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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

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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 9/8/2021, 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

67 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 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

I would recommend this dept.without hesitation but I have 10 other CCF docs and I would not give the same answers!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Look forward to having Dr. Cho as my physician.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

DR. Chao was so very patient with me and my mom. He listened attentively and spoke with genuine concern for my mom.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Nurses as well as Dr. Chao were very helpful and kind... A Big Thank You to them all !!

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

Dr. Chaos immediately called when the video wasn't working and the conversation/appointment went well after that.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

The love and care that I receive from the Taussig radiology team is truly wonderful. Starting with the red coat staff, the check-in staff, nursing staff, and especially Dr. Chao who is a brilliant provided but as important, a compassionate person. CC is lucky to have him as a provider and I am lucky to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Dr. Chao is very knowledgeable, explains everything very thoroughly - with the upmost respect & integrity towards me as his patient.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

My visit with Dr. Chao was extremely pleasant.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Dr. Chao has exceeded my expactations. He went above and beyond his call of duty.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

My appointment with Dr. Chao was initiated by oncologist Dr. Nate Pannell on the day my MRI scan showed a brain problem.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

I have not had to call the doctor and appointments were made for me for gamma knife treatment as well as oncology consultation at Beachwood. So there's no need for me to engage in some of your questions. Just wanna let you know I feel as though I am in excellent hands and hoping for the best results they can be realized at this time.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Very carrying and nice courteous doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

very professional, delightful and courteous both doctors and nurses

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

doctors were in tune with the needs of the patient and adjusted treatment to accommodate. It gave me comfort to know that my wife's treatment was truly tailored to her specific ailments. An absolute blessing.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Best experience with a doctor and clinic we've ever had. Even though we were a but late...We never waited over 5 minutes to be seen and the nurses and doctor took their time and made sure we understood and this made us feel very comfortable...

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

we have never looked forward to a doctor's visit until now

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

The woman I talked to at Dr. Chao's office was extremely helpful and kind. She got an appointment for me to have a virtual visit in the later afternoon, the same day if my MRI, so I could get results quickly. She explained to me how the do the virtual appointment, and it went smoothly.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

I'm not typically a fan of virtual doctor visits, but in this case it worked very well for me. I feel I received the same care that I would have received in person.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Dr. Chao and resident were excellent.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Dr Chow always goes over my MRI with great detail so I understand the results. He is a very caring Dr. He always has great advise.

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