Treatment & Services
- Cerebral Aneurysm Clipping
- Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
- Cervical Deformity Surgery
- Cervical Spine Surgery
- Chiari Malformation Surgery
- Complex Spinal Instrumentation
- Complex Spinal Reconstruction
- Complex Spinal Surgery
- Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
- Deformity Correction
- Lumbar Spine Surgery
- Medical Management Of Spinal Disorders
- Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Neck Surgery
- Scoliosis Surgery
- Spinal Fusion
- Spinal Surgery
- Spine Decompression
- Spine Medicine
- Spine Reconstruction
- Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
- Surgery For Spinal Tumors
- Surgery For Spinal Vascular Malformations
- Thoracic Spine Surgery
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Arachnoid Cysts
- Back Pain in Athletes
- Brain Cancer (Brain Tumor)
- Brain Hemorrhage
- Cervical Infections
- Cervical Myelopathy
- Cervical Tumors
- Chiari Malformation
- Chronic Back Pain
- Complex Spinal Disorders
- Degenerative Spine Disease
- Facet Joint Syndrome
- Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
- Herniated Disc
- Infection of the Spine
- Lumbar Radiculopathy
- Musculoskeletal Impairments
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Neck Pain
- Peripheral Nerve Disorders
- Spinal Cancer
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Spinal Deformity
- Spinal Fractures
- Spinal Metastases
- Spinal Neoplasms
- Spinal Vascular Disorders
- Spine Pain
- Spine Tumors
- Stenosis - Spinal
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-University Hospital
Newark, NJ USA
Internship - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-University Hospital
Newark, NJ USA
Medical School - UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ USA
Undergraduate - Kean University
Union, NJ USA
- Neurosurgery Residency Training Program Director
- Neurological Surgery
Complex Spinal Reconstruction, Spinal Tumors
Awards & Honors
- Scholarship in Teaching Award 2008
- Teacher of the Year, 2004-05, 2005-06
- Mayfield Award in Spinal Cord Research
- American Red Cross Hero, 2004
- American Board of Neurological Surgeons: Diplomat
- American Association of Neurological Surgeon: Member
- Congress of Neurological Surgeon: Member
- AANS/CNS Joint Spine Section: Member
Research & Publications
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151 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.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.9|
|Knows Medical History||4.8|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.8|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.8|
11 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Apr 6, 2017
Dr. Schlenk was awesome. Wish all Doctors were like him. His assistant needs some coaching.
Reviewed on Mar 6, 2017
Dr. Schlenk is amazing!
Reviewed on Feb 14, 2017
excellent information shsred and all questions answered.
Reviewed on Jan 31, 2017
Instructions and information were clearly presented in an understandable manner.
Reviewed on Dec 8, 2016
This was one of the best doctor's appointments I have ever had. Everyone spent time with me and showed genuine concern about my situation. They offered various options of treatment and were very thorough.
Reviewed on Nov 29, 2016
Reviewed on Oct 11, 2016
Dr. Schlenk is the best there is!
Reviewed on Sep 26, 2016
#1-6. The very best! Dr. Schlenk & staff.
Reviewed on Sep 12, 2016
Dr. Richard Schlenk was absolutely the best! He literally saved me from being an invalid!
Reviewed on Jul 28, 2016
Dr. Schlenk always demonstrated concern & took time to address my questions.
Reviewed on Jul 7, 2016
Excellent listener. Obviously was thoughtful and considered all facts, weighing the options. I thought he provided good treatment choices and the rationale of how he can to those recommendations. Was thorough and took his time to give his best. Very clear and concise. All was appreciated.
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