Department Center for Pediatric Neurosciences
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English, Hebrew, Yiddish
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Concussion Center
  • Department of Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Neurofibromatosis - Coordinates Multiple Services To Improve Patient Care
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Neuroscience
View all 5 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Concussion
  • Concussions
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • Headaches
  • Headaches, Children
  • Neurofibromatosis
View all 6 Specialties +


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About A. David Rothner, MD

A. David Rothner, MD, is Chairman Emeritus of the Section of Child Neurology and Director of the Pediatric/Adolescent Headache Program at Cleveland Clinic. He also directs the Patient Education Program in the Division of Education.

Dr. Rothner received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Following completion of an internship and junior residency in pediatrics at the Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, he completed a senior residency in pediatrics at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center’s Babies Hospital in New York City. Dr. Rothner continued his training at the Neurologic Institute of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center with a fellowship in pediatric neurology. He has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and Neurology at Cleveland Clinic since 1973.

Currently, Dr. Rothner is the Chairman Emeritus of the Section of Child Neurology at Cleveland Clinic. He is also Vice-Chairman of the Division of Education. He serves as a Fellow of the American Academies of Pediatrics and Neurology, and has served on the advisory boards of the Epilepsy Foundation of America and the March of Dimes. Dr. Rothner directs the Pediatric/Adolescent Headache Program and also directs the efforts of the Patient Education Program.

Dr. Rothner sits on the editorial board of Pediatrics Today and Headache Quarterly. He has published over 250 original articles, book chapters, tapes and reviews in the areas of epilepsy, headaches in children and general pediatric neurology. He is Co-Editor of the textbook, Headache in Children and Adolescents.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Campus
Pediatric Neurology
New York, NY USA

Residency - Babies & Children's Hospital Of New York
New York, NY USA

Residency - Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
Chicago, IL USA

Internship - Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
Chicago, IL USA

Medical Education - University of Illinois College of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - Yeshiva University
New York, NY USA

Professional Highlights

  • Co-Editor, Text: Headache in Children and Adolescents
  • Funding grant from Children's Tumor Foundation to develop a comprehensive Neurofibromatosis Center


  • Pediatrics
  • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology

Specialty Interests

general pediatric neurology, Headaches, Neurofibromatosis

Awards & Honors

  • America's Best Doctors

Innovations & Patents

  • Developed Pediatric/Adolescent Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program
    Developed Pediatric/Adolescent Headache Fellowship


  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Child Neurology Society
  • American Headache Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/18/2019, Dr. Rothner 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.

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* 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

91 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.4
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

24 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Dr. Rothner came very high recommended to us by our doctor in Michigan. My daughter and I were extremely happy with Dr. Rothner, and are very happy to continue working with him. We feel that he will not stop until he resolves the problems my daughter is having. He is one of the best doctors we have seen, kind, caring, courteous, efficient, makes sure you understand everything. He makes you feel right at home from the minute you meet him. We would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

Amazing doctor and wonderful with kids.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

Dr. Rothner is amazing! After seeking answers from several doctors, treatments, medications we finally found answers and treatment that worked! We will always be grateful for this wonderful man. He is kind and caring and worked well w/ my teenage daughter offering her positive advice on many topics. He is one of what I call an angel on earth. You are so very lucky to have him at Cleveland Clinic. It has been worth each trip of 220 miles each way to see him. My daughter is finally rid of the tremendous headaches that no one else could could treat.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

Dr. Rothner speaks directly to my daughter giving her the decision making abilities. But you can also tell that he was keeping an eye on my body language too. He did ask for any concerns from both of us which was appreciated and listened to a concern I had.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

Dr. Rothner speaks directly to the child as they are the ones who are in pain....I truly believe that my daughter feels like he is concerned for her well being because of that.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

Even my daughter said she appreciated Dr. Rothner systematically laying out how he arrived at the diagnosis and plan of care. We are thankful not only to benefit from his extensive knowledge and experience, but appreciate that he can relate well to others human to human.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

Dr. Rothner is fantastic. We feel so very lucky to have found him. I would rate him higher than a 5 if I could. He really listens and connects with patients and family.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr. Rothner is one of my favorite doctors I've ever had. He listens, he cares and he helped cure my daughter. Best ever rating for Dr. Rothner. He's not allowed to retire!!!!

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Absolutely wonderful Dr. Rothner. He was not only informative. He made sure we left to know the next steps. He replied promptly with a recommendation.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

Dr. Rothner is a wonderful doctor who genuinely cares not only my heath but my over all well being. He is a huge asset to CC and I trust his opinions, which is not always easy for me to do.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

*Dr. Rothner was AMAZING! He did not care about having me pay before my son was seen & even came to get him himself from the waiting room. He made me feel as though he cared for my son as a person and not just about getting my money. If it wasn't for him, I would have walked out.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Dr Rothner is the best, he took all the time to address my daughters concerns and give her the reassurance we needed to have. He is not only an incredible physician but he has tremendous empathy.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr. Rothner gives excellent care! He is worth the 3 hr drive one way that we travel to come see him.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2019

Dr. Rothner is great at listening, great and probing the patient and I love the old school style of handwritten notes that he provides us. He is a fantastic doctor and great with kids!

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

we absolutely love Dr Rothner he is the kindest and wisest dr we ever met

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Dr. Rothner was fantastic! explained everything in detail and was very attentive to my daughters situation. would definitely recommend him to family and friends.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

I would recommend Dr Tothner

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

Dr Rothner is an exceptional physician and provides our daughter superior care. He has developed a wonderful relationship with our daughter over the years and has been extremely responsive to our questions.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

Dr. Rothner was very informative and pleasant.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

dr rathner took so much time with us and really explained everything and eased our worries

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2018

Dr. Rothner is so careful, methodical, and easy to talk to. We always learn something and feel prepared when we leave.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2018

We love how Dr. Rothner himself escorts patients from waiting room.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2018

Dr Rothner was running behind that day. we are there for migraines and tics. We see children with health concerns seemingly far more concerning than ours when we have follow up appointments, and Dr Rothner is so kind, patient and thorough- he's worth waiting for.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2018

Dr. Rothner is just fantastic. He takes his time and thoroughly goes through things with my daughter and it really helps her mentally relax by understanding the care and medicines she needs to work through.

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