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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
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Elevated PSA
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Stones
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Disease
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Renal Pelvis 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 12/5/2022, 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

433 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

66 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. Stein is always professional, caring, courteous, and listens to whatever questions or comments I might have. He is above excellent in patient care! He does not guess at my condition, but makes sure he sees for himself.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

I have recommended Dr. Stein to others!

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Dr Stein,Was extremely courteous, thoughtful, professional, and took the time to listen to my concerns as well as concerns my wife had while at Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr Sten was my sister's doctor so I had a good opinion to begin with. I knew he would be friendly professional caring and explain his findings in a detailed and easy to understand manner. Great physician and surgeon!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

*Dr. Stein, urology excellent care.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

I cannot say enough nice things about Dr. Stein.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Dr. Stein answered all my questions and concerns with professionalism and compassion

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

All great experience seeing Dr. Stein!

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

This was a very good experience and very enlightening. Dr Stein is very aware of my diagnosis and made me feel very comfortable about his procedures in the operation that I have to receive. Thank you very much

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

Dr Stein's commitment to his patients is remarkable.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

Dr. Stein is great!

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2023

I can't say enough good about Dr Stein. He is an amazing doctor who really cares about his patients and is passionate about being a good doctor!!

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

It was very clear to me that Dr. Stein not only cared about me as a paitent by was empathetic to my situation and it showed. He was afforded the time to sit and explain everything I needed to know about my condition and options.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

I saw another doctor on Dr. Stein's team and then Dr. Stein himself. I can't imagine a better visit due to the time each doctor spent with me, their depth of explanation and communication, and their genuine attitude and expression of personal concern. They also took time to listen and answer questions from both myself and my wife (my wife was on the phone from Iowa during the appointment.)

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

Excellent staff and physician. Very smooth appointment in all regards. My opinion of the Cleveland Clinic - runs like a "well oiled machine"

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

Wonderful provider

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

Already have recommended the Cleveland Clinic to a friend. Dr Stein spent almost an hour with me and I was relieved when I left. I feel in good hands going into my procedure.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023


Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Dr. Stein is outstanding in every regard.

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

He was so personable and made sure I understood everything. Super nice doctor and very kind!

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Dr Stein and his office always go above and beyond expectations. Dr Stein is a one in a million doctor and I'm blessed to be able to have him as my physician.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

Dr. Stein demonstrated genuine care for me as a patient. I have great confidence in his skill, expertise, and concern.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

Dr Stein was very good at reviewing my problem and coming up with a procedure to follow next

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

Dr. Stein demonstrates a high degree of sensitivity for a very private, prideful and sensitive male issue.He is prepared to answer each and every question to make sure the patient is comfortable with the path forward for the best outcome. Even if the timetable is delayed due to patient reluctance or concern. His understanding of patient psyche builds Doctor-Patient trust.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

Excellent time with the attending nurse and he explained everything in a relaxed manner. Dr. Stein Wes very through and professional and completely explained everything I should expect and answered all our questions.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

Dr Stein was through offering a medical explanation for the elevated PSA and continued follow up. Exceeding my expectations

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

As an emergency physician for 43 years it is very consoling and appreciated to be under the care of such an understanding, conscientious and knowledgeable professional specialist. I feel very fortunate having Dr. Stein as my urologist. He is truly an asset to he Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

The sense of urgency was so important to me.I felt like I was very important and staff Dr. Stein worked to schedule my scans and surgery without delay. I certainly did not get this attention from other health networks. Cleveland clinic had the resources to quickly remove my cancer.It was speed and reputation of quality that brought me to Dr. Stein and CC Urology.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2023

Dr Stein was so kind and took time with me even though it was late. I highly recommend Dr Stein

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2023

Even though he was an hour and a half late, when Doctor Stein finally arrived, he was exceptional - very caring and taking as long as necessary to answer our questions. It is because of this visit that I cancelled my surgery at the University of Miami with the Chair of their Urology Department to have Dr. Stein do my surgery instead.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Dr stein was very through in explaining my problem and answering any question from myself and my family.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Dr. Stein was his normal, pleasant self. I was glad to hear everything was good with my report.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Dr Stein provided excellent service and was able to get me back on my feet quickly after having a major surgery

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

All other care providers were incredibly helpful in addresses my concerns/needs.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Would recommend Dr Stein and Cleveland Clinic to anybody

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2023

Dr. Stein is an amazing physician. He takes the time to understand your concerns and then takes more time to communicate your options, his own recommendations and the clinical reasoning behind each.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Great institution, great doctor!!!

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Great doctor

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Great institution, Great doctor

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Dr. Stein and his nurse practitioner, Monika Warminski are fantastic to work with. Everything is explained in great detail, I know exactly where I stand with treatment and what to expect in the future. They've even helped me understand what to look for in lab reports.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Dr. Stein was fantastic in explaining my results and the options available to me in treating the prostrate. He took his time with me, answered my questions, and was genuinely concerned in my care.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Dr Stein touches all the bases. Caring, compassionate and makes me feel like I am his most important patient each time I see him

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

I made a call to Dr. Stein's office to change an appointment from virtual to in-person. His secretary was very friendly and accommodating.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Dr. Stein is one of the very best physicians that I have ever seen. He is an expert in his field and he relates very well with patients. As a patient, I feel confident that he will come up with the best plan for me.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

The opinion given me at the Cleveland Clinic was the same as I was given at Ohio State University Hospital. I had a clear direction of how I was going to proceed with my prostate cancer after my Cleveland Clinic visit. Dr. Stein offered future care options through his practice, if I wanted to use it. I plan on using his expertise in the future even though I will get care in the future at Ohio State.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

Both Monic and Dr. Stein were wonderful!!

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

My experience has been great will all staff, nurses, clerical and especially Doctors.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr.Stein is a fabulous surgeon

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Think my doctor and staff is the best and would recommend them to everyone.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

She was great

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

Dr. Stein is a Saint. I never met a more caring person. Such an impression, skills knowledge and ability were off the chart. Can someone find a way to clone him?

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022

Dr. Stein and his staff are outstanding. They are always prepared for the visit. They listen to what you are saying and recommend a plan of action based on the facts and your concerns. I always feel that I am in good hands.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Dr. Stein is fantastic

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022


Reviewed on Nov 8, 2022

Dr Stein is is the nursing caregivers.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Dr Stein made a decision about my chemo that was different from what my local oncologist prescribed which saved my life.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Dr. Stein and his entire staff have been very promptly attentive to all my medical attention in his department. Dr. Stein has steadily been outstandingly attentive to all my numerous urological needs with affectionate concern, and with his remarkable consummate surgical skill.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Dr. Stein has treated me well for more than 10 years

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

Dr. Robert Stein, urologist, is first class care. I wish I could have him treat all my health concerns!

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2022

My experience went well. Everyone was very helpful. I really liked Dr Stein and his group he was helpful in making my decision. I live 4 1/2 hours away and was there for a second opinion for prostate cancer removal. Dr Stein and his team explained very well. I'd like to have my surgery there but It's the drive that I'm worried about If I can handle the drive home.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2022

I was there for a 2nd opinion and I told Dr Stein where I had my surgery scheduled and he asked who the doctor was and he looked him up and gave me his opinion. Dr Stein didn't have to do that but that was a great gesture on his part. I felt very comfortable talking with him.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Doctor Stein is a good man and an excellent doctor. He saved my life. He remembers me by my first name without a chart in front of him and has always treated me very well

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Dr. Stein is a true professional.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Dr Stein and staff are the best

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Dr Stein explained thing very well so I understood what direction I was going with my cancer

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

This was a second opinion and I was much more satisfied with this doctor.

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