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Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Appendectomy
  • Bile Duct Stone Removal
  • Biliary Stone Therapy
  • Biliary Surgery
  • Cancer Center
  • Endoluminal Surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Exams
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hepatobiliary Cancer Management and Treatment
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery
  • Intestinal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Solid Organ Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
  • Laparoscopy
  • Liver Resection
  • Liver Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pancreas Resection
  • Pancreatic Stone Removal
  • Pancreatic Stone Therapy
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Pancreaticobiliary Pathologic Diagnosis
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Tumor Pathology
  • Surgical Endoscopy
View all 28 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Ampullary Cancer
  • Ampullary Carcinoma
  • Appendicitis
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Bile Duct Diseases
  • Bile Duct Obstruction
  • Bile Duct Stones
  • Bile Duct Tumors
  • Biliary Tract Disease
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoid Syndrome
  • Duodenal Polyps
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gas (Digestive)
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)
  • Hepatobiliary Disease
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Intestinal Carcinoid Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cysts
  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Pancreatic Endocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Stones
  • Pancreatitis
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Sarcoma
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
View all 34 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Surgical Endoscopy
Boston, MA

Residency - Loyola University Medical Center
General Surgery
Maywood, IL

Internship - Loyola University Medical Center
Surgical Internship
Maywood, IL United States

Medical Education - Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Undergraduate - Creighton University
Omaha, NE


  • Surgery

Specialty Interests

Biliary and pancreatic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, general surgery, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, laparoscopy, surgical endoscopy, surgical oncology, robotic surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Dean’s List - 1978-1981
  • Creighton University, Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award 1980
  • Summa Cum Laude - 1981
  • John F. Keeley Surgical Scholarship - 1989
    • National Cancer Institute, Washington DC
    • University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Research Project: “Immunotherapeutic Approaches, For Colon Cancer: The Use of Recombinant Antigen, Presentation and Immunoconjugates”
    • 1997 Faculty Teaching Award, The Ohio State University College of Medicine - 1997
    • Teacher of the Year , Cleveland Clinic Housestaff- 2000,
    • The Distinguished Educator Award, The Ohio State University - 2001
    • Associate Examiner, American Board of Surgery - 1999, 2002
    • Harvard-Macy Institute Program for Physician Educators - 2002
    • Teacher of the Year - 2003, 2004,
    • Department of General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Housestaff - 2006, 2008
    • Examiner, American Board of Surgery - 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
    • Kaiser-Permanente Excellence in Teaching Award, Case Western Reserve University College of Medicine - 2008,
    • Rich Family Distinguished Chair of Digestive Diseases- 2009
    • Service Excellence Award, health Network Foundation - 2010
    • The Rich Family Distinguished Chair in Digestive Diseases 2009
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 1/1/2024, Dr. Walsh has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

250 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.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

38 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2024

Dr R Matt Walsh is extremely caring, professional and has a plan of care that works for me !!

Reviewed on May 28, 2024

The Cleveland Clinic journey has been great. Dr Walsh saved my life.

Reviewed on May 10, 2024

This was a very dry visit. Didn't seem like there was a great concern just another gallbladder removal for them but it's the first for me. Physician was respectful but very dry.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

I had a very good consultation with Dr. Walsh. He was very clear and explained everything.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr Walsh is a great doctor. He is very kind, patient and understanding. I have total confidence in him.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr M Walsh is a wonderful Dr Very Kind and answers all your questions with great explanation.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024

I was taken back to a room by a personable and efficient assistant at 1015 and didn't see the doctor til 1200 PM. No explanation was given til 1140. Resident was kind. Don't understand how so much time could elapse without any attention. There were no emergencies which I would have understood. Doctor spent 5 minutes tops with me. I have all the faith in the doctor's surgical abilities, but his casual approach to my extremely long wait time was disheartening.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Did not appreciate someone changing established appointment time and not notifying me by text or email. Then after long wait in office Dr Walsh comes in extremely apologetic since NP put him in a non-urgent virtual visit at time of mine. Appreciated that he was clearly upset by it and that he handled it.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Dr Walsh is amazing and extremely professional

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Highly respect Dr. Walsh and his opinions about my health.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Dr Walsh asked me if I was happy with my weight. After a week's rumination, I now would reply, I am just happy to be alive! He performed a difficult and delicate surgery, the Whipple, with precision and the best of outcomes. I was in the hospital just 4 days and have been enjoying my life as a result. I might add that Julie was so caring and responsive to my needs, too. Great team!

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

I'm from the old school, I like to see Dr Walsh in person and hug Julie, too. Being online makes me a bit uncomfortable. Next year, I will choose an in person visit.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2024

H71 FLOOR -- Dr WALSH & Surgical Team & Alex Z were extremely professional at all times. I even had to be taken back to surgery for hematoma and they were right on top of It. Very calming and reassuring. Tall Jim the Night RN noted the bleeding and Informed the team right away, Sarah Holly gave exceptional care.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

Always a good experience seeing Dr. Walsh and his staff. His nurse Julie always makes us feel special.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

I would recommend Dr. Walsh to everyone. He is an amazing surgeon. I trust him with my life.. Literally.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

Dr Matthew Walsh saved my life in July of 2022. His knowledge & expertise with the Appleby procedure for pancreatic cancer was phenomenal.I am so blessed. I so appreciate him & his caring staff.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

Dr. Walsh is an excellent surgeon and saved me from Pancreatic cancer by doing the high risk surgery!! He is very humble.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2023

Dr. Walsh was extremely knowledgeable and explained the condition of IPMN. I felt a little bit nervous or rushed to ask questions, but All in all I know he is one of the top Pancreatic doctors at Clev Clinic and he showed why in his explanation.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr. Walsh was amazing. Kind, courteous and empathetic. He was definitely thorough in his explanations while also making It easy for the lay person to understand.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

I'm very thankful to have a surgeon Like Dr. Walsh following my care. He explains everything to the fullest so that I can understand exactly what he is looking for. I appreciate his time and expertise.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr Walsh is amazing. I was well advised and taken care of by him for 1st visit, Surgery and Follow Up Visit. I am the luckiest person in the whole world.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr answered and addressed all questions that were asked .

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

World Class Doctor at a World Class Hospital.Courteous, interested, caring and expert. Also reassuring.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Dr. Walsh and his Fellow, Dr. Mapes? Are outstanding Doctors and people making sure they answered all my questions and put in the perspective the issue I am dealing with.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Can't say enough about Dr Naples and Dr Walsh, glad that they were my surgeons since my surgery was an emergency and they were on call that night, did a great job with a very unusual set of intraoperative findings that did not match the pre op CT findings

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Doctor Walsh, Pa's and nursing staff always take time to answer any questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Dr. Walsh was wonderful, as usual.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Dr Walsh is the consummate professional. An outstanding representative of the Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Excellent provider!

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr. Walsh is an awesome doctor and I trust him.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

My experience with Dr. Walsh was excellent. He and his staff made me feel so comfortable and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

I would recommend Dr Walsh to every person I know!!! He honestly cares so much for his patients. He is kind, understanding and above all else... Very concerned about his patient's welfare. He's great at breaking down complex diagnosis into layman's terms. He is clear and concise discussing your concerns and takes time to help you understand your care and treatment plan.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

I would recommend Dr Walsh and his staff to everyone I know. They went above and beyond! They exceeded all my expectations!

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

Dr. Walsh is an excellent surgeon. I feel safe and calm with him. He has performed two lifesaving surgeries on me and I couldn't be happier with the results.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Great doctor very professional

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Everyone in Dr Walshs office is wonderful....they listen and ask questions and r always helpful

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

I wouldnt hesitate to tell anyone to go to Dr Walsh for help and his staff.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

Dr Walsh is a very sensitive and caring doctor

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