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
  • 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 - 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

158 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 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

24 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

Dr Lorenz was personable, and genuinely concerned about my situation. I was confident in his judgment and pleased to have new options for my care.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

My daughter was with me at this visit and was VERY impressed with the efficiency of your facility. From getting into my appointment early, to Dr. Lorenz including her in the conversation of my health and upcoming surgery, to the efficiency of getting pre op work up. From start to finish it was a we both were pleased. I have experienced this care previously, but she was totally impressed!!

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

*Dr. Lorenz is a great provider and I felt very reassured the entire time I was under his care. He was very knowledgeable and patient in answering many of my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

I loved how he took the time to explain every option in detail and include my daughters who are also In healthcare in the conversation. I can't express the way I felt after speaking with Dr Lorenz. I am hopeful

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

was so informative and really listened! He helped me understand everything that I was confused about. absolutely the best Doctor I've seen just wish Cleveland took my insurance

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

I had a great experience from start to finish with my appt. I would recommend the Dr highly and was very very happy with him, his knowledge, the amount of time he spent with me and the way he talked with us.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

have seen Dr. Lorenz several times for problem- always courteous,very pleasant, extremely caring and thorough! Listens to me and involves me in the exam and treatment - shares all info with me. excellent provider. created an excellent plan of treatment for me- even helped refer me to financial dep't for insurance info. took time with me -never appeared in a hurry!

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

dr Lorenz had a very different diagnosis of my problem than my regular Dr. he was careful, clear and convincing in describing his rationale and my next steps

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2018

i wish doctor could spend little more time so I could ask about precaution. My problem still exists; has not gone away.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

I traveled to the Cleveland Clinic to specifically see Dr Lorenz for a rare condition. I was BLOWN AWAY by the facility, efficiency, his staff and Dr Lorenz himself. I have never experienced the kiind of care that I received in my life... this faciltiy and his office run like a well oiled machine, but it never loses its warm feel. Everyone we encountered, desk clerks to doctors, were super attentive, caring, didn't rush you along... but still worked incredibly efficiently. Again, I was blown away. I traveled all the way from Texas to see Dr Lorenz, and I WILL do it again in a heartbeat should my condition return. BEST just isn't a good enough word, but he's the BEST.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2018

I drive 4 hours to see Dr. Lorenz. He is amazing. So thankful I decided to go up there 4 years ago.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

I chose to go to Cleveland Clinic to get more help with my rare medical condition. Dr. Lorenz has gone above and beyond to make sure I am receiving the proper care. He has recognized situations where I need additional communication and he has taken personal responsibility to ensure that I have a full understanding of my condition. I feel very comfortable under the care of Dr. Lorenz.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

Dr. Lorenz is wonderful, thoughtful, kind ,caring and patient listening to my concerns. I feel safe and so thankful for his care. Always leave with a smile.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

I had a wonderful experience. Dr. Lorenz calmed me down about a something I thought was a problem. I just want to hug him -- he's such a Godsend. I always walk out of there on a cloud and smiling ear-to-ear. Thank you, Dr. Lorenz, for bearing with me and taking the time to reassure me and calm me down. Thank God for you!

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018

Dr. Lorenz is the BEST!

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

It was a good experience. Dr. Lorenz was very pleasant and articulate. I was told to have any questions ready to ask the doctor. I had carefully written questions that were important to me. However I felt there was not time left to discuss these.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2018

Dr. Lorenz was amazing. He explained my condition in a way that my previous caregivers did not. He helped me set a course of action and really listened to my concerns. I am so thankful I was able to see him. Thank you to the entire clinic for all their help.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2018

I am so grateful that I could be seen by Dr. Lorenz. Everything I had heard about him was true. He listened and guided me in my treatment. I can't thank you enough for taking me on as a patient.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2018

I cannot say enough good about Dr Lorenz he is very caring, kind and patient answering quesions . I feel safe in his care

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2018

love Dr Lorenz he has every great quality that a doctor should have

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2018

my experience was great. every time I see the doctor, I learn something different and that's what I enjoy the most. I travel from alliance to Cleveland just too see dr.lorenz because my family and myself trust him that much.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2018

Dr. Lorenz is the best physician you have on board. professional, knowledgeable, very accommodating , respectful...

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2018

i found the entire experience extremely satisfactory. Everyone was courteous and competent , from the appointment center to the staff and receptionists to Dr. Lorenz himself! it was all very well-organized too. Dr. Lorenz was friendly, professional, concerned, explained and shared allinfo with me, showed empathy for my situation and was quite helpful. He took time to listen and todiscuss the situation with me, which was wonderful!! This visit was for a second opinion, but I am seriously thinking of transferring over to Dr. Lorenz as my main doctor for this health issue!

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

Excellent, simply Excellent. Dr. Lorenz did something worthy of mention and unusual:He provided me with the highest and best advice about my condition, and simultaneously encouraged me to reach my own conclusion relative to his advice. For many physicians and other advice giving professionals, this is a hard balance to reach. Dr. Lorenz did it easily.

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