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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 Medical Campus and is on staff at the Head & Neck Institute. 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 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 Education - 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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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 3/11/2021, 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.

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

210 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

The appointment was informative and I trusted the doctors advice and the procedure

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

I got lucky and got a cancellation appointment two weeks earlier than expected. I had ear blockage and could hardly hear and needed to see someone sooner than a month. As stated above, I got an earlier appt as someone cancelled.The visit to Dr. Freeman was on time, quick, and very efficient.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

I've always been pleased with Dr. Freeman and his office personnel.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Dr. Richard Freeman is through and empathetic. Such a caring doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Thank you to Dr. Freeman and all of the staff. Dr. Freeman is the best and I am grateful to be his patient.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Dr Freeman was attentive and took action to correct the problem in the same day!

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

Dr Freeman always listens and then explains everything he needs to do at the time of the appt for me.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

Dr. Freeman was absolutely outstanding in his ability to make my anxious child feel comfortable and engaged in the appointment. He patiently answered all of my questions and as a parent and made me feel that his office is a safe and welcoming place for families and children.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

Dr Freeman was great, his treatment was excellent:

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

This entire circle of docs is beyond compare. He was on the same page as my primary surgeon Dr Scharf. It is doubtful there is better physician talent for my case on the planet.

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

We loved the surgeon who performed her tonsillectomy, Dr. Fine, but were not pleased with the doctor she saw for her follow-up who prescribed 7 days of Oxycontin to a 19 year old who was already 7 days post surgery.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Excellent visit. Dr. Freeman listen, then gave me his opinion and recommendation, explaining his reasoning and confirmed with a quick check.

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

always recommend Dr. Freeman when someone is looking for an ENT

Reviewed on May 11, 2021


Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Dr. Freeman is a caring doctor that is concerned about his patients. He took the time to help my daughter with her ear condition and found the problem and expedited her situation to make sure her condition was cared for appropriately. I am grateful to him for helping my daughter with her ear issue.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Love Doc Freeman and his staff! Friendly, professional and effective.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Every visit to Dr. Freeman is a pleasure from start to finish.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

dr Freeman was wonderful! his personality put my son at ease immediately. I genuinely enjoyed his kind nature and his ability to calm my son with his funny jokes. CCF do what you need to keep him! He is a keeper!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

already recommended Dr Freeman

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

I love going to Dr. Freeman, he puts you at ease when taking care of very friendly & mostly, is gentle while caring for my ears.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

I would definitely recommend Dr. Freeman in a heartbeat.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Dr. Freeman assisted me in securing an apptmt with audiologist. I was very pleased.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

I wish all my physicians were as professional, caring, and compassionate as Dr. Freeman.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

I dig this doctor he is the best ENT doctor I ever had!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

excellent doctor, excellent staff

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Dr Freeman's staff is very professional and always going out of their way to accommodate my schedule to secure an appointment.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

I would recommend Dr. Freeman and his staff to anyone needing help from a ENT.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

Dr. Freeman is absolutely wonderful. He is truly concerned for you both as a patient and a person. He quickly diagnosed my condition and thoroughly explained and put into place a plan of correction. I would recommend this Doctor to anyone who needs an ENT.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Dr. Freeman, the staff and appointment were very good and cured my ear condition. The CCF does a fantastic job. Thanks

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Dr Freeman is very professional and caring person. Diagnosed my issue and took care of it immediately. The staff was very efficient and friendly. I have already scheduled my next appointment.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Dr. Freeman has to be the kindest person. He listens and is empathetic. So knowledgeable, too.I recommend him to everyone!

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Dr Freeman is simply outstanding in every way.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Dr Freeman and staff always provide great care. thank you

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Always a first rate experience with Dr. Freeman.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

dr. Freeman is one of the best doctors in the world very kind and considerate I wish there were more like him

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Efficient staff and wonderful diagnosis by Dr. Freeman.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr Freeman is the best doctor and I highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

This Dr. was a true professional. As soon as I told him I read lips , he pulled his mask down and kept a distance. Very respectful, patient, and very, very, nice! I was in awe at his professionalism.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Dr. Freeman was very helpful!

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Dr. Freeman went out of his way to address the problem

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