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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
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Neck 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 19 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 8/10/2021, 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

141 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

23 Patient Comments

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 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!

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Dr Schlenk is outstanding. I have never had a Dr detail my problem with so much clarity and concern. He is an outstanding communicator and a truly caring physician

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

I love Dr. Schlenk. He always has my back. Literally. Kind, friendly, caring, extremely smart. I love that he doesn't rush to a decision and he confers with his peers. I also love a non-alarmist physician. But Dr. Schlenk is my favorite care provider.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Dr. Schleck showed the utmost concern for the diagnosis at hand. He wanted testing and imagining done and all was set up very quickly.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr Schlenk is always thorough whether meeting on line or in person

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

I have always received compassionate personal care from Dr Schlenk

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Dr. Schlenk told me about the problems with my back and we discussed all of my options and the pros and cons of surgery

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

*Dr. Schlenk is the best!

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Very kind and caring doctor

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Dr. Schlenk spent a great deal of time in discussion of my issue. Greatly appreciated!

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Dr. Schlenk was extremely thorough, professional, and genuinely interested in my physical and mental wellbeing.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Visits by telehealth are very difficult for me, but being 100 miles away, necessary. My confidence level in using zoom has not been good and I have been having problems with connections and missing things the doctor said. It is embarrassing for me to keep asking to repeat what is said so I think I may be missing important information. All my problems, not Dr. Schlenk.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Doctor was very nice and tookeven more time to explain and listen to my problem. His knowledge and suggestions kept from rushing into some major surgery that had been proposed by another doctor. I'm extremely happy with my meeting with the doctor and will definitely contact him again if I have any future questions.

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

I could see the doctor but he could not see me.

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

good experience. Doctor Schlenk was very easy to talk to and understood everything I was saying.

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Dr. Schlenk was very helpful and calm, I was very animated and nervous as I was my first time using Zoom.He is getting me some help for my condition. I thank him very much.

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