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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 Deformity Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
  • Deformity Correction
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Neck Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
  • Surgery For Spinal Tumors
  • Surgery For Spinal Vascular Malformations
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • X-Ray
View all 21 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Cervical Infections
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Infection of the Spine
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myelography
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Metastases
  • Spinal Neoplasms
  • Spinal Vascular Disorders
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
View all 36 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 7/23/2020, 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

183 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

I am still waiting for the Dr. to recommend a pain management specialist. I am in excruciating pain and don't know how much longer I can hang on!

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Dr. R. Schlenk listens intently to all concerns; is professional and kind

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Was thrilled to be able to see the doctor so quickly !

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

It was so encouraging and wonderful to have such a thoughtful , intelligent physician/ surgeon discuss in detail his opinions about my situation and to explain what he thought would be best going forward and to ask for my input as well. We had a good discussion and I left feeling optimistic and hopeful that things will improve. I loved his objectivity and his kind and thoughtful demeanor.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Dr. Schlenk was a true professional with a very caring nature. He listened and addressed all my concerns. He was understanding when I broke down in tears. I would recommend him to any one.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

The physician and the physician assistant were professional and pleasant. I did not feel rushed.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

Dr. Schlenk has shown great interest and Concern for the surgery and the progress made on my back since surgery. I gave him a very good for each category but if you had a 10 he would be deserving of that. I have recommended Dr. Schlenk to three or four friends and clients.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

appointments with Dr Schlenk are many months out. However I believe that it reflects what a great doctor he is.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

I have the greatest respect for Dr Schlenk

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

Dr was very concern about how I was doing, did I have any problems and made arrangements for future visit to check on progress.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

love Dr. Schlenk .

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Already have recommended Dr Schlenk!

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

*Dr. Schlevk, *Benzel & *Neumanitis were all great, unhurried in their assessment and evaluations.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Dr Shlenk makes me happy I came to CC for my surgeries. I have complete trust in him. He is all about caring and in these times it is needed!I am fortunate to have found him!

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

Most of my time was with Dr. Bell or Bill. (sorry I can't remember which). He did a thorough exam, answered all my questions, and provided me with guidelines to use if I need to go back. Felt so comfortable with him that I had very little to say to Dr. Schlenk. I feel that reflected the training he had received from Dr.Schlenk. if the arthritis in my spine gets worse, I willbe back to see Dr. Schlenk and his term. I was very glad toKeranique that I did not need surgery at this time. working on both diet and exercise. have to put in a plug for Dr. Cherian. The change in my diet (anti-migraine) has seriously reduced my inflammation. That has helped everything. So nice to be working with people I trust and respect.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

I have never met a physician that seemed to care more about informing me of a particular procedure that was going to take place. Obviously nervous going into and out of this meeting but my doctor and nurse could not have been better of making me feel a little more comfortable.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Great doctor and great staff. Non better!

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

only issue was a full 60 minute wait until I saw the doctor and considering my appointment was at 8:40, pretty surprising to be running that far behind. that aside Dr.Schlenk & his nurse we're extremely attentive during vm my appointment time. I did not feel rushed and felt he was very empathetic and honest with his feedback & explanations.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Dr Schlenk was excellent in all ways

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Doctor Schlenk's team is thorough, efficient and I would never recommend anybody but them to somebody who needed spinal surgery.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Already recommended Dr. Schlenk to sister in Toledo with Back problems

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr. Schlenk and his staff of professionals listen, talk things over, and I am very please with my care.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

*Dr. Schlenk and his team are second to none.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

I am thrilled with the outcome of my back fusion surgery. I make certain to tell people about Dr. Schlenk and the success of my procedure because many people had cautioned me that this surgery is often unsuccessful.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr Schlent's staff is prompt in returning MyChart message questions

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Schlenk is a caring professional, and explains things in a manner easily understood.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Dr. Schlenk made me feel as though I am his only patient. He gave me a vry thorough examination to completely understand my problems,and I believe that if they can be resolved, he is the person who will be able to do so.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Dr Schlenk's office were very prompt in reviewing my case and setting up the video call

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Dr Schlenk was caring and compassionate about my medical issue and my well being. He was able to go over the MRI. Explained well

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Dr. Schlenk did my back surgery. He spent alot of time explaining the surgery and the pros and cons. My surgery went better than I expected. I give Dr Schlenk all the credit for my great outcome. He is an amazing surgeon and a very nice man. I recommend him highly.

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

Dr. Richard Schlenk is fantastic. He genuinely cares about his patients , thinks through about what would be best for them. He ended the evisit by saying "We are always here for you if you need us". I will be back if I do.

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

I would rate all items in this section as EXCELLENT if that were an option. Dr. Schlenk is outstanding.

Reviewed on May 7, 2020

Great way (if able) for patients to see a Doctor or other care giver for routine consultation or illnesses. No travel, parking, weather issues, and no exposure to possible other ailments.

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