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Richard Lederman, MD, PhD


Richard Lederman, MD, PhD
Department: Neurology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S91
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Richard Lederman, MD, PhD
Department: Education
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S91
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Richard J.  Lederman, MD, PhD, is a Staff physician in the Department of Neurology at Cleveland Clinic's main campus. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 1973 after completing a clinical fellowship in neurology at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Lederman is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and of the American Association of Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Medicine and an active member of the American Neurological Association.

Dr. Lederman received the Cleveland Clinic's Bruce Hubbard Stewart award in 2001 and was appointed Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in 2004.  

Dr. Lederman received several academic honors while earning a medical degree and then a doctorate in physiology, both completed at State University of New York at Buffalo. He subsequently did an internship and one year of residency in medicine at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center in Bronx, NY. An interest in experimental embryology led to a position at the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He subsequently completed a residency in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. 

Board-certified in neurology and electrodiagnostic medicine, Dr. Lederman has authored two books plus over a hundred textbook chapters and other publications. Both books and many of the publications address the neuropathies of performing artists. He has served on the board of the International Arts-Medicine Association and of the Performing Arts Medicine Association, as well as on the editorial board of Medical Problems of Performing Artists and American Music Teacher. 

Dr. Lederman has been an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA USA
Residency - Bronx Municipal Hospital Center
Internal Medicine
Bronx, NY USA
Internship - Bronx Municipal Hospital Center
Medical Internship
Bronx, NY USA
Medical School - State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Scienc
Buffalo, NY USA
Undergraduate - Princeton University
Princeton, NJ USA


  • Neurology

Specialty Interests

Dementia, Electromyography, memory executive functioning, movement disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Parkinson Disease, parkinson's disease and movement disorders, Performing Arts Medicine, peripheral nerve disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, restless legs syndrome, tourette's syndrome


  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Active member of the American Neurological Association 

Treatment & Services

  • Consultation, Evaluation, And Treatment Adult Neurological Disorders
  • Electromyography
  • General Neurology
  • Performing Arts Medicine

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As of 7/28/2015, Dr. Lederman 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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Languages Spoken

  • English

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