Department Head and Neck Institute
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
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • 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
  • 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 School - 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 Education - 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

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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

38 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

dr Lorenz always cares, communicates and informs

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Dr Lorenz was amazing. Very knowledgeable, well worth the drive to see him and plan to recommend him to my family

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Dr Lorenz is an excellent doctor. he is extremely knowledgeable, caring and thoughtful He makes sure he answers all my questions and is understanding of the answers. I appreciate him very much. thank you

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

The entire process with Dr. Lorenz was excellent!

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Dr. Lorenz and his nurse were fantastic! They put me at ease and answered all my questions! They did a needle biopsy and it was very easy with very little pain! I would highly recommend Dr. Lorenz!

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Dr. Lorenz was very friendly and courteous. He answered all my questions, and put me at ease! I highly recommend him!

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Dr. Lorenz was very caring and very much concerned about my condition. Very helpful in follow up care.

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

We found Dr Lorenz to be warm, professional, very knowledgeable. He focused his attention on us and all aspects of my health concerns.

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

I will have no problem giving Dr Lorenz my complete and enthusiastic recommendation.

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

Best experience I've had with a Dr.

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

best doctor

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

great doctor very trustworthy

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

Dr Lorenz never makes me feel rushed and always listens to any concerns, he is a fantastic doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2020

Dr Lorenz was very thorough, nice and professional Also the front desk staff and the lady who assisted Dr Lorenz were very nice& professional

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Dr.Lorenz is just amazing at his job. He is very caring about his patients.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Dr. Lorenz showed that he cared for me in all his actions and all he had to say about my new concern. He listened well to the new concern and made decisions to continue monitoring the problem.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

I immediately felt comfortable with Dr. Lorenz as he discussed the CT scan results with us and because of him made the decision to have Cleveland Clinic treat and cure my cancer

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Dr Lorenz is absolutely AMAZING! Not only does he have the intelligence, but also the most exceptional bedside manners. He really took his time explaining every detail, and made me feel so comfortable. His compassion for what he does really shines bright.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

I first saw a resident and explained my reason for the visit. He relayed my information to the Dr. I did not have to repeat my story again...the Dr knew every last detail without reading anything. He really listened to my and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Dr. Lorenz is the best , always looking out for me and giving me options , I credit my progress to him

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Dr Lorenz was very patient and kind to me

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

Excellent coordination between doctors.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Great experience - Dr Lorenz gave us as much time as we needed

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

The way he treated me like a person not just a number. He was very friendly and caring and helpful. He called me to make sure Iwas ok with the plan. I don't know very many Doctors that would take the time to care.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

wonderful experience. caring and knowledgeable doctor about my rare condition

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

I saw Dr. Lorenz for a consultation. He was amazing. He took the time to answer all my questions, and explained everything i needed to know.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

All doctors should be like *Dr. Lorenz. He's wonderful and goes above and beyond for his patients. So personable!

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

I really enjoyed Dr Lorenz's caring personality

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Dr. Lorenz is an excellent physician and eager to assist the patient in receiving the best possible care from him and other care team members and treatments.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

doc lorenz is quite informative and took the time to show and explain what he did and what we were looking at. Also took pictures/video with phone of throat incase we may need care away from clinic. I travel quite a bit

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Dr. Lorenz provided exceptional care. I have nothing but the highest regard for his expertise and interpersonal relationship skills.Could not ask for a better more caring And capable physician to address my medical problem. not ask for a better more caring physician to address my medical problem.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

I really like Dr L

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Dr. Lorenz is an excellent doctor . He truly cares about his patients What an asset he is to your hospital. I'm very thankful I was able to find someone as good as he is.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Dr. Lorenz is THE BEST!

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Dr. Lorenz did not rush the appointment. Treated me like I was the only one he had to see. Amazing!

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Dr. Lorenz was kind, caring, professional and a great doctor. I would recommend him and the Cleveland Clinic any time.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

the Doctor was able to fix what was wrong then and there

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

dr Lorenz was focused and intent on explaining my options. he kindly introduced me to another patient who just had the procedure he recommends for me. very thoughtful and kind

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