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
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 11/4/2016, Dr. Lorenz has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Lorenz receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology

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

138 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

22 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2016

Dr. Lorenz always includes me in the decisions about my care. He talks through my health situation with me to ensure I understand the recommended next steps. I leave his office feeling good that I have a plan of care.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2016

Dr Lorenz seems to be a very kind hearted sentive man. he seems genuinely concerned about his patient and their care. He has even reached out to prividers in my home state to coordinate care. i truly appreciate his help!! i wish there were more like him!!

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2016

Dr. R. Loren is an excellent dr. and a very nice person.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2016

Can't see enough good things about Dr. Lorenz!

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2016

Dr. Lorenze and his staff are first class.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2016

Everything was very very good.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2016

Dr. Lorenz listens to patient and is excellent about accomodating requests. He explains everything well too.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2016

I had very compassionate and qualified care from Dr Lorenz.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2016

Dr. Lorenz has been the best doctor I have seen at the Clinic. He is always respectful and patient with me and my questions. It is comforting to talk with a professional who has the knowledge to make the best decisions in my care and will take the time to explain his thoughts behind those decisions. He is up-front and honest with his plans for my care. I have seen other professionals at the clinic who I felt were less than upfront with my treatment plan and even with some of my test results, without prodding on my part. I have always felt that Dr. Lorenz shared all the information he had on me and this built trust and lessened my anxiety of what might be happening. He is always willing to refer me to other professionals when my concerns are not within his area of expertise. I couldn't ask for a better person with whom to entrust regular monitoring of my condition.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2016

Dr. Lorenz was wonderful!

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2016

such a good team you have! I'd like to visit Mayo just to understand what type of standards count as #1. bc i consider the clinic as #1 of course, as i keep seeking your surgeons out for crazy and crazier operations. Operations are always accomplished perfectly and i'm so very happy to still be around. This round was not a big deal surgery but Dr. Lorenz and his team fit me into his very busy summer schedule because he had previously worked in the same (physical) area last summer, to successfully reinnervate my nerve to return the full force of my voice back. I would've waited till whenever he was available in order to ensure another successful surgery but i didn't even have to do that. The doc and his team made it a priority to see me. As you well know, Dr. Lorenz is a gifted surgeon but it's comforting to be in his care because he's entirely confident in his team, his plan, and also happens to be an unnervingly funny fellow.

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