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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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As of 3/21/2022, 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

240 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

49 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

I have been a patient of Dr Freeman for many years.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

DR FREEMAN IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST PHYSICIAN I HAVE EVER COME IN CONTACT WITH. HIS CARING NATURE AND PERFECT BEDSIDE MANNER SHOULD BE REVERED AND ADAPTED BY ALL CARE PROVIDERS!! He always makes you feel comfortable and takes the BEST care of you as a human not a number. And he's SO KIND!! I cannot say enough about this angel of a man.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Dr. Freeman always show great concern for me.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

I was there for an ear cleaning. I didn't need any treatment plan. Dr. Freeman is always concerned about my comfort as he is doing the cleaning.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Dr. Freeman was fantastic!

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

I was so lucky to get an appointment the same day and Dr. Freeman was very kind and put me at ease,

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Dr. Freeman and Susan the Audiologist are EXCELLENT!

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022


Reviewed on Jul 7, 2022

Dr.Freeman ENT is the very BEST. Superior clinician and expert. Very skilled, professional and knowledgeable. Thank you!!! He took care of my daughter so well and explained everything!

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Dr. Freeman has been one of the best physicians I've ever dealt with. He's easy to talk to..listens and gives you the time you need.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Excellent Doctor - Excellent staff

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2022

Dr Freeman was great. We discussed my problem and he answered questions I had. He told my I feel like I do and gave me different medication schedule. He is the first Dr that how bad my acid reflux is and all the problems it has caused me.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2022

Dr. Freeman is a caring, gentle and wonderful doctor. He is so easy to talk to.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Dr Freeman is always friendly and answers any questions we may have. I would definitely recommend him.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Referrals are important, that's how we met Dr Freeman, by referral.

Reviewed on May 24, 2022

Dr. Freeman is a highly trained surgical subspecialist. Beyond his competence, what distinguishes him is his remarkable humility.

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Dr. Freeman was amazing! I was terrified that I had cancer and frightened of the procedure and he made me feel completely relaxed and took my anxiety away. I loved him!! He is awesome!

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Dr Freeman is professional. Personal and thorough.

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Superior service by Dr Freeman

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Dr. Freeman had a very good bedside manner. Highly recommend

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Dr Freeman is wonderful!

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Great experience - Dr Freeman was able to add me on at short notice and has an excellent bedside manner.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

Dr Freeman is exceptional. He is warm, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. Wish I could see him for all health issues!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Top notch staff and provider!

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Dr. Freeman is one of the best Doctor's I have visited at the Clinic. His patient skills are phenomenal and he truly shows interest and concern for his patients.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

Dr Freeman is kind, knowledgeable and an excellent ENT Doc I hope he doesn't retire any time soon.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2022

Very good experience. Dr Freeman and staff are caring, listened to my concerns and completed care in one visit. I highly recommend this practice.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

What can say the dr. Is the best ENT I EVER HAD HE IS THE BEST EVER!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2022

Dr. Freeman was an absolute pleasure to meet and take care of me. He was so friendly, open and forthcoming with information. He alleviated all my concerns during my exam. Just a wonderful doctor!!!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Dr.Freeman and Bonnie are so kind and helpful!

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

Dr. Freeman always takes the time to listen me explain how I am feeling. Then he diagnoses my problem quickly and provides me with whatever prescription I may or may not need.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Dr. Freeman was very professional but still pleasant to my wife and I. Identifying the problem and correcting it took less than 10 minutes.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

Dr. Freeman is wonderful. He's thorough, extremely knowledgeable, and kind. I know I'm getting the best treatment available, when he treats me.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

I always recommend Dr. Freeman.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2022

Dr. Freeman is wonderful. He has taken top class care of me for many years. I am very grateful to him and his entire staff - nursing and admin. My wait time was almost nothing and I really appreciate that. Thank you!!!

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Dr Freeman is awesome! Always on time.Explains everything, ask if we have questions.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

I love Dr.Freeman and his team! He has been my ENT specialist for more than 25 years!

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

This was an urgent first time visit. I am so very grateful that I was able to obtain a same day appointment and appreciate Dr. Freenan's appreciation of my concerns and his professional and skill response to resolve my problem. Many thanks.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Dr. Freeman takes the time to listen to my concerns about my issue. He makes the patient feel good about the visit.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Dr freeman is very professional and made me very comfortable. I will return to him if needed.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Dr. Freeman made me feel like I was not rushed. He listened and understood how my medical condition was affecting my personal life. I really liked his bedside manor.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

The call to Dr. Freeman's office was answered promptly and the receptionist was very helpful in setting the appointment.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Dr. Freeman was very upbeat, informative and allayed my fears about my right ear.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

I had an excellent experience at the Clinic and with Dr. Freeman.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

The doctor was extremely prompt. I was called back several minutes before my actual appointment time and the doctor himself was in the room very quickly. That is rare these days and he clearly valued my time as much as his. Could not recommend him enough!

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Dr Freeman was very kind and listened to all my concerns. He actually thanked me for coming to see him!

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

I first saw Dr. Freeman as a five year old and I am thrilled he is still practicing. He has such a kind and generous heart and I trust him completely.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Always am satisfied with the care given to me by Dr Freeman

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Dr. Richard Freeman is a very knowledgeable, compassionate and attentive ENT!I would highly recommend him!

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