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 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 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

293 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 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

17 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

I have been to the clinic several times for followup appointments with Dr Michael Gong and no problems with anything... rate visits very good since my surgery in 2009

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2018

dr gongs understudy was excellent

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

it is a very leaned out process. every person is polite, knowledgeable, and efficient over many visits to Dr. Gong

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2018

Dr. Gong makes you feel as if you are his only patient. He is dedicated, understanding and compassionate. I feel blessed that he is the one that did my surgery. I feel he saved my life.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2018

Dr. Michael Gong was very professional, asked many questions about my health history and answered my questions about my aggressive prostate cancer.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2018

waited 45 minuets past my appointment time before getting called back to office and another 15 minutes to see doctor

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2018

excellent physician!

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2018

In total I have visited Dr Gong's office twice in the last three months and I currently have one pending appointment with him. My prior physician referred me to Dr Gong because he said Dr Gong was the best in his field. From my observations Dr Gong is certainly very knowledgeable about his specialty area and he has a very pleasant personality. He answered all of my questions in sufficient detail and provided a plan of action to monitor my status. Moreover he did not rush through my appointment and he answered my questions at a pace I was comfortable with.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2018

Excellent/outstanding care from *Dr. Michael Gong, *Dr. Calman Bencsath, & *Andrew _____ & *Dr. Anup Shah!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2018

*Dr. Gong obviously put his whole heart & attention into my healing, and I was very privileged to have him as my physician. He is a very gifted doctor, and a great asset to the clinic.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2018

Dismissal of concerns regarding size of hernia in abdomen and what treatment can be done going forward. Follow up care was recommended can be done with Louisville, KY urologist. I am still waiting for confirmed contact that was promised one week ago.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2018

all concerns were answered

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2018

Dr. Gong is one of the best Dr.'s I have at Cleveland clinic. he has been concerned about my condition from day 1. He answers all my questions and takes the time to listen. Excellent Dr.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2018

1. Little more offered discussion about possible side effects of newly prescribed medication. 2 Little more discussion about prep for a test to be scheduled on check out (MRI) I like early appointment 8 AM great. For this particular MRI needed to get up a 4 AM to start prep. NOTE: OTHER PROVIDERS DON'T REALLY DISCUSS THINGS LIKE ABOVE. AND HAVE HAD SOME THAT HAVE POOR "BEDSIDE MANNER" THIS PROVIDER IS GENERALLY NEAR THE TOP.

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