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 12/6/2018, 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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* 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

334 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 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

31 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019

always a good visit and experience with Doctor G. thanks

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

DR Gong explained everything to my wife and I and answered all of our questions.

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

Always a pleasant visit w/*Dr. Gong & the entire staff.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

Appreciate Dr. Gong's direct approach regarding my medical assessment.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

doc gong is an amazing physician and individual - I can't express in words the respect I have fir this man -caring and very professional man -have already recommended him to friends of mine with prostate concerns

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

A very good Doctor

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

He's a excellent doctor,very careing.Im glad he was recommended by my brother in law

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Dr. Gong and the nurse who assisted him were very professional and caring during this visit. They both explained everything they were doing and any things to look for after my cysto.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Dr Gong is great

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

Dr Gong has made the disease and the surgery easy for me to understand and make my way through.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

*Dr. Gong took the time to address all my concerns and to let me know what he thinks the next step will be. Lately other doctors that my wife & I see are always rushed and have too many patients to take much time with us.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

*Dr. Gong's assistant is great. Very respectful and interested in my condition, direct and to the point.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

great Dr and PA. Very informative visit and we felt very comfortable with the idea of having Dr Gong do my surgery if that's the path we choose.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

Excellent care from world class team that has my best interests in mind. Dr. Gong is the best, a most knowledgeable and caring physician.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018

Dr. Gong outstanding. VERY experienced, knowledgeable, listener.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2018

pleasant, professional thorough physician with good information and interest in explaining the medical issues. very pleased with the visit.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2018

Dr. Michael C. Gong in my opinion saved my life. I'am very appreciative to him and all involved with my surgery.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2018

The patient has intellectual disabilities and can often be difficult to understand. Dr. Gong & all the doctors he uses through the Cleveland Clinic are absolutely exceptional. They have showed this client incredible respect and dignity. They have placed his health and well-being as paramount. As a provider, that is too often not the case for this population. They are marginalized and often provided service those without intellectual difficulty would find abhorrent. Because of the consistent exceptional treatment of all people through the CC doctors and staff, I recommend everyone who asks. Thank you for seeing the value in all people. Those of us who advocate for these populations notice.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2018

Dr. Gong, the nurses, and office staff are always friendly, helpful, and very professional.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

This was my first time to Cleveland Clinic and I was impressed with the hospital, staff and Dr. Gong. The professionalism of all involved softened my fears of my problem and what surgery was to come. I cannot say enough in regards to Dr. Gong and the operating room staff and nurses. They are the BEST. I sing the praises about Cleveland Clinic and I would not hestitate to recommend this great hospital and also Hillcrest Hospital where I had my surgery. Thank you for all you do for the people of this country. It is greatly appreciated.

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