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 4/3/2020, 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

110 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

29 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Dr. Fritz is a very compassionate and skillful Surgeon. I would recommend him without any hesitation.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr. Fritz is an exceptional physician and surgeon and always offers thorough explanations to his patients.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

I have always found my experience with Dr. Fritz to be positive and productive. The office staff is extremely professional and understanding. I will continue to see Dr. Fritz in the future should the need arise. Thank you.

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

I was very pleased with my interaction with the medical staff. I felt very comfortable in the care of Dr. Michael Fritz, Dr. Janti Shah and the attending medical staff.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Dr. Fritz and his assistants have always been good at listening to what is going on and explaining in easy to understand terms what they feel the issue is and the best plan of treatment and why.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Dr. Fritz very caring, answered all our questions.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

dr Fritz made me and my family feel at ease about my surgery. he explained all the complications my underlying diagnosis had to my current need for surgery. he fought hard with my insurance to get the approval. I'm in Florida and was out of network but he understood how imperative it was to have him do such a specialized intricate surgery that very few doctors in this country are trained enough to do. I'm so grateful for dr Fritz and his team. I'm so thankful he continued to support me through all the battle and never gave up on me. I'm forever grateful.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Dr. Fritz is always thorough and puts me at ease. I have the utmost confidence in him and his staff.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

i always have a good experience with Dr Fritz and his staff. They are always so friendly and u feel as you were with friends.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

i Hace been talking of my doctor and staff already to others. I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Fritz . Trust him and love his ways of treating people.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Dr. Fritz is an extremely knowledgeable, caring and compassionate doctor. He and his staff always take good care of me!

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

We were so happy with Dr. Fritz and the care he provided!! It was a scary surgery having your child's nose basically reconstructed- he was very confident from the beginning which made us feel good. Definitely knows what he is doing, clearly explains the process the whole way through, has good assistants in his office who are there to always help and answer questions, and he did a great job with the surgery! We would definitely recommend him to others who need this type of surgery!

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

Dr. Fritz has always treated us professionally and with respect. We too respect Dr. Fritz.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

I would recommend *Dr. Fritz & his team to anyone! *Dr. Fritz is very knowledgeable & positive. I have a lot of respect & appreciation for him. GREAT bedside manner.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Dr Fritz and his help are very professional . i felt very comfortable w them

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

I feel very comfortable w Dr. Fritz and his staff.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Dr. Fritz is a great surgeon and an awesome guy!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Fritz is not just a good plastic surgeon, he is a gifted one! He does fantastic work. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of his expertise.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Fritz is a compassionate, kind and extremely knowledgeable doctor. He and his staff take such good care of me! I would not hesitate to recommend him and his staff!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Fritz always provides individualized care!

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.

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