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Michael Zell, MD

Michael Zell, MD

  • Director, Urologic Surgery, UH Ahuja Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Specialty: Urology

Biography: Michael Zell, MD


  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP)
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery of the Kidney, Ureter, Bladder, and Prostate
  • Treatment of Kidney Stones

Certifications & Memberships

  • Urology - American Board of Urology


Residency | Urology
Urology - Mayo Clinic (2016 - 2020)

Internship | General Surgery
General Surgery - Mayo Clinic (2015 - 2016)

Medical Education
University Of California San Diego (2011 - 2015)

Stanford University (2006)


Michael Zell, MD is a board-certified urologist at University Hospitals and an associate clinical professor of urology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His clinical and research interests include minimally invasive treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP); diagnosis and treatment of kidney stones; and the use of advanced robotic techniques in kidney, ureter, bladder and prostate surgeries. Dr. Zell believes in a patient-centered, holistic approach to care – a philosophy that he embraces in his clinical practice and teaches to medical students and residents in his role as professor.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Management Sciences and Engineering at Stanford University, Dr. Zell attended medical school at University of California, San Diego. During his medical school years, he was actively involved in research related to urology and orthopedics and donated much of his time to the student-run free clinic. Dr. Zell went on to complete an internship in general surgery and a residency in urology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. His residency training had a particular focus on robotic surgery and holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP). He is, in fact, first author of the peer-reviewed publication, Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate for very large benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Dr. Zell is an accomplished lacrosse player, having served as team captain during his senior year at Stanford. Prior to entering medical school, he worked in the finance industry in San Francisco, California.

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Industry Relationships

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As of December 31, 2016, Michael Zell did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.