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
  • Renal Pelvic Cancer
  • Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinomas (UTUC)
  • Ureteral Cancer
  • Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction
View all 15 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 School - 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

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 11/29/2018, 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

326 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

36 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018

Dr. Stein is unquestionably component and always exudes optimism.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

I would rate Dr. Stein as 5 stars.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

Very pleased with Dr. Stein and his staff

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

Dr. Stein always gives the best care, listens & makes sure I understand all questions I ask him. He is very thorough and compassionate. The entire Urology staff is very friendly & accommodating!

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

Dr. Stein is the best!

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

Even though it was an afternoon appointment, my pre-visit with his nurse and Dr. Stein's appointment was on-time and very informative.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

I felt very comfortable with Dr. Stein's knowledge and understanding of my health problem.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

I had a very good experience with my visit to Dr. Stein.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

Had a long wait in the exam room. However, I know that doctors sometimes face unexpected issues with other patients. I understand that this will sometimes mean longer wait times, but I am OK with that.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

Dr. Stein is the greatest

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2018

Dr Robert Stein is always available for any and all of my concerns! I highly recommend him! I am blessed to have found him to perform my surgery!

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2018

While I have to travel from Raleigh to Cleveland every 6 months for my cancer checkups and occasional minor treatment, I wouldn't go anywhere else. Dr. Stein is the best. He has kept mr TCC under control for almost 8 years - what more could you ask for?

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2018

I look forward to my visits knowing Dr. Stein is keeping my cancer under control.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2018

wouldn't go anywhere else for my medical treatment. love my doctors and the staff personal are fantastic.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2018

I was very pleased with the information that Dr Stein provided. he was very open and honest about my choices for treatment

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2018

Dr Stein provided me with options and then told me to think it over before making a decision. I truly appreciated the visit with him

Reviewed on May 25, 2018

Everyone was very knowledgeable and courteous. Very impressed with cleanliness and flow. Doctor was very informative and patient. Everyone seemed pleasant and not in a hurry.

Reviewed on May 22, 2018

I would like to thank the staff at Cleveland Clinic for their courteous care, attention to detail and professionalism. Dr. Stein and his associates provided the medical information, confidence and medical care I was searching for and I am thankful that I was able to secure an appointment and enthusiastically commit to scheduling my procedure with him. Thank you.

Reviewed on May 22, 2018

prompt, courtious and complete service with Dr. Stein and I was expedited through the process for my lupron shot

Reviewed on May 22, 2018

Staff was prepared, nurse preparing me was excellent and Doctor Stein was prompt, prepared and informative

Reviewed on May 1, 2018

waited nearly one hour and a half after appt time to see doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2018

wait time to see dr Stein was over 2 hours, which I considered totally unacceptable. he was rushed in our discussion,or maybe I was more concerned with all the people waiting on him than he was. his assistant provided radically different prognosis of my condition within 30 minutes.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2018

Dr. Stein could not help the delay in my office visit, as he was involved in a procedure that required more time than had been planned. In this type of work, I understand that emergencies happen. I would want him to take the same great care of me that he did for the person before me who needed extra time.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2018

The Clinic has an excellent reputation and my experience lived up to this Standard. Dr. Stein and other health professionals are the very best and I recommend them whenever possible.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2018

*Dr. Robert Stein is nothing short of amazing - what a genuinely kind man!

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2018

Care Provider is excellent, and clearly responded to my questions and concerns - very professional and caring in those responses.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2018

Dr. Stein provided information on what to do in the worst case scenarios even though such situations were possible in less than 5% of cases related to the procedure that was performed.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2018

Dr. Stein is the best doctor I have ever seen. If someone would ask what kind of doctor I would want to see it would be him. He is brilliant, yet completely approachable and explains things in a very detailed yet easy to understand manner. He clearly is a kind man and is the type of personality all doctors should possess. He spent more time answering my questions and addressing my concerns than any other doctor I have gone to. And it is clear he really is an expert in his field. I have never had a doctor spend that much time with me and giving me clear information. I am SO happy I went to the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2018

Cleveland Clinic is clearly a well-oiled machine. And I say that in best way possible as things are run very efficiently. Dr. Stein has the same person answering his phone (and you aren't put on hold a person actually answers) and he is very helpful as well. You all really have things working well there. I am very impressed. His nurse Beth was great and you could tell his whole team is a group of caring and intelligent individuals.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2018

again good communications

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2018

Amazing *Dr. R. Stein cannot thank him & staff enough for their compassion & skills.

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