Dr. Edward Benzel, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic, is an internationally recognized thought leader in spine surgery and biomechanics. His clinical interests include cervical spondylosis, syringomyelia, complex spine instrumentation, and spine tumors. He has authored multiple textbooks in the field of spine care, in addition to several co-authored and edited texts and more than 370 chapters. In addition, Dr. Benzel has published over 250 refereed manuscripts. Besides publishing research, Dr. Benzel is frequently invited as a visiting professor, speaker, and faculty instructor at hospitals, universities, and major national and international medical meetings.
While Dr. Benzel holds multiple patents and has participated in many medical advances, he is perhaps best known as an educator. He started and directed the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program and the Spine Fellowship Programs at the University of New Mexico, and has been instrumental in the development and success of these programs at the Cleveland Clinic. His innovations in Neurosurgery Resident Education have won accolades and numerous awards. In February 2011, Dr. Benzel was chosen to receive the Paul C. Bucy Award for his exemplary efforts offering educational opportunities to his fellow neurosurgeons. He was selected as the Honored Guest at the Congress of Neurological Surgeons 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston MA. In 2015, Benzel was further honored to receive the Meritorious Award in Neurosurgery from the AANS/CNS Section on Spinal Disorders and Peripheral Nerves at their Annual Meeting in Phoenix AZ.