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

  • Cancer Center
  • Laparoscopic Prostate Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Partial Nephrectomy
  • Radical Cystectomy
  • Radical Nephrectomy: Laparoscopic Or Open
  • Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection
  • Robotic Prostate Surgery
  • Robotic Prostatectomy
  • Urology
View all 10 Treatment & Services +

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
View all 15 Specialties +


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

Medical Education - 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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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 12/13/2019, 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.

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

321 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 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

51 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Dr Gong was very thorough in discussing my diagnosis and my treatment options.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Dominic in the call center did a great job of scheduling my appointment with Dr Gong.

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

dr Gong and everyone were simply terrific.

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Dr. Gong was very thorough and compassionate when explaining my Cancer and treatment options. The CCF staff are very good at what they do.

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

Mr Gong is the best Doctor and most of all Cleveland Clinic the best Hospital ever

Reviewed on May 14, 2020


Reviewed on May 14, 2020


Reviewed on May 11, 2020

very thorough. I have always had a good experience with Dr Gong and his staff.

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

Dr. Gong's office is the best run office I've encountered at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

my visit with the doctor is always great!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

the provider was very good

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

As far as I am concerned, Dr. Gong should be the poster doctor for how Cleveland Clinic treats its patients.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Dr Gong takes time to explain test results, what they mean. Listens to and answers my questions. He is very knowledgeable and comfortable with his field. Makes me feel better.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Dr. Gong is an awesome physician! I feel very blessed to have him for my doctor. I have received excellent information and care from Dr. Gong. He is professional and so knowledgeable and up to date in his field. I hope that he will always take care of me. I would rate him on a scale of 1-10 as above 10! Thank you!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

drs office will not return my calls! I am a bladder cancer patient of dr gong - who is awesome! however trying to get information or a returned phone call is terrible. I don't call to bother them, it is always legitimate.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

On our visit we talked to Terria Lockett, RN, who remembered us from three months earlier and Simranjit Khatra, CNP who examined me before Dr. Gong talked to us. He explained the PSA results and detailed the follow-up treatment. He recommended urologist Dr. Bennett in Cincinnati to avoid traveling to Cleveland. Very happy with Dr. Gong and all of his team at Hillcrest and Jill at pre-anesthesia screening across the street.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

I left a voicemail with Dr. Gong's office asking for a call back and never received a call

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

First appointment with Dr Gong after picking him off Cleveland website....very pleased with my choice and his professional service

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

very good doctor, knowledgable, courteous and very professional

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

the best doctor in urology; very conscientious and caring

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

Review of options / risks was very thorough by Dr. Gong

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Dr. Hong is patient, caring and very attentive to our needs.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Dr Gong did a great job on me and he was very kind , professional, and showed great compassion for me and my issue

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

Dr Gong is a great doctor

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

emailed Dr before appointment and got a quick response and result.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

have seen Dr Gong for over 10 years, wonderful Dr.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Dr.Grong and his staff made this very stressful procedure go very smoothly.This was greatly appreciated by me . I am sure that they deal with on a daily basis but they showed a concern and interest in me that made me feel much more relaxed.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Short wait to see Dr Gong

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

everyone i have met or spoken to on the phone has been very helpful and pleasant, dr. gong and his staff listen to me and are very helpful with my treatment and concerns

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

dr Gong and his entire team are awesome!

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

I have recommended several friends to Dr. Gong.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

I have recommended several friends to Dr . Gong

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Our experiences with your doctors, staff & hospital have been great.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

I appreciate the professionalism and courtesy extended by all staff. While it is a long drive to CC, it is well worth it. The care from Dr. Gong and staff is unmatched anywhere. great job folks!

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

I have sung the praises of CC and of course my specialist Dr Gong

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Dr. Gong and his NP are wonderful.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Dr. Gong is an outstanding provider! He listens to my concerns and future treatments. He saved my life!!

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Dr. Gong and the Cleveland Clinic were outstanding in my treatment and follow up.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

no bad exp. with this care provider

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Based on his good reviews, I brought my dad all the way from Texas to visit Dr. Gong. He and his staff looked and took notes of my father's medical history thoroughly. Dr. Gong was very knowledgeable. He was very straightforward in giving us his opinions, options, and risks of each treatment. In addition, he answered our questions/concerns patiently; He didn't rush us, but very informative, so we know what the best treatments for my father. It's worth it, we came all the way from Texas to visit him. Thank you, Dr. Gong!

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

wonderful caring Dr.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Both Dr. Gong and Simran Khatra have excellent bed side manner. They answered all questions and did not make the appointment feel rushed. They provides factual information and provides both positive and negative input. I would highly recommend them to others.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr. Gong was very thorough and caring. He called to check on the status of our tests a couple days after the appointment. He got us a referral set up right after our appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

I Love Dr. Gong and his assistant. Also the complete staff are all very nice. if i call about something they get right on it. I will continue to see Dr. Gong

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

It was the best care that I have ever received from a doctor and his staff. They all listened to every concern I had and addressed each one. I wish all doctors were like these people were.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Provider involved me in my care decisions. was supportive of my real life concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Dr. Gong is the best, I owe everything as I know it to him, and so thankful for his diligence, and tenacity. I wish I could have referred a friend from out of town, to him. I did my research, and bio on Dr. Gong, I think when I told him, he was a bit surprised to say the least. But I think he's the best, and note only my doctor, but my friend.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

We have recommended Dr. Gong to several people. He is an awesome Doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Dr. Gong's office has been pleasant, professional, prompt, and courteous.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Dr. Gong is excellent. He is an excellent communicator and provided detailed insight into the health issues, the various treatment options, treatment risk, and offered professional consultation based on the specific circumstances as they related to my condition.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Dr Gong is great. and all of his support team do equally good work.

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