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


Additional Locations

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 - George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Orthopaedic Surgery
Washington, DC USA

Internship - George Washington University School of Medicine and 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

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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 10/15/2018, 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

135 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 4.6
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.4
Time Spent with Patient 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

I always have a good visit there, especially with dr. mroz and his team. They are always prompt and on time, they always make sure things are done right and professionally. Dr. Mroz always makes sure my questions are asked. I enjoy going to Cleveland clinic.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr Mroz is extremely professional, knowledgeable in his field, great listener and compassionate for his patients. the best experience I've ever had in a doctors office

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Dr. Mroz and his staff are the BEST!! I have had nothing but great experiences with Dr. Mroz and the Cleveland Clinic. I have almost a 3 hour drive one way to get to see them and i will not go anywhere else with my spine issues.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

doc must be great at surgery .

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr. Morz was very informative, he did push me into my decision. He talk to me not at me, strongly recommend.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019

Dr. Mroz was very receptive to questions about taking different surgical approaches and even reached out to another physician for a second opinion. Dr. Mroz inspires a great deal of confidence and seems genuinely invested in his patients' wellbeing.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

Dr. Mroz explains thing thoroughly and is patient wish any question or concerns

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

Dr. Mroz went above and beyond todo the right thing for me. He is a fine doctor and fine human being.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

I thought the wait time before actually seeing the doctor was a little long.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

Super impressed with his professionalism and how personable he was. of course as part of the treatment when a doctor tells you to loose weight before they can do a procedure, it is very hard to hear. He was the first doctor to tell me that and that's exactly what I needed to hear after all. I have begun and am taking this serious.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Dr Mroz and Al Mellilo have been upfront and honest about my diagnosis and pain. I trust my Dr to care for me.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2018

after the exam the doctor said he would call me back with additional information, but 3 days later he has yet to call me back after I have repeatedly call his office back to have him phone me for guidance about my health as I have been in pain for over 9 months it seems like he just blew me off

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2018

after exam, the doctor told me to expect a call from him later in the afternoon to inform me of a game plan with his colleagues. 3 days later, I have not heard back from him. I phoned his office and told them of the situation and they said they would forward this message to him, but he still has not gotten back with me. I have been suffering for over 9 months now and now I am in limbo!!! am I suppose to keep waiting or try to find another doctor? I have been in business for 38 years and if I told my client I'll get back to them in a few hours I would do that or at least give them a reason why. now it's been 4 days and Christmas holiday so I'm sure I won't hear anything I am very disappointed that I didn't at least hear back from the Doctor or his staff

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2018

doctor let me leave without any follow up information or any assistance in what I should do about my health. no one checked me out I just walked out of office and drove 130 miles home. this doctor is probably too busy to worry about my concerns esp. after phoning his staff they were suppose to have contacted him for me on what I should do next

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018

I put my future in *Dr. Mruz's hands and happy I did...Never a doubt in my decision to have surgery.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

when I had my surgery couldn't believe how well everything was explained and the cleanest of the hospital. plus all the nurses and cleaning people were wonderful. wish my insurance was with the clinic had to fight a lot to get there but with the help if my medical doctor I succeeded. Dr Mroz is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2018

First meeting with *Dr. Mroz and time he spent with us explanation of surgery was what made me decide to have it done at CC.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2018

I do not mind having to wait once in a while for a Doctor. Emergencies do happen. I just expect that when my Doctor does come into my appt, that he/she is not rushing me through my appt to make up time. Which, Dr. Mroz DID NOT rush through my appt he was wonderful. So I do not have an issue waiting on a Doctor once in a while.

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