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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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Biography

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

Appointed
2003

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Minnesota
Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Minneapolis, MN USA
2004

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Otolaryngology
Cleveland, OH USA
2003

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1998

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA
1997

Undergraduate - Duke University
Durham, NC USA
1992

Certifications

  • 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)
    WCPN
  • 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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As of 3/5/2022, 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

87 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 4.9

13 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2022

I have been getting Botox treatments for my facial paralysis from Dr. Fritz for many years now. Always kind and considerate and gets the job done as I need.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2022

Dr Fritz is of the utmost respect concern and interest of his patients health. His bedside manner is impeccable with an extreme ease to the patient.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Excellent Physician. Dr. Fritz is very professional and personable!

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Dr. Fritz is the best!

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2022

Dr. Fritz is awesome!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Very knowledgeable and well experienced specialist doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Dr. Fritz is one of the nicest caring doctors I've seen.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Dr. Fritz is incredibly skilled but equally attentive and caring. I could not be more pleased with my patient experience with Dr. Fritz.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

Everyone was WORLD CLASS Dr Fritz is a genius!!!

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2022

Dr Fritz is OUTSTANDING! He is highly skilled and has a fantastic, caring bedside manner!

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Dr Fritz is an outstanding doctor. He is definitely a asset to the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Dr Fritz and his staff were wonderful. Very efficient and answered my concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Dr. Fritz is always professional and kind. He's also very honest and knowledgeable.

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