Dr. Michael Cruz, MD

Dr. Michael Cruz, MD

Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery  |  
Male  |  
54 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Michael Cruz, MD is an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery specialist in Spokane, WA and has been practicing for 18 years. He graduated from Medical College Of Wisconsin in 1995 and specializes in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, rhinology, and more.Read his story

Spokane Ear Nose and Throat

217 W Cataldo Ave

Spokane, WA 99201
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Choice Health
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Health Net
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana

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Top Care Areas


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very high
more than 99% of peers
Head and Neck Surgery
very high
more than 99% of peers
Chronic Sinusitis
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Cruz's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Cruz "Dr. Michael J. Cruz is Board Certified in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He trained at the Medical College of Wisconsin / Marquette Medical School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His practice includes general ENT for all ages with special interest and expertise in sinus and nasal disease and sleep apnea. Dr. Cruz enjoys the challenge of developing solutions to individual patients' problems. He works closely with local physician specialists in evaluating and managing snoring and sleep disorders that include the latest in-office procedures. On-site hearing testing, and allergy evaluation compliment his practice. Video evaluation for hoarseness and voice disturbances can be performed. In addition to these specialties, Dr. Cruz has extensive experience and training in complex nasal/sinus and base of skull surgery using endoscopic techniques including extracranial stereotactic image guidance. Dr. Cruz is very active in educating local area healthcare providers about new specialty technology and approaches to treating ENT conditions."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Cruz "I find every patient very interesting.  Their medical story is unique, and will be thoughtfully, individually, and thoroughly evaluated.  Ear, nose and throat conditions are managed both medically and surgically if needed.  Appropriate referrals to subspecialists within ENT may also be necessary to get the patient the most skilled, and appropriate care.  I enjoy patients of all kind, from children to retirement age.   I have a keen interest in complex sinus, and skull base conditions, and am skilled in performing both approaches to, and surgical management of these conditions."


  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Otolaryngic Allergy
  • Otolaryngic Skull Base Surgery
  • Rhinology
  • Sleep Medicine Otolaryngology

Board Certifications

  • Otolaryngology
    Accredited by: American Board of Otolaryngology*

Conditions Treated


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  • Ablation or Excision of Nasal Turbinates
  • Abscess Incision and Drainage
  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Antrostomy and Antrotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Diagnostic Nasal and-or Sinus Endoscopy
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Endoscopic Sinus Surgery With Navigational System
  • ENT Surgery
  • Ethmoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Excision of Neck Mass
  • Excision or Destruction of Palate or Uvula Lesion
  • Excision or Destruction of Tongue Lesion
  • Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Intranasal or Sinus Procedure
  • Laryngoscopy and Laryngotomy
  • Myringotomy
  • Nasal Packing for Epitaxis
  • Nasal Septum Surgery (Septoplasty)
  • Oral Surgical Procedures
  • Orbital Decompression and Orbitotomy
  • Posterior Nasal Pack
  • Sinus Surgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Sphenoidectomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Sphenoidotomy (Sinus Surgery)
  • Thyroid Surgery
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheal Surgery
  • Tracheostomy
  • Transphenoidal Surgery
  • Uvulectomy
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
  • Vestibule and Floor of Mouth, Excision or Destruction
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • Medical College Of Wisconsin
    Medical School | Graduated 1995
  • Med College Of Wisc Affil Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Cruz has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Cruz's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cruz to family and friends
based on 33 total reviews (18 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (33)

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  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Cruz's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
Time well spent

Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
Staff friendliness
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Cruz Says:

I appreciate patient feedback and continue to learn from the patient perspective experience.  My staff is also a large part of patient care experience with me, and feedback about them will also be used to continually evaluate and improve other patient experiences.  Our office number is 509-624-2326

Patient Comments (18)

in Spokane
I had struggled for years with sinus problems. Dr. Cruz did a fabulous job taking care of my issues and getting to the bottom of why I had the issues in the first place. The surgery was smooth and my recovery was fast. I would and have recommended Dr. Cruz to friends and family.
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I liked Dr. Cruz's approach to treating me in the most least invasive way possible. He really listened to my concerns, and I felt like we worked well together.
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in Spokane, WA
I found Dr Cruz to be very empathetic. He is calm and reassuring, and always made time to answer my questions before my surgery and during the several follow-up visits it entailed. The office staff was friendly and professional.
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in Spokane, WA
After dealing with chronic sinusitis since 1992 and finally having a bacterial infection that was resistant to antibiotics I was referred to Dr Cruz by Dr McVey for possible surgery and/or IV antibiotics. Dr Cruz was very knowledgeable and straight forward explaining the surgery to fix the ongoing...more
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in Spokane, WA
I have always had a great experience with Dr. Cruz From getting allergy testing and starting the procedure to get shots started to finding out I needed sinus surgery and getting that taken care of. Dr. Cruz is knowledgeable, and very good at his profession, kind and patient. Its great to feel...more
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