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Department Radiation Oncology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Brachytherapy
  • Clinical Trials
  • External Beam Radiotherapy
  • Fractionated Radiotherapy
  • Image-Guided Radiation Therapy
  • Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy
  • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT)
  • MammoSite Radiation Therapy System
  • Partial Breast Irradiation
  • Prostate Brachytherapy
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Breast Cancers
  • Radiotherapy
  • Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
View all 15 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Dupuytren's Disease
  • Genitourinary Cancers
  • Penile Cancer
  • Plantar Fibroma
  • Plantar Fibromatosis
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Ureteral Cancer
  • Urethral Cancer
  • Urinary Cancer
  • Urothelial Cancer
View all 13 Specialties +


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About Rahul Tendulkar, MD

Dr. Rahul Tendulkar is an Associate Staff Physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. 

Dr. Tendulkar completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan and then attended the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed residency training in radiation oncology at Cleveland Clinic, where he served as Chief Resident. He joined the Cleveland Clinic faculty in 2008, and is board certified in radiation oncology by the American Board of Radiology. He currently serves as the Clinical Director and Residency Program Director for the Department of Radiation Oncology. 

His clinical interests are in the treatment of breast cancers and genitourinary cancers with radiation therapy, including cardiac-sparing breast radiation, accelerated partial breast irradiation, prone whole breast radiation, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer, and prostate brachytherapy.

His areas of active research interest include the development of predictive models for outcomes in the treatment of high risk breast cancer and prostate cancer. Read about his latest research and insights on treatment innovations on ConsultQD. 

In addition, he has an interest in leadership development training and helped start the first formal leadership curriculum for radiation oncology residents in the nation at Cleveland Clinic.  

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI


  • Radiology - Radiation Oncology

Specialty Interests

Bladder cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, brachytherapy, radiation therapy, cancer

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 4/19/2024, Dr. Tendulkar 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.

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

213 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

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 21, 2024

Dr Tendulkar was the best doctor my wife and I have ever met and dealt with,we left there with feeling like I had a weight off my shoulder.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr Tendulkar was great - very personable, explained treatments very clearly and positively given my condition. He referred me to good doctor in Cincinnati for my future treatments.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

Exceptional physician.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

Dr Tendulkar is a wonderful doctor! Listens to everything I have to say and is very respectful and considerate.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

I have recommended Dr Tendulkar to several men dealing with my same cancer.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2024

Wonderful...interaction..great Dr.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Dr. Richard Lang, MD. Dr. Tendulkar, MD. Dr. Collier, MD are excellent - very professional and very comforting.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2024

Very informative and explained things. A lot of doctors are not gifted with this manner.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Dr. Tendulkar is the best physician I have ever had!!

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Dr.Tendulkar is a very excellent physician

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Excellent care. Excellent staff. EXCELLENT DOCTOR

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

Dr. Tendulkar was great. He described the pros and cons of both internal and external radiation therapy. The information about each procedure was complete and through. He used a PowerPoint to show information, data, and graphs about both types of therapy and he left It up to me to decide on which therapy was best for me. Dr. Tendulkar took the time to call me within 2 days after my LDR brachytherapy procedure. This was very comforting. It has now been 55 days since my procedure. The side effects have been exactly as described. I am optimistic that I will recover completely and be cancer free. A huge thank you to Dr. Tendulkar and his staff.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2024

I would definitely recommend Dr. Tendulkar and the Cleveland Clinic for treatment for prostate cancer.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

Dr. Tendulkar is an excellent communicator and an especially good listener. He let me be part of the visit and let me explain my concerns and expectations. Very patient

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2024

Dr. Tendulkar made an extra effort to accommodate my schedule and spent over an hour on zoom with me and my wife. He was on time and unrushed, kind and concerned. How nice it was to have a doctor who did not show the strain of demand on his time.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

I have nothing but complete trust and thorough respect for Dr. Tandulkar. His skill in caring for and communicating with patients is truly awesome. He exudes calm and composure at all times. Being someone who has severe anxiety regarding medical care and a skepticism of medical practitioners who I have encountered in the past, I am overwhelmed with joy and a secure feeling that my needs and care objectives are being met. I trust Dr. Tandulkar 100% and feel comfortable and relaxed in his presence. I appreciate his empathy and his ability to thoroughly explain treatment options, advantages and disadvantages of said options, as well as the long-term implications and possible, plausible and probable outcomes. His knowledge is obviously vast and his communication of that information is always clear, concise and comprehensive.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2024

Dr T is fantastic! He spends ongoing time to address all my questions. A very caring individual.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

Dr gave thorough explanations

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

Dr. Tendulkar was great. He discussed all of my treatment options. Told me about cure rates, side effects, ect. He did not push me to pick one treatment over another. I am anxious to begin my brachytherapy treatment.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

I have recommended Dr Tendalkar to others, great doctor and human

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Dr Tendulkar is great

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Dr was and is fantastic and caring

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Dr.Tendulkar is an excellent doctor and has a great staff

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Excellent Doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Dr Tendulkar & his staff have been a joy to work with. I feel I'm getting the best care I could possibly receive.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr. T is my hero - saved me with his skill and care from cancer!!!!

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Every person I spoke with was polite, kind, caring...just wonderful. Questions were answered, phone calls were answered without having to be on "hold" forever. Our experience with Cleveland Clinic, Dr Tendulkar & his staff was fabulous.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Treating me as a person needs an "excellent " tab for Dr. T

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr. Tendulkar is always very professional and so easy to talk to. He is very knowledgeable and offers great advice.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Doctor Tendulkar is terrific. Great bedside manner . Takes the time to explain everything and really puts you at ease. I have total confidence in him.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr. Tendulkar is pleasant, knowledgeable, a good listener and excellent doctor. I am very satisfied with his care and bedside manner.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. Tendulkar was one of the nicest doctors to deal with. Along with Dr. Stein so far it's been very pleasurable. If you can say this about cancer

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Dr Tendulkar warmly greeted us and reviewed my test results. He showed me the photos in color of where my prostate cancer was located and explained what kind of radiation treatments I would receive. He gave us hope for my condition. I really appreciate his knowledgeable care and warm friendly demeanor.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr. Tendulkar and his staff were very courteous and took the time to listen to my questions and concerns and thoroughly explained the options and his suggestions for my return to good health. I chose to drive a considerably longer distance because I felt like Dr. Tendulkar and his staff were the best in their profession.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2023

Dr. Tendulkar is the best. He is kind, compassionate, caring and professional. I am so grateful to have him as my provider.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2023

I would highly recommend Dr Tendulkar.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

I really liked DR. Tendulkar. In my review I gave all high marks because they were deserved, not just to fill in the blanks

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

I can not say enough good things about Dr. Tendulkar. He has been my radiation oncologist since 2017. He is extremely knowledgeable, competent and caring. I always leave the appointment with him more positive than I was when we began!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr. Tendulkar is an exceptional physician and we really appreciate his manner, clear explanations and flexibility with treatment

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr. Tendulkar and his staff are amazing. Genuinely care about the patient.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

Dr. Tendulkar among the most patient centered practitioners I have ever had. He listens, engages the patient and his relative and is unfailingly courteous. He is extremely knowledgable about the clinical literature and applies it to his recommendations. A fine person.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

Dr. Tendulkar is a very caring and compassionate person. He also listens and responds to his patients' concerns and anxieties.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

Very pleased with the Cleveland Clinic and Dr Tendulkar and his staff.

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