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Department Urology
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

  • Adrenal Surgery
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Cancer Center
  • Cryotherapy
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Prostate Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Partial Nephrectomy
  • Robotic Prostate Surgery
  • Robotic Prostatectomy
  • Single-port Surgery
  • Urinary Reconstruction and Diversion
  • Urology
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adrenal disorders
  • Adrenal Tumors
  • Adrenocortical Carcinoma
  • Cancer
  • Elevated PSA
  • Facts About Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Stones
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Disease
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Renal Pelvic Cancer
  • Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinomas (UTUC)
  • Ureteral Cancer
  • Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction
View all 16 Specialties +


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About Robert Stein, MD

Robert Stein, MD, is an internationally renowned surgeon and researcher. He is recognized as one of the most experienced robotic and urologic oncology (bladder, prostate and kidney cancers) surgeons in the field, and has specific interests in robotic partial nephrectomy, robotic prostatectomy, adrenalectomy, nephrectomy, ureteral reimplant, and pyeloplasty. He is commonly invited to lecture at various national and international conferences and has performed and taught robotic and laparoscopic surgeries in countries including Italy, Turkey, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Columbia, India and Saudi Arabia.

Aside from his extensive robotic and cancer surgery experience, Dr. Stein has helped to introduce and actively utilizes various newer techniques including LESS (single port) surgery, robotic fluorescence (Firefly), fluorescence cystoscopy for bladder cancer (Cysview), and MRI for prostate cancer. He is also a regular contributor in the Cleveland Clinic Institutional Tumor Board and actively pursues a multidisciplinary approach to patient care involving medical and radiation oncology.

Dr. Stein is an internationally recognized researcher and has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles in major medical journals. He has also co-authored more than 20 book chapters and is co-editor of two upcoming books on the topics of prostate cancer and LESS surgery. His research accomplishments include various basic science projects, outcomes research, meta-analyses, dry and wet lab analysis of various novel technologies, and retrospective chart reviews. His research interests center around oncology and urologic reconstructive topics. His full curriculum vitae is attached.

Dr. Stein feels that excellent care centers around a personal and mutually respectful relationship with each patient. He also feels that empathy, encouragement and effective communication are the cornerstones to providing a positive experience for the patient, doctor and entire team providing care. If you wish for a consultation with Dr. Stein, please contact his office or call for an appointment.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Residency - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Internship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center & Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Medical Education - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA

Undergraduate - University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA USA


  • Urology

Specialty Interests

Laparoscopic and robotic surgery for kidney cancer, prostate cancer, and bladder cancer; adrenal lesions, UPJ and ureteric obstruction, Single port (LESS) surgery, cryoablation, elevated PSA

Innovations & Patents

  • Dr. Stein has been involved in the initial and ongoing use of a single-port, natural orifice approach for essentially scar-free laparoscopic surgery. This has been used for prostatectomy, nephrectomy, pyeloplasty and ureteral surgery. He has also helped to investigate and pioneer various robotic applications in kidney cancer, prostate cancer, and reconstructive surgery such as fluorescence, renal parenchymal compression, and ureteral replacement.
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Robert Stein, 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 11/23/2021, Dr. Stein 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.

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

398 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

79 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2022

Dr Stein has my complete confidence and scores high and beyond in all arras. He is an exceptional doctor and greatly appreciated.

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Very positive experience. Have already recommended the Clinic and Dr Stein to someone very recently diagnosed.

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Dr Stein and Monica his assistant and the staff give the best care I ever received anywhere. I Couldn't be happier. He is a very caring doctor and professional with the best outcome and satisfaction. We need more doctors like him. Thanks, Carey Girgis

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

I have been referring my patients for various conditions to Cleveland clinic because of the example Dr. Stein and his team exhibited over the years. Both my family members and my patients received the best of care with you in different developments. Keep up the good work and God bless you all . Carey Girgis

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Dr. Stein was great made me feel important.

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Dr Stein & staff are the greatest!!

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Dr. Stein was very thorough in explaining to me the procedures I would be going through. He gave me the business cards for the physicians who will be caring for me, for my biopsy and possible future surgery.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Dr Stein is a gem. Caring about the entire person an compassionate

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Dr Stein was awesome. He was my second opinion Dr and he's just the best. I have prostate cancer and he has done over 1600. Cleveland Clinic has allowed Dr. Stein to focus on what he does best. He's honest and will recommend the best treatment from his clients.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

Great experience, Great Doctor, with amazing staff!!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

Administrative was very efficient. Consult appointment with Dr Stein was very pleasant, informative and useful.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

I wish more Dr where like Dr Stein

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2022

Dr. Stein was awesome. I didn't feel rushed at all. He listened to my questions and concerns and addressed them thoroughly. Made me feel like I was his only patient. That's a rare quality in someone with his credentials.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2022

Dr. Stein was veery through on Q & A discussion

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Very good Dr and patient communication and the care was awesome

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Dr. Dtein is an outstanding physician in one of the great hospitals.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

The Doctor Stein knew his stuff and he was so understanding.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

Dr. Robert Stein was great.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2022

Dr Stein was very caring, listened to my complaints and discussed his thoughts. We agreed to a treatment plan based on his desire to give me the best chance for a good outcome.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Although having an hour wait, Dr. Stein spent at least 45 min. With my sister and me and was personable and left ample time for questions. I left feeling very confident in his abilities.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Liked Dr. Stein very much as stated earlier

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Dr Stein was running behind and seemed a bit frazzled

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Dr. Stein is so professional, knowledgeable, and caring. Can't get any better!

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

Dr. Stein is thorough and knowledgeable as well as being able to convey empathy and understanding. I feel lucky to have found a health care provider of his caliber

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Dr. Stein and the attending nurse Jeffery were both kind, courteous, respectful and professional. The both answered any and all of my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Jeff the niurse assistance was great........made me feel relaxed and comfortablke.Dr Stein is an ace.......i feel lucky to have him as a care provider. Great guy as well.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

I was very impressed with how kind and considerate Dr. Stein was durning my visit.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Both Dr. Stein and his resident (can't recall his last name) were incredibly helpful. Listened well, showed cared for my issue/concerns and provided excellent information.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Outstanding empathy and understanding by both doctors.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Dr Stien was very informative and very personable.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2021

It was a fantastic consult for a 2nd opinion. Will only see Dr. Stein for future prostate appts.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Dr. Stein showed extraordinary compassion because he knew that I would have serious concerns. He is highly knowledgeable, empathetic, and speaks and listens carefully. He is an outstanding medical practitioner. I expect to work with him going forward. I was most fortunate to find him.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Dr Stein was great! Spent a lot of time with us and answered all questions and made great suggestions for care.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Outstanding experience with Dr Stein, as I have experienced before, and come to expect. Well done!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Dr Stein has an empathetic and compassionate manner and takes time to explain my diagnoses to allow me to make the most informed decision and I am extremely fortunate to be under his care.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

See my previous comments regarding doctor Stein. I am fortunate to be under his care and would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Dr Stein is great person and very thoughtful and skilled in his expertise

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Dr Stein is very easy to talk to and is very thoughtful and courteous

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Very pleased with care anQuality of visit. Dr Stein was very attentive an explained so I could understand

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

I really liked Dr. Stein he was well spoken and I loved the way he explained want needed to be done with my right kidney . I never had a Doctor explain things to me like he did

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

Great doctor, great facility. Saved my life!

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Dr Stein spends a lot of time explaining everything. He cares about his patients

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Dr Stein is very personal and caring. Glad he's my doctor

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Urology caregivers are great. Very accommodating and efficient. .front desk staff rep Jose kept me Informed and were friendly. Dr Stein is the best. He is compassionate and engaging.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

We have not had to call the good Dr.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Dr. Stein is a good listener and very patient.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Dr Stein is outstanding

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

I trust and respect Dr stein

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Dr Stein was professional and clear in his explanations. He was available for a cystoscopy even when we ran 1+ hours late due to MRI delays. Nurse Jeff was phenomenal as well!

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Dr Stein was Awesome!!

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Dr. Stein was thoroughly engaged. He was caring and thoughtful. He went the extra mile -far and beyond our expectations.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Dr. Stein and his group do a great job. Although there are sometimes that I wait (in person), the video has been very good at being on time. His staff is very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

I have been seeing Dr. Stein since 2010. He has taken excellent care of me every 6 months. I his staff are all very helpful and skilled - always able to get appointments that accommodate me coming from Raleigh, NC

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Dr. Stein has been treating me for 11 years and has kept my cancer under control - no evidence this time and several others.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

All the doctors and staff are 5 star very helpful very good

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

Dr stein called me on a Friday evening at 7:00. No one does that. Great call

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

Dr. Stein was fantastic!

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

Dr. Stein was awesome! Very easy to talk to and he listened to me.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Dr. Stein is the exemplar of what a physician should be: caring, responsive, and excellent at his craft.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2021

Dr STein & Monika Warminski are all very helpful, as has Terry Mills too

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Dr. sign was very thoughtful, professional, empathetic, and provided us the answers to questions

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2021

The meetings whether with Dr. Stein or others have been excellent and informative.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

Good visit. Dr. Stien spent a lot of time with us and we were able to make a decision for treatment for my prostate cancer with the information and guidance he provided.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

Dr. Stein is a very knowledgeable and caring doctor. I left the appointment feeling very comfortable with the future possible kidney cancer care plan. Dr. Stein explained everything fully. He made me feel very comfortable as we made decisions together. I feel very comfortable knowing that he is my doctor and he has the skills to help me. I am very thankful I found Dr. Stein. I am very blessed!

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Love Dr Stein!!!

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Doctor was very busy, was unable to have video visit but he called and a very satisfactory visit was accomplished on the phone.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Simply stated, Dr. Stein is the best.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

I will always sing the praises of Cleveland Clinic. The actions of Dr. Stein saved my bladder and improved the quality of my life.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Video bad. Patient/doctor phone call good

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Monika Warminski does an outstanding job as Dr. Stein's assistant. She is the best physician assistant I have encountered in any department at the Clinic. She is very knowledgeable, explains well, and follows up quickly and thoroughly.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

The visit was a great experirance. No complaints at all. Really liked Dr Stein

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

I really liked Dr. Stein. He was great and explained everything so well.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Dr. Stein's secretary Terry and tech support were helpful and provided excellent guidance is connecting me to the video conference.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Dr. Stein is an outstanding professional.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

I have the highest regard for Dr. Stein's expertise. He is communicates clearly and expresses concern for the patient. His staff and tech support were top notch.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

I like dr. Stein I was amazed at how personable he was when he was on the phone with me.Thank you Dr.Stein

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

Dr. Stein personally called me and put me at ease.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

I had an excellent experience and continue to have great communication and followup. Important to me, is the great degree of confidence that I have in the doctors and staff.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

Dr. Stein is a great physician. He explained the procedure and related information in detail and was very thorough. Very sincere and caring. Excellent. I am very fortunate to have him as my physician.

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