Department Otolaryngology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Airway Stenosis Treatment
  • Cancer Center
  • Endoscopic Zenker's Diverticulum Surgery
  • General ENT
  • Head And Neck Cancer Treatment
  • Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery
  • Laryngeal Reinnervation
  • Larynx Transplant
  • Paraganglioma Surgery
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tracheostomy
  • Tracheotomy
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis Treatment
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Carotid Body Tumor
  • Glomus Tumors
  • Glomus Vagale Tumors
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Paragangliomas
  • Head And Neck Tumors
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Stenosis
  • Laryngeal Tracheal Reconstruction
  • Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Neoplasms
  • Skull Base Cancer
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis
  • Zenker's Diverticulum
View all 26 Specialties +


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About Robert Lorenz, MD

Robert Roman Lorenz, MD, MBA, FACS, is a surgeon in the Head and Neck Surgery Section of the Head and Neck Institute. He is board-certified in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lorenz also currently serves as the Medical Director of Payment Reform, Risk & Contracting for the Cleveland Clinic Health System. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Lorenz served as the Chief Medical Officer of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD).

Dr. Lorenz's education includes a Bachelor of Science from Yale University and a Medical Doctorate with Honors from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. His training in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery was completed at the Cleveland Clinic, including an additional year of research. His fellowship was performed at Vanderbilt University in head and neck tumor and skull-base surgery. Dr. Lorenz returned to the Cleveland Clinic and became the Head of the Section of Head and Neck Surgery after one year of practice. His interests include airway reconstruction, head and neck tumors including paragangliomas, salivary gland neoplasms, carotid body tumors and Zenker’s diverticulum. He is an innovator in vocal cord paralysis, laryngeal and tracheal stenosis, as well as laryngeal and tracheal transplantation.

Dr. Lorenz has co-authored over 60 scientific articles, 12 book chapters and delivered over 140 invited national and international lectures or papers. Dr. Lorenz is an educator, teaching residents and fellows in head and neck surgery, and serves on the editorial board or as a reviewer for 10 different scientific journals in his field. He received his Masters of Business Administration with distinction from the London Business School in 2010.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate - London Business School
Business Administration with distinction

Fellowship - Vanderbilt University
Head and Neck Oncology, Skull Base Surgery
Nashville, TN USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical School - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Rochester, NY USA

Undergraduate - Yale University
New Haven, CT USA

Additional Training

  • BS, Yale University, New Haven, CT


  • Otolaryngology

Specialty Interests

airway stenosis, head and neck paraganglioma, Head And Neck Tumors including salivary gland neoplasms, larynx and tracheal reconstruction, skull base neoplasms, tracheotomy, vocal cord diseases, Vocal Cord Paralysis

Awards & Honors

  • Medical Doctorate with Honors
  • Best Doctors, Cleveland Area
  • Consultant to National Wegener's Granulomatosis Association
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Masters of Business Administration awarded With Distinction

Innovations & Patents

  • Pioneered techniques in airway reconstruction due to stenosis
  • Patent number 11/352,960 for airway stenting tube ventilator adapter
Patient Satisfaction Reviews

132 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2017

Dr. Lorenz is always pleasant, never rushed, explains options and includes me in decisions.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2017

Care from Dr. Lorenz's office has been excellent. He is VERY concerned about my condition and is willing to go the extra mile to make sure I am able to continue to live my life to the highest level possible. Dr. Lorenz will take the time to make calls after hours to check on me following surgery. Not just following surgery, but a month or two, or even three months later he will make a call to check on me and make sure my breathing is okay. I have never had a doctor exemplify the positive qualities Dr Lorenz exhibits while taking care of patients.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2017

Dr. Lorenz listened carefully to my questions, responded thoroughly, and was extremely thorough in explaining my follow up.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2017

I cannot say enough good things about the doctors that took care of me!!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2017

Very pleased with the care and personal contact with Dr. Lorenz

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2017

i absolutely love and trust Dr. Lorenz. He is a wonderful doctor ~ extremely knowledgable and caring.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2017

Staff was excellent and meticulous about using hand sanitizing stations.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2017

I feel my whole visit to the Cleveland Clinic and the surgery that I had the next day was completely awesome. Dr. Lorenz is the kindest and most down to earth man that I have ever had the pleasure of having for a doctor. He took all the time I needed and answered all my questions. The staff was also very courteous and helpful. I worried so much before my visit and surgery, but that sure was a waste of time. The surgery being the fourth one, was so easy and the best one that I have had. Thanks to Dr. Lorenz and a great staff at the clinic and hospital.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2017

Dr. Lorenz and his nurses/staff were incredible!

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2017

I can definitely say I am in the best care with Dr Lorenz. His compassion for his patients is astounding. He even took the time to call me personally to ask me about my symptoms, and made sure I had the best surgical team during my procedure. The 2.5 hour drive I have to see him is well worth it!! Dr Lorenz is the best of the best, I can not recommend him enough!

Reviewed on May 25, 2017

Dr. Lorenz is absolutely the best and him and his residents work really well together.

Reviewed on May 3, 2017

dr. Lorenz was great.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2017

dr lorenz is the kindest dr u have ever had!

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2017


Reviewed on Feb 1, 2017

dr Lorenz spent a great deal of time with me giving me options and the risks. he's very thorough and we were never rushed

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2017

This aspect of the care could not have been better. As a busy, practicing physician, I am well aware of the care model we strive for and this experience has surely met it.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2017

Everyone at the Clinic is very caring. I feel that my doctors there truly care about my well-being.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2017

I had excellent care from start to finish

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