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Department Center for Spine Health
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


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
  • Surgery For Spinal Tumors
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 13 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Herniated Disc
  • Infection of the Spine
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Neoplasms
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
View all 12 Specialties +


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About Richard Schlenk, MD

Dr. Schlenk is the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program Director.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Spinal Surgery
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
General Surgery
Newark, NJ USA

Medical Education - UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ USA

Undergraduate - Kean University
Union, NJ USA

Professional Highlights

  • Neurosurgery Residency Training Program Director


  • Neurological Surgery

Specialty Interests

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

Research & Publications

See publications for Richard Schlenk, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 8/19/2022, Dr. Schlenk has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

199 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

The doctor was friendly but serious. A true expert and professional. He took time to answer every question and asked for my thoughts. I felt like he truly cared for me and my health.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

I was impressed!! This doctor was like NO other doctor I've ever been to. He's extremely compassionate!!!!

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

Being able to see Dr. Schlenk at the Twinsburg clinic was definitely good for me since I travel around 6 hours from the south for my appointment.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2022

Dr Schlenk is awesome!

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

I have been a patient of Dr. Schlenk since 2015. He has always been sensitive to my physical and emotional issues. He gives me in-depth explanations of my condition and treatment options. His treatment recommendations are specific to my situation and given in my best interests. He is one of the kindest most caring physicians that I have ever known.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Dr Schlenk is very patient and explains thoroughly

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2022

Dr. Schlenk and his PA, treated me with the utmost respect and concern, listening intently to me, as I listened intently to them. I did not get the answer I had hoped for, but I understood what Dr. Was explaining to me, and the risks indicated in any surgical intervention. He did NOT focus on my obesity (which is a problem for me mentally and physically) but all of the reasons that make my case High Risk. I felt that Dr. Schlenk treated me with compassion, and caring of my situation. He did not treat me as "an old women, who sits in her chair with cats on her lap". I cried a bit, as I had hoped for better news, but I am positive in my knowledge that he gave to me. I do have questions, that I did not think of at the time, and will be scheduling a Virtual Appt. Soon, to ask those questions. As a retired Medical Professional, I was able to follow what he explained to me, as well as accepting the information. I look forward to the Virtual Appointment.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2022

Doctor very honest and to the point...

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Dr Schlenk is brilliant

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Dr. Schlenk and his staff went out of their way to get me in quickly to see him. I am very appreciative of that.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Both Dr. Schlenk and his Fellow were very professional, knowledgeable, thorough, and kind throughout our appointment.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

I was very impressed with Dr. Schlenk, his Fellow, and the rest of his staff and would highly recommend their care to anyone.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Excellent physician! Very genuine & supportive.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Dr. Schlenk was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and welcoming of questions.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

*Dr. Schlenk and his staff are exceptional.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

*Dr. Schlenk is a kind and caring surgeon. he always takes time to review the MRI and X-rays and make sure I understand the problems.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Would preferred an appointment much sooner but realize doctor is super busy.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

I feel fotunate to have found Dr. Schlenk. He is very kind and compassionate. He listened to my concerns and took the time to explain my condition in a way that I could understand.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

*Dr. Schlenk: I had the highest trust in him and his team to provide me with the best possible care and results.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2022

Dr. Schlenk is excellent at explaining the options and also the risks of each option. He is very thorough in his evaluation.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Dr Schlenk and his team are amazing!!!

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Fantastic doctor. Dr. Schlenk is a professional with a caring heart and a listening ear....rare qualities these days!

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

The doctor was patient, explained everything and offered good suggestions

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

From the introduction at the reception desk and all staff that walked me through the process to Dr. Schlenk, MD. I had a wonderful experience, It was courteous, professional, informative, thorough. The staff was excellent. They were easy to speak with and easy to understand. I was completely relaxed and felt the highest level of confidence in Dr. Schlenk and staff. I will return to his care when and if my symptoms become serious enough to interfere in my daily life

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2022

Compassionate kindness manifests from Dr Schlenk

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2022

Dr was very pleasant to speak with.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

The doctor and staff were very pleasant and kept me well-informed

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

Dr. Schlenk sat down and took his time to explain my current situation and how we would proceed. He is conservative and doesn't rush into surgery. I trust his assessment and his plan for moving ahead.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2022

I am very thankful for Dr. Schlenk and his team.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2022

My situation wasn't bad enough for his specialty which is okay but didn't really help give other options or show true care about the pain.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

Dr. Schlenk (and fellow) listened to concerns, reviewed my X-ray and discussed my options thoroughly.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

Would have appreciated physician being able to actually examine my back, but he was confident the x-rays gave him what he needed. It's always nice to be face-to-face, in person. But video was sufficient for my needs this time.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2022

Dr Schlenk is the Best!

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