

Memberships

  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
  • International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society
  • Leksell Gamma Knife Society
  • American College of Radiology
  • American Radium society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Samuel Chao, MD.

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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 10/3/2022, Dr. Chao 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

69 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2022

Dr. Chao's experience and expertise are easily conveyed in a relaxed and yet explanatory way. His time with me was over and above a simple report of MRI findings and was encouraging and detailed about my continued improvement from spinal cord surgery some two years prior. He's terrific.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Every was easy to arrange. The doctor was extremely helpful and answered all of our questions clearly. Very excited to have him on my team!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2022

I really appreciate that Dr. Chao takes the time to explain things and answer all my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2022

I appreciate the ease of accessing the expertise of doctors at Cleveland Clinic since I live a great distance from the hospital.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Dr.Cho is OUTSTANDING! An excellent listener who explains everything in a manner that is understandable.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

The physician assistant was thorough, kind and concerned. Dr. Chao is always kind, honest and upfront when addressing my diagnosis. He demonstrates genuine concern for my diagnosed condition.

Reviewed on May 4, 2022

Dr Choa was really compassionate

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2022

Perfect physicians and Great facility as well.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

Doctor explained treatment and answered all questions. Very patient .

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2022

Dr Chao is the best explains everything very calming easy to talk to. He explained the benefits vs risks of the procedure he recommended and allowed me to take my time making my decision. He was very patient explaining answers to my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2022

Dr. Chao and the Tech worked a long time to make me a comfortable as possible for a forty minute no movement procedure and it worked well.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

I am grateful for the excellent professional service Dr. Chao provided during my video visit.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Very good Dr he was concerned about my condition

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Very good experience. Dr Choa was very caring and informative. Knew Mike's case and made recommendations. Very pleased with his care!

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Dr chao always clearly explains my test results and the next steps.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Dr. Chao is invaluable to us and has been for many years. He has always been informative and helpful.

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