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 2/9/2019, 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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* 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

258 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
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

47 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Dr. Freeman is the best, only doctor I trust with my ears.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr. Freeman is great. I like he is no nonsense. He is wants to see what is what for himself. He looks at the records you brought, looks at the problem area for himself and makes a treatment plan A and plan B if it doesn't resolve with A, if and when to follow up then on your way you go. It is always one of the best ccf appointment experiences. You can schedule things after because you know he values your time and much you value his and you will be seen on time. In and out under an hour and on time to pick up kids from school. 5 stars !!

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Difficulty cleared up immediately!! Dr. Freeman is excellent!

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

I have already recommended several acquaintances who are having difficulty with hearing to Dr. Freeman.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

Dr. Freeman was very friendly, and genuinely listening to concerns, treating and explaining everything very nicely and respectfully. I would recommend him to others.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Dr. Freeman is a wonderful doctor and my experiences with him over the years have been excellent. The technician that tested me, Bernadette, was also very professional.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

Dr. Freeman has always been so good with Joey even though Joey can be difficult at times

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

I love Dr. Freeman and his staff. They give fantastic care. Highly recommend to family and friends.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Dr Freeman is an excellent doctor! I have felt so much better since getting my allergy injection!

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Doctor listened very carefully and respectfully.Answered question very meaningfully and respectfully. answered both my and my son's questions and remarks respectfully and in a very helpful manner. we were both very impressed

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

his exact words were "he's a baby. He's 15 months. He'll be fine." Threw his arms in the air shook his head rolled his eyes and walked out. I literally just wanted to cry I was so mad. He forced Bennett's head into my chest shoving a tongue depressor into his mouth. Bennett started crying obviously. Aubree (his sister, 2 years old) kept saying "what's he doing to Benny?!?!?" And dr.freeman looked at her and said "stop talking. What? Stop talking." Absolutely uncalled for. our appointment was for 9:15. I have two young children. I had them loaded into the car and was on the road by 9:19. I have never felt so uncared for and disrespected by someone let alone a doctor! I left the office in tears.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

I wasn't sure if the doctor was finished or not because he shook his head and walked out of the room. when I asked the nurse if he was done she said if he left the room I assume so and kept looking at her computer screen. it was absurd.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Dr. Freeman and his staff are outstanding

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

dr freeman told have me a diagnosis, however he offered no treatment. Im still not even sure if there is even a treatment available. he didn't explain this very well.

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

bad experience from the doctor

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

I have already recommended Dr. Freeman to my family and Nurse Practioner that I saw on Friday. (She had heard previously that he was good.)

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

Dr. was very tentative to my problem and explained everything really good.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Very good and efficient doctor. A pleasure being treated by him.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

never a bad experience with dr freeman

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

Dr. Freeman is the best! I have been going to him for years and dread the day he will retire.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

Dr. Freeman is very knowledgeable and kind. He was a wonderful way of listening and being engaged in the person. I recommend him to all my friends. Plus, his knowledge and understanding is above the rest!

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Dr. Freeman is kind, soft-spoken, and my child is "ok" with seeing him in the office. With children, this is most often half the battle and I thank you for the soft approach you took with my daughter.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

I would not recommend your practice because of the awful experience I had with Dr. Freeman.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

Dr. Freeman was amazing!!! I ended up needing surgery and he did an incredible job. I feel amazing now! He was so kind and attentive. I've recommended him to everyone I know.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

Dr. Freeman is very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable!!

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Dr. Freeman was very attentive to my concerns, and answers all my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

Dr. Freeman has a great demeanor, intellect, and really cared for me and getting an answer to my medical problem/disease.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

Dr. Friedman is skillful, wise, and an all-round fine doctor! Highly recommend.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Dr. Freeman is an excellent doctor...very professional and I would recommend him highly!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

Dr. Freeman always listens to my daughter and talks to her directly. We drive a long distance to see him specifically, and he never let's us down!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Dr. Freeman is an outstanding physician who I have been seeing for many years.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Dr. Freeman is excellent and so are the staff at the Westlake ENT office.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2019

I have the upmost respect for Dr. Freeman I wish all doctors everywhere could be as nice! He truly cares about his patients!

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019

*Dr. Freeman is patient, kind, and caring. We trust his medical advice. He's an asset to the Clinic System.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

Dr. Freeman is fantastic. He has been amazing to me over the years. I always recommend him to friends and family. A credit to CCF.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

Dr. Freeman is calm and caring. He gives practical, straight forward advice and is someone our family trusts.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

Dr Freeman is very patient when it comes to my 3 year old. I recommend him anytime somebody asks for a good ENT!

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

Dr Freeman is an excellent doctor and a super nice person.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

Dr. Freeman took the time to explain what the procedure was and I did not feel rushed when I asked questions. He was polite, thorough and very experienced.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

Dr Freeman was absolutely wonderful with both me and my son (who was nervous). Very patient and kind.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

dr. Freeman was very dismissive I thought. he didn't seem to want to hear my opinion about what I felt was going on. I don't believe I will see him again

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

Dr. Freeman is outstanding- a great listener and problem solver.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018

I don't remember the doctor telling me any problems I might experience after the medication wore off. I did have lots of sneezing, congestion and soreness in my nose for about a week. But he could have mentioned it and I'm fine.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2018

Dr. Freeman is extremely attentive, courteous, knowledgeable and friendly.

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

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