Department Head and Neck Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Trials
  • Entry-level Rhinology and Laryngology
  • 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
  • Surgical Management Of Chronic Sinus Disease
  • Tracheostomy
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis Treatment
  • Voice And Larynx Surgery
View all 21 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Allergies
  • Chronic Cough
  • Cough
  • Difficulty with Vocal Range
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Granulomatosis with Polyangitis (Wegener’s)
  • Hay Fever
  • Hoarseness
  • Immobile Vocal Folds
  • Laryngeal Stenosis
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Nasal-Sinus Disease
  • Nose Or Nasal Problems
  • Paranasal Sinus Disease
  • Septal Deviation
  • Sinonasal Disease
  • Sinus Infections
  • Smell And Taste Disorder
  • Subglottic And Tracheal Stenosis
  • Subglottic Stenosis
  • Throat Problems
  • Throat Symptoms from Reflux
  • Tracheal Stenosis
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis
  • Vocal Fatigue
  • Voice Disorders
View all 30 Specialties +


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About Michael Benninger, MD

Dr. Michael S. Benninger is the Chairman of the Head and Neck Institute at The Cleveland Clinic and is a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. The Head and Neck Institute comprise the specialties of Otolaryngology, Audiology, Speech and Language Sciences, Oral Surgery and Dentistry.

In addition to his work at the hospital, Dr. Benninger has been very involved in Regional, National and International medical organizations. He is the President of the American Laryngologic Association, the President-Elect of the International Association of Phonosurgery and a member of the Board of Directors of the Voice Foundation. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) for 12 years, having been a former Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Governors of that organization. He is also a Past-President of the American Rhinologic Society and the Michigan Oto-Laryngological Society. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, which is the largest peer-reviewed journal in the world for that specialty. 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 6 books, including his most recent books, “The Performer’s Voice” and “The Singer’s Voice”. He has 2 additional books in press. He has also has written over 50 book chapters and over 170 scientific articles, focusing primarily on voice care and laryngology, nasal and sinus disease and health care management. He has lectured extensively across the country and throughout the world.

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

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Otolaryngology and Communicative Disorders
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

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

Undergraduate - Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA

Professional Highlights

  • President, American Laryngological Association, 2011-2012
  • President-Elect, International Association of Phonosurgery
  • 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


  • Otolaryngology

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


  • 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

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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 4/2/2019, 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.

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Benninger has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

  • ThermoFisher Scientific, Inc.

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

136 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
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

18 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Very pleased with Cleveland Clinic and staff. Dr. was exceptionally good with me and would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Dr. Benninger is my favorite physician- he is always professional, knowledgeable, sensitive, and talented.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

very friendly and competent staff. doctor Benninger very nice and informative. directions were very clear and we found everything with ease. I am confident in my future appointments at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

Dr. benninger came highly recommended by an acquaintance with same ailment as mine.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Dr. Benninger is very thorough and describes each procedure. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

dr benninger is very prompt and informs my husband and I both of all findings immediately

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

dr. benninger and nurse were excellent

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019

dr benniger treats me in a manner as an equal. he goes beyond the scope of my reason for being there. he treats the whole person and not just a speciality area.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

It was obvious from the start that Dr. Benninger is very experienced and knowledgeable. I did my own research in finding Dr. Benninger, and I am glad I did. I would absolutely refer him to anyone that I thought needed his help. In fact I brag often about Cleveland Clinic in general. I wish you were closer to where I live.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Dr. Tierney was incredible- need a huge Thersaurus to positively describe his disposition, professionalism and clinical knowledge. Dr. Benninger was a bit intimidating and curt at the end of our encounter; however I am most interested in his surgical skills, so all is good!

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Very prompt, efficien, professional (minimal paperwork, timely appt., greeted kindly by nurse, intern doctor was detailed and kind, and Dr. B was knowledgeable and conveyed info. well to me. Very good experience so far; although I'm still somewhat anxious and uncertain, the medical staff is earning my trust and I appreciate their excellent spirit and compassion.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

He was reassuring as to Dr. Benninger being one of the best. He was caring and very detailed in his assessment (and explanation of Dr. B's assessment). I appreciated the time he spent with me and his attention to detail. He did not make me feel rushed. I genuinely appreciated this.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2018

Dr. M. Benninger, and his entire staff was awesome, he answered all the questions that I needed insight to. He also listened to what I had to say was very thoughtful to suggest reading material to help achieve a lower acid diet. I came away for the first time with thorough information regarding GERD. In his follow up instructions he also explained the importance of slowly easing my way off of the PPI that I'm using. I'm so glad that I sought a GERD specialist and more importantly that I chose Dr. Benninger, he's an asset to the Clinic.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018

I have been trying to get a diagnosis for over 18 months and Dr. Benniger and his associates diagnosed my condition very quickly and proposed a surgical solution. Couldn't be more satisfied!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2018

These answers are directed to Dr. Benninger... He was simply AMAZING! He made me feel incredibly comfortable! He saw how nervous I was and did everything he could to ease my fears. He was gentle and caring. I wish ALL Doctors were just like him! He was extremely knowledgeable and made me feel so much better about the issue I was dealing with. I truly couldn't say enough great things about him. Thank you, Dr. Benninger! I will recommend you to everyone I know!

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

Dr. Benninger and his entire staff are excellent. I drive 4 1/2 hours from Indiana just to see them. Thy are truly the best

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2018

I would have never thought I had a chance of seeing Dr. Benninger on such short notice. This doctor is above and beyond what he knows, how he delivers information. I don't think I could have rested with as much each about the results of the visit if it hadn't come from him.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2018

I've been going to University Hospital for 11 years since I had cancer. I had a problem and they wouldn't address it. So I checked out Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Benninger and made my appointment. And was very supprised at the ease of checking in over University Hospital,So far this Dr. is caring for my problem. we'll see how it goes.

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