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

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 12/4/2019, 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

333 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
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

47 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

It is always a pleasure calling Dr. Stein's office...very polite, very helpful

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

I've been seeing Dr. Stein since 2010, and continue on a six month follow-up schedule to address my low grade bladder cancer. All appointments are made to accommodate my schedule and he has positively addressed all concerns that I have brought to his attention.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Dr. Stein is the very best urologist I have ever seen. Anyone with urological problems should become one of his patients -- just look at his ratings and patient's comments.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

I am completely satisfied and would be happy to recommend the provider.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Dr.Stein and his staff are amazing!! I wouldn't go anywhere else for my care. I trust Dr. Stein completely.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Dr Stein is a very thorough and res respectful

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

*Dr. Stein is a first rate surgeon. He has knowledge and a great skill set. But, what sets him apart is his empathy and compassion for the patient and the patient's family.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Dr Stein is terriffic

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

overall an excellent experience! Dr. Stein is the best!

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Dr Stein and his staff are very caring and helpful

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

though sadly his cancer is back I cannot express how much we appreciate Dr. Stein's thoroughness and consideration with us considering the results. he has been a God send.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Dr. Stein has excellent bedside manners. Always a joy to see him.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

Dr Stein goes above and beyond our expectations. He is a great doctor that is thorough and listens to our concerns. He makes his patients feel like they are the only patient and that he cares for them.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

Felt very at ease Was very confident of doctors

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

I was so grateful for Dr. Stein's opinion on my condition and suggested course of treatment. He really listened to me and answered every question. He put me at ease and I felt like I could speak frankly and openly. I am so glad I made this appointment to get a second opinion, it was extremely helpful. Thank you.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Dr Stein is the best, he gives me all the test results in paper , he let's my wife watch my procedure, happy wife

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

Dr. Stein and his staff are remarkable and look forward to my next meeting.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Dr. Robert Stein has always been remarkably polite and attentive to me. He is truly a gentleman by his nature with decent and polite manners. He naturally has a sympathetic understanding that cheers me up with reassurance of his keen interest in me and his own consummate skill. Last Friday, Sept 27 he used his own personal cellphone to call me from at about 9PM to give me the reports of the prostrate MRI I did earlier in the day. He spoke extensively to me in his soft voice to reassure me of the prompt treatment he would give me to stop any aggressive development of my slow-growing prostate cancer he diagnosed in 2014. During his talk to me, he gave me urgent appointments for Oct 4 & 11. He also cheerfully assured me to feel free to call him at his cellphone whenever I've cause to. This is an illustration of how he has been treating to me most attentively in a very caring manner. I'm just lucky and happy to have him as my urologist, and I'll always endlessly be grateful to him.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

I've a very high opinion of the entire urology department, and of Dr. Robert Stein in particular. It's all my cheers to all of them!

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

Dr Stein is wonderful doctor and person!

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

Dr. Stein was very courteous, attentive, and caring when our visit had started. However, he was paged multiple times during our appointment. He had to leave the room two times. When he left the second time, he did not return. Our whole appointment lasted for a little less than half an hour where it was scheduled for an hour. Then, I believe, his assistant (don't remember her name) arrived and told us that he had to leave to attend to an urgent surgery, and she said, Dr. Stein asked us to come back two days later where he will have to get the analysis of my CT scans and MRI from medical and radiation oncologists. We told his assistant that we have some unanswered questions, and whether we could talk to him later in the day. I believe we also told her that we were traveling from Dayton, OH, and we wanted to get as much information as we can during our visit, and wanted to avoid another trip to Cleveland. She told us that is not possible due to Dr. Stein being in surgeries all day, and the day after, and there is nothing else that can be done, and repeated telling us to come back two days later. After that, we left the room. We wanted to talk to somebody else and relay our concerns and questions. We saw Jewel, who we believe is one of Dr. Stein's nurses, in the hall way, and explained our concerns. We told her that we had come all the way from Turkey to Cleveland Clinic for a second opinion and traveled from Dayton for this visit, and have unanswered questions and our discussions have not been completed, and whether there is anything that can be done while we are still in Cleveland. We told her that we were willing to stay overnight if anything can be done the next day. Jewel was very caring and showed a lot empathy for our situation. She immediately paged Dr. Stein and had us talk to him over the phone two times. We explained all our concerns to Dr. Stein on the phone while he told us that he still is in a surgery. He said he understood our situation, and told us that he would schedule appointments for us with medical and radiation oncologists the next day, and that he would finalize a treatment plan the next day. He indeed was able to schedule those visits, and I was seen by those doctors the next day. Although, we still could not see Dr. Stein the next day, because he was in surgeries, we called him and talked to him later in the evening, and he was able to answer our questions on the phone. We feel that although our visit has not started ideally and interrupted due to an urgent surgery, and Dr. Stein's surgery schedule, we appreciate that he understood and was emphatic to our concerns, and was able to rectify the situation later, and formed a treatment plan working with the radiation and medical oncologists. We are also very thankful to Jewel who was very understanding and instrumental in helping us get in touch with Dr. Stein.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

i wouldn't hesitate a moment to recommend Dr Stein and his staff to anyone! knowledgeable and kind

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Excellent responsiveness to questions. Clearly reviewed case, options and recommendations. Left confident in continuing care with Dr. Stein

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

All of the doctors were excellent. I could not have had better care from *Dr. Stein and *Dr. Werneburg.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

the care and help you need from Dr Stein is exceptional. he has always been there for me and takes good care of things when they need done. now this is a doctor everyone should go to. thanks Dr Stein.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr Stein is always very clear and makes sure all my questions have been answered. He is by far the best Doctor I have ever had.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Dr. Stein was very professional, thorough, and helpful

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Dr. Stein is an excellent, professional, and very caring provider.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

Dr. Stein is the greatest. I could not have been in better hands. All of his associates were very good as well.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

Dr Stein is nothing less than amazing! It was my first visit and he did not disappoint. He listened to all of my concerns and was very easy to communicate with. After discussing symptoms and PSA results it was decided I should have a biopsy, His office promptly scheduled it for two days later. i feel I am in the hands of a doctor who is not only highly skilled in his specialty, but is also kind and compassionate. He personally went over and above what most drs would ever even think of doing, to help my wife try to get reports out of my chart from another doctors office. We feel extremely confident that Dr Stein was the best choice we could have made.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Excellent doctor and easy to talk with concerning patient interests.

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.

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