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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 Robert Bermel, MD

Robert Bermel, MD is a Staff Neurologist in the Neurological Institute's Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis at Cleveland Clinic. He received a medical degree with thesis honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where his interest in MS began while training under Dr. Lawrence Jacobs. Dr. Bermel completed neurology residency training and served as Chief Resident at Cleveland Clinic. He was funded as a National MS Society postdoctoral fellow in clinical neuroimmunology and advanced imaging at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Bermel cares for patients, conducts imaging research, and participates in clinical trials at the Mellen Center. Dr. Bermel is leading the implementation and application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) for the clinical program at the Mellen Center.  His current research interests focus on the identification of advanced imaging methods to evaluate and improve recovery from inflammatory demyelinating disease. Specifically, he is utilizing techniques such as Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Diffusion Tensor MRI (DTI), and Functional MRI (fMRI). He is currently principal investigator on a research grant funded by the National MS Society, and a co-investigator on multiple clinical trials.

He regularly serves as a volunteer speaker to patient groups on behalf of the National MS Society, and occasionally as a consultant to industry in the field of MS therapeutics.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Neuroimmunology (Multiple Sclerosis)
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Scienc
Buffalo, NY USA

Undergraduate - State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY USA

Professional Highlights

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Research Grant: "Advanced imaging methods to study recovery from acute optic neuritis"
  • Program Committee - American Society of Neuroimaging
  • Regular volunteer speaker for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society


  • Psychiatry and Neurology - Neurology

Specialty Interests

clinical trial research, imaging research, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology

Awards & Honors

  • 2003   American Society of Neuroimaging William Oldendorf Award for Outstanding Neuroimaging Research. Presented at the ASN Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA March 7, 2003 for the work entitled: "Gray matter T2 hypointensity predicts longitudinal brain atrophy in MS: effect of interferon beta-1a".
  • 2003   American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology. Presented at University at Buffalo School of Medicine commencement May 23, 2003.
  • 2003   State University of New York at Buffalo Baccelli Award for Most Outstanding Research. Presented at University at Buffalo School of Medicine commencement May 23, 2003.
  • 2001   American Academy of Neurology G. Milton Shy Award in Clinical Neurology. Presented at the AAN Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA May 7, 2001 for the work entitled: "Bicaudate ratio as a marker of brain atrophy in multiple sclerosis".


  • American Academy of Neurology -  member since 2000
  • American Medical Association  - member since 1999
  • American Society of Neuroimaging - member since 2001. Annual Meeting Program Committee since 2003
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 9/28/2021, Dr. Bermel 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. Bermel receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Roche (Hoffman-La Roche, Ltd.)
  • AstraZeneca
  • Novartis International, AG
  • Projects in Knowledge

Right to Future Distribution of Cleveland Clinic Financial Interest. Dr. Bermel may receive future financial benefits from the Cleveland Clinic for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Qr8 Health, Inc.

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

79 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

Dr. Bermel was very generous with his time. This being my first appointment with the Mellen Center MS practice, I was so impressed by his interest in wanting to hear my full story leading up to and since my diagnosis. He clearly laid out a plan for medical treatment at CC going forward and answered any questiosn I had. I was particularly impressed with the time he took to review, scan into my file, and debrief all of my previous medical records I brought with me - blood tests, MRIs, etc. My overall impression is that he is incredibly compentent, warm, and invested in the care of his patients.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2021

I actually already recommend the practice to my Mother's friend who has MS! After having some frustrating experiences in the last several years at University Hospital system, she just set-up an appointment with Dr. Bermel.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

This was my first appointment with Dr. Bermel as my former doctor is no longer there. He was very nice and respectful, as was the intern who did much of the intake during my appt.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Excellent physician!!

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Trying to follow up to arrange an appointment at the Cleveland Clinic as discussed with Dr. Berkeley, and assess insurance coverage for that visit has not been particularly smooth.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

I have benefited from speaking with Dr. Bermel.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Dr Bermel was kind and didn't rush me when I had questions. I am a nurse. I know doctors. This is a good man

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

One of the reasons I moved to Ohio was so I could go to the Cleveland Clinic. You are world renowned for your MS research and treatment. I was not disappointed. Dr. Bermel was outstanding! So happy I have him as my Neurologist! He listened, took his time, explained things (but never talked down to me). He is just an incredible doctor and person!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Dr. Bermel is simply the best, on every level. I would Highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Dr Bermel listened well and asked relevant questions which indicated he understood my concerns. I was particularly impressed with this given that it was a zoom call and first encounter.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Excellent, very safe visit at the clinic and with Doctor Bermel and staff

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

A very pleasant experience! Prompt, not a lot of waiting around. They respect your time. Staff was very kind and attentive. The doctor and his resident were also great. They thoroughly checked me out and gave me their suggestion as to how I should move forward, and made me feel very comfortable.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

I was overly happy with my visit including doctors and staff and the covid precautions put into place

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

So happy I got to see Dr Bermel. very caring and listened to what we had to say.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

My Dr was amazing and very accommodating.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Very satisfied with all aspects of my visit with Dr. Bermel

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

I really liked my new doctor and he knew all about alternatives for MS medicine

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