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.

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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 11/29/2018, 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

343 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 4.8
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

46 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

As always with Dr. Stein, I was treated with professional care and appropriate concern for my health.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

I felt Dr Stein was completely focused on my case with undivided attention, and his dedication was clearly evident. I'm so grateful for his expertise and and personable interaction.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

I was very favorably impressed by all the care providers of which I came in contact.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

I loved *Dr. Stein, *Dr. Monga & *Dr. Taylor anesthesia.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

Dr. Stein has treated my sister for kidney disease and most recently my father for bladder cancer. He saved my father's life. Unfortunately, I was the next family member to get treated for something else, and as always with my family, my experience from scheduling to the appointment and procedure, as well as the explanation were extraordinaire. In my and my family opinions, Dr. Stein is the epitome of what Doctors should be.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

From valet parking, to staff, nurse, cleanliness, and Dr. Stein I could not be more satisfied.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

*Dr. Stein is amazing!

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

i came from 2 states over. We were so impressed by him- he is super knowledgeable and very caring. I will be driving 7 hrs to see him for my appointments. He is worth the drive and more! we nick named him Dr. Rock Star!

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

great doctor

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

Dr. Stein was wonderful. I was nervous before my appointment but he was wonderful. I would highly recommend him. I feel very lucky to have him as my Urologist.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

Dr. Stein's nurse was wonderful. He kept me relaxed and reassured. I feel very lucky that he was my nurse. Your hospital is very lucky to have him as an employee.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

Dr. Stein and his nurse (I do not remember his name) exceeded my hopes / expectations. In general, everyone at your clinic was polite and helpful.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

Dr. Stein was very easy to talk to and explained everything very clearly.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019

dr. stein is a very caring and highly knowledgeable doctor who showed me how caring he is for his patients.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Dr. Stein was very well informed and helpful with describing how we need to proceed.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

not my first time with dr stein.. professional and yet humble and approachable showed a real concern for my welfare hes a keeper

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

the entire experience was very professional. Staff were courteous and helpful. Dr Stein and his group provided detailed information and outlined expectations.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

I couldn't ask for a better doctor & supporting residents

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

I would absolutely recommend Doctor Robert Stein. hes the greateat

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

the Dr. was very thorough and professional..

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

I was pleased I was able to get to see Dr. Stein so quickly

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

Dr. took his time. Answered all questions. Very kind and compassionate. His Fellow Physician came in and explained about bladder cancer. Drew pictures. Great positive experience!

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Dr.Stein and his staff are kind, empathetic and overall all wonderful.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

we were very pleased with Dr. Stein.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

always a very easy visit considering dr Stein is very informative and goes above and beyond

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr. Stein was so good and kind explaining everything! Kindness means so much when a family member has cancer. I rate him excellent!

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019

dr Stein is always very professional and very kind along with his staff

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019

dr Stein and his staff are the best! very professional!

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019

Dr. Robert Stein is always very knowledgeable and attentive about my prostrate problems. He diagnosed me with a slow-growing prostate cancer in summer 2014. Dr. Stein has been diligently monitoring the prostrate cancer with my regular PSA tests and MRI at regular intervals and inserting his finger to feel the prostrate position. And above all, he is always a gentleman with a deep sympathetic concern that is always deeply comforting and reassuring.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

superb physician and staff

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

I have recommended Dr. Stein and his team to close friends of mine -- one of which had a kidney with a birth defect that was successfully fixed in at Cleveland after several failed surgeries back home.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

Dr. Stein and his staff deserve the highest ratings.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

I really enjoyed my experience with Dr. Strein.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2019

Dr. Stein did a very good job of explaining all procedures involved with my condition.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019

Dr. Stein is an excellent doctor, but still has managed to maintain his concern for his patients as individuals. With his specialty being sensitive, he shows his patients that he wants the best for them.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

Dr. Stein was very busy and appeared preoccupied. 9:30 appt.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019

We were so impressed with Dr Stein and his empathy, kindness, experience and educating us on all the aspects of prostate cancer treatment. It was refreshing to have doctor talk directly to you rather than recording in computer.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019

this experence was very disappointing my appointment was at 3:00 Pm at 5:15 the doctor still have not come in i got up to go see how long it would be and no one was around they all when home i walk around the corner and someone was at a desk I ask if the doctor had when home she she she would try to locate him I was going back to my room and he was coming down the hall he when over my results in the hall and other people who had come out a room he when in as I was going down the hall come out that was not at all they way to handle a patient who had been there for over two hours the result appeared to be ok but he didn't know if i had other question and we was in the hall I am not going to pay for more than a 5 min billing

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

Dr Stein and Jonathan in his office are always courteous professional and quick to respond. Dr Stein is also very compassionate.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

Dr.Stein was very nice understanding took his time answering all my question and concerns

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

Dr. Stein was very professional and empathetic. his explanation of the surgery was easy to understand. I liked him very much. I decided to have my surgery locally (Dayton).

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

Dr. Stein is uniquely concerned about the individual as well as attending to the presenting problems

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2018

Dr Stein was caring and conveyed confidence.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

Everyone at The Cleveland Clinic is respectful, compassionate and interested in my well being. Dr. Robert Stein is an amazingly talented doctor who is also very compassionate. I am fortunate to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018

Dr STEIN was very thorough during his interview with me.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

though I feel my health is excellent, I do have prostate cancer and have been advised it should be removed. I had been advised by someone I know who was in the same situation that he had a good outcome with doctor Stein. Dr. Stein ordered an MRI, just not time yet. Very friendly and professional.

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