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 School - 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


  • 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

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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 9/20/2018, 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:

  • Genentech, Inc
  • Sanofi Genzyme
  • Roche (Hoffman-La Roche, Ltd.)
  • PRIME Continuing Medical Education
  • Novartis International, AG

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

47 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

5 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018

The Doctor was exceptional taking time to discuss my medical concerns! Potential reasons, treatment and medicines prescribed.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

I just want to thank Dr. Bermel and Dr. Alshehri for seeing me and for taking the time to explain everything I needed to know...they were kind and were very informative. Thank you!

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2018

I have not ever in my life been to a hospital where absolutely every single person i came into contact with were so professional, caring, helpful, loving, kind, and respectful. i mean from the time I walked through the door and stood in line to talk to the receptionist, to the MA, to Doctor Bremel, who is beyond awesome, and then to scheduling and next to the lab to get my blood drawn and the IV treatment center, they answered any and every question that I asked. I have to say that each and every person that i came into contact with for each and everyone of my visits to Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center thus far deserve recognition for the way they represent The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018

I was referred to Dr. Bermel from my local neurologist to discuss the possibility of me changing medications for my MS. There were also concerns ofprogression of the disease without seeing new lesions... Ex) 4 falls in a 12 month period. I had to wait 30 minutes in his waiting room for an 8:30 am appt..... a bit of a wait for so early in the morning. However, the doctor was very thorough, listened to my concerns, and gave me meaningful feedback. He was well-worth the wait! He even referred me to a physical therapist who specializes in MS right there in the building. I was able to be seen by the PT within 15 minutes after my appt with the doctor!

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

I was scheduled to see doctor Racinose in the Touareg Center. and after reviewing with him my diagnosis was changed and I was able to see dr. bermel at the Mellen Center that day all the staff was amazing polite courteous. Thank you for such a wonderful experience and such a rough time

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