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Department Family Medicine
Primary Location South Pointe Hospital Medical Office Building
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Men's Health
  • Prevention And Wellness
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Primary Care
View all 1 Specialties +
Insurance

Insurance

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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2011

Education & Fellowships

Medical Education - University of Illinois at Chicago Hospitals
Family Medicine Research
Chicago, IL USA
2006

Residency - Bryn Mawr Hospital
Family Medicine
Bryn Mawr, PA USA
2004

Internship - State University of New York Upstate Medical Center
General Surgery
Syracuse, NY USA
2001

Medical Education - Thomas Jefferson University Medical College
Philadelphia, PA USA
2000

Graduate School - Boston University / Boston University Medical Center
Boston, MA USA
1994

Undergraduate - Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY USA
1991

Certifications

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Family Medicine
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 8/12/2021, Dr. Bales 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.

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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

99 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Great doctor! Always gives me advice and always takes the time to talk to me

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Dr. Bales is fantastic. He takes the time to listen and analyze prior to making a diagnosis and recommendation. He is straight forward with options. Dr. Bales is very easy to connect. He makes you truly feel like you are the most important priority for him during the appointment.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

As a working professional, I appreciate those that stand out in their field. Always appreciate the level of care and knowledge from Dr. Bales.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Dr Bales is awesome.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

The staff working with Dr Robert Bales has always done a great job getting me appointments when I need to see him, even when I drop the ball they always accommodate me to the best of their ability.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

Dr Robert Bales is wonderful. I've been seeing doctors since I was 13 years old at the Cleveland Clinic, I'm 35 now. I've seen many doctors in my life. Dr Bales is by far the best, most experienced, compassionate doctor I've known. In fact, I'm his longest running patient since he started with the Clinic. I've seen him monthly for ten years now and I couldn't be happier. I can trust Dr Bales with anything and I'll continue to see him until the day he retires. I've recommended many people to him and will continue to do so. The Cleveland Clinic is fortunate to have Dr Bales on their staff. On a scale 0-10 he breaks the scale at a 20.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

this is first time in seven years I've had a problem in either in person or virtual so I know how sometimes things don't work right appointment more on the technology than anything else so I am 100% satisfied with the quality performance especially Dr. Bales he has a AAA plus rating in my book he is the best At what he does.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Dr Bales is an exceptional provider! I always feel like he listens, has my best medical interest in mind & is very kind.

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

I think Dr. Bales is the best PCP I have had. Visits are always top-notch.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2020

good dr. knowledgeable

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

Dr. Bales is one of the most outstanding Providers who has ever cared for me, and I have lived all over the world. He takes a personal interest in every patient and is extremely positive and thorough.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

I would recommend Dr. Bales to friends and family for special care.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Dr Bales Is Vary Caring And Addressed all Of My Concerns!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Dr. Bales is outstanding in every regard. His current staff needs a lot of improvement.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

doctor Bales is a great doctor. I'm glad I have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

I've been with doctor Bales for many years I love him and would never leave

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