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

  • 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
  • Kyphoplasty
  • 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
  • X-Ray
View all 28 Treatment & Services +

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
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Myelography
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • 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 40 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 School - UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School
Newark, NJ USA

Undergraduate - Kean University
Union, NJ USA

Professional Highlights

  • Neurosurgery Residency Training Program Director

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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/14/2018, 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.

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* 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

160 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

Dr. Schlenk is a very compassionate and caring physician. I felt that he respected me as a human being and not just a paycheck. He took his time with me and he didn't act rushed or make me feel as if I was on a time limit. He wanted to make sure that I understood everything he was saying and that I fully understood our plan before I left. Any surgeon could have just said to me that I needed surgery as soon as possible no matter the risks...but Dr. Schlenk wants me to be in the best possible health before my surgery to prevent infection. Dr. Schlenk is a very caring provider and made me feel valued as a human being and that he truly had my best interests in mind. I highly recommend him to anyone and everyone who is pursuing surgery options. I know I made the right decision by choosing Dr. Schlenk.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019

I would highly recommend Dr Schlenk to friends and family members. He explained everything so well and listened just as well. He answered all of the questions my wife and I had and we didn't feel rushed at all. I'm so glad to have found Dr. Schlenk. He's an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2018

Doctor took extra time to explain in detail about follow up. I very much appreciate it.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

I live in Florida. I came to Cleveland Clinic only to have Dr. Schlenk perform surgery on me. My entire experience here has been great. Dr. Schlenk not only is a great surgeon, he explained everything, listened carefully and I never felt rushed.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

The waiting time was very long this time but I realize Dr. Schlenk takes time needed for his patients.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2018

Dr. Schlenk was incredible - spent considerable time with my wife and me, explained my condition and the options clearly.-

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

Dr. Schlenk is a caring, thoughtful, well qualified doctor. It was a pleasure and comfort to see him.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2018

I traveled 1,000 miles to see *Dr. Schlenk. Very skilled and concerned doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

extremely compassionete physician. his staff as well

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

Dr schlenk Cleveland has always been courteous doctor Who listens to what you have to say and tries to explain what he thinks we should do

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2018

The doctor was very prompt for this follow-up visit and it was much appreciated since I was delayed by my X-ray appointment quite a bit.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2018

Once nurse practitioner came in, she informed us MD had an extensive surgery and was running late. We had waited more then an hour before she came in, without any explanation.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

Dr. Schlenk and his staff were very professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. I would, highly, recommend this physician to others needing spinal care.

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

Dr. Schlenk spent the time necessary to understand my complex medical problem and developed ongoing evaluation plans that met my needs.

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

The follow-up action plans that Dr. Schlenk provided were very appropriate for my medical condition

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Schlenk on my medical team.....then longer wait time was not an issue compared to the value that my visit provided.

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

Dr Schlenk and his staff are #1

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

Dr Slenck is a caring and great physician.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2018

I cannot say enough good things about this provider. He went above and beyond my expectations and I will always recommend him to my friends and family.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2018

*Dr. Schlenk is THE BEST on every level!!!!

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