Vice Chair, Neurosurgery 

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Heights, Ohio

Deborah Benzil MD. served as Chairperson for the 5th International Conference of the Novalis Circle in Munich in 2010. Dr. Benzil has eighteen years of experience with Novalis® Radiosurgery throughout her neurosurgical practice. Dr. Benzil has experience treating a wide range of neurosurgical indications with Novalis Radiosurgery and has developed a particular expertise in the field of spine radiosurgery, establishing herself as a leader in this area in the academic community. Dr. Benzil is also very active in educating the Novalis Circle community on her techniques and travels extensively on our behalf to promote a greater understanding of the benefits of spine SRS.

Dr. Benzil received her undergraduate degree with honors (Phi Beta Kappa) from Brown University and her MD from the University of Maryland. She then completed a 2-year fellowship at NIH, Surgical Neurology Branch doing brain tumor research before completing her Neurosurgical Residency at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Benzil is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and is affiliated with Cleveland Clinic.

“In this, the era of medical quality outcomes and patient safety, the Novalis Certification program is an exemplar. Through outstanding collaboration and utilization of expert analysis and advise, the program achieves the quintessential win-win: it is good for physicians, hospitals, patients and their families.”

Current Position:

Vice Chair, Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation at Hillcrest Hospital, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, USA
Neuro-oncology, Spine Surgery, Stereotactic Radiosurgery

Education & Professional Highlights:

1981 B.A. Health and Society Major, Brown University, Rhode Island, USA

1985 M.D. University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

1988 Internship General Surgical Inter, Rhode Island Hospital, USA

1994 Residency Chief Resident, department of Neurosurgery, Rhode Island Hospital, USA

American Board of Neurological Surgeons-1997

Novalis Circle Expert since 2007

Vice President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), 2015 – 2016

First Female Chair of the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (CSNS)

Best Doctor Award – New York Magazine 

Top Doctor Award – Westchester Magazine

Castle Connolly Top Doctor

Communication language: English


Institution: Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Speciality: Neurosurgeon

Title: Vice Chair

Region: North America

Street: 6770 Mayfield Road

City: Mayfield Heights

State: OH

Zip: 44124

Office: (216) 636-5860


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