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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
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Pain Treatment
  • Neck Surgery
  • Nerve Transfers for Injury/Tumor
  • 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 30 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aneurysm, Cerebral
  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Back Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Carotid Bruit
  • Cervical Infections
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Infection of the Spine
  • 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 Metastases
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Vascular Disorders
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
View all 41 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 USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

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

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

Undergraduate - New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM USA

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

173 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

38 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Dr Steinmetz was informed about all of my medical imaging and ready to discuss the surgery prospects including the recently approved TOPS procedure with me.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Doctor Steinmetz is an excellent doctor who cares about his patients and looks over their health and wellbeing.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

A caring, professional approach by Dr. Steinmetz. A+

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Nothing but superlatives for De Steinmetz but you need to clone him because he is so busy

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Dr. Steinmetz knew my chart and symptoms well and was excellent to work with on coming up with a solution to my pain and a plan for surgery.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

I could not upload the images of an MRI and XRays for the doctor. He only had access to the reports. I called customer service and he was helpful but my health provider in Bloomington IL was not a MyChart user.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

It was a pleasure to meet with PA Erin Anderson, very knowledgeable about my history and her field, and then spend a short time (enough time) with Dr Steinmetz.Excellent all around.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

Both Dr. Steinmetz and Corey Shepard were terrific in coordinating my schedule with multiple doctors and diagnostic testing.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

Dr. Steinmetz is chairman of the dept. And my consult was as expected top notch...I will ask him to do my surgery

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

Dr Steinmetz is excellent on line and articulate

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2023

I always have excellent interactions with Dr. Steinmetz whether it's in person or by virtual visit.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2023

Amazing Dr.!!

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Dr Steinmetz was accommodating and kind when I was in pain and having serious issues

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2023

Dr. Steinmetz is not specific-oriented on his surgery outcome but, most importantly, me as a person and my overall health.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

Dr Steinmetz was terrific

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

I have the best doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Dr. Steinmetz is very caring & patient.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

I trust Dr Steinmetz completely

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Dr. Steinmetz answered all of my questions without rushing me, and was very thorough.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

Very satisfied with doctor Stienmetz and Erin

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

Dr Steinmetz is simply the BEST. I consider myself fortunate to know him.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

I have referred him to others.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

Dr. Listened to my concerns and past history with doctors in Illinois. I felt comfortable with his knowledge and success in performing my surgery and informing me of a new procedure that doesn't require metal placed In my back If I require Infusions during surgery.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

Good doc was right on time

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2022

*Dr. Stinnetz team was excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Dr. Steinmetz was clearly concerned over recent injection without positive results.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2022

Dr Steinmetz was very informative, personal and responsive to my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2022

I was referred to Dr Steinmetz by a friend. I would not hesitate to do the same.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

Dr Michael Steinmetz is a TRUE patient friendly, knowledgeable and consummate Professional who only has my best interests in his hands.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

My wife, daughter and I couldn't have been more pleased; spacing of post surgery follow ups: nurse two weeks after surgery, Dr Steinmetz at 5 weeks post surgery then again approximately 4 months pst surgery Very Helpful and Effective. I (we) felt Dr Steinmetz really cared and took the time to explore and answer all the questions we had. Thumbs Up!

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2022

Dr Steinmetz is a fantastic doctor explaining everything and taking the time

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Dr Steinmetz was very thorough and took his time to explain and answer questions.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

I have been a patient of at least 25 or more physicians in my life and there is not a more capable and caring medical provider than Dr. Steinmetz and, his PA, Erin Anderson.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

Dr. Steinmetz is a wonderful physician!

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