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Philip Schauer, MD


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

Biographical Sketch

Philip R. Schauer, MD, is Chief of Minimally Invasive General Surgery and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. He is also Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is immediate Past President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

After receiving his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Schauer completed his residency in surgery at the University of Texas, where he served as Chief Resident of
General Surgery. He then completed a fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Prior to joining 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 4,000 operations for severe obesity. His research interests include the pathophysiology of obesity and related diseases, physiologic effects of laparoscopic surgery on postoperative injury and recovery, and outcomes of laparoscopic management of obesity, gastrointestinal diseases and hernias. 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 200 scientific papers, editorials, textbook chapters, abstracts and video productions. He has been an invited speaker for more than 100 regional, national and international lectures on the subject of obesity surgery and laparoscopic surgery. He has been on the board of Governors of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) for the last 5 years. He is Past Chairman of the research, as well as training and credentialing committees of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. He is also a member of International Federation of Surgery for Obesity (IFSO), the North American Society for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), Central Surgical Society and the Society of Clinical Surgery. He is a member of the American Board of Surgery Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Governors of the Fellowship Council. He is the Associate Editor of the new journal, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and is on the editorial board of three other surgical journals. He has been director of more than 50 courses and workshops on advanced laparoscopic surgery and has trained more than 20 fellows in advanced laparoscopic surgery.

Professional Highlights

Past President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons

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

Awards & Honors

  • Best  Doctors in America, 5 consecutive years
  • Principal Investigator: STAMPEDE  Randomized Controlled Trial, Medical vs. Surgical Management of Type II Diabetes

Innovations & Patents

  • Innovator in development of numerous minimally invasive gastrointestinal procedures 
  • Innovator in bariatric surgical techniques and devices for weight loss and diabetes control


  • American Surgical Association
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Obesity Society

Treatment & Services

Industry Relationships

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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.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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