Michael Gong, MD, PhD

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


Additional Locations


Hillcrest Hospital

6770 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Laparoscopic Prostate Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Partial Nephrectomy
  • Radical Cystectomy
  • Radical Nephrectomy: Laparoscopic Or Open
  • Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection
  • Robotic Prostate Surgery
  • Robotic Prostatectomy
  • Urology
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Adrenal disorders
  • Adrenocortical Carcinoma
  • Elevated PSA
  • Facts About Bladder Cancer
  • Germ Cell Tumors
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Penile Cancer
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Renal Pelvis Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Transitional Cell Cancer
  • Ureteral Cancer
  • Urethral Cancer
  • Vena Caval Tumor
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About Michael Gong, MD, PhD

Michael C. Gong, MD, PhD, is a staff physician in the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute and Director of Urologic Oncology at Hillcrest Hospital. He specializes in cancer of the kidney, prostate, and bladder.  He is a board-certified urologist and a highly skilled robotic and laparoscopic surgeon.  He is a member of the American Urologic Association and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Gong graduated from Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He completed his residency in urology at Stanford University Medical Center in California and his fellowship training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He was appointed to Cleveland Clinic in 2007.

Dr. Gong was recognized as the American Foundation for Urologic Disease Research Scholar and received the Medical Scientist Training Program Scholarship.  He also serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Urology.

Dr. Gong conducts research in the detection and treatment of prostate cancer, minimally invasive surgical approaches to bladder cancer, and the surgical management of advanced renal cell carcinoma.

Describing his philosophy about patient care, Dr. Gong says: “A patient is often faced with anxiety and uncertainty of disease management and outcomes. A physician should compassionately guide the patient through treatment decisions and tailor clinical management to individual needs.

"I appreciate the opportunity to participate in clinical care and strive to educate each patient and address their problems and concerns. As important, I also truly enjoy another side of medicine, the ability to establish long-term relationships with patients and their families.”

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Urologic Oncology
New York, NY USA

Residency - Stanford University Hospital
Stanford, CA USA

Residency - Stanford University Hospital
General Surgery
Stanford, CA USA

Internship - Stanford University Hospital
General Surgery
Stanford, CA USA

Medical School - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Medical School - University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - University of Chicago
Chicago, IL USA


  • Urology

Specialty Interests

Bladder Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Testis Cancer

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/9/2017, Dr. Gong 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

208 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

13 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2017

took time to alleviate concerns and/or fear to the greatest extent possible for upcoming surgery.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2017

Very happy with Dr. Gong and his staff!

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2017

Dr. Gong & staff are excellent/NP is top notch!

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2017

Dr. Gong (and his staff) exemplify the message you are trying to convey in your commercials about a caring institution.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2017

Good discussion with doctor & very informative about my health condition.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2016

The Doctor spent a long time stating the problem and possible solutions. He was articulate, helpful, very intelligent, knowlegible and explained technical terms in a way one could understand. I was impressed by the amount of time he spent and did not act as if he wanted to get rid of me. Great helpful visit.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2016

Dr. Gong was very professional. He listened to my questions. He was very informative about the options I have to consider.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2016

Excellent Doctor I would send everyone who needed a great Doctor to him

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2016

Good experience.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2016

I have always received excellent care from everyone at the Cleveland clinic.

Reviewed on May 16, 2016

Dr. Gong always takes time to explain what the medication is, and is for, and always asks "do you understand the explanation?" And always, "do you have questions for me? Have I answered your questions?

Reviewed on May 12, 2016

My visit was everything I was told by others it would be and then some. A tremendous weight was lifted from my shoulder by Dr. Gong and everyone elso I cam in contact with, even the valet people were super.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2016

my wife and I both felt very safe in Dr. Gong's care.

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