Michael Benninger, MD

216.444.6691

Michael Benninger, MD

Appointed: 2008

Michael Benninger, MD
Department: Head and Neck Institute
Institute Chair
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A71
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
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Michael Benninger, MD
Department: Otolaryngology
Location: Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
8701 Darrow Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087
WorkAppointment:330.888.4000
WorkFax:216.445.9409
Surgeon:
Yes
Treats:
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Michael S. Benninger is the Chairman of the Head and Neck Institute at The Cleveland Clinic and is a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The Head and Neck Institute comprise the specialties of Otolaryngology, Audiology, Speech and Language Sciences, Oral Surgery and Dentistry.

In addition to his work at the hospital, Dr. Benninger has been very involved in Regional, National and International medical organizations. He is the President of the American Laryngologic Association, the President-Elect of the International Association of Phonosurgery and a member of the Board of Directors of the Voice Foundation. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) for 12 years, having been a former Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Governors of that organization. He is also a Past-President of the American Rhinologic Society and the Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, which is the largest peer-reviewed journal in the world for that specialty. He has served on the Residency Review Committee for Otolaryngology and as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for WebMD. He is the Past-Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Sinus and Allergy Health Partnership.

Dr Benninger has authored or edited 6 books, including his most recent books, “The Performer’s Voice” and “The Singer’s Voice”. He has 2 additional books in press. He has also has written over 50 book chapters and over 170 scientific articles, focusing primarily on voice care and laryngology, nasal and sinus disease and health care management. He has lectured extensively across the country and throughout the world.

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Benninger received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  He completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Professional Highlights

  • President, American Laryngological Association, 2011-2012
  • President-Elect, International Association of Phonosurgery
  • President, American Rhinologic Society, 1997 – 1998
  • Editor-in-Chief, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 2000 – 2006
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, 1996 – 1997
    Vice-President, 1998 – 2000
    Board of Directors, 1995 – 2006
    American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, Henry Ford Medical Group, 2007
  • Treasurer, American Laryngological Association, 2007 – 2008
  • Board of Directors, Ear Nose and Throat Nursing Foundation, 2004-2005
  • President, Michigan Otolaryngological Society, 1995-1997
  • Board of Directors, The Voice Foundation, 1996-2012
  • Chairman, Sinus and Allergy Health Partnership, 2002-2004
  • Medical Advisory Board, WebMD, 1999-2002
  • Resident Review Committee for Otolaryngology, 1998-2003
  • Delegate, house of Delegates, American Medical Association, 1998-2002

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders
Cleveland, OH USA
1988
Internship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1985
Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1983
Undergraduate - Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA
1978

Certifications

  • Otolaryngology

Specialty Interests

disorders of voice, laryngology, nasal-sinus disease and surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Case Western Reserve University, 1983

    First Place, Resident Essay Award.  Benninger MS, Roberts JK, Tucker HM, Levine HL, Wood BG.  Squamous Cell  CA of the         Head and Neck in Patients 40 years of Age and Younger.  Northeast Ohio Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Society,          May, 1987

    First Place, Resident Essay Award.  Benninger MS, Levine HL, Sebek BA.  Mucosal Regeneration of the Maxillary Sinus After          Surgery. Northeast Ohio Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Society, April, 1988

    Honorable Mention, Maurice H. Cottle Honor Award, Mucosal Regeneration of the Maxillary Sinus After Surgery.

          American Rhinologic Society, 1988

    Physicians Recognition Award, American Medical Association, 1991

    Teaching Award, Osler Institute - Otolaryngology Review Course, 1992

    Teaching Award, Osler Institute - Otolaryngology Review Course, 1993

    Recognition of Innovation in Medical Management.  American College of Physician Executives, 1995

    Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 1996

    Excellence in Research Award for Clinicians, BCBSM Foundation, 1996

    President’s Award, Michigan State Medical Society, 1998

    Collegium Medicorum Theatri, 1999

    Golden Head Mirror Honor Award, “Meritorious Sharing in the Service of Rhinology”, American Rhinologic Society, 2000

    Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2001

    Richard D. Nichols Outstanding Residency Teaching Award, 2001

    Presidential Citation, American Rhinologic Society, 2004

    Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2008

    Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2008

    Special Recognition, The Ohio House of Representatives, 2009

    G. Paul Moore Lecturer, The Voice Foundation, 2009

     

    Citations Directory, Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans, 1990

    Citations Directory, Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans, 1991

    2000 Notable American Men.  The American Biographical Institute, 1991-1992

    Citations Directory, Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans, 1993

    2000 Notable American Men, American Biographical Institute, 1994-1995

    Best Doctors in America (Midwest Region), 1996-1997

    Strathmore’s Who’s Who Honored Member, 1998-1999

    Best Doctors in America, National 4th listing, 1998

    Best Doctors in Michigan, 1998

    National Register’s Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses, 1999

    Top Doctors, Center for the Study of Services Consumer’s Checkbook, 1999

    Strathmore’s Who’s Who Millennium Edition, 2000-2001

    Best Doctors in America, 2000

    Guide to Top Doctors, 2000

    Life Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who, 2001

    America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2001

    Honored Member of Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2001-2002 Edition

    Top Doctors, Guide to Top Doctors, Center for the Study of Services, 2002

    2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, 2002

    America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connelly, 2002

    International Scientist of the Year, International Biographical Centre, 2002

    Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2002-2003 Edition

    Who’s Who in the 21st Century, International Biographical Center, 2002

    Who’s Who in Executives and Business, Nationwide Register, 2002-2003

    Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century, 1st Edition, International Biographical Centre, 2002

    Top Doctors, Consumer’ Checkbook, Center for Study of Services, 2002

    2000 Eminent Scientists of Today, International Biographical Center, 2002

    Metro Detroit’s Best Doctors, Hour Magazine, 2002

    21st Century Award for Achievement, International Biographical Centre, 2002

    Marqui’s Who's Who in America 2003

    America’s Cosmetic Doctors and Dentists, Castle Connolly, 2003

    1000  Great Scientists, IBC, 2003

    International Man of the Year 2003, International Biographical Centre, 2003

    Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, National Register, 2003

    Top Doctors, Consumer’s Guide to Top Doctors, 2003

    Living Legends, International Biographical Centre, 2003

    America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2003

    Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who, 58th Edition, 2004

    Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, National Register, 2004-2005

    America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2004

    America’s Cosmetic Doctors and Dentists, Castle Connolly, 2004

    Best 100 Doctor’s, Hour Magazine, Detroit, August, 2004

    Best Doctor’s in Michigan, 2004

    Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who, 59th Edition, 2005

    America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2005

    Best 100 Doctor’s, Hour Magazine, Detroit, September, 2005

    2005 Man of Achievement Award, American Biographical Institute, 2005

    International Professional of the Year, International Biographical Centre, 2005

    Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. 2005-2006

    Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who, 60th Edition, 2006

    International Directory of Experts and Expertise, American Biographical Institute, 2006

    Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Marquis Who’s Who, 2006-2007

    Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals, Global Registry, 2006-2007

    Manchester Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals in Human Resources, 2005-2006

    International Health professional of the Year, International Biographical Centre, 2006

    Best Doctor’s, Best of U.S., 2007

    Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. 2007-2008

    Best Doctors, Hour Magazine, Detroit, 2007

    Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, 2008

    Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, 2009

    America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connelly, 2009

    America’s Top Physicians, Consumers’ Research Council of America, 2009

    Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who, 2010

    Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. 2009-2010

    Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who, 2011

    Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc, 2011-2012

    Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, 2010

    America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connelly, 2011

    America’s Top Physicians, Consumer’s Research council of America, 2011

    US News and World Report Top Doctors (Top 1%), 2011

Innovations & Patents

Microinstrumentation for laryngeal and vocal fold surgery

Memberships

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, 1988

    American College of Surgeons (Fellow, 1991)

    American Medical Association, 1983

    American Rhinologic Society (Member, 1989; Fellow, 1995)

    Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society, 1988

    Michigan State Medical Society, 1988

    Oakland County Medical Society, 1988

    Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1983

    Southeastern Michigan Voice Study Group, 1988-1993

    United States Medical Triathlon Association, 1989-1994


    Henry Ford Hospital Medical Association, 1989

    Voice Foundation, 1990

    Association of Otolaryngology Administrators, 1991

    International Association of Phonosurgeons, 1992

    Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 1992

    Northeastern Ohio Otolaryngologic Society - Honorary Member, 1993

    American College of Physician Executives, 1993

    Illinois Otolaryngologic - Ophthalmologic Society - Honorary Member, 1993

    Society of University Otolaryngologists, 1993

    American Head and Neck Society (formerly the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery) (Active Fellow) 1994

    The Triological Society (Fellow), 1998

    Colligium Medicorum Theatri, 1999

    American Laryngological Society (Active Fellow), 1999.

    American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Associate Member, 2003

    South African Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Honorary Member, 2010

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Trials
  • Entry-level Rhinology and Laryngology
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Nasal Endoscopy
  • General ENT
  • Head and neck reconstructive surgery
  • Laryngeal Electromyography
  • Laryngeal Framework Surgery
  • Laryngeal Function Assessment
  • Laryngeal Physiology
  • Laryngeal Sensory Testing
  • Laryngeal Videostroboscopy
  • Nasal Airway Surgery
  • Nose/nasal Surgery
  • Phonomicrosurgery
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Surgical Management Of Chronic Sinus Disease
  • Tracheostomy
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis Treatment
  • Voice And Larynx Surgery

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

  • Allergies
  • Chronic Cough
  • Cough
  • Difficulty with Vocal Range
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Hay Fever
  • Hoarseness
  • Immobile Vocal Folds
  • Laryngeal Stenosis
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal-Sinus Disease
  • Nose Or Nasal Problems
  • Paranasal Sinus Disease
  • Septal Deviation
  • Sinonasal Disease
  • Sinus Infections
  • Smell And Taste Disorder
  • Subglottic And Tracheal Stenosis
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Throat Problems
  • Throat Symptoms from Reflux
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Fatigue
  • Voice Disorders
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/11/2014, Dr. Benninger has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Benninger received fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Advanced Health Media, LLC.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

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  • English
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