Department Otolaryngology
Primary Location Westlake Medical Campus Building A
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult General Otolaryngology
  • Ear Tubes
  • Ear Wax Removal
  • General ENT
  • General Otolaryngology
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nose/nasal Surgery
  • Otology (external and middle ear - no inner ear)
  • Parotidectomy
  • Pediatric and Adult Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric General Otolaryngology
  • Septoplasty
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Surgery For Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tracheostomy
  • Voice And Larynx Surgery
View all 17 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adult and Pediatric ENT Problems
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic Ear Disease
  • Ear Infections (Otitis Media)
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Hay Fever
  • Headaches
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Mouth Lesions
  • Nasal Fractures
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nosebleed
  • Parotid Tumors
  • Pediatric Thyroid Masses
  • Salivary Gland Diseases
  • Septal Deviation
  • Septal Perforation
  • Sinonasal Disease
  • Sinus Infections
  • Sinus, Sleep, Salivary Gland Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring
  • Throat Symptoms from Reflux
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tongue Tie
  • Tonsil And Adenoid Problems
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Voice Disorders
View all 32 Specialties +


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About Richard Freeman, MD, PhD

Richard Freeman, Ph.D., MD, is a Staff Member in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Westlake Family Health Center and is on staff at the Head and Neck Institute. Dr. Freeman is also Division Chief of Otolaryngology at Lakewood Hospital. His specialty interests include general otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and sinonasal disease.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic in 1997, he was an E.N.T. in private practice with Head & Neck Surgery Associates in Lakewood, Ohio. Dr. Freeman earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery and otolaryngology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., where he was also Chief Resident and Fellow.
He is a diplomate with the American Board of Otolaryngology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Freeman is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the Northeast Ohio Otolaryngological and Head and Neck Surgery Society. He has several publications on topics such as voice preservation in the treatment of carcinoma of the sinus, carcinoma of the larynx and cancers of the supraglottis and pyriform sinus, among others.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, MO USA

Internship - Barnes-Jewish Hospital
General Surgery
St. Louis, MO USA

Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Ohio University
Athens, OH USA


  • Otolaryngology

Specialty Interests

adult and pediatric general otolaryngology, Cholesteatoma, chronic ear disease, disorders of voice, general otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, Sinonasal Disease

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 2/5/2018, Dr. Freeman 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

234 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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

Dr & staff were GREAT

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

Great job by staff and doctor!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2018

dr freeman is such a caring person and takes his time talking to you and explaining things

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018

Outstanding experience. Dr Freeman is a very knowledgeable and competent physician.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018

the doctor and everyone in the office they are exceptional my favorite place to go

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018

I had an issue with my ears that multiple providers were unable to resolve but whic Dr. Freeman was able to treat effectively.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2018

old time physician. looked at me while I answered. I was more important than the computer. very refreshing

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2018

I just had plugged ear which only took 5 mins for the doctor to treat yet I could not get an appt the day I called since I could not talk with the doctor's receptionist but was put through to general scheduling at the Cleveland Clinic and first available appt came up for late in the following day. If I could have spoken directly to the doctor or his immediate receptionist I felt I could have been fit it the day I called for a quick visit to unplug my ear!

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2018

The doctor was not helpful or sympathetic to my problem of chronic balance difficulty. Wanted to do tests which would be annoying and probably not helpful to a DX. He was not interested in treating or working with my problem even on a trial basis i.e. use of medication and follow-up to determine if symptoms improved. I am too old (76 years to go through annoying Vestibular tests i.e. Rotatory Chair etc. The doctor was definitely not interested in helping me or having the patience to work through my problem!

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2018

Very nice office, staff was very pleasant. Dr. Freeman was most helpful, I was apprehensive about the visit and he was wonderful...made me very at ease.. If I need to have that procedure again, would definitely see him.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2018

Dr. Freeman was excellent! the office is very efficient!

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2018

Dr. Freeman and all the members of his staff are always pleasant, knowledgeable, attentive and caring.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2018

Everything went as expected, much better than getting an appointment with another Clinic doctor I see that took about eight months.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2018

One of the best!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2018

I felt provider used sloppy testing technique. I know my hearing in test was much worse in right ear than left, yet audiologist's results indicated nearly identical results in both ears.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2018

I asked the audiologist why she was not using the button on the machine to record when I heard the tones, she said she didn't it, that it could stick. I'm sorry, but if your equipment isn't 100%, get if fixed. She had me say, "yes" instead, _____ could be very subjective!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2018

Doctor Freeman developed a very workable game plan for me. If my illness occurs again, he has instructions for his staff to give me an immediate appointment.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2018

Dr. Freeman took care of my problem promptly and compassionately.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2017

Dr. Freeman is the best. We've been seeing him for years and he is thorough and kind and speaks to both my son and myself with ease, understanding and respect.

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