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Title Institute Chair
Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Cervical Deformity Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Revision Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Spine Tumor Removal and Reconstruction
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cervical Infections
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Kyphosis
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Complex Cervical Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Herniated Disc
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About Thomas Mroz, MD

Thomas E. Mroz, MD is the Director of the Center for Spine Health and Director of Spine Research at Cleveland Clinic. He is a board-certified Spine Surgeon in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurological Surgery and the Center for Spine Health at Cleveland Clinic. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. Thereafter, he completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. He then completed two spinal surgery fellowships, one at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the other in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. His focus of the second fellowship was minimally invasive spine surgery.

Dr. Mroz specializes in all aspects of spinal surgery, and has a dedicated interest in minimally invasive surgery and cervical (neck) spine surgery, including radiculopathy, myelopathy, stenosis, disc herniations, cervical disc replacement, revision cervical surgery, cervical infections, cervical tumors and cervical deformity.

He is very active in research, and has lectured nationally and internationally on minimally invasive surgery and cervical spine surgery. He has authored numerous research articles and textbook chapters, and serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He is a member in good standing in the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He continues to have a very active role in the education of medical students, residents and fellows.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of California Los Angeles Medical Center
Spinal Surgery
Los Angeles, CA USA

Fellowship - Semmes Murphy Clinic
Memphis, TN USA

Residency - The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Orthopaedic Surgery
Washington, DC USA

Internship - The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
General Surgery
Washington, DC USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Professional Highlights

  • Deputy Editor, Global Spine Journal
  • Deputy Editor, The Spine Journal
  • Editorial Board, The Spine Journal
  • Biologics Board, North American Spine Society
  • Research Committee, AO Spine North America
  • Patient Education Sub-Committee, Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Education Committee, North American Spine Society
  • Reviewer, Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
  • Reviewer, Evidence Based Spine Surgery
  • Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
  • Reviewer, Cell and Tissue Banking
  • Reviewer, Global Spine Journal
  • Reviewer, Neurosurgery
  • Best Doctors in America, 2010, 2011


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Cervical Disc Herniation, Cervical Infections, Cervical Myelopathy and Radiculopathy, Cervical Tumors, Complex Cervical Spine Surgery including Cervical Deformity, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Revision Cervical Spine Surgery


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS)
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • AOSpine North America
  • Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS)
  • North American Spine Society (NASS) 
  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS)
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Thomas Mroz, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 9/1/2023, Dr. Mroz has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Mroz receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Stryker Corporation

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

99 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr Mroz is an excellent doctor who genuinely cares about his patients. The surgery was life changing in a very positive way. I'm pretty much back to my old self.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr Mroz was great and his PA is awesome and the nurse sandy is awesome

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Dr. Mroz, his resident & staff are excellent! I highly recommend him to all who have spine issues especially in the cervical region. Dr. Mroz goes above & beyond to get to the bottom of the issues you are facing and will not perform any unnecessary surgery. He listens and is truly a compassionate doctor who is in the medical field to help people.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Al Mellilo, Dr. Mroz, and the staff have been wonderful. I truly felt comfortable and confident in what was a sort of scary situation.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

I wish there was something higher to say how much I'd recommend Dr. Mroz. No idea why anyone would go to someone else.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr. Mroz is the best! So friendly, caring, assuring, knowledgeable, and provides ample time/attention to the appointment.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2023

Everthing with Cleveland Clinic has been very good. I have complete trust & confidenced in Dr. Mroz I always feel good after the vist.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

Dr. Mroz is very special in my mind.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Dr. Mroz and I really had problems with Zoom. We could see each other but could not hear each other.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

I really like Dr. Mroz as a doctor. He shows a lot of compassion for his patients and doesn't rush them unnecessarily into surgery. He asks a lot of questions, makes sure he has test results in place to make a proper diagnosis and takes into account how the patient feels and really listens to his patients concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Feel confidence in Dr Mortz

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

I always enjoy my appointments with Dr Mroz and Alan. They are always extremely professional yet warm. I also have gotten very good care.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

I feel Dr. Mroz is an excellent doctor who listened to all my concerns, took his time to answer all the questions my husband & I had, proposed a few extra tests, explained why he was having them done & made me feel he was REALLY listening to me. I'm scared of what the future might hold related to my spine, have been in pain for a lot of years after two cervical spine fusions & have new developing symptoms, but this Is the first time in years I actually have hope. He is also willing to work with my Neurologist as a team to solve these issues & get to the bottom of what is causing them. I trust Dr. Mroz to be able to help me.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

This appointment was for a second opinion. Im glad I got one because the other provider seemed to think surgery was my only option.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

I met Dr. Mroz from a previous visit a few years ago. He is a very intelligent Dr. And has a rather direct approach to diagnosis and path of treatment.I like that aspect of his approach. He also Made me aware of his prompt availability should I need it. That speaks volumes to me. I have a lower back issue and the manner in which he addressed it along with making himself available Is unparalleled individualized patient care.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

From my initial Inquiry to scheduling the visit and the visit itself all went well. A seamless interaction from beginning to end with the schedulers to Dr. Mroz via our Televisit.

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