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Philip Schauer, MD


Philip Schauer, MD
Department: General Surgery
Director, Bariatric & Metabolic Institute
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code M61
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Philip Schauer is Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (BMI). He is past president of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He is Chair of Obesity Week, the world's largest annual meeting devoted to the science and treatment of obesity and metabolic diseases.  


After receiving his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Schauer completed his residency in surgery at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he served as chief resident of general surgery.  He then completed his fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at Duke University Medical Center.  Prior to joining The Cleveland Clinic in 2004, Dr. Schauer served as director of endoscopic surgery, director of bariatric surgery and director of the Mark Ravitch/Leon Hirsch Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.


Dr. Schauer's clinical interests include surgery for severe obesity, minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic), and gastrointestinal surgery.  He has performed more than 7000 operations for severe obesity and diabetes.  His research interests include the pathophysiology of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and outcomes of laparoscopic management of obesity and gastrointestinal diseases. He has also participated in the development of new minimally invasive, endoscopic, and laparoscopic operations.  New concepts in surgical training and education have been a major focus of his educational interests.


He has authored more than 300 scientific papers, editorials, textbook chapters, and video productions related to obesity, bariatric surgery and gastrointestinal surgery. He is co-editor of the textbook Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery (Second Edition). He has been an invited speaker for more than 200 regional, national and international lectures on the subject of metabolic surgery. He is principal investigator of the STAMPEDE trail comparing medical and surgical treatment of diabetes published in New England Journal of Medicine (2012 and 2014). This study was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as a “Top Five Breakthrough Medical Technology for 2013” and American Heart Association as a “Top Ten Cardiovascular Research Advance in 2014”. He has been principal investigator on 2 NIH funded studies evaluating surgical treatment of diabetes and obesity. He is past chairman of the Bariatric Surgery Section of the Obesity Society. He received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from ASMBS in 2011. He has been on the board of Governors of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He is also a member of International Federation of Surgery for Obesity, the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Central Surgical Society, and the Society of Clinical Surgery. He is currently Associate editor for the International Journal of Obesity and has been a member of the editorial board of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and Obesity Surgery as well as 3 other scientific journals. He has been director of more than 100 CME courses on obesity, metabolic disease and bariatric surgery and has trained more than 80 fellows in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. 

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center
Laparoscopic Surgery
Durham, NC USA
Residency - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX USA
Internship - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX USA
Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX USA
Undergraduate - Texas A & M University
Biological Sciences
College Station, TX USA


  • Surgery

Specialty Interests

Bariatric Surgery, colon surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, weight loss surgery, Weight Management

Additional Training

Treatment & Services

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As of 11/18/2014, Dr. Schauer has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Schauer receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS)
  • Nestle Holdings, Inc.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Schauer serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Physician Reviews of Surgery (PRS), LLC
  • Surgical Excellence, LLC

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.

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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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