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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)
  • Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy
View all 17 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 USA


  • Radiology - Radiation Oncology

Specialty Interests

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

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Rahul Tendulkar, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 2/2/2023, Dr. Tendulkar 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

141 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 5

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

Dr. Tendulkar and everyone in the department are the best. I would recommend them to anyone.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2023

I absolutely love Dr. Tendulkar and his entire staff. He is obviously very competent but also approachable and caring. I wish that I could rate him higher than the scale allows.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

He spent more time talking to me than any other person I've dealt with at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr. Tendulkar and his staff are top-notch, well worth the commute from Columbus. Absolutely most highly recommend.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

We found Dr. Tendulkar very easy to talk to. While he maintained his professionalism, he also provided a sense of calmness as if he had known us forever.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

My regular doctor was on vacation so this was another doctor that took over for her! He was excellent and pleasant!!

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Doctor was personable, knowledgeable and listened

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2022

Dr Tendulkar is a highly competent, caring, compassionate provider.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Dr. Koyfman referred me to Dr. Tendulkar. Dr. Tendulkar contacted me the same day to offer to me with me during our next visit to the Clinic.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

As usual, Dr T. Was patient, professional and kind.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Dr Tendulkar is outstanding. He is open and honest with all my questions. He has gone above and beyond in all regards. The folks at the front desk in radiation oncology are outstanding and kind. They remembered me and made me feel at ease. All of the radiation techs were outstanding as well. The folks that I worked with before remembered me as well and everyone that was new to me were outstanding as well. The whole experience was a God Send. Gratitude to all that helped me.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

As stated before, Doctor Tendulkar and hi staff have been outstanding. I am interested in my treatment. He cares about me and enjoys my questions and comments. Often he answers my questions before I ask them. He showed me how my treatment would proceed and shared how the treatment would proceed and showed me the radiology graphics of how the target area was treated. It helped me visualize what and how it worked. This helped me keep still and do my part.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2022

Angela ok her time and reviewed and highlighted the data from my strip EKG.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2022

The radiation therapy I am receiving at CCF is outstanding. Dr. T is a wonderfully talented physician - knowledgeable, thoughtful, interested in me as both patient and person. From what I can see he is also an excellent teacher. He has my utmost respect. I offer similar accolades to all the staff - Jessica Echle (Dr. T's nurse practitioner), the RT tech team for Tru-beam 4, and the front desk people at the LL desk. These are classy professional people who exhibit all the characteristics that CCF has embodied to me through the years. Thank you one and all.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Dr Tendulkar very caring and answered all my questions. Explained treatment options.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

I never felt rushed and was cared for extremely well. Your rating scale should go much higher for this team

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

There were some complex things to understand. The doctor took the time to explain carefully and make sure that the information was understood and retained. The explanation was reinforced with a computer presentation and take-home materials. I'm able to discuss this in a meaningful way with my other specialists and make an informed decision.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

Dr Tendulkar exceptional in all respects.

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