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Title Section Head, Facial Plastic and Microvascular Surgery
Department Head and Neck Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adult Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Cancer Center
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Head and neck reconstructive surgery
  • Jaw Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Nasal Reconstruction
  • Nasal Valve Surgery
  • Parotidectomy
  • Pediatric Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
View all 13 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Broken Bones
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hemifacial Spasm
  • Melanoma
  • Moebius Syndrome
View all 6 Specialties +


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About Michael Fritz, MD

Michael Fritz, MD, FACS, is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Staff Memeber of the Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute and Director of the Section of Facial Plastic and Microvascular Surgery. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in Columbus, OH. He completed an Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic and a fellowship in Facial Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.

His specialty interests include complex facial reconstruction in children and adults, treatment of facial paralysis and cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty (surgery the external nose).  

Dr. Fritz is board-certified by the State of Ohio Medical Board, the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Fritz is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Head and Neck Society and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He has published a number of journal articles on topics such as management of advanced facial cancers, complex maxillary and orbit reconstruction and new techniques for treatment of facial paralysis.

He has also published book chapters on concepts and techniques in facial trauma reconstruction, lip reconstruction and facial reconstruction using microvascular free tissue transfer. In addition, he given a many presentations on the topics of facial reconstruction and management of facial paralysis.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Minnesota
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Minneapolis, MN USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA

Undergraduate - Duke University
Durham, NC USA


  • Otolaryngology
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty Interests

adult and pediatric facial plastic surgery including complex facial reconstruction following cancer treatment or trauma, facial paralysis, advanced facial skin cancers including melanoma, cosmetic and functional surgery of the nose and eyelids

Awards & Honors

  • Multiple media appearances for complex facial reconstructions:
    Cleveland Plain Dealer (
    ABC 20/20 (November 11, 2009)
    Univision (January 23, 2010)
  • Resident teacher of the year 2008-2009 and 2010-2011

Innovations & Patents

    1.  Free fascia lata flaps for nasal lining in total and subtotal nasal defects - allows for faster and more effective reconstruction of large nasal defects from cancer or trauma.
    2.  Orthodromic temporalis tendon transfer following radical parotidectomy (facial nerve sacrifice to clear parotid cancers) - for immediate correction of facial paralysis at the time of cancer treatment.
    3.  Free fascia lata flaps for oral and tongue reconstruction - allows us to use the thigh preferentially for reconstructions thus minimizing donor site morbidity.
    4.  Midface and orbit reconstruction with layered fibula osteocutaneous flaps (rebuilding faces with transferred and revascularized leg bone and skin) -This unique technique allows for total reconstruction of the floor of the eye, facial bones and palate at the time of cancer resection.
    5. Correction of Moebius syndrome (bilateral facial paralysis) with double orthodromic temporalis tendon transfer and fascia lata sling - this is a unique very effective outpatient technique to restore oral competence, facial motion and smile in patients with this condition.
    6. Combined multidisciplinary approach (derm surgery and facial plastic surgery) to optimize management of advanced facial skin cancers - unique collaboration between Dermatologic Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery allows us to treat advanced facial skin cancers using the best tumor clearance and reconstructive techniques in the same surgical setting.
    7.  Buried free flaps to improve contour and function after radical parotid and neck surgery - Avoids contour deformities after tumor management with a lasting transfer of vascularized tissue which tolerates the effects of postoperative radiation if required.
    8. Free vascularized fascia flaps following staged neck dissection after chemoradiation therapy Allow for rapid coverage of critical vessels, nerves and muscle following neck dissection.
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 4/25/2021, Dr. Fritz 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

131 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 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Dr Fritz is my number one Choice

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Dr. Fritz and his staff very informative. Very comfortable with their care.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Absolutely love dr. Fritz and his staff

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Dr. Fritz and Wendy make an excellent team. Always checks how I'm feeling from one appointment to the next. Never rushes me. Addresses any concerns I have.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Highly recommend Dr. Fritz

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Dr. Fritz was very respectful and caring. He explained everything thoroughly and with compassion.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Dr. Fritz and his staff are great

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Dr Fritz is a-ok, I would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

all very good, good service. great doctor

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021


Reviewed on Jun 7, 2021

Dr. Fritz is an excellent surgeon, and I have the greatest respect for him and his team. He was clearly upset at this failure of a system that has been in place since March of last year, and he made sure that the surgery went ahead that day despite the 9 hour delay. In fact, he was so determined that wheeled me into surgery himself. Now that's my idea of a good doctor!

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

Dr. fritz and Wendy always show genuine care and compassion

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

Best, Kindest, Most Brilliant & Passionately Empathetic Doctor at Cleveland Clinic. Period!

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Dr Fritz is just good at what he doesHis team is a reflection of him

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Fritz and his staff.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

I would recommend this hospital, doctors, and staff to anyone.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Excellent doctor and staff. Dr. Fritz always takes the time to listen to my concerns and questions. He explains procedures thoroughly.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Dr. Fritz and staff made my operation unstressful

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

Dr. Fritz accomplished what no other doctor would attempt with remarkable results. he is truly gifted and compassionate. I can't speak highly enough about him.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Dr Fritz is simply the best

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

dr Fritz and Dr Mangie were awesome. They took their time and really worked through my options!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Dr. Fritz was very caring and very thorough. i felt like he really wanted to help me

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr. Fritz is an excellent clinician. He explained the procedure in detail and addressed all of my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

Dr. Fritz is the bomb very knowledgeable and down to earth. I felt very comfortable and secure his abilities as a surgeon to make my lip look normal or better then normal again He took the time to hear all of my concerns and answered all my questions. I really know if he wants me to look fantastic again. And I would recommend him to anybody. And I can't wait to see him again on December 14th

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

did not feel rushed, wonderful doctor and staff!

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

wonderful Physician and staff!!!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Dr. Fritz and staff are excellent. They make you feel like you're the only patient. You guys all ROCK! Thank you

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Dr. Fritz and Wendy are awesome. Always answer concerns and questions. Very friendly. Really l

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