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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
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Prostate Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Partial Nephrectomy
  • Robotic Prostate Surgery
  • Robotic Prostatectomy
  • Single-Port Surgery
  • Urinary Reconstruction
  • Urology
View all 13 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adrenal Disorders
  • Adrenal Tumors
  • Adrenocortical Carcinoma
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Elevated PSA
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Renal Pelvis Cancer
  • Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinomas (UTUC)
  • Ureteral Cancer
  • Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction
View all 14 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 4/3/2024, Dr. Stein 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.

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

532 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

83 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 8, 2024

Met Dr Steine in 2023. He made it easy for me to trust him and the hospital

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

I can't thank Dr. Stein and his staff enough for all they've done for me. I will always be grateful!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

Monika was GREAT! She explained EVERYTHING to me and my wife as well answering ALL of our questions. Although I di not see Dr. Stein, Monika told me that he was readily available if I wanted to see him.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

Wonderful Doctor, really cares about his patients.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2024

Brilliant MD with excellent demeanor.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2024

Dr Robert Stein is the most wonderful and considerate. So down to earth and he make me feel comfortable and confident in his care of me

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr Stein is awesome. Had to wait quite a while to see him but it is so worth the wait.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024

Both Dr. Stein and Monika his Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner are extremely caring,pleasant, helpful, and make me feel comfortable while giving me the time needed to answer my questions and concerns with my ongoing treatment .

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Angie, Dr. Stein's nurse/care coordinator has been SO helpful and a delight to work with on getting me my appointments and medical records to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Both Dr. Stein and his resident were incredibly helpful explaining the process and procedure to remove ovarian vein embolization coils. They spent much time with us - which was appreciated, seeing that we flew in from MN for the appointment. We are thankful for their time and expertise. Looking forward to my upcoming surgery with them and feel confident in the care they will be giving me in June.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Dr. Stein goes above and beyond to provide the best medical experience possible. I cannot give him high enough remarks! This doctor is a true gem.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024


Reviewed on Mar 29, 2024

We definitely like him & wish we lived closer to be under his constant care. We are having him direct my care & return as needed. Very grateful!

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Overall much better than two years ago when I tried to find a doctor and I even can not go through.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Very good doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Dr. Stein is the best. If I could give him 10 I would. He far exceeded my expectations, takes his time with me although I am certain he is extremely busy. He truly makes patient care a priority, or at least that is my experience.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

Absolutely awesome experience with Dr. Stein, a very caring doctor!

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Was very pleased with Dr Stein. He was very reassuring in understanding my concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2024

Dr Stein is the best of the best, as is his staff!! Thank him for the lives he has saved, including and especially mine!!

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2024

Doctor Stein and his assistant whose name escapes me at the moment were EXCELLENT not only were they very knowledgeable and professional they were very kind caring and compassionate alleviating the many cares and concerns my wife and I had I would definitely recommend them to any one

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Dr. Stein is one of the best doctors! He takes time to understand patient situation and answers all of my questions with great details. Thank you so much.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Dr Stein spent a good amount of time discussing my condition and treat options and proposed plan. Always very professional, considerate, and personable!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Didn't see Dr. Stein. Only the nurse practitioner. Next time I'll go s virtual appointment. Why drive if I cannot see the doctor?

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr. Stein is the best of the best!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

I am thrilled to have found Dr. Stein as a second opinion doctor, for what had been deemed an endophytic kidney mass (80% cancerous) by another urologist. When I came to see Dr. Stein, he was not convinced that was the case. I had another CT scan and it was discovered that there was no mass. Dr. Stein is a brilliant and also CARING doctor. He is definitely an asset to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

I am a new patient of Cleveland Clinic, with a recent diagnosis of renal cell carcinoma. The entire experience with all staff was wonderful. I was particularly struck with Dr. Stein. He spent over an hour with me carefully reviewing and discussing all test and scan results, explaining the options, then recommending the best course of action. He was able to get me on the schedule for surgery promptly. I give Dr. Stein 5 STARS.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2024

Dr. Stein and his staff go above and beyond to show compassion and care to you all the while being professional and include you in your care regime. Dr. Stein deserves the highest ranking I could ever give anyone!!

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

Dr Stein was absolutely wonderful

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

I felt very comfortable and at ease talking with Dr. Stein

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

Dr Stein is absolutely wonderful.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr Robert Stein was great at explaining to me what my problem was and how we would solve it

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr Stein is the best doctor I have ever had

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr. was the best I haved.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr. Stein, his staffing office were fantastic

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

The information Dr. Stein gave me and what to expect and further treatment was exceptional!! I am so blessed to have him as my surgeon

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Long wait after scheduled time - this has occurred with in person visit and now virtual with the Dr. Not being present too.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Dr. Stein is a fantastic doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Dr. Stein is great

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

I am very happy and impressed with the care, concern and attention Dr. Stein provides. This is my first surgery and experience with a major health concern/problem. Having dealt with many doctors over the years with taking care of my parents and covering a wide range of medical fields, it has become a rare experience to have a physician who treats you like a person rather than a number and hurrying to get on to the next patient. Dr. Stein provides this personal experience and I was glad he was recommended to me and am very happy so far with his care. We need more like him !

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

You should be able to schedule virtual visits on the app and can't for Dr Stein.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

MY very first experience with Dr. Stein, he was as good as his reputation. In other words" Outstanding"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Great doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Again, everything went well except for the video visit which had technical problems. Dr Stein called subsequently wherein we had a very good telephone conversation

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr Cline was the best. He took as much time as I needed to answer questions

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Dr Stein's office was very good in answering phone calls as well as returning calls.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Dr Stein & his staff were excellent in communicating & explaining my medical issues going beyond the call of duty.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Dr. STEIN is great

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Dr. Stein is so professional

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

The sense of caring, the immediate and clear communication, and the constant compassion made the experience with Dr. Stein one of the best in my personal history of healthcare.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Wonderful doctor!!

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr. Stein is top notch!

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Wait little long but worth seeing doctor Stein very nice doctor

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2023

Dr Stein is fantastic! He knows me and my wife and clearly cares. I would not trade him for any doctor I've ever met.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2023

Dr. Stein took the time to listen to all of my questions and answer all of them, he made me feel confident in the plan and future procedure. He was very kind and made me feel confident that this upcoming procedure will solve my problems and take away my pain. He was thorough in his explanations and spent a lot of time with me and my husband discussing the plan

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

We went thinking we needed treatment for Prostate CA and found out it is probably lymphoma and Dr Stein got us to Dr Dean. Can't ask for any better! This wouldn't happen back here at home.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Thus far, Dr. Robert Stein and his immediate Medical Staff/Team are providing 'World Class', technical competentcy, patient connectivity and patient compassion!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Love Dr Stein and his team. So happy to have him as my Dr.!!!

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr. Stein, his fellows, his residents, his nurses and his staff were all great to work with. Very respectful and concerned about me.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Stein is the absolute best--takes time, informative and caring. World class care!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Stein and his resident were very professional. They both addressed my ailment and explained in detail every question my husband and I presented. They each listened and spoken the truth to us. We were very pleased with our entire encounter. I thank them for their compassion and tender care.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr. Stein was running late waited. But the wait was worth it. All the staffs and Dr. Steins were very professionals and efficient.

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.

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