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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

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, is a Staff Member of the Cleveland Clinic’s Head and Neck Institute in the Section of Facial Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in Columbus, OH. He completed a general surgery internship and an otolaryngology residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, and a fellowship in facial plastic surgery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.

His specialty interests include pediatric and adult facial plastic surgery, cosmetic and functional surgery of the nose (rhinoplasty) and eyelids (blepharoplasty).

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 Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

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 (www.cleveland.com/johanna)
    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 2/28/2019, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

156 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 5
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

44 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

outstanding response to my needs and my questions. No delays. Dr. Fritz and team are focused on their patients and it shows.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

Both Dr. Fritz, Wendy Kring, and Dr. Prendes were very informative and caring. They took the time needed to fully explain everything. Wendy stayed in contact via email and was extremely helpful.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Dr. Fritz is the best. Dr. Fritz is caring and assist with connecting me with other providers for continuity of care. He really listens and address your concerns.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

I have been so impressed with how quickly my emails and calls have been addressed. I can't say enough good things about both Dr Fritz and his staff.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Dr Fritz is one of the best physicians I've had the pleasure of having for my extensive healthcare needs. I required a serious and complicated surgery and my recovery and the results have been better than I could have hoped for. Dr Fritz responded to my every need in a timely and compassionate manner and I have had no complaints in the 6 or more months I have been in his care.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

I have been telling everyone about how positive this experience has been and am happy to recommend Dr Fritz, the Head and Neck service and the Cleveland Clinic. I am so fortunate to be in Cleveland and have access to "world class care". Thank you to everyone!

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

excellent provider !!

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Wendy Kring Dr. Fritz surgical tech/ assistant was very knowledgeable, thorough and efficient.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Dr. Fritz is always respectful and concerned about my medical issue. He listens very well to my concerns and always discusses my treatment options. He is very concerned about my comfort during treatments. I highly recommend Dr. Fritz to anyone who requires his very specialized skill set.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

I had some questions for Dr. Fritz and he always takes time to answer them and then make sure I understand!!

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Always a good experience seeing Dr. Fritz and Wendy.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Special "thanks" to Dr. Fritz and his staff! I trust him with my medical condition/care.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Dr. Fritz is wonderful doctor., also his staff. They are very professional and at the same time, made me feel very comfortable on their care.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

very respectful doctor and his staff

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

i have already recommended others to see Dr. Fritz. They had snd feel the same way about him, like I do.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

I am a very anxious person, Dr. Fritz and his team were always very patient with me when I asked a lot of questions and provided much reassurance when I was worried.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

I always get in and out super fast with Dr Fritz and crew.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Intern even delivered some of my passing concerns to Dr Fritz and there was a solution presented before I left. Forgot to get the name of the intern/resident, but she was fantastic as well.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

She was great and thorough. My comments in passing were mentioned to Dr Fritz and I left with a remedy.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

Cannot say enough good things about working with Dr. Fritz - from the initial consult, through surgery, and follow ups, he shares all of my concerns and is 100% solution oriented.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019

*Dr. Fritz is patient, honest, and quietly calm in discussing care with me. He listens and shows compassion. he is a highly skilled practitioner.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

It has always been a good experience with Dr. Fritz.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

everything went smoothly with Dr Fritz and his PA and student, all very attentive.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

We are always impressed by the courtesy & kindness displayed by all staff from physician to housekeepers -

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

excellent experience !! Dr. Fritz makes you feel very comfortable. Good person all around !!

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Dr. Fritz explained everything clearly. I would highly recommend him to all !!

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Dr. Fritz and Wendy were very professional, knowledgeable and friendly, it was a good experience, answered all my questions and spent a lot of time making sure I was comfortable about my surgery. I highly recommend them both.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

dr fritz is not only a pro but on my office visits and surgery wa very kind to me and patient

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

excellence. Dr. Fritz and his staff are very professional and always ready to answer any questions you might have. He is the best.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

I will and have told others good things about this doctor and his staff. Very happy w them.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

Dr Fritz and his staff are the best. Thank you for having such good people ready and very courteous .

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

I have never had any problem from anyone in Dr. Fritz staff and don't expect ever to have any. Everyone is very professional and always ready to make your visit very comfortable. Thank you for having such a wonderful staff.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

All my experiences with this doctor and his wonderful staff are wonderful. May God always bless them.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

*Dr. Fritz was top notch. He explained my procedure in a way I could understand, listened to my concerns and personally called me when I had a question. He is very easy to understand and is a wonderful surgeon.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

We appreciate Dr. Fritz fitting time to meet with us into his schedule so that we could discuss our case with him in person before we had to leave town.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Dr Fritz is one of the best Doctor's I have ever seen. He seems to really care about his patients

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019

Dr. Fritz is an awesome doctor, treats you like your the only patient he has !!!

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Dr. Fritz, Wendy, and doctor with the staff all of them hear me and addressed my concerns. Very friendly and professional at same time.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

Dr fritz was very helpful and willing to listen and answer any questions or concerns that I had.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

Dr.Fritz was very caring and informative ,

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019

I thought my doctor was great. He was very friendly and explained everything I wanted to know.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2018

provider listened and explained. displayed compassionate care.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2018

Dr. Fritz is outstanding. I have seen many doctors for my various issues, Dr. Fritz is the best doctor I have ever seen. He is the best listener, he answers my concerns in easy to understand terms. He is very concerned about my comfort during treatments and often offers to take a break to allow me to recover from unavoidable discomfort of my procedures. I trust his judgement and would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

Dr. Fritz has helped me tremendously to be able to "deal" with my severe facial deficits. I am so very thankful for Dr. Fritz and his assistant Wendy as I believe they truely do care.

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