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Department Mellen Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Consultation and Long-term Care
  • Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)
  • Devic's Disease (Neuromyelitis Optica)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Transverse Myelitis
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About Adrienne Boissy, MD, MA

Adrienne Boissy, MD, MA, is Chief Experience Officer of Cleveland Clinic Health System, and a staff physician at the Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis with a secondary appointment in the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care. As Chief Experience Officer, Dr. Boissy leads the Office of Patient Experience and its initiatives to improve the patient experience across Cleveland Clinic Health System.

Dr. Boissy previously served as the Medical Director of the Center of Excellence in Healthcare Communication. Her team created a comprehensive program to strengthen physician and provider communication skills throughout Cleveland Clinic and has trained more than 4,000 staff physicians and house staff to date.

Dr. Boissy also guided the development of patient advisory councils across Cleveland Clinic Health System and is active in the Cleveland Clinic Professionalism Council. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Patient Experience.

As part of her clinical work, Dr. Boissy focuses on ethical issues in neurological disease. She served on the Cleveland Clinic Ethics Committee and is the Assistant Clinical Director in the Center for Neuroethics. She has been published in Neurocritical Care, AAN Continuum and Neurology regarding the humane treatment of critically ill patients and communication challenges in clinical practice. In particular, she has a special interest in the words clinicians choose when conveying information, and the risks and ethics of what she calls “therapeutic mislabeling” versus truth telling.

Dr. Boissy was awarded a Sylvia Lawry Fellowship grant from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and an Arnold P. Gold Foundation grant for humanism in medicine. She also serves on the editorial board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Momentum Magazine.

Dr. Boissy also is a Harvard Macy scholar. She has spoken extensively around the country about the patient and provider experience and the impact of effective communication on both.

Dr. Boissy attended Boston University and worked in neurobiological research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. She completed her medical school training at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and finished her neurology residency and neuroimmunology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. She completed a master’s degree in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Hershey, PA USA

Undergraduate - Boston University
Boston, MA USA


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology

Specialty Interests

bioethics in neurology, enhancing patient & employee experience, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

Awards & Honors

  • 2006-2008   Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellow, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
    2005-2006   AAN-sponsored Neurology Resident Elective in Clinical Ethics, Washington DC.
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 1/4/2018, Dr. Boissy 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. Boissy receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Philips
  • Unum Group

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

37 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

The most important part of the appointment was that the provider saw me as a person and not a medical condition and validated my concerns and my struggles (fears).

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Dr. Bosey is one of the best Dr's I have ever been able to talk to, not only listens she includes me in all decisions I left there so very pleased with my visit.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

I have always had excellent care with Dr Boissy, she is very thorough and listens to my concerns. Her nurses and office are all very good about returning calls and taking care of any needs. Like Dr Boissy they are very friendly.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

I really appreciate that my doctor's coordinate my care.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Love Dr. Boissey! She always takes time to answer my questions, never appears rushed, and appears to genuinely care about me as a person.

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

Dr. Boissy is a very caring, compassionate doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

MS was ruled out, but Dr. Boissy asked if it was ok if she could continue to help get me some answers to whatever is happening in my brain. I am very thankful for her assistance. Dr. Boissy came highly recommended to us from friends. I am thankful to have her helping me.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2021

I really liked the DR.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Dr Boissey was amazing!

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Dr. Boissy is an excellent physician. She is very knowledgeable and empathetic.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

In addition to her obvious expertise, Dr. Boissy's bedside manner was excellent. She was thorough, engaged, pleasant, and she asked good questions, listened, and expressed interest and concern about a serious health matter worthy of her attention.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2020

Dr. Boissey was so sweet, so thoughtful, showed concern & care. We had great conversation about what I was going through and she was very encouraging with her words, and with the actions she wanted me to take to better my health. I also really appreciate the time she took with me - I did not feel rushed as she did not seem rushed, and made me feel that she was earnestly there to take care of my health. Breath of fresh air!

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