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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

  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT)
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Chronic Ear Disease
  • Deviated Septum
  • Ear Infections (Otitis Media)
  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Problems
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Hay Fever
  • Headaches
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Mouth Lesions
  • Nasal Fractures
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nosebleed
  • Salivary Gland Diseases
  • Septal Perforation
  • Sinonasal Disease
  • Sinus Infections
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring
  • Throat Symptoms from Reflux
  • Tongue Tie
  • Tonsil and Adenoid Problems
  • Tonsillitis
View all 23 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.

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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As of 6/22/2023, 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

252 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

52 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

I've already highly complimented Dr. Richard Freeman and now also Dr. David Drenan to others.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

I already have recommended Dr. Richard Freeman to others & praised Cleveland Clinics fine services to me. I live an hour + away but will drive the distance for Dr. Freeman's services.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr. Freeman is a special doctor. He's an asset to the CCF.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr Freeman is amazing. Very knowledgeable and treats with care and compassion. A+

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr Freeman is amazing, discussed all the options and started the least invasive. His beside manner is truly one one of care and compassion..

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

The provider was in the room for less than 5 minutes. He was kind but very brief. Did not explain or educate on possible concerns or options.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Dr. Freeman and his staff are the best!

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Dr. Freeman is one of the best doctors at CCF. He's knowledgeable and thorough. He listened to my concerns.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

I have always had good experience with Dr. Freeman and his staff.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2023

Dr. Freeman was incredible. I had such a great experience with him! He has a "people first" philosophy and it shows. His patience and listening skills were unmatched. I also did not feel rushed or hurried at all. I loved that he didn't rush to take notes or provide feedback instantly, too. He truly listened and you can tell that he leads with empathy. Thank you!

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Dr was great! Very kind, gave great advice, and even pointed me to a different Dr.that would be a better fit for my daughter.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

I love how he spoke with my daughter and helped her understand what he was doing as he examined her and allowed her to be comfortable and let him examine her no issues.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Wonderful experience from Dr. Freeman to the fantastic staff.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

Dr. Freeman is everything a doctor should be. He knows his stuff, gives your condition thought, asks questions, and he actually listens and cares.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Dr Freeman has always provided outstanding care and service

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. Freeman's office staff and nurses were so quick with addressing my needs.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. Freeman is a kind and caring doctor. He listens to my concerns and provides the help I need to feel better.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

The staff worked so well together from my initial call to doctor visit to providing follow-up information quickly so I could get what I needed to feel better.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr.Freeman is kind,caring and very knowledgeable.Really like him.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

I really liked him and the way he helped me. I would and have recommended him.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

Staff was great , dr freeman was not. Appointment's are difficult to get within reasonable amount of time

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Freeman is a knowledgeable and kind doctor. He listens to my concerns/ symptoms and has a treatment plan ready to help. In addition, he was also very kind to my children, spoke to them and gave them a sucker.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Very happy to meet an Ear Nose Throat Dr. However it's sad he's up in yrs. Hope the Clinic finds another thorough Physician who loves his craft as well as He is.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Ashley that works for Doctor Richard was great and Dr Richard is one of the nicest actors ever met definitely a caring person

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023


Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Dr Freeman is OUTSTANDING!!

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Best doctor I've been to in a long time. Excellent!!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Good doctors

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

Dr. Freeman is the best. Been going to him for years and always been happy with him. And he is very personable, concerned and caring ..... Which is what a lot of CCF doctors totally lack in their practice.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

Treatment was very good at the actual doctors office.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

He problem is accessing the doctor office.

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Dr Freeman took the time to talk with me about my ears and then asked questions about my career, which I loved! He sat and we discussed my upcoming retirement and what my plans were after I retired. It meant a lot

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Dr freeman is great! I always recommend him to anybody in search of an ENT. He has been my daughters dr for the last 6 years and she enjoys seeing him too, which says a lot because she is usually very nervous and shy at the Drs office.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

The audiologist that helped us was very friendly and welcoming. She had a beautiful smile that I could tell made Keira feel comfortable. It was SO nice to have her appt and walk over to see Dr freeman immediately after. Couldn't have had a better experience

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

Dr Freeman has always been very professional and always listening to what I say.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

Fantastic experience. From staff to Dr. Freeman. Courteous and professional.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

Never any bad experiences since seeing Dr. Freeman and staff.

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

I will tell everyone they need Dr Freeman care when needing a ENT doc

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Excellent team in that office with Doctor Freeman

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2023

Dr. Freeman provided me with excellent care and listened intently to my concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Dr Freeman is the best.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

He's the best.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr Freeman is exceptional He was able to diagnose my problems within minutes. I had been working on trying to cure myself for a year.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

I was delighted to get an appointment with Dr. Freeman with such expediency!

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

Dr Freeman was amazing.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Dr. Freeman is a very caring, professional physician.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

Dr Freeman did a great job taking care of my issue.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

Dr Freeman is thoughtful and attentive. He earns trust and confidence.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

Dr Freeman was very efficient and kind. I enjoyed meeting him!

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

The staff and Dr Freeman provided me with exceptional care.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr. Freeman and everyone in his office was efficient, friendly, and let me know I was in very competent hands. The staff was engaging and personable. I felt comfortable with the information about the hearing test that Dr. Freeman relayed, which confirmed my own beliefs that hearing aids were not necessary at this point.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

I have been a patient of Dr. Freeman's since he first started in practicelong before he was a Cleveland Clinic provider. I've always found his caring nature, his concerns for my well-being, and his expertise relative to any ENT issues to be a reason to seek him out for my (and my family's) health care needs.

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