Treatment & Services
- Abdominal Perineal Resection
- Advanced Polypectomy
- Colorectal Cancer Treatment
- Colorectal Surgery
- Fecal Diversion
- Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
- Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection
- Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
- Laparoscopic Rectopexy
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Pediatric Total Abdominal Colectomy
- Re-Do Rectal Surgery
- Resection of Colon and Rectal Diseases
- Stoma Surgery
- Surgery For Crohn's Disease
- Surgery for Pilonidal Cyst
- Surgical Endoscopy and Endoscopic Procedures
- Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Anal Abscesses
- Anal Cancer
- Anal Fissures
- Anal Pain
- Anorectal Disease
- Benign Anorectal Disease
- Bowel Incontinence
- Colon Polyps
- Colorectal Cancer
- Crohn's Disease
- Enterocutaneious Fistula
- Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Large Intestine Cancer
- Paget's Disease
- Pilonidal Cyst
- Presacral Tumors
- Proctitis - Care & Treatment
- Rectal Abscess
- Rectal Bleeding
- Rectal Cancer
- Rectal Prolapse
- Rectovaginal Fistulas
- Small Intestine Cancer
- Ulcerative Colitis
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Florida
Weston, FL USA
Residency - University of Miami School of Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital
Miami, FL USA
Internship - University of Miami School of Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital
Miami, FL USA
Medical School - MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA
Undergraduate - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY USA
- Transanal endoscopic microsurgery, Tuebingen, Germany, 2005
- Colon and Rectal Surgery
Transanal endoscopic microsurgery
Awards & Honors
- America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2007
- America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2008
- Florida Super Doctors, 2008
- Florida Super Doctors, 2009
Research & Publications
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95 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.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.9|
|Knows Medical History||4.6|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.8|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.9|
8 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Nov 28, 2016
I think the medical health care system as a whole need to better understand adult athletes who have good general health and lab work, but realize that if we are in there, we mean that something is not right. IE: just because I have great cholesterol or heart info, doesn't mean nothing else is wrong! This doctor was fair at this, but spoke as if natural remedies were bunk if there were no prescriptions. I'd like to stay healthy and heal my body in the most natural way possible, and in general, the Medical profession doesn't stay up to date on products that don't come from the pharmaceutical companies.
Reviewed on Nov 1, 2016
Dr Sands is an excellent Doctor. She is compassionate and caring.
Reviewed on Oct 20, 2016
Doctor took real interest
Reviewed on Jul 18, 2016
Reviewed on Jul 5, 2016
It was my first time seeing Dr. Sands. I thought she was extremely knowledgeable. I had to travel an hour to see her, and it was well worth it. Although the body part that needed diagnosis made me feel very anxious about seeing a doctor, the visit with Dr. Sands couldn't have been any better. In the end she made me feel like it was no big deal. Just love her! I will highly recommend her to my family and friends.
Reviewed on May 28, 2016
Dr. Sands put me and my family at rest and helped release our stress. #1. Some good some FAST. #2. Dr. Sands team was great. #5. Dr. Sands -
Reviewed on May 17, 2016
Reviewed on Apr 19, 2016
Again -- only positive experience. Compassion is from everyone and of course, medical care is excellent.
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