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Department Otolaryngology
Primary Location Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations
Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
Primary Location

Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center

Appointment:
216.444.8500
Desk:
216.445.6468
Fax:
330.888.4215

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Chronic Sinus Disease Management and Treatment
  • Clinical Trials
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Nasal Endoscopy
  • General ENT
  • Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgery
  • Laryngeal Electromyography
  • Laryngeal Framework Surgery
  • Laryngeal Function Assessment
  • Laryngeal Physiology
  • Laryngeal Sensory Testing
  • Laryngeal Videostroboscopy
  • Nasal Airway Surgery
  • Nose/Nasal Surgery
  • Phonomicrosurgery
  • Pituitary Surgery
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Tracheostomy
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis Treatment
  • Voice and Larynx Surgery
View all 20 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Allergies
  • Chronic Cough
  • Cough
  • Deviated Septum
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hay Fever
  • Hoarseness
  • Immobile Vocal Folds
  • Laryngeal Stenosis
  • Laryngology
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nose or Nasal Problems
  • Paranasal Sinus Disease
  • Sinonasal Disease
  • Sinus Infections
  • Sinusitis
  • Smell and Taste Disorder
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Throat Problems
  • Throat Symptoms from Reflux
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Fatigue
  • Voice Disorders
View all 29 Specialties +
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Biography

About Michael Benninger, MD

Dr. Michael S. Benninger is Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and the Immediate Past-Chair of the Head & Neck Institute at Cleveland Clinic

He is the President of the International Association of Phonosurgery, Vice President of the Voice Foundation, President-Elect of the Triological Society and member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a Past-President of the American Laryngologic Association, American Rhinologic Society, the Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society and the Northeast Ohio ENT Society; Past Treasurer of the American Broncho-Esophagological Assiciation, and a Past Vice-President of the Triological Society. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for 12 years, having been both a former Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Governors of that organization. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He has served on the Residency Review Committee for Otolaryngology and as a member of the Medical Advisory Board for WebMD. He is the Past-Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Sinus and Allergy Health Partnership.

Dr. Benninger has authored or edited 10 books and has 1 additional book in press. He also has written more than 100 book chapters and over 210 scientific articles, focusing primarily on voice care and laryngology, nasal and sinus disease, and healthcare management.

A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Benninger received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2008

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Cleveland, OH
1988

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH
1983

Undergraduate - Harvard University
Boston, MA
1978

Professional Highlights

  • Chair, Cleveland Clinic Head & Neck Institute, 2008-2020
  • President, International Association of Phonosurgery 
  • Treasurer, American Broncho-Esophagological Association
  • Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors, The Voice Foundation
  • President, American Laryngological Association, 2011-2012
  • President, American Rhinologic Society, 1997 – 1998
  • Editor-in-Chief, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, 2000 – 2006
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, 1996 – 1997
    Vice-President, 1998 – 2000
    Board of Directors, 1995 – 2006
    American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, Henry Ford Medical Group, 2007
  • Treasurer, American Laryngological Association, 2007 – 2008
  • Board of Directors, Ear Nose and Throat Nursing Foundation, 2004-2005
  • President, Michigan Otolaryngological Society, 1995-1997
  • Board of Directors, The Voice Foundation, 1996-2012
  • Chairman, Sinus and Allergy Health Partnership, 2002-2004
  • Medical Advisory Board, WebMD, 1999-2002
  • Resident Review Committee for Otolaryngology, 1998-2003
  • Delegate, house of Delegates, American Medical Association, 1998-2002

Certifications

  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Specialty Interests

disorders of voice, laryngology, nasal-sinus disease and surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Case Western Reserve University, 1983
  • First Place, Resident Essay Award. Benninger MS, Roberts JK, Tucker HM, Levine HL, Wood BG.& Squamous Cell CA of the Head and Neck in Patients 40 years of Age and Younger. Northeast Ohio Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Society, May, 1987
  • First Place, Resident Essay Award. Benninger MS, Levine HL, Sebek BA. Mucosal Regeneration of the Maxillary Sinus After Surgery. Northeast Ohio Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery Society, April, 1988
  • Honorable Mention, Maurice H. Cottle Honor Award, Mucosal Regeneration of the Maxillary Sinus After Surgery. American Rhinologic Society, 1988
  • Physicians Recognition Award, American Medical Association, 1991
  • Teaching Award, Osler Institute - Otolaryngology Review Course, 1992
  • Teaching Award, Osler Institute - Otolaryngology Review Course, 1993
  • Recognition of Innovation in Medical Management. American College of Physician Executives, 1995
  • Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 1996
  • Excellence in Research Award for Clinicians, BCBSM Foundation, 1996
  • President's Award, Michigan State Medical Society, 1998
  • Collegium Medicorum Theatri, 1999
  • Golden Head Mirror Honor Award, Meritorious Sharing in the Service of Rhinology, American Rhinologic Society, 2000
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2001
  • Richard D. Nichols Outstanding Residency Teaching Award, 2001
  • Presidential Citation, American Rhinologic Society, 2004
  • Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 2008
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2008
  • Special Recognition, The Ohio House of Representatives, 2009
  • G. Paul Moore Lecturer, The Voice Foundation, 2009
  • Citations Directory, Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans, 1990
  • Citations Directory, Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans, 1991
  • 2000 Notable American Men. The American Biographical Institute, 1991-1992
  • Citations Directory, Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans, 1993
  • 2000 Notable American Men, American Biographical Institute, 1994-1995
  • Best Doctors in America (Midwest Region), 1996-1997
  • Strathmore's Who's Who Honored Member, 1998-1999
  • Best Doctors in America, National 4th listing, 1998
  • Best Doctors in Michigan, 1998
  • National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Businesses, 1999
  • Top Doctors, Center for the Study of Services Consumer's Checkbook, 1999
  • Strathmore's Who's Who Millennium Edition, 2000-2001
  • Best Doctors in America, 2000
  • Guide to Top Doctors, 2000
  • Life Member of the National Registry of Who's Who, 2001
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2001
  • Honored Member of Strathmore's Who's Who, 2001-2002 Edition
  • Top Doctors, Guide to Top Doctors, Center for the Study of Services, 2002
  • 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century, 2002
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connelly, 2002
  • International Scientist of the Year, International Biographical Centre, 2002
  • Strathmore's Who's Who, 2002-2003 Edition
  • Who's Who in the 21st Century, International Biographical Center, 2002
  • Who's Who in Executives and Business, Nationwide Register, 2002-2003
  • Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century, 1st Edition, International Biographical Centre, 2002
  • Top Doctors, Consumer Checkbook, Center for Study of Services, 2002
  • 2000 Eminent Scientists of Today, International Biographical Center, 2002
  • Metro Detroit's Best Doctors, Hour Magazine, 2002
  • 21st Century Award for Achievement, International Biographical Centre, 2002
  • Marqui's Who's Who in America 2003
  • America's Cosmetic Doctors and Dentists, Castle Connolly, 2003
  • 1000 Great Scientists, IBC, 2003
  • International Man of the Year 2003, International Biographical Centre, 2003
  • Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, National Register, 2003
  • Top Doctors, Consumer's Guide to Top Doctors, 2003
  • Living Legends, International Biographical Centre, 2003
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2003
  • Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who, 58th Edition, 2004
  • Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, National Register, 2004-2005
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2004
  • America's Cosmetic Doctors and Dentists, Castle Connolly, 2004
  • Best 100 Doctor's, Hour Magazine, Detroit, August, 2004
  • Best Doctor's in Michigan, 2004
  • Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who, 59th Edition, 2005
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2005
  • Best 100 Doctor's, Hour Magazine, Detroit, September, 2005
  • 2005 Man of Achievement Award, American Biographical Institute, 2005
  • International Professional of the Year, International Biographical Centre, 2005
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. 2005-2006
  • Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who, 60th Edition, 2006
  • International Directory of Experts and Expertise, American Biographical Institute, 2006
  • Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Marquis Who's Who, 2006-2007
  • Who's Who in Executives and Professionals, Global Registry, 2006-2007
  • Manchester Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals in Human Resources, 2005-2006
  • International Health professional of the Year, International Biographical Centre, 2006
  • Best Doctor's, Best of U.S., 2007
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. 2007-2008
  • Best Doctors, Hour Magazine, Detroit, 2007
  • Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, 2008
  • Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, 2009
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connelly, 2009
  • America's Top Physicians, Consumers Research Council of America, 2009
  • Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who, 2010
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. 2009-2010
  • Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who, 2011
  • Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc, 2011-2012
  • Best Doctors, Cleveland Magazine, 2010
  • America Top Doctors, Castle Connelly, 2011
  • America Top Physicians, Consumer Research council of America, 2011
  • US News and World Report Top Doctors (Top 1%), 2011

Innovations & Patents

  • Microinstrumentation for laryngeal and vocal fold surgery

Memberships

  • American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, 1988
  • American College of Surgeons (Fellow, 1991)
  • American Medical Association, 1983
  • American Rhinologic Society (Member, 1989; Fellow, 1995)
  • Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society, 1988
  • Michigan State Medical Society, 1988
  • Oakland County Medical Society, 1988
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1983
  • Southeastern Michigan Voice Study Group, 1988-1993
  • United States Medical Triathlon Association, 1989-1994
  • Henry Ford Hospital Medical Association, 1989
  • Voice Foundation, 1990
  • Association of Otolaryngology Administrators, 1991
  • International Association of Phonosurgeons, 1992
  • Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 1992
  • Northeastern Ohio Otolaryngologic Society - Honorary Member, 1993
  • American College of Physician Executives, 1993
  • Illinois Otolaryngologic - Ophthalmologic Society - Honorary Member, 1993
  • Society of University Otolaryngologists, 1993
  • American Head and Neck Society (formerly the American Society for Head and Neck Surgery) (Active Fellow) 1994
  • The Triological Society (Fellow), 1998
  • Colligium Medicorum Theatri, 1999
  • American Laryngological Society (Active Fellow), 1999.
  • American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Associate Member, 2003
  • South African Society of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Honorary Member, 2010
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Michael Benninger, 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 4/2/2024, Dr. Benninger has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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

149 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2024

Dr. Michael Bennimger exceeded all my expecting I am very grateful to be a patient of such a world renowned physician!

Reviewed on May 9, 2024

Outstanding & above expectations with respect to my pre-appointment understanding that Dr. Benninger is in high demand being renowned, thus busy, in his discipline, I anticipated an unfortunately unavoidable rushed visit due to his time constraints which turned out not to be the case. He presented with genuine compassionate concern, not concluding the consultation until I exhausted my inquiries. He was a very pleasant & professional clinician and I left feeling very confident in his skill & expertise!

Reviewed on May 8, 2024

As always dr Benninger is the best

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Overall excellent experience dealing with Dr. Benninger and his staff!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

I have not been able to get the Rx that Dr Benninger intended to send to Rite Aid in Norwalk. Rite Aid didn't get prescription.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Rescheduling requested by the Clinic caused a significant delay to see the doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Benninger is definitely a 5 star doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Very smooth process, and excellent visit with the doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

My audio could not make connection for some reason. Dr. Benninger called me for questions & furthers instructions. He was very thorough. ;)

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

I highly recommend Dr. Benninger.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Excellent experience as always Dr Benninger

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Dr M Benninger is an outstanding physician in all respect. I travel from Weston FL to the Ohio Main Campus 2-3 times a year to see him. His excellency and professional are unsurpassable

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2023

Dr. Benninger has been following me very closely for a long time, he has done 2 surgeries and 2 lazer treatments on my vocal cord. He has always explained my condition and what treatment will be done. He always introduces me to the other staff at the appointment. I worked at the Clinic for 38 years in various areas from Service Coordinator on several Nursing Snits and finally ending up on the Clinic Police Department as an officer. Everyone at the Clinic has always given me the best of care.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

I thank God every day for Dr Benninger. He was the only doctor that I went to that knew what was wrong with me. I was told by other doctors that they could not help me. I spent two years having trouble with my voice and talked like a frog. I spent the last six months in pain. I use my voice all day long at work. I work ten hour days. I would go home at night crying from my throat being so sore. The very first time he saw me at his office he told me he could fix me and he did. He is a doctor that truly knows what he is doing. I have told so many people about him and have said if you ever need your throat worked on he is the doctor that you need to go to. He has given me my life back. I can smile again. I go home from work and I am not in pain from my throat. Cleveland clinic has a great doctor that they can be proud to have on their staff. He is a doctor that does not look down on you. He treats you with respect and that is hard to find in a doctor these days. He listens to your concerns and makes sure you understand what he is saying. I thank God for bringing him into my life and I wish him the best in life.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

One of the best physicians I have encountered. Extremely knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Extremely pleased with surgery and how the Doctors explained what was going on and what may be needed in a couple of months

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr. Benninger and his team are awesome!. All bases are covered with each visit and I walk out relieved

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Great experience. V personable doctor with command of his area of medicine

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

At first I was very hopeful. When he sat down he was more interested in the computer than listening to me. His bed side manner is very poor, I felt rushed and not listened to. I felt as if he didn't care if I was there or not. At the end , he suggested me videoing my scope for my doctor as I did and when I turned around no one was there. Not one time did he say well thank you for coming to see me or a follow up plan . I looked in the hallway and here comes a nurse and I said are we finished and she "yep here is your paperwork and you can exit this way"

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Great Doctor!! I have recommended Dr Benninnger to several people already and they are very pleased!!

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Staff is very courteous and the doctor was very easy to talk to

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Not enough doctors for a timely need for the patient.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

The appointment was made for me by Dr. Shin's nurse, I believe. They were referring me to Dr. Benninger due to complications I am experiencing from the surgery Dr. Shin performed on me!

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr. Benninger was thorough in addressing symptoms I was experiencing.

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