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
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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

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 9/17/2019, 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

103 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

Dr. Mroz and staff are most professional people I have ever known. They don't tell me what I want to hear, but what I need to hear, and I appreciate it.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

I will recommend Dr. Mroz to anybody who needs spine surgery.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Dr. Mroz is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

I had a very good experience .The Doctor listened to me and asked alot about my problem.He tried a few things and read alot of my other Doctors reports and findings.He looked at the disks I brought from other exams.He gave me some options and my problem with my neck / right shoulder .My severe pain was very bad during my visit.We decided to have the proceduredone per the Doctor.He advised me someone will get ahold of me to set the procedure up.The Doctor was very nice and explained what he will be doing.I advised the Doctor I cant do this stabbinglike a knife goes in and like slicing.I had to drive home after my Drs appt and a good hoursdrive.Overall I was good with this visit.Thank You.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

If I had a choice I would go to a regional hospital for care, nursing care needs work. Doctors excellent.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

*Dr. Mroz super awesome & PA-C *Dr. Mellini, took excellent care of me.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Appt was change From 12:20 pm to 9:00 am 1 day before From Strongsville, Ohio to the main Cleveland canvas . I live in the Detroit area 3.5 hrs of drive time. So was leaving at 8:00 am now I had to leave at 3:30am to make the 9:00 am Got there at 8:30 am with friend. The doctor did not show up till 11:15 am, the desk was very nice but really couldn't get communication with the doctor. Once they said 10:00 am then no communication till 11:15 am when the dr showed up. This never happen before, very not respectful of my time and my friends time.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2020

Doctor Mroz answered all my questions and allowed me all the time I wanted. He was well prepared with my records and tests at hand.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

The kindest doctor I have ever met.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

I was very nervous about this appointment because I was concerned that the world renowned Cleveland Clinic would make me feel as if they had more important issues to deal with. That was not the case. Dr. Mroz seemed truly concerned about my needs. I was comfortable talking to him about my needs & what the future may hold for me, medically. Not once did I feel that I must hurry so that Dr. Mroz could get on to his next patient.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

doctor was rude and asked us why we were there

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

I did not receive the care I needed. I came back expecting the doctor to follow through with scheduling the procedure he had recommended and instead it seemed as though I had never before been there.

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2019

I have to say, if this was my first experience with Cleveland Clinic I would never return. I have never felt so ashamed of myself, because of a doctor's opinion of me.

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2019

Dr. Mroz instills confidence. For my particular condition we have a plan with a back up as well. comforting to have choices.He's very much a true professional at his craft.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

Dr. Mroz really cares about his patients. I would and have highly recommended him. I always felt that I was in good hands with Dr. Mroz. I have a lot of medical anxiety and I always felt that he would take good care of me.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

The doctor is the picture of professionalism and education.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Mroz has great compassion, he has humility and passion for his pictular line of health care. I have never met a more confident doctor. I think I'am very lucky to be in his care.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

I'am sure a great doctor like Dr. Mroz is in high demand, but I sing his praise to all my friends and family.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Dr. Mroz has been excellent to work with in treating my condition. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

doctor indicated he would call me the next day and did not

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019


Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Dr Mroz and his nurse staff makes this alot easier

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