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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

  • Anterior Segment Surgery
  • Cataract Evaluations
  • Cataract Implant Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea Transplant
  • Corneal Surgery
  • Corneal Transplant
  • Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Pterygium Surgery
View all 11 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anterior Ocular Disease
  • Cataract and Intraocular Lens Implantation in Cataract Surgery
  • Cataracts
  • Cataracts and Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea Ulcer
  • Corneal Abrasion
  • Corneal Disease
  • Corneal Scar
  • Dry Eyes
  • Herpetic Eye Disease
  • Iridocyclitis
  • Ocular Health
View all 12 Specialties +


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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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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 10/6/2021, 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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* 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

781 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

96 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Dr. Wagenberg is an extremely competent ophthalmologist (corneal specialist). He was able to help me maintain my recurrent corneal erosion--I was getting one a month before I saw him--with no recurrences. He also believes me when I tell him, for example, that I am having interior eye pain, one of the signs that a corneal abrasion is forming. He has told me to come in whenever this happens. He has also recommended other eye ophthalmic solutions when I tell him that one kind is stinging after insertion, (I have sensitive eyes!) Dr. Wagenberg answers all of my question and never makes me feel as though I am "bothering" him. He's calm and does not rush. Finally, when I email a question to him via MyChart, he answers promptly. Truly he is a caring, conscientious doctor, one who exemplifies the top quality of care and concern for patients that is a hallmark of the Clinic. I am very grateful to be a patient of Dr. Wagenberg's and to be associated with the Cole Eye Institute.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

I recommend Dr Wagenberg to everyone I know.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

This doctor and his staff are great . I was very pleased with it all

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

I already have recommended My friends to go to Dr Wagenberg

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Dr Wagenberg even wished me a happy birthday that is tomorrow, thank you Dr. Wagenberg !!

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Doctor is great. As are the others who looked at my eyes.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Dr. W and staff were competent, conscientious and personable.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

Had problems getting in direct contact wth Dr Wagonburg's pffice to resolve prescription issue. (Not enogh to last until eye pressure check follow up)

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Making an appointment with Clinic doctors is difficult. I typically get transferred more than once and/or put on hold before speaking with the appropriate person. This has been the case for the several years that I have been seeing doctors there. It is not specific to any one doctor and is very frustrating. The people I speak to are always very courteous and try their best to help. It's just the system that doesn't seem to be well-organized. If I'm given a "direct number," it often leads to a series of transferred calls.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Dr. Wagenburg is very courteous and respectful and caring.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Dr. Wagenberg is great! He is so nice and friendly that he puts you at ease instantly. He is very thorough with his explanations and examinations. I will continue to be a patient of his for as long as he is in practice.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

I tell everyone about how good Dr. Wagenberg and his staff is. They have taken care of a lot of my friends and family members. I believe that this is one of the best medical practices at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Very happy there was not a long wait like with other less highly rated doctors

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Was referred by a past patient of Dr Wagenberg because of the quality and care at CC

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Was called in to the examining room on time and nurse that did the preliminaries was very kind and pleasant. However, then had to wait 40 minutes for the Dr. To see me. But I am very happy with Dr. Wagenberg's. He has been extremely good to me.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

This Doctor seamed to be pressed for time. I had to wait for 20 minutes after seeing the nurse before the Doctor came in.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

I saw 3 doctors during the course of my Er and opthmology visit, and all were highly skilled, but all seemed rushed and I felt like I was being moved around as a condition' not as a person..' No one asked me my job, about my life, kids, etc. Told everyone that my eye problem could affect my job, but not one doctor asked what my job was. I think that a bit more interaction would have been more reassuring.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Dr Wagenberg is very efficient

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Dr. Wagenberg is seeing too many patients at the same time. He runs from room to room and I don't dnow how he keeps them all straight. He was busy last year, but this is worse.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Once there all was fine but waited 20 minutes in exam room before seeing doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

The doctors and staff were very caring.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

dr Wagenberg and his staff are professional they provide excellent information and are concerned and caring. I would recommend Dr Wagenberg to others !

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

although very busy dr Wagenberg FaceTime it makes you feel like you really care about you

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

very good doctor

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

.Dr. Wagenberg is wonderful. Excellent surgeon.I highly recommend him to everyone.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

I started seeing Dr. Wagenberg a couple years ago .... and I am very happy with his service and results.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

After two weeks of leaving messages at the clinic number, person designated to caall I finally e-mailed my dr and got an immediate response.but then surgery was three months out. Why can I not contact my dr office directly? My husband is having a similiar problem with his appointmen in anohter department. It is a shame!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2021

Thid Dr is amazing! And his staff is as well.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Excellent results from 2 surgeries on rt. Eye p[erformed by both Drs. Cavanaugh and Wagenberg. I am looking forward to having Dr. Wagenberg perform both procedures on my left eye, in August.

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Dr. WAGENBERG and his staff are so friendly and courteous. They always make you welcome. I wish this was true in other doctors office appointments

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

I called for an appointment thinking that it might be a while before attaining one. As it happened, Dr. Wegengerg had a cancellation the next day and I was able to see him then. Office staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Exac was very thorough. Excellent experience.

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

I trust the doctor and he was prompt

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

none of these apply, my doctor made appointment

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

Everyone I came in contact with from scheduling to the doctors office were very nice and efficient.

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

always enjoy my visits with Dr. Wagenberg- going to set up my wife and daughter to see him

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Dr. Wagenberg is the best in all categories. Full stop.

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Dr. Wagenberg is an exceptional doctor. I enjoy each visit and know that I am in the best of care.

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

My responses are for The Cole Eye Institute and Dr. Wagenberg. I have NOT always had good experiences at Cleveland Clinic overall.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

everything was excellent and Doc was very helpful and Thorough. see ya next year!

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Good doctor; good staff. Process moves pretty quickly, but will take whatever time is required to answer Qs or address concerns.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Dr Wagenberg is just the best doctor in every way! His care, his explanation, he puts you at ease with calm manner. not to mention he's the top in his field.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

of course I'll be back and I always brag' about Cole Eye Institute and Dr Wagenberg. we are very lucky here in Cleveland to have access to such top notch doctors.

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Dr Wagenberg and his staff are excellent. The staff is very knowledgeable, and courteous. Dr Wagenberg is a great eye surgeon, I truly appreciate his skills and talents, But he is also a good Man.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

dr wagenberg is a highly experienced eye surgeon who delivers the very best care at cole eye clinic. he is professional and communicates with his patients. all procedures went very well on both of my eyes. recommend him to all

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

without any hesitation i recommend dr wagenberg and staff

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

i would recommend care provider to anyone!

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Dr Wagenberg was extremely thorough, professional, and kind. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Dr. Wagenberg is awesome! He is nice, funny, and make me feel like i am really cared for.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Absolutely recommend them to others. He knows his stuff and know people who knows there stuff. Dr. Wagenberg does great work and good for referrals.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Very knowledgeable doctor

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

No issues with Dr. Wagenberg, although since he joined the Clinic he seems rushed.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

I would rather make the trip from Canfiekf OH to see Dr Wagenberg than to chance my vision to anyone else, no matter how close. He is a rare blessing for too many reasons to list here, and his staff is second to none. Thank you Dr Wagenberg!!

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Dr. Wagenberg was patient and used an eye model and actual pictures of my eyes to explain what is going on with my eyes. I purposely chose to go to him because he has helped to correct my mother's vision and he is currently treated my mother for the same eye disease that I now unfortunately have been diagnosed with.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

A very good experience with intake, technicians and Dr. Waggenberg.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Dr. Waggenberg is a highly professional and skilled physician. He is receptive to questions and answers them clearly. Though rushed, Dr. Waggenberg takes the necessary time to inform his patients.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

This was my first visit with Dr Wagenberg, I am extremely happy with my choice

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Dr. Wagenberg and his staff are very professional and answered my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

wonderful doctor

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

staff n Doctor are the best. they make me feel comfortable and cared for

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

Dr. Wagenberg is kind and professional. I have referred him many times.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

very satisfied with Dr Wagenberg and his staff.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

great experience staff and doctor very thorough and professional

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

As I described earlier, the nurse practitioner was the main evaluator for Ian. She spent the most time with him and he only saw Dr. Wallanberg for 2 minutes.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

Dr. Wegenberg is the best.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Exceptional care! Why I like early appts. Nurses were not even in yet. Full attention from dr.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

excellent experience been a patient of Dr Wagenberg for many years

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

I have already recommended Dr. Wagenberg to several patients.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Dr. Wagenberg has always been personable and professional.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

Dr. Wagenberg and staff are very personable and professional.....

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Again Dr. Wagenburg and staff are stupendous.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

the scheduling tool of the website is terrible. if i am looking for a specific doctor but they are not already one of my providers makes me fill out a very tedious form, why not ask for my CCF number and auto populate the form

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

my original appointment needed to be rescheduled. Dr. W's office was proactive in alerting me and rescheduling.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

Dr Wagenburg is a pleasure to work with

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Dr Wagonberg is the consummate professional and superior physician both in the office and in the operating room. my wife has dealt with him in the operating room and the key to a great physician is their decision making when thing don't go 1-2-3. he shows awesome decision making under pressure. And that is something patients don't see and gets overlooked but it is THE most important thing for the patient

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Dr Wagenberg and his staff are the best!

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

I have been seeing Dr. Scott Wagenberg for a little over a year. He is a very knowledgeable, caring, professional physician (corneal specialist), a real healer, in fact. He is also very patient but efficient. he always replies to my non-medical questions (via My Chart) in a very timely fashion. I have recommended him to several of my friends.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

Very pleased with the staff in the office as well as with Dr. S Wagenberg.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

One of my best Dr. Very knowledgeable, communicates well, excellent office personnel, they work as a team, always available, everyone is concerned about your health and well being. A++++

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

My husband has said that if and when he needs help with his eyes, Dr. W and the CC is where he'll go.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

The doctor was very helpful in making my decision.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

My experience with the MD was excellent

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

The MD explained my visit & option to my satisfaction. He included me in my final decisions. He gave service excellence

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

A concerned and help full doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

felt rushed with the Dr.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2020

I have already recommended Dr Wagenberg to several friends and family members

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

I have several friends who have Dr. Wagenberg and everyone thinks he's great.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

very hard to make an appointment with the provider I wanted so I had to wait months to see him. He is worth the wait

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Dr Wagenberg is the Best!

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

My procedure and care were great. Dr. Wagenberg was wonderful.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

I believe that Dr. Waggonberg and his whole team, including his office staff, were very professional and kind.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

Dr. Waggonberg runs from room to room and is a very busy doctor. He answers all of your questions though. He is short and to the point. I would recommend him to others though. My surgery went very well, thank God.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

My wife and I would have no reservations about recommending Dr. Wagenberg, he has always been cordial and willing to explain our care and answer questions.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Dr. Wagonberg is efficient, knowledgeable and very personable. He explained everything that made my decision to go forward with a procedure an easy decision.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Dr. Wagenberg is stellar!

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

dr had no idea of my medical history, even tho I have been seeing him for many years. he is too overscheduled. I used to recommend him but no longer will.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

I'm a long time patient of Dr. Wagenberg, about 15 years and he's the best. I'm happy to have him as my physician.

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