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

Treatment & Services

  • Circumcision
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Screening and Testing
  • Urology
  • Vasectomy
View all 6 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Benign Prostatic Enlargement (BPH)
  • Elevated PSA
  • Growth Failure in Children with Kidney Disease
  • Hematuria
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Disease
  • Urinary Tract Infection
View all 10 Specialties +


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About Charles Modlin, MD, MBA

Charles Modlin, MD, FACS, is a Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Urologist and Founder and Director of the Minority Men’s Health Center of Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological Institute and is Executive Director of Minority Health for Cleveland Clinic.

In 1983, Dr. Modlin graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., with a degree in chemistry. He received his medical school education at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, graduating in 1987. He the moved to New York City, where he completed a six-year residency in urological surgery at New York University in 1993. He came to Cleveland in 1993, where he completed a three-year fellowship in basic science transplant immunology and clinical renovascular and renal transplantation surgery. In 1996, he joined the Staff of Cleveland Clinic's Urological Institute with a joint staff appointment within the Transplant Center. He has authored scientific publications and presented scientific research at national meetings. 

Dr. Modlin is not only the sole African American transplant surgeon in Northeastern Ohio, but he represents one of only 17 African American transplant surgeons in the entire United States.

A special area of interest of Dr. Modlin is the issue of healthcare disparities experienced by minority patients in the United States. Minority patients suffer a disproportionate burden of disease in many areas, such as prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and need for kidney transplantation. To this end, Dr. Modlin has developed a dedicated Minority Men’s Health Center and Center for Health Equity at Cleveland Clinic. The center conducts dedicated research into elimination of minority healthcare disparities and provides community outreach as well as direct patient care and public education to minority patients.

Dr. Modlin is board-certified in urology and a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Transplantation, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Urological Association and the Urologic Society of Transplantation and Vascular Surgery. He is Chair of the MOTTEP of Cleveland Education and Medical Advisory Board. He also serves as an elected member of the Northwestern University Medical School Alumni National Board. He is Chair of the Cleveland NAACP Health Committee and Chairs the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland Health Committee.

Some of Dr. Modlins’ honors and notoriety include the 2006 Ohio Commission on Minority Health Leadership Award, Humanitarian Award from the Kappa Fraternity, 2006 National Physician of the Year Award from the National Technical Association, an Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University in recognition of his professional accomplishments and honor to his alma mater, several community leadership and service recognitions/awards and appearances on Cleveland television and radio newscasts, among others. He was one of the first inductees of Who’s Who in Black Cleveland and has received two proclamations from Cleveland City Council and the Cleveland Mayor for his outstanding community outreach to the minority community and mentorship to children. He sits on and holds offices on several boards including the National Medical Association, Cleveland NAACP, 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, the Shaker Schools Foundation, Bellflower Center for Child Abuse, and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland. He has also been recognized as a national leader and spokesman for the elimination of health disparities.

Dr. Modlin has held positions on the United Network of Organ Sharing Minority Affairs Committee and was the UNOS Representative from the National Medical Association. Other professional highlights include receiving the Cleveland Greater Cleveland Partnership MLK Community Service Award in 2007, the MOTTEP Man of the Year Award in 2000 and named one of Cleveland's 100 Most Influential by the Call & Post newspaper and in 2011 he was listed as one of America's Top 21 Outstanding Black Doctors.  

On the home front, he is married and is the father of four children. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Renal Transplantation
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - New York University Medical Center
New York, NY USA

Residency - New York University Medical Center
New York, NY USA

Medical Education - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - Northwestern University
Evanston, IL USA

Graduate School - Ashford University
Clinton, IA USA

Professional Highlights

  • Director, Minority Men's Health Center, Cleveland Clinic
  • Appointed by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, 2007
  • Appointed by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to the Ohio Commission on African American Males, 2007
  • SCLC Physician of the Year Award, 2007
  • National Technical Association 2006 Physician of the Year Award
  • 2011 Ranking in the Top 21 Outstanding Black Doctor's in America, By the Atlanta Post


  • Urology

Specialty Interests

Kidney (renal) transplantation, kidney (renal) cancer, minority healthcare initiatives, prostate cancer, hematuria, enlarged prostate/benign prostatic hyperplasia, elevated PSA

Awards & Honors

  • Director, Minority Men's Health Center, Cleveland Clinic
  • National Technical Association 2006 Physician of the Year Award
  • Cleveland Greater Cleveland Partnership MLK Community Service Award, 2007
  • SCLC Physician of the Year Award, 2007
  • MOTTEP Man of the Year Award, 2000
  • Ohio Commission on Minority Health Leadership Award, 2006
  • Appointed by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, 2007
  • Appointed by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to the Ohio Commission on African American Males, 2007
  • Cleveland's 100 Most Influential, Call & Post newspaper, 2007
  • Most Interesting Personalities, Who's Who in Black Cleveland, 2004
  • Most Influential, Who's Who in Black Cleveland, 2005 – 2008

Innovations & Patents

  • Innovative Patient Health Literacy and Community Clinical Outreach Initiatives to Promote Preventive Health Screenings in Minority Communities


  • American Urological Association
    United Network of Organ Sharing Minority Affairs Committee
    UNOS Representative from the National Medical Association
  • National Medical Association
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons
  • American Transplant Congress
  • Urological Society for Transplantation and Vascular 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 9/17/2019, Dr. Modlin 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

104 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

9 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

we have not had any issues whatsoever with the process of being able to get in touch with the Doctor

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

I traveled from Tampa Fl to use your Clinic due to Dr Modlin professionalism and respect for me as a patient

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

Great Dr., I totally enjoy my visits with this physician and face it, no one has reason to enjoy a Dr. visit. He is open, honest and easy to speak with.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

Dr. Modlin is very concerned about my health and calls me back when I have questions or concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019

With no exaggeration, the best physician of any kind that I have ever had the pleasure to see. I recommend him highly to anyone who needs to see a specialist in his area.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019

The doctor was very attentive to my needs & very helpful . The medical staff was kind and courteous

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Dr modlin explains things in a way that you can understand. He also listens to you. He is one of the best doctors that I have encountered at the Clinic in the 40 years that I have been a patient of the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

I believe all went very well so far, and, I am very much looking forward to my surgery with Dr. Modlin. I am impressed at both his serious, and focused, yet kind approach and sensitive approach to my issues. Thank you for the opportunity to submit.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

Dr. Modlin and his staff were excellent. i'd definitely recommend this high-quality physician, who also has a warm and friendly personality.

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