Catherine Henry, MD


Catherine Henry, MD

Appointed: 1994

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Catherine Henry, MD
Department: Otolaryngology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A71
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Catherine A. Henry, MD, FACP, was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Mich. She holds a BS in biology from Alma College and her MD from Wayne State University. She received her postgraduate training in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital and has been a board-certified internist since 1988. She practiced general internal medicine in the Henry Ford Health System for six years.

In 1994, Dr. Henry came to Cleveland Clinic, where she initially practiced general internal medicine. She also served in several administrative roles focused on clinical quality improvement, chronic disease management and managed care. In 1998, she received additional training in medical otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), and was granted a joint appointment in the Head and Neck Institute. She practiced in both departments from 1998 until 2006. From 2001 to 2006, her internal medicine practice moved to the Section of Preventive Medicine, where she directed the Women's Executive Health Program.

Since August 2006, Dr. Henry has practiced medical otolaryngology full time. Focusing her efforts in this area has allowed her to expand her expertise in medical management of ear, nose and throat disorders. She has a special interest in chronic cough, a disorder that crosses many disciplines. Since developing her practice, several other academic institutions have hired internists or family physicians to train in medical otolaryngology, and they have visited Cleveland Clinic to observe Dr. Henry’s practice and use it as a model for theirs. She also teaches internal medicine residents in the outpatient setting.

Throughout her career, Dr. Henry has actively advocated for women’s health. She served as President of the American Medical Women's Association (1999-2000), which represents the interests of women in the medical profession and is an advocate for public policy promoting women's health. Dr. Henry has been named one of Cleveland’s “Top Docs” by Cleveland magazine every year since 2007. 

She is married to Jan Frandsen, a palliative care nurse practitioner, who is originally from Denmark.  Dr. Henry speaks a little Danish, her only foreign language, which only seems to come in handy when talking to family.  She practices mindfulness meditation to keep life on an even keel.  Her interests outside of medicine include knitting, cooking, skiing and long-distance bicycling.  She is an avid hockey fan, loyally following the Detroit Red Wings (NHL) and the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL).  One of her prized possessions is her signed Steve Yzerman jersey.

Since 2003, she has participated in multiple century rides (100 miles in one day) and one half-marathon to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through its Team in Training program, and has raised over $70,000 to fight blood cancers. In 2004, she and her husband received a Champion for the Cause award for their fundraising efforts and in 2010 they received the Society's Hope award. Believing that actions speak louder than words, she also knits handmade socks for troops deployed overseas through the nonprofit Socks for Soldiers program.

Professional Highlights

  • President, American Medical Women's Association, 1999-2000

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Henry Ford Hospital
Primary Care/Internal Medicine
Detroit, MI USA
Internship - Henry Ford Hospital
Medical Internship
Detroit, MI USA
Medical School - Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI USA
Undergraduate - Alma College
Alma, MI USA


  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

Chronic Cough, Hearing Loss, laryngopharyngeal reflux, medical management of otolaryngology problems in adults, Tinnitus, vertigo, Vestibular Disorders

Awards & Honors

Top Doc, Cleveland magazine, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Additional Training

  • Medical otolaryngology preceptorship, Cleveland Clinic, 1998


  • American College of Physicians
  • American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Treatment & Services

  • Canalith Repositioning
  • Ear Wax Removal
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
  • Flexible Fiberoptic Nasal Endoscopy
  • General ENT
  • Medical Management of Otolaryngology Problems in Adults
  • Videonystagmography

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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As of 2/27/2014, Dr. Henry 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 the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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