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Title Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery
Department Neurological Surgery
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

  • Back Pain Treatment
  • Cervical Deformity Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Deformity Correction
  • Fracture Care
  • Image-Guided Spinal Navigation
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Pain Treatment
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nerve Transfer Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Decompression/Transfer
  • Revision Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Removal and Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 29 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Back Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Carotid Bruit
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cervical Infections
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sarcoma
  • Schwannoma
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Metastases
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Vascular Disorders
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
View all 40 Specialties +


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About Michael Steinmetz, MD

Michael P. Steinmetz, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic. He is Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. His areas of expertise and  clinical and research interests include complex spine surgery, minimally invasive surgery, spine trauma and spinal cord injury.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Spine surgery
Madison, WI

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Internship - University of New Mexico School of Medicine
General Surgery
Albuquerque, NM

Medical Education - Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Lubbock, TX

Undergraduate - New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM

Professional Highlights

  • He has published greater than 145 articles in leading medical journals, is co-author of the text, Anatomical Basis of Neurologic Disease (2009), with a 2nd Edition currently under revision, and is co-editor of Benzel’s Spine Surgery.  He has also served as editor for three additional textbooks, sits on a number of editorial boards, and is a reviewer for several neurosurgery journals, as well as Section Editor for World Neurosurgery, a member of the editorial board for Journal of Neurosurgery-Spine and Deputy editor of The Spine Journal.  He has contributed more than 60 Chapters to the body of surgical spine care literature, with several more in progress.

    Dr. Steinmetz is actively involved in the various professional societies of neurosurgery and spine surgery.  Serving in multiple roles in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons since his early years of training, he is now a member of the CNS Nominating Committee, and Education Committee.  A member of the Executive Committee and Scientific Planning Committee of the CNS/American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Joint Section on Diseases of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves since 2007, he is also Chairman of their Exhibits Committee.   He s a member of the Minimally Invasive, CME, Governance, Advocacy and the PAC committees for the North American Spine Society.


  • Neurological Surgery

Specialty Interests

cervical spondylosis, chiari malformation, complex spine instrumentation, degenerative spine disease, spinal cord tumors, Spine Tumors


  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • Society for Neurosciences
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Michael Steinmetz, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 9/12/2023, Dr. Steinmetz has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Steinmetz receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Globus Medical, Inc.
  • Cerapedics, Inc.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Steinmetz receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Globus Medical, Inc.

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

211 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 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

39 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2024

Excellent physician

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Dr Steinmetz is the best Neurosurgeon I have ever met. He was very thorough in neuro exam. Six weeks post op I am walking and able to care for myself. He truly is a miracle Physician. I am truly grateful and blessed to no longer suffer from pain or muscle spasms for the first time in 15 years.

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

I believe Dr Steinmetz is the best Neurosurgeon in the World. He has great knowledge, talent, expertise, a great personality, a great smile, a fantastic instructor with residents, and a darn good listener. He shows greatness in leadership. I had an amazing appointment and very good news.

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Dr Steinmetz was fabulous -answered all my questions and I left feeling that if I needed back surgery .he was the Dr to perform it-i felt very confident in his ability!!!!

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Dr Steinmetz is the best doctor I've seen.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

Dr.Steinmetz was very east to talk to and kept things on level I could understand concerning my health and decisions I'd need to make about my care.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

Dr Steinmetz is excellent and I appreciate the opportunity for appointments with him.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

I always recommend Dr Steinmetz for those who need a neurosurgeon. Also if someone is considering back surgery with an orthopedic doctor, I suggest they have a visit with Dr Steinmetz before making a decision.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

My conversation with the doctor was extremely informative. Answered all my questions and provided additional information.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

The video visit option shortened the time to talk to the doctor by a few months versus an in person visit.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2024

Excellent care by physician.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2024

Upon getting a direct line to the office of Dr Steinmetz, it became easier to make contact.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

It was very difficult to communicate with the clinic before the appointment. I think I had to be assigned officially to a provider, and that didn't happen until the time of the visit.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

I had no problem contacting Dr Steinmetz office when I needed to

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

Dr. Steinmetz has excellent interpersonal skills.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Dr Steinmetz was outstanding in empathetic communications. His associate (Seth Meade) was equally superb.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

The second opinion website and assigning a very knowledgeable individual as a representative/assistant is so easy and reassuring AND efficient and prompt. I was seeking a second opinion because another prestigious "clinic" offered a plan and I was desperately hoping that there was an alternative. A quick plan was so important since I was scheduled for treatment at the other facility AND Dr. Steinmetz accommodated my need and I am so appreciative!!!

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

I am so appreciative of Dr. Steinmetz - caring, interested, had reviewed my EXTENSIVE, record and was prepared to help me. ALSO, immediately fitting me into his schedule will always be remembered and then immediately presenting my case to a group of doctors and giving me their opinions within 3 days. !!!!!

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

Already recommended Dr. Steinmetz

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2024

Dr. Steinmetz is obviously in high demand with regard to scheduling.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2024

It has been very difficult to schedule my surgery with Dr Steinmetz. I suspect that it is just a function of how busy he is. It has been frustrating to have to wait five months to have surgery to provide relief for a very painful condition.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2024

I gained great regard and comfort with Dr Steinmetz and will wait as patiently as possible to have my surgery.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

Dr.Steinmetz undertook to set up appointment much sooner than would be normal for his very busy schedule, which I very much appreciate.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Dr Steinmetz should be viewed as an institutional resource of the highest degree

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Dr Steinmetz was professional, clear in message, and treated me like family.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2023

Dr Steinmetz is the best.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

Dr Steinmetz is so personable an so is his staff. Dr steinmetz was in tune to what I was dealing with as no other specialist was saying I shouldn't feel what I felt.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

I have nothing but praise for Dr Steinmetzs and staff throughout Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2023

The doctor seem to take his time and explain to me about my current condition and possible solutions, which was different from the usual which is walk-in told what I'm going to have to do and only given enough data to complete it

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Dr. Steinmetz is the consummate professional and addressed my continuing issues.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

Doctor listened and was very helpful to me

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

*Dr. Hanna & *Dr. Turcozi are great.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2023

Dr steinmetz was wonderful and his staff came multiple times a day to check on you. Top notch team!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr. Steinmetz is knowledgeable, patient, and explains complex issues in simple language. He will also admit when he does not have the answers for a particular problem.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2023

Very satisfied w/*Dr. Steinmetz and his team.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

What a wonderful doctor! First time seeing him.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

Long wait. Period of time from time Dr agreed for me to come in for on-site evaluation and the virtual appointment. Dr Steinmetz was very knowledgeable, clearly communicative, and did say to me there may be a long wait for an appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Steinmetz was the first doctor that came up with a plan to proceed with improving my condition.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Steinmetz is an excellent physician both with his clinical and surgical skill as well as his interpersonal relationship with me as a patient.

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