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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Circumcision
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Urology
View all 5 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adrenal Tumors
  • Facts About Bladder Cancer
  • Growth Failure in Children with Kidney Disease
  • Hematuria
  • Hydrocele | Spermatocele
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Cysts, Simple
  • Kidney Infections
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Disease
  • Renal Failure
  • Testicular Cancer
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About Stuart Flechner, MD

Stuart M. Flechner, MD, is Director of Clinical Research in the Section of Renal Transplantation at Cleveland Clinic, and a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Flechner received a BA in zoology and his MD from the University of California at Los Angeles. After completing a residency in surgery and urology at Moffitt Hospital of the University of California, San Francisco, he did a fellowship in transplantation and renal vascular surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Flechner has held academic appointments in the Division of Organ Transplantation at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston, and in the Division of Transplantation at Stanford University School of Medicine. His academic interests include the medical and surgical management of renal transplant recipients, transplant biology and the development and application of new and innovative immunosuppressive agents. He has recently completed a sabbatical at Scripps Research Institute in California in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal Clinical Transplantation.

Dr. Flechner has authored more than 225 scientific articles, chapters and reviews, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Transplantation. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for 18 scientific journals in the fields of transplantation, surgery and urology. Current projects include the development of calcineurin-free immunosuppressive regimens and signature patterns of gene expression in transplanted kidneys in various stages of function.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Trans. & Renovascular Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - University of California, Moffitt Hospital
General Surgery
San Francisco, CA USA

Internship - University of California, Moffitt Hospital
General Surgery
San Francisco, CA USA

Medical School - University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA USA

Undergraduate - University of California-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA USA

Additional Training

  • Visiting Scientist, Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif.


  • Urology

Specialty Interests

Kidney (renal) transplantation, kidney cancer, renal failure, polycystic kidney disease, vascular disease, adrenal tumors, kidney cysts

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors, Cleveland magazine
  • Top Doctors in America
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Founding Secretary and Former President Urological Society of Transplantation and Renal Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 12/3/2017, Dr. Flechner 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

69 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

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

2 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2018

I was "visiting" care provider for a biopsy, so everything went as I thought it would, and as the care provider explained.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2017

did not have opportunity/time to discuss medical history regarding my current issue.

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