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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

Additional Locations

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
  • Laryngology
  • 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 31 Specialties +


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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


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

  • 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


  • 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

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 1/15/2021, Dr. Benninger 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

187 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

24 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

As expected, Dr. Benninger was very knowledgeable and professional. He was patient and thorough in his exam and was attentive to my problem. He followed up and assisted me in getting the appropriate therapy. As a health care provider myself, I can certainly say he puts our profession in the best of light.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

We REALLY like Dr Benniinger and his staff.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Very good... Very helpful and help me get scheduled with another dr for a different medical treatment needed!!

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Doc was fabulous!

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Good doctor plus good staff and hospital

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Dr Benniger is terrific

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

I was very pleased with Dr. Berringer professionalism.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Dr. Benniger was very personable and easy to talk to. And not just about my medical issues

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Dr. Benninger always makes me feel comfortable. I always feel respected and informed on what's going to happen in and after my appointment. He is a consummate professional.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr Benninger and staff are the finest professionals in their field. There are none better. Their knowledge and treatment of patients and explaining the issues are without equal.

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Dr Benninger is truly outstanding (excellent)

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

I liked my ENT at UH Hospitals, he was very good. He switched to Cleveland Metro and his office was to far for me so I checked around and found Dr. Benninger. And I am very p[leased with my decision to get him as my ENT. He explains things so you can understand, he's patient with you and compassionate. Not to mention very intelligebt and has common sense too ! you dont find that to often

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

If my primary care dr was half as good as Dr Benninger i would be a lot better off he is GREAT

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

DR Benninger was very professional and informative with my situation.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Dr. Michael Benninger is one of the BEST Dr.'s I've ever seen. He shows such compassion and care for me. I feel very confident in all the treatment I receive from him.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

very satisfied. I would recommend this PA & the Physician.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

I would have thought a Dr. with his credentials and experience would have rushed me but he didn't. he was kind, took his time and I didn't have to deal with medical students. Amazing!

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

The doctor was all around terrific in every way possible.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Dr Benninger was very informative. He asked if I had any questions and he took time to make sure I understood my options after my diagnosis. He was also sensitive when he explained the facts about my condition.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

He's the best Dr I've ever been to.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

I was used to talking more with my previous doctor,but he retired. It takes me time to get to know a new doctor. I did appreciate that I still have the same Speech Pathologist,Michelle. She's kind and pleasant to talk with.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2021

The doctor questioned why I was even referred to him. When I told him what I did for a living he questioned me being an RN I told him since I was a nurse I feel I get more worried because of what I know and he said "it's probably because of what I don't know or understand". He kept making comments about how overweight I am. I understand I am a little overweight and I told him I've been working on it and have lost weight and he said "okay well you REALLY need to try to work on that" as if I wasn't but I just told him I was and have been successful. He was telling me how I need to get in a routine abs strict diet and workout regimen even after I told him I have been. He didn't explain the procedure he was doing just terrible bedside manor and rude.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Dr. Benninger is outstanding in every way.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

Dr Benninger is not only super at a Drs level he is a super people person also.

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