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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

142 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
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

35 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Dr. Lorenz is kind caring and very very detail oriented

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Dr. Lorenz is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

Dr Lorenz is the best

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

My experience was excellent. Dr. Lorenz was AWESOME. He is a very caring and passionate person. He explained everything throughly that I could understand what he would like to do. I then followed up and we have already done the dilation and will talk about the next step a little later. Im feeling so much better.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Such professional, nice, caring Doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

I've never had a more caring and compassionate physician.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

I have never encountered any negativity from Dr. Lorenz

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

This was my first appointment with Dr Lorenz and he definitely did not disappoint. I am super excited to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

Dr. Lorenz had me at the first "Hello". He was on top of his game and didn't miss a beat. I was totally impressed.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

Dr. Lorenz was amazing, once I was able to get the appointment. It took over 3 weeks to get the call.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Dr. Lorenz is a wonderful caring and very skilled doctor. He is the best.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Dr. Lorenz is top-notch. He sets the bar very high for other doctors.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Dr Lorenz was well prepared for my visit and provided thorough explanations of my situation. I am grateful for the attention he gave to me. He stayed late in the day, well past scheduled appointments. The office was otherwise empty when we were done. I am sincerely thankful for the time he spent with me.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

The doctor was great!! He answered all of my questions and was very thorough during the exam. I would highly recommend him!!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Dr. Lorenz is the absolute best doctor! He is one of the clinic's best assets - he cared for my Mother and was wonderful to her in every aspect possible.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

I can't say enough good things about Dr Lorenz

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Dr. Lorenz was great!

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Both the Doctor and Intern were great!

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

I truly appreciate *Dr. Lorenz. He speaks in a language we can understand. He is extremely patient, answers all over questions and has a great sense of humor. I consider myself very lucky to be his patient and can't thank him and his expertise enough.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

being there was a great experience Dr. Lorenz and his staff were positively wonderful!

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

I have already recommended Dr. Lorenz. I still have questions regarding autoimmune but can follow up with Dr. Lorenz.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

I came from Wheeling specifically to see Dr. Lorenz because he was highly recommended by others with my specific issue. He did not disappoint. He was caring, friendly and very knowledgeable. He listen to my concerns and gave me excellent information to use going forward in regard to my future treatment.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Dr Lorenz is excellent!!

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr Lorenz was kind, understanding of our concerns and very professional. He helped us understand our options, and answered all our questions. We are very impressed with our experience with him.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

In person is obviously a better experience, but we live in Buffalo and the video visit made it easy to connect with Dr Lorenz.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

Dr Lorenz( along with the other 2 cancer docs I deal with at the clinic) are the best doctors I have ever dealt with . He was crucial in my diagnosis and I wouldn't want any other doctor to take continued care of my well being and follow up. Couldn't think higher of him and couldn't recommend him enough

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

probably the best dr I have ever had.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

one of the smartest most professional doctors I have ever met

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Dr Lorenz is a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Dr. Lorenz is always courteous. He did a good job of answering all of my questions.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

Along with his reputation of being an excellent surgeon, Dr Lorenz is a concerned and caring doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr Lorenz skill and caring is exceptional! I'm thankful I have had his care and caring through out my with my Cancer.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr. Lorenz was so concerned and supportive of my breathing problem. He made arrangements for us to have a CT the same day to allow us to not have to make the 2 hour trip for it.He told us he would get me breathing again. He called for us to come back for a consult before we left Cleveland. Such a kind competent doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr. Lorenz is a very caring and compassionate Doctor. He is the best at what he does and his caring personality is a huge plus!

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr. Lorenz is extremely professional and responsive.

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