Department Ophthalmology
Primary Location Hillcrest Ophthalmology
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Hillcrest Ophthalmology
Primary Location

Hillcrest Ophthalmology

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Corneal Surgery
  • Corneal Transplant
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Corneal Disease
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About Scott Wagenberg, MD

Scott A. Wagenberg, MD, is part of the Cole Eye Institute at Hillcrest Hospital.  He was in private practice at Hillcrest Hospital from 2000-2010.  He joined the Cole Eye Institute in 2010. 

Dr. Wagenberg earned his medical degree at the University of Michigan.  He did an ophthalmology residency at Case Western Reserve University.  He completed a fellowship in corneal and refractive surgery at the Corneal Consultants of Indianapolis.  He was board certified in Ophthalmology in 2001. 

Dr. Wagenberg specializes in diseases and surgery of the cornea.  He is at the leading edge of corneal transplantation including endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK and DSAEK), deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK), and penetrating keratoplasty.  He has helped to design a keratome for the purpose of preparing corneal tissue for endothelial keratoplasty.  He has lectured at regional, national and international corneal conferences.  He has performed live surgery at an international corneal conference.  In addition to his interest in corneal transplantation, he has an interest in ocular surface reconstruction including the use of amniotic membrane for the repair of the corneal surface.

In addition, to his interest in corneal diseases and surgery, Dr. Wagenberg also practices comprehensive ophthalmology including the treatment of cataracts and glaucoma, contact lens fitting, dry eye, and infections and inflammation of the eye.

Dr. Wagenberg is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Corneal Society.  He is listed in "The Best Doctors in America."
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Price Whitson Vision Group
Cornea and Refractive Surgery
Indianapolis, IN USA

Residency - Case Western Reserve University - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - William Beaumont Hospital-Royal Oak
Royal Oak, MI USA

Medical Education - University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA


  • Ophthalmology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/2/2019, Dr. Wagenberg 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

738 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

103 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Waited too long to see the Doctor. I Realize the need to schedule appts efficiently, but the patient deserves to see the doctor without waiting for an hour or more.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

excellent doctor excellent experience

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

very comfortable with Dr. Easy to understand Very thorough and patient

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

This is my second surgery with Dr. Wagenberg. Would highly recommend him. His staff were very prompt and professional. I am satisfied with my surgery results.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

the dr practice is excellent

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

dr Scott Wagenberg is top notch

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

doctor and staff very pleasant

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

good doctor but seems rushed

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

I would always recommend Dr. Wagonberg

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr Wagenberg is always terrific!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Both Doctor Wagenberg and Kathy were outstanding. The rest of the staff were very pleasant and easy to work with.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr. Wagenberg for years and know that he is very competent and caring. I also brought my late mother to see him when she experienced a pain in her eye. Upon examination, Dr W determined that she required immediate surgery, which he performed. Fortunately for us, he saved her eyesight. Dr Wagenberg was probably the only doctor that my mother ever liked. As for a few comments that Dr W seems rushed and doesn't spend time with patients ... he spends as much time as needed, but does not have the luxury of lingering. The Cleveland Clinic dictates the number of patients he sees each day and he is held to a very strict schedule. The Clinic is lucky to have him.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Dr. Wagenberg is very thorough and explains what's going on with your care.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

definitely would recommend dr. Wagenberg to others.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Dr. Wagenberg is a great doctor. Very thorough and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2019

my experiences with Dr Wagenberg have all been very positive. The only reason I drive in from Youngstown is because of my confidence in and satisfaction with. him and the excellent care he provides.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Dr. Wagenberg is a fine opthamologist, as I trust his clinical knowledge and skills, however, he treats me like I am only number. He walks in the room, and sits at the computer with his back to me, and makes no conversation or eye contact at all. He never asks me if I have any questions or concerns, and I even have to ask how the health of my eye is. I am disappointed in this aspect of each visit with him. I would recommend him as a physician due to his credentials and knowledge, as this part is wonderful, but not his bedside manner so to speak.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

Minimal wait and Scott did excellent job of showing actual pictures of my eyes to illustrate problem and plan to handle it. High level if comfort and confidence in Dr. Wagonberg and Cole staff

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2019

would be nice to get more explanations from the dr.. seemed rushed.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2019

The doctor was very thorough in ensuring that the episode I had was fully investigated and properly diagnosed. He went above and beyond to test for other possible causes and to rule out more serious issues. Finally, he reassured me that the recent episode I had was not serious and that I could contact him if further issues occurred.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Dr Wagenberg has always been professional and caring in his approach to patient care

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

I recommend Dr Wagenberg to all my friends and family !

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Dr. Wagenberg is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Doctor constantly on the move going from one patient to another quickly. I hesitate asking questions because I don't want to hold him up.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

Dr Waggenberg and those working in his office are dynamite. the clinic needs to use them as a model practice

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Dr Wagenberg is an outstanding doctor. He was recommend to me by 2 others and I would recommend him to everyone

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

Dr. Wagenburg responded to all concerns and provided the information needed to make me feel comfortable.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

Dr Wagenberg is an excellent doctor I am fortunate to have him as my Doctor

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

I have already recommended doctor Wagenberg and his staff to family/ friends

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

very good I like Dr Wagenberg very much he is very professional an thorough.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Everyone was friendly and professional. I've known Dr Waggenberg for several years and I think he's a wonderful doctor- and extremely intelligent. '

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

Dr Wagenberg is thee best in his field. class act.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

Dr Wagenberg is always nice and professional. he makes you feel as ease.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

Dr wagonberg moved fast, multi-tasked well. and staff, too.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

I noticed Dr. Wagenberg. take time and care about all his patients.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

Dr. Wagenberg is truly dedicated to his patient's needs in a professional manner.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

I like Dr. Wagonberg and feel he is an excellent physician, however, he was extremely busy - racing from patient to patient. Somewhat disconcerting.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

*Dr. Wagenberg is great to work with - Great personality & professional.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Dr Wagenberg walked in the room and made no eye contact with me . Started talking with his back to me. He seem in a rush.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Dr Wagenberg has been providing exceptional care for myself and family for several years. I highly recommend him to all my contacts

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

The staff and DR where awesome

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Excellent doctor. Very good "soft skills"

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Enjoyed meeting Dr. Maah, current fellow. he was very thorough , as was dr. Wagenberg. thankfully no big issues with my eyes. doctor has a good sense of humor too.

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Not only is Dr Wagenberg an awesome doctor who is quick yet extremely accurate his office staff is phenomenal as well. i get the best care and i receive my care from individuals who truly care

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

Great experience, I have already sent 2 people to Dr. Scott. they love him too!

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

As I stated earlier I have already sent to friends to Dr. Scott

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

A kind and caring doctor

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

the staff and Dr. Wagenberg answered all my questions and concerns they were very friendly. still having trouble accessing my portal.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

Dr.Wagenberg is very good and the wait is worth it.

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

very hard to get yearly check up with Dr Wagenberg

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

staff is great as well as dr. waggonberg

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

I reccomend this doctor and his staff

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

good experience. I liked my doctor. my first appointment. I choose to have my surgery with him instead of my original doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Dr.Wegenberg is a remarkably talented, skilled, and gift surgeon. To have restored my sight is phenomenal.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

Dr Wagenberg was absolutely EXCELLENT! Very professional, courteous, thorough and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

Dr.Wagenberg is extremely competent. Helpful and treats you like a real person.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

I feel rushed. Dr.Wagenberg has wonderful info when asked, but he doesn't sit down and really discuss.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

Best staff ! Doctor Wagenberg is amazing. wonderful surgeon!

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

Both Dr. Scott and the staff were very attendant in making sure that I thoroughly understood my condition, as well as treatment options. All had excellent doctor (staff) to patient interplay knowledge and communications skills. Also, they took time and allowed me to take time for a complete understanding of the circumstances - there was no rush to finish.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

At age 78 I've seen a good number of doctors in my lifetime, but this visit was by far the most pleasant, professional, informational, and fun, visit I've ever had at a doctors office.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

the doctor was great! I was very impressed

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

I asked how many doctors were in that office. I felt that my doctor was overscheduled & RUSHED. NOT a good feeling!

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

This was a temporary doctor - why he was there, I don't know, but he said he would be gone in June. A nurse asked me if I would see him as Dr. Wagenberg seemed to be very busy. I agreed, he was fine and answered a question I had, but after waiting so very long, I would have liked to been seen by my primary care provider.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

There was chaos. People were milling all over the place - in the halls, lounges, in the various rooms, waiting, at least I think we all were waiting, for Dr. Wagenberg to pay us a few minutes of time. I never did see him.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

After having waited for Dr. Wagenberg for two and a half hours, then his entering the room and saying nothing except "Hello," I found myself feeling angry and uncared for by this physician. Bedside manner is sorely lacking.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

I waited to see Dr. Wagenberg from 10:15 a.m. (my appointment time) until 12:45 p.m. i.e., 2 and 1/2 hours) before I saw the physician. Though he had several emergencies (which I understand), he gave no apology or showed any concern that I'd waited so long to be seen. An apology would have solved the problem.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

The doctor and his assistants were highly knowledgeable and professional in their field.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

Dr Wagenberg, is warm and welcoming. Highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

Dr Wagenberg is an excellent physician. I have been going to him for years and he is always on top of his game

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

I would wait as long as necessary to see Dr. Wagenberg. Everyone in his office has always been courteous, efficient, and very busy. Perhaps long wait times are the price we must pay to see Scott Wagenberg.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Scheduling to see the doctor has always been easy.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

This doctor doesn't have a personality. He didn't even try to be nice. cold and clinical.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

I was not able to setup an appointment online with Dr Wagenberg since the location was not selectable.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

Doctor appeared very rushed. Did everything quicker than usual did not explain as in-depth as usual. Did not spend nearly as much time with me as usual.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

I was there for 2.5 hrs with a 9 am appointment. dr wagenburg barely talked me, didn't tell me what he thinks is wrong with my vision. had his back to me most of the time.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

*Dr. Wagenberg has always been very friendly & always answers any questions. He makes a patient feel very comfortable.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

I have seen Dr. Wagenberg on many occasions and always am pleased. He is very caring and personable. He conducts appointments highly professionally while engaging me in casual conversation. I look forward to our visits.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

Dr. Wagenberg & staff treat me like family. They are very kind & caring of me & my needs.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

Dr. shows much care & concern for my condition & gives excellent treatments

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

DR SCOTT WAGENBERG is always extremely caring and also informative.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2019

dr wagonberg and staff were great . very informative in regards to my eye issues. I feel very confident on having this surgery

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

the doctor answered all my daughters questions. he is very kind and knowleable and cares about my eyes other health problems. he communicates with all my doctors.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019

Outstanding care from Dr. Wagenberg and his entire staff Polite, professional, all knew what to dfo.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Routine eye exam, no problem, no proposed treatment. Exams were very thorough and fully explained as to what was being done and the results Have and will continue to recommend CCF and especially Dr Wagenberg

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Dr. Wagenberg always shows concern for my situation and he clearly explains any changes he needs to make.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

I would recommend Dr. Wagenberg and his office without reservation.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019

I definitely would recommend Dr Wagenberger to anyone. I had a1 care with him

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019

every one was polite and pleasant. very little wait time. was very pleased. Dr explained everything I needed to understand.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

I only rated "ability to get an appt when i wanted" a 4 because there was about a one-month wait before the appointment, but that's really not that bad at all compared to other health care providers.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

Most of this doesn't apply since I only had an eye exam, but Dr. Wagenberg was fantastic, so he's getting 5's across the board.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

Dr and Staff are very compassionate and concerned! Could not ask for better care.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

Dr Wagonberg has been one of best physicians I have ever met & very knowledgeable & courteous! His staff is also excellent & courteous!

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

Dr Wagonberg's staff is Great! He is very fortunate to have a staff who work together as they do!

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2018

Dr Wagenberg was very thorough and reassuring.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2018

Dr. Wagonberg took thee time to listen to me about concerns that I had regarding medication. He was willing to try an alternative treatment. He also cared enough to know how I was doing in the middle of the next week. I was able to contact him to let him know I was doing well.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

Extra long time waiting to see the doctor but he codenced his schedule so it was understandable the wait would be longer

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

I waited 1 hour and 15 minutes to see the dr.- he is obviously over booked and over worked- not acceptable - then he has so little time to spend with patients- he is a wonder dr. - but you need to schedule more appropriately- way too long of a wait

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

Dr. Wagenberg did cataract surgery on both my eyes. He's competent, professional, and compassionate. His office staff is great. I've been recommending the practice.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

Dr. Scott Wagenberg is the BEST! And so are his staff. Always wonderful to visit the office for my annual exam.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

Dr. Scott is friendly and professional and he has a great sense of humor! I love visiting with him! And he helps me!!! Excellent doctor!!!!

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

My experience was excellent. Everyone was kind and attentive. The Doctor was understanding and the nurse was just wonderful. I could not have asked for better service.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

the doctor was excellent, very down to earth and informative! highly recommend

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

really great Doctor very comfortable with him

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