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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 11/11/2020, 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

324 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 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

everyone was very nice and Dr. Stein was nice to see me earlier than my scheduled time

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Dr Stein has been exceptional in his attention to my care and helping to accommodate follow up surgical treatments both in Cleveland and in our winter residence in Florida. I have appreciated his communications and personal/professional guidance in my treatment.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

my visit appt was with Dr Stein, my yearly appt & I didn't get to be seen by Dr. Stein bit PA. Why wasn't I seen by Dr Stein? Wasn't pretold that Dr Stein wouldn't be seeing me!!!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Drove over 2 hrs & waited another 2.5 hrs but not seen by Dr. No Explanation given.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Dr Stein is excellent he explained everything to the last detail

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

I've never had a better experience with a doctor or hospital than the Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

I would highly recommend Dr. Stein

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

after I changed Dr.s!! the first urologist was horrible

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr. Stein was uniquely caring, a thoughtful listener, provided carefully weighed answers to all my questions, and was bilaterally engaged to help me with guidance toward the most optimal diagnostic approach. I can safely say that these characteristics are not found today in most medical specialists--but certainly should be, as they are exemplary.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Dr. Stein's receptionist, Jonathon, is great!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Dr. Stein was very personable and equally knowledgeable. I trust his expertise and ability to help define and execute the best course of treatment for me.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2021

My surgeon *Dr. Stein was excellent, but the residents need to be more courteous and caring.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Dr. Stein's assistant, Jonathan, is always pleasant, professional, and very helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

Dr. Stein spent an exceptional amount of time with me over the phone in the weeks prior to surgery, discussing options and explaining the pros and cons of each. After surgery, he explained exactly what procedures his team had followed and why.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Dr. Stein and his staff are always extremely kind, courteous, efficient, and effective

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

great experience and everyone is always very professional. Jose, Jonathan and of course Dr. Stein...a great team

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Dr stein is a very good doctor I would recommend him to anyone

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

dr. Stein was very polite polite and was very comforting to us. he explained the options we had and let us know about our options and included the risks associated with each option. he wanted us to know that he was willing to assist us in getting the necessary assistance and information to make our decision knowing all the information.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Have never met a doctor who is as compassionate, through and friendly as Dr. Stein and his aide.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

My Zoom visit was fine with Dr Stein assistant conducting the visit. She was informative and clearly explained the finding.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2020

Video is very convenient and being 2 hours away it was perfect. Face-to-face may have been more personal but video was fine and clearly more convenient. Navigating the CC portal is cumbersome and anyone not tech savvy would struggle. I was frustrated as could not contact Dr. Stein by phone or email and finely stumbled on a live person who directed me to his office and I finally spoke with Jonathon, who managed to get me scheduled. I was disappointed that the appointment date was a some weeks out.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

With three parking garages and a very large campus, finding Dr. Stein's office was not easy, but very much worth the visit.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Dr. Stein is very caring and very knowledgeable about his specialty. I came to him actually for three issues under urology.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Dr. Stein is very talented and thorough.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Dr. Stein is an excellent doctor. He is thorough and compassionate about his patient's health.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Dr Stein is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Dr Stein was extremely empathetic, spent a great amount of time explaining my treatment in great detail, answering every question we had; he was very humble, even though he's the best in the country. i felt like i was in great hands with him, and totally confident in his ability to perform the surgery. he was very reassuring.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

i was recommended to Dr Stein by a past patient of his, and i'd recommend him to others i know.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

*Dr. Rob Stein is the best and most generous doctor I have ever had.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Towards the end of the visit, Dr was talking to assistant who was making entries in computer and missed some things I said.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Dr. Stein is so empathetic and truly appreciate his ability to listen and reassure.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Dr Stein is Avery good doctor I would recommend him to anyone and your hospital escorts where fantastic

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Dr was too quick and seemed in a hurry

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Dr stein, and all his staff, especially Jonathan, is always there for me.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr Stein and staff are professional and give exceptional care.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Dr. Stein was true to his word on the procedure.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

I have called Dr. Steins office once with a problem. He personally called me within an hour. This was very reassuring to me.

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

Dr.Stein was extremely kind and caring throughout my care.I am very pleased with my results and I would highly recommend him to all.

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

From the moment Dr. Stein walked into the office I knew I would get excellent care. He was very informative and asked a lot of questions. He explained what he thought needed to be done. I could not be any happier to have him as my urologist.

Reviewed on May 1, 2020

Dr Stein is my hero, exemplary physician

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