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Department Taussig Cancer Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations 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 Polyangiitis (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 Tumors
  • 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

43 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

I have been very pleased with the care I have received from Dr. Lorenz.

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

I certainly will miss seeing Dr. Lorenz as my physician but am pleased for him to move on to London. He is an excellent physician. I was fortunate enough to have him take care of me and my health issue. He has referred me to a colleague and I am hoping I will be as pleased with his choice for me.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

Dr Lorenz has been the most incredible dr and person through out my journey. So sad to see him leaving but so happy for him. He deserves the opportunity. Such a great person.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

Dr. Lorenz is just amazing. Goin to miss him so much.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

I do recommend the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Lorenz in particular to anyone that I have the opportunity to. They undoubtably provide first class care.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

Dr. Lorenz gave me very clear explanations, he is an excellent person and doctor. Very helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

Sad to see Dr. Lorenz leave but extremely happy for him. Treated me for 8 years. An outstanding doctor. Needs a national award. CCF made a great choice for its London facility.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Great experience Dr. Lorenz is Excellent and will be missed

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

If Dr. Lorenz was not leaving I have and would have absolutely continued to recommend him and his team

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Words cannot express my appreciation enough for the care I got here and from Dr Lorenz and staff. This surgery is life changing for me.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr Lorenz office did a fantastic job in getting me in the office in a timely manner and admitting me on a emergency basis.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

I am going to miss Dr. Lorenz. He was the best for this rare disease. Subglottic Stenosis.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

Dr Lorenz is a wonderful person and I believe he is a great doctor. Im so sad that hes moving to London. I wish he could have done the Madden procedure on me.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

I was informed at the visit that I was going to be contacted by Dr Gailbards team, and if not, to contact Dr Lorenz team in order to be transferred to Dr Gailbard. This transfer process is not going well. Right now Im stuck in Limbo.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Crear doctor, profesionally and humane

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2023

Getting past the "machine" that is the Cleveland Clinic is always a challenge, but well worth it for Dr Lorenz

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2023

I would recommend Dr Lorenz to my family etc,,

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

Dr Lorenz is hands down, the best Dr I have ever seen. His bed side manners are phenomenal , when I go into his office, he will sit down and take his time. I never feel like he is rushed, and I get treated like I'm a family member or friend rather than just another patient.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

Dr Lorenz was very nice, knowledgeable and professional.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr. Lorenz is a excellent doctor

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