Senior Advisory Panel

Edward C. Benzel, MD

Edward C. Benzel, MD


Edward C. Benzel, MD, is Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery and Director, Center for Spine Health, at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Benzel’s major clinical interests embrace many aspects of neurosurgery, but are focused on spinal disorders including cervical spondylosis, syringomyelia and Chiari malformation, complex spine instrumentation, and spine tumors. Clinical research has encompassed such issues as hydrocephalus, neonatal hemorrhage, cerebrovascular disorders, cranial trauma, critical care, brain death, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and of course, spinal disorders.

He has been actively involved in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Association of Neurological Surgery, North American Spine Society (NASS), and Cervical Spine Research Society. He serves on numerous committees, and in different positions on the Board of Directors of the various societies. Dr. Benzel just recently completed his tenure as Chairman of the World Spine Society (WSS), whose mission is to “improve spine health worldwide.”

Dr. Benzel holds multiple patents and has participated in many medical advances. He is perhaps best known as an educator. He directed the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program, and the Spine Fellowship Programs at the University of New Mexico, and later at the Cleveland Clinic. He was Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico and then at the Cleveland Clinic.  He is now the Emeritus Chair of Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic.  His innovations in Neurosurgery Resident Education has won accolades and numerous awards.