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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

95 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2022

Doctor Lorenz is a wonderful doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2022

Dr Lorenz is the whole reason I travel from Akron to Cleveland.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Excellent experience with Dr Lorenz !

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

Dr Lorenz took considerable time explaining to us possible surgical procedure. Very much appreciated.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

Dr Lorenz is awesome! Explained and talked to us so we understood!

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

Dr. Lorenz was one of the most attentive physicians I have ever met. The time he took to explain things as well as truly listen to me went above and beyond my expectations. He did not rush us and made sure to make us feel as comfortable as possible. A very brilliant yet compassionate person. A blessing to me.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2022

Dr Lorenz is the BEST!

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Dr. Lorenz was very nice.I felt that he was actually listening to me and was empathetic to my frustration re: my medical status. He seemed genuinely interested to try to do what he can to help me achieve the best outcome possible.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

Dr Lorenz ALWAYS listens and is the best doctor I have seen in my 61 years of life. Very kind, listens and always explains things easily!!

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2022

I received great care from the doctor and his entire staff. I feel great. I APPRECIATE it.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Dr Lorenz is Amazing!

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2022

Dr. Lorenz always sees me as a person first. His care is outstanding. He is an excellent surgeon and physician.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2022

*Dr. Lorenz and his team are fantastic!

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2022

Dr Lorenz's team is terrific and friendly to work with.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2022

I continue to be grateful for the care from Dr. Lorenz. I trust him. We make decisions together from his recommendations based on data. I owe my ability to see my daughter graduate, with her DPT in a few weeks, to Dr. Lorenz and his team. She and I will always be immeasurably grateful.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2022

Dr.Lorenz is great

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2022

My daughter and I were very happy with the Zoom meeting and as always, Dr. Lorenz explained my situation and was very receptive of my questions. Another Zoom meeting is scheduled for 6mo. This saves me a two and a half drive one way.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

Dr. Lorenz did a great job explaining ny condituon using the available data. I appreciate your support and care.

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