Department of Neurology

Severance Hall - Home of the Cleveland Orchestra



University Circle



One of the refreshing highlights of the Case Neurology Program is living in the Cleveland community and working within University Circle. Cleveland has all the academic, cultural and entertainment life of a large city while at the same time having affordable housing and a reasonable cost of living. This leads to the best of both worlds.

View of Downtown Cleveland from the RiverCleveland is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie. The central city has a population of 478,403, and the surrounding Cuyahoga county has a population of 1,364,000. University Hospitals serves an 8 county regional population of 2.9 million. There is a major, privately funded, development of the lakefront including the national Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei) and the Great Lakes History and Science Center. Gateway, a downtown sports and entertainment complex for major league baseball and basketball, ice hockey, exhibitions, and other entertainment, opened for the 1994 baseball season. A new football stadium opened in 1999.


Allen Memorial Medical LibraryCleveland has long been recognized as a world center for health care and medical research. The first cardiac defibrillation was performed at University Hospitals in 1947. MetroHealth Medical Center recently received the Foster G. McGraw Prize, given to the best public hospital in the country. The strength and size of the medical community supports the extensive, private Allen Memorial Medical Library, adjacent to the campus of University Hospitals and fully integrated into CWRU’s library information system. Industry also contributes to the strength of the medical community, with two major suppliers of neuro-imaging equipment based in the Cleveland area.


Cleveland Museum of Art in University CircleUniversity Circle is a 550-acre park-like campus shared by 40 educational, cultural, artistic, health care and social organizations, of which University Hospitals and CWRU are the largest contributors. Also in the Circle are The Cleveland Museum of Art—one of the nation’s most highly endowed art museums; The Cleveland Museum of Natural History—Ohio’s largest natural history museum; The Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum—the best collection of pre-1920 automobiles in existence; and the Cleveland Botanical Garden Center—an oasis exhibiting more than 3000 plants.  Several other colleges are located in the circle, including the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Art.


Cleveland offers a vast array of cultural attractions, entertainment, and social life. The city is home to the renowned Cleveland Orchestra, located across the street from University Hospitals in Severance Hall, recognized as an “acoustic masterpiece.” The downtown Playhouse Square Center draws nearly 1 million patrons annually to three magnificently restored theaters, making it the third largest theater district in the country. It also is home to the Cleveland Opera and DANCE Cleveland, the nation’s oldest modern dance association. The Cleveland Play House is the oldest non-profit professional theater in America.

Pony Rides provided by Dr. Cole, Emeritus Professor of Neurology, at the Annual Neurology Picnic at Squire Valleevue Farm - Click the Picture for Directions to the FarmThe Cleveland Metroparks system operates more than 19,000 acres of park land to create an Emerald Necklace surrounding the county. The Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area provides a further 33,000 acres of recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice-skating. The Cleveland Lakefront State Parks provide opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming and scuba diving. CWRU housestaff may use the resources of Squire Valleevue Farm, a private, park-like recreational area, used for many activities, such as picnics and, during the winter, sledding and cross-country skiing.

A 4,000 seat open air theater brings in nationally known entertainers throughout the season. Shoppers come to two large modern up-scale indoor retail centers in downtown Cleveland, the largest being Tower City Center, in the recently renovated Union Terminal Concourse, and the Galleria, located at E. 9th Street. Also located downtown is The Arcade, a restored 1890’s engineering marvel and a National Landmark, which was the first indoor shopping mall in the country.


Interested in major sports? - Cleveland is a real sports city. Enjoy the excitement of the 2016 NBA champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers, down at the Q Auditorium; spend an afternoon watching the Cleveland Indians in the beautiful Progressive Field Stadium; or in the fall, join the fans of the Cleveland Browns in the "dawg pound" at the end of the new lakefront stadium.

Jacobs Field - Home of the Cleveland IndiansCommunity Recreation abounds in the greater Cleveland areas. All of the nearby suburbs on the east side of Cleveland have skating rinks, pools and "aquatic centers", and lots of tennis courts, all at very reasonable prices. In addition, the suburban cities all have extensive recreation programs for all ages. Programs include soccer, basketball, baseball, hockey, swimming, figure skating and martial arts, among many other offerings.


Cleveland Metropark ZooFamily opportunities abound in Cleveland. The diverse industrial, commercial, and service economy of the region provide spouses and special others with a broad range of employment options. There are also rich educational resources with several colleges and universities in Greater Cleveland offering graduate and undergraduate degree programs in every field. The Cleveland area also boasts abundant affordable housing (for rental or purchase) with school districts recognized among the best nationally.

Family entertainment is plentiful and easily accessible. There are several theme parks within easy driving distance, including Cedar Point and Wildwater Kingdom. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has over 3,300 animals on display and a state-of-the-art 600-animal tropical Rain Forest exhibit. The Cleveland Children’s Museum is a unique facility encouraging hands-on exploration by kids. Professional sports include major league franchises in basketball, football, and baseball.

Air Force Thunderbirds at the 2007 Cleveland AirshowMajor annual events include the Cleveland Grand Prix auto races and the Cleveland National Air Show, each drawing over 100,000 spectators annually.

In contrast to many cities, the activities throughout Greater Cleveland are easily accessible. University Circle is a short (minutes) commute from safe, family neighborhoods. There is an extensive rapid transit system, including light rail service from University Circle and the eastern suburbs to Downtown and the airport.