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

  • 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
  • Management of Back and Neck Pain
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • 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
  • Surgery For Spinal Tumors
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 29 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aneurysm, Cerebral
  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Back Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysms and Hemorrhage
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Carotid Bruit
  • Cervical Infections
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Chiari Malformation
  • 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 Neoplasms
  • Spinal Vascular Disorders
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
View all 43 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 andclinical 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

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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 9/12/2019, 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 as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Globus Medical, Inc.
  • Stryker Corporation

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

  • Biomet, 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

167 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
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

24 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Excellent Doc analyzed my MRI and explained my problem.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

Getting the video conference was somewhat difficult but that was a technology issue on my end. Dr. Steinmetz was kind enough to call me as I was trying to reach him by phone.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

This is my second serious back surgery performed by Dr. Steinmetz. I am so thankful to Dr. Steinmetz and his great staff for how they communicated every step in my treatment and the care they demonstrated for me in my pre-surgical, surgical and post surgical appointments. I highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

it was frustrating that during the Virtual visit some of the systems weren't accessible at no fault of Dr. Steinmetz

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Dr Steinmetz was amazing! He took all of my questions and concerns seriously and I felt confident that we had a good plan to address everything.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

the care was very good but scheduling appt & getting messages to dr office not good

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

Dr Steinmetz is a great physician and a really good person.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Dr. Steinmetz is a wonderful doctor. He is very thorough in his explanations of my problem & is so very kind. I already referred a friend to him, Rose Owsinski, & she totally loved him. I am also a Christian & love the fact that he cares & prays for his patients. He is a wonderful asset to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

Dr. Steinmetz listened to my concerns and requests and assisted me to achieve the best possible results under the circumstances. I was satisfied and happy with his genuine way of communicating with me and figuring out our next steps. I wish more doctors were more like him.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

I have had 22 surgeries and multitudes of other reasons/health issues to visit with doctors. FACT: it's a rare find to experience someone like Dr. Steinmetz. I have already recommended him, and will absolutely consider no one else should I move forward with surgery.

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Dr. Steinmetz was very communicative and gave me information to get immediate relief while waiting on surgery to be schedule. Very happy with his experience in putting all this together, to get me feeling better

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Dr Steinmetz was just as caring over video as he was when I met him in person. Answers all questions completely and adds clarification when I make statements that may not be all inclusive. Dr Steinmetz is very good at conversing with me and educating me as a patient.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2020

Dr.Steinmetz is an excellent surgeon. I trust him with my back treatment.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

My experience with Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Steinmetz was 100% positive. Everyone I had contact with was very kind and helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

Dr. Steinmetz impressed me as a true compassionate human. His reputation as a surgeon is impressive.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Dr. Steinmetz was very helpful in explaining my condition and providing a strategy for a recovery of my sciatic issue.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

the doctor and assistant looked at the whole problem. which I was not been able to get the last two doctors to do. past doctors focused on one problem and not what else could be wrong.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Doctors very courteous and attentive. Was very happy - they saved my ability to walk again. Very impressed w/staff.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Dr. Steinmetz was knowledgeable, concerned, listened & made thoughtful reasoned recommendations. He was well worth the hour+ delay in the schedule.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

very good great Dr. gave me my life back. I thank you DR. STEINMETZ

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

Dr Steinmetz was very professional yet caring. He seemed to realize from the start how important it is for me to experience quality of life and how limited I have been. he gave me hope

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Steinmetz was phenomenal! He patiently and thoroughly answered all questions (and there were a lot of questions).

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

spinal department was very efficient. Doctors extremely informative and caring. Understood my problems and offered outstanding solutions.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

the doctor is extremely busy. it usually takes several months to get an appointment. my visit with him is always enjoyable and informative.

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