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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
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
View all 8 Specialties +


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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.

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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 8/16/2021, 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

127 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Excellent provider, kind, and caring. Great easy to understand information.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Dr. Mroz and his team are very caring.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

While some stiffness, aches, and weakness persist, I have been able to resume most mechanical activity that I couldn't before. The doctor will reevaluate my healing in September to see if any other action needs to be taken. I feel he fully understands my concerns and cares.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

love Dr Mroz.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Dr. Mroz and staff exceeded expectations and were prompt and professional in reaching out to me.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Dr. Mroz is not only a professional in his specialty but also has the empathy and care that patient's want from their doctor. He is kind, articulate, and honest with his patients. He goes above and beyond describing all facets of injury, prevention, and treatment.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

*Dr. Mroz is awesome, the best!

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Dr. Mroz is a spectacular Doc. Extremely knowledgeable and excellent at explaining complicated situations.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

Dr Thomas Mroz is not only a great listener but knowledgeable and an excellent surgeon. He and his team gave me the opportunity to live a better life. Others had no or little hope for me but Dr Mroz made hope a reality. He is one of Cleveland Clinics BEST.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

Excellent experience both with staff and surgeons. Dr Mroz was so helpful and informative. Thank you so much for all of your help.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

I would highly recommend Dr. Mroz. he is an excellent dr that cares.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Dr Mroz answered all my questions, He was very very reassuring and professional.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Best Dr I have ever had

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

Dr. Mroz was wonderful!

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Dr Mroz claimed the surgery went well showing me a photo of the change in the opening in my lumbar region. However, my sport medicine doctor showed me a different photo from the same MRI showing a problem with the L-4 vertebra

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

The dr. who covered for my diabetes was exceptional!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

great Doctor.I could not have been more satisfied.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

I had a conflict with my initial appointment and Dr. Mroz and his staff rescheduled without hesitation. Much appreciated.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

Dr Mroz exceeded my expectations in many ways. he was personable, he took the time to explain things clearly, he gave me hope about my condition, he was prompt. wonderful!

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Dr. Mroz is kind, thoughtful, extremely knowledgeable, thurough, and approachable. I would trust him to care for my family and friends. The best doctor I have ever had the privilege to meet.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Staff all made me feel like they cared.I most definitely would and will recommend ClevelandClinic to everyone.I only wish I knew about Dr.Mroz years ago and I could of had my surgery sooner and not in the severe pain I was in when I would lock up and in very severe pain.I also wanted to say That Dr.Mroz ,I met him before my surgery and right after in the main campus when checked up on me later in my room.Then I met him regular Dr's visit in Strongsville,Oh. and this man was so nice and caring and so far im doing good not having the severe pain of like a knife in me and if I moved its like re-stabbing and if I moved it was like stabbed and slicing and would hurt so bad and not stop and I couldn't move or it would do it again and Again and so fourth.Dr.Mroz I can't speak enough good things.How he did an excellent job and all who worked that day on my surgery and also the Hospitalstaff ,nurses, and others all so nice and cared for me.I want to Thank all of them.Excellent jobber besides there job They all from day 1 to this ending more than there job......They cared and made you feel like Family.Thank You all from the bottom of my Heart...!!!

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

I was very impressed with Dr. Mroz. He certainly put my mind at ease about the issues I've been having about my neck. I liked the fact that he was a surgeon that was not recommending surgery.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

excellent Doctor great bedside manner. Explained everything and answered all questions. I would rate him a 12 out of 10

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