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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 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

363 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

60 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Doctor was polite, respectful, thorough, and took time to explain what was taking place. He made sure I knew what the results of my procedure was and what the following treatment would be. Very good doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Dr. Stein was excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Care provider stayed with me much longer than expected and answered every question till I was satisfied with any questions about my care.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Dr stein is both very considerate and very helpful. I have been very impressed by him thus far

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Dr Stein is an exceptional physician and an exceptional human being

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

I was extremely pleased with Dr. Stein in every respect. He was very patient in answering all my questions and all my wife's questions as well as putting my mind and fears at ease. I am very comfortable and confident that Dr. Stein will perform my surgery. You cant ask much more of "World Class"!

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2022

Both Monica and Dr Stein made time to candidly answer my questions with with forethought and compassion

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Dr stein did a procedure on my blatter looking for cancer he is a vary skilled an has done a super job on me. Every thing was vary good!!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Dr Stein has been always available at any moment. I am very grateful with him

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Our meeting with Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Robert Stein was amazingly informative and comforting. They answered all of our questions and took plenty of time while not rushing us at all. We have great confidence going into this upcoming surgery.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2022

Dr Stein has my complete confidence and scores high and beyond in all arras. He is an exceptional doctor and greatly appreciated.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2022

Dr Stein & his Intern were very comforting & helped ease my worry about my upcoming surgery

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Very positive experience. Have already recommended the Clinic and Dr Stein to someone very recently diagnosed.

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Dr Stein and Monica his assistant and the staff give the best care I ever received anywhere. I Couldn't be happier. He is a very caring doctor and professional with the best outcome and satisfaction. We need more doctors like him. Thanks, Carey Girgis

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

I have been referring my patients for various conditions to Cleveland clinic because of the example Dr. Stein and his team exhibited over the years. Both my family members and my patients received the best of care with you in different developments. Keep up the good work and God bless you all . Carey Girgis

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Dr. Stein was great made me feel important.

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Dr Stein & staff are the greatest!!

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Dr. Stein was very thorough in explaining to me the procedures I would be going through. He gave me the business cards for the physicians who will be caring for me, for my biopsy and possible future surgery.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Dr Stein is a gem. Caring about the entire person an compassionate

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Dr Stein was awesome. He was my second opinion Dr and he's just the best. I have prostate cancer and he has done over 1600. Cleveland Clinic has allowed Dr. Stein to focus on what he does best. He's honest and will recommend the best treatment from his clients.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

Great experience, Great Doctor, with amazing staff!!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

Administrative was very efficient. Consult appointment with Dr Stein was very pleasant, informative and useful.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

I wish more Dr where like Dr Stein

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

*Dr. Stein and his associate worked extremely well together.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2022

Dr. Stein was awesome. I didn't feel rushed at all. He listened to my questions and concerns and addressed them thoroughly. Made me feel like I was his only patient. That's a rare quality in someone with his credentials.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2022

Dr. Stein was veery through on Q & A discussion

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Very good Dr and patient communication and the care was awesome

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

Dr. Dtein is an outstanding physician in one of the great hospitals.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

The Doctor Stein knew his stuff and he was so understanding.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

Dr. Robert Stein was great.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2022

Dr Stein was very caring, listened to my complaints and discussed his thoughts. We agreed to a treatment plan based on his desire to give me the best chance for a good outcome.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Although having an hour wait, Dr. Stein spent at least 45 min. With my sister and me and was personable and left ample time for questions. I left feeling very confident in his abilities.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Liked Dr. Stein very much as stated earlier

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Dr Stein was running behind and seemed a bit frazzled

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Dr. Stein is so professional, knowledgeable, and caring. Can't get any better!

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

Dr. Stein is thorough and knowledgeable as well as being able to convey empathy and understanding. I feel lucky to have found a health care provider of his caliber

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Dr. Stein and the attending nurse Jeffery were both kind, courteous, respectful and professional. The both answered any and all of my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Jeff the niurse assistance was great........made me feel relaxed and comfortablke.Dr Stein is an ace.......i feel lucky to have him as a care provider. Great guy as well.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

I was very impressed with how kind and considerate Dr. Stein was durning my visit.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Both Dr. Stein and his resident (can't recall his last name) were incredibly helpful. Listened well, showed cared for my issue/concerns and provided excellent information.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Outstanding empathy and understanding by both doctors.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Dr Stien was very informative and very personable.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2021

It was a fantastic consult for a 2nd opinion. Will only see Dr. Stein for future prostate appts.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Dr. Stein showed extraordinary compassion because he knew that I would have serious concerns. He is highly knowledgeable, empathetic, and speaks and listens carefully. He is an outstanding medical practitioner. I expect to work with him going forward. I was most fortunate to find him.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Dr Stein was great! Spent a lot of time with us and answered all questions and made great suggestions for care.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2021

Outstanding experience with Dr Stein, as I have experienced before, and come to expect. Well done!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Dr Stein has an empathetic and compassionate manner and takes time to explain my diagnoses to allow me to make the most informed decision and I am extremely fortunate to be under his care.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

See my previous comments regarding doctor Stein. I am fortunate to be under his care and would recommend him to anyone.

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