Michael Fritz, MD
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
- Pediatric Facial Plastic Surgery
- Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Benign Bone Tumors
- Broken Bones
- Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
- Hemifacial Spasm
- Moebius Syndrome
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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
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA
Undergraduate - Duke University
Durham, NC USA
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
- 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.
- 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.
- Free fascia lata flaps for oral and tongue reconstruction - allows us to use the thigh preferentially for reconstructions thus minimizing donor site morbidity.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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105 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
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|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.9|
|Knows Medical History||4.9|
|Time Spent with Patient||5|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.9|
13 Patient Comments
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.
Reviewed on Sep 19, 2018
Dr. Fritz is very thorough in all areas of care during an appointment.
Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018
Dr Fritz is very professional, talented and personable, he has given me back what I lost due to paralysis: my smile. I'm very grateful to him, Wendy, his surgical team, and all who worked together to help me regain what was important to me. I just can't thank all of them enough. They accomplished what I thought was impossible.
Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018
Dr Fritz is very thorough, answered all of my questions, and explained in detail how this treatment was going to affect me. I have complete faith in him.
Reviewed on Jul 23, 2018
Dr. Fritz is an awesome doctor. he saw me there for a different appointment and knowing I had an issue with my neck came and checked it out. He is very caring and proactive and Wendy his nurse is just as awesome.
Reviewed on Jul 23, 2018
Dr. Fritz often has Fellows and/or Residents with him during my visits. He always introduces each of them. it is obvious that they know my condition and they are very attentive. Dr. Fritz always explains the procedure I receive to them as well as to me. He answers any questions they have as well as any questions I have for him. The residents/fellows are blessed to learn from Dr. Fritz.
Reviewed on Jul 13, 2018
Appointment was made for me by referring DR Dr. was very polite and well educated with my specific problem.
Reviewed on Jun 27, 2018
Dr. Fritz and his team worked extremely well together!!
Reviewed on Apr 11, 2018
Dr. Fritz always listens to and addresses all of my questions and concerns.
Reviewed on Feb 21, 2018
dr. fritz is very thorough. his directions were very clear.
Reviewed on Jan 27, 2018
I felt well taken care of; well informed.
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