Edmund Sabanegh, MD

Department Urology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Circumcision
  • Cystoscopy
  • Prostate Biopsy
  • Section of Fertility
  • TURP (Transurethral Resection of The Prostate)
  • Urologic Microsurgery
  • Urology
  • Vasectomy
  • Vasectomy Reversal
View all 9 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Enlarged Prostate/Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Hematuria
  • Hydrocele | Spermatocele
  • Hydrocele Hernia
  • Hypogonadism
  • Infertility (male)
  • Klinefelter Syndrome
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Disease
  • Varicocele
View all 11 Specialties +


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About Edmund Sabanegh, MD

Edmund S. Sabanegh, Jr., MD, is Chairman of the Department of Urology and Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He serves in a number of areas of leadership at Cleveland Clinic including the Board of Governors, Strategic Advisory Council, Financial Planning Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute. He is Director of the Center for Male Fertility at Cleveland Clinic.  Dr. Sabanegh earned a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Chemical Engineering at Princeton University, and he received his medical degree from the University of Virginia College of Medicine in 1985. He performed his urology residency at Wilford Hall Air Force Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. In 1994, he completed an infertility/microsurgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Following that, he returned to San Antonio, Texas, where he served in the United States Air Force until 2006. In 2006, Dr. Sabanegh returned to Cleveland and joined the Department of Urology at Cleveland Clinic.  Under his chairmanship, the Department of Urology was rated as the number one urology program in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report annual survey.

His surgical interests include microsurgical reconstruction of the male reproductive tract and advanced sperm harvest techniques. His research interests include complex reconstructions for obstruction of the reproductive tract, fertility preservation in cancer patients, varicoceles and environmental influences on fertility. 

Dr. Sabanegh has published more than 100 scientific articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and has authored a textbook entitled "Male Infertility - Problems and Solutions".  

Dr. Sabanegh is board-certified by the American Board of Urology. He is a past Chief Consultant for the Surgeon General of the United States Air Force. He holds active membership in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Urologic Association and the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction and Urology. He is Assistant Editor for UROLOGY and has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Andrology, Journal of Urology, British Journal of Urology and Fertility and Sterility.   He has been recognized with listings in America's Top Doctors (Castle Connolly), "Best Doctors in America" and Best Doctors by Cleveland Magazine.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Male Infertility
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Wilford Hall Medical Center
Lackland AFB, TX USA

Internship - Wilford Hall Medical Center
General Surgery
Lackland AFB, TX USA

Medical School - University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA USA

Undergraduate - Princeton University
Princeton, NJ USA

Additional Training

  • Summa Cum Laude, BSE in chemical engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., 1981

Professional Highlights

  • Associate Editor, UROLOGY Journal


  • Urology

Specialty Interests

Male and female fertility (infertility), urologic microsurgery, Klinefelter Syndrome, varicoceles, kidney stones, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), vasectomy, vasectomy reversal

Awards & Honors

  • Risman Research Award
  • America's Top Doctors (Castle Connolly)
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Top Doctors in Cleveland (Cleveland Magazine)
  • Legion of Merit Award, U.S. Air Force


  • American Urological Association
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • Society of Reproductive Surgeons
  • American Society of Andrology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/31/2016, Dr. Sabanegh 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

1 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2016

Excellent service.

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