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Department Pulmonary Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acute radiation for pneumonitis
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Chest X-Ray
  • Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
  • CPAP check
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Pulmonary clearance for surgery
  • Pulmonary Function Testing
View all 8 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Chest X-Ray/CT
  • Arterial Blood Gases
  • Aspergillosis
  • Asthma
  • Breathing Complaints
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Churg-Strauss Syndrome
  • Cough
  • Diaphragm Disorders
  • Drug Reactions to the Lungs
  • Emphysema
  • Fatigue
  • Hemoptysis
  • Hypoxia
  • Idiopathic CNS Hypersomnia
  • Insomnia
  • Lung Abscess
  • Narcolepsy
  • Night Terrors
  • Nightmares
  • Nocturnal Myoclonus
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pleural Thickening
  • Pulmonary
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonology
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Snoring
View all 33 Specialties +


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About Laurence Smolley, MD

Laurence Smolley, MD, is Chairman of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston. He also serves as Staff in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine. His specialty interests include lung cancers, asthma, breathlessness and sleep disorders such as snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy. Dr. Smolley is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialty certification in pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine. He is also certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

After completing his Bachelor's of Science degree in chemistry at Yale University in 1972, Dr. Smolley received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in New York City in 1976. He completed advanced training with an internal medicine residency at Downstate-Kings County Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y., followed by a pulmonary fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, Fla.

Prior to his appointment to Cleveland Clinic in 1995, Dr. Smolley was Director of Pulmonary Rehabilitation and of the Sleep Disorders Center of the Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla. (1986-1994). He also had been Acting Chief, then Chief of the Pulmonary Section at Miami Veterans Administration Hospital (1983-1986), and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Fla.(1981-1986).

Dr. Smolley is involved in a number of professional societies. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and of the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, the Florida Sleep Medicine Society and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Smolley has published books, book chapters, articles and abstracts related to his specialty interests.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Miami School of Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital
Pulmonary Medicine
Miami, FL USA

Residency - Kings County Hospital Center
Internal Medicine
New York, NY USA

Internship - Kings County Hospital Center
Internal Medicine
Brooklyn, NY USA

Medical Education - New York University School of Medicine
New York, NY USA

Undergraduate - Yale University
New Haven, CT USA


  • Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
  • - Sleep Medicine

Specialty Interests

Critical care medicine, granulomatous lung diseases, sleep disorders

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 12/8/2021, Dr. Smolley 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

138 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 4.7
Listens 2.3
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

48 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2021

Dr Smolley is AMAZING!!!

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Dr Smolley has always been very goodExplaining and giving me solutions to my problems. I love Dr Smolley!

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Good and thorough, once appointment made and in with doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021

Dr.Smooley was the nicest and caring man. He was extremely patient.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021

I am a difficult case however the physician took the time to discuss my case. He said he would call me the next day and I received calls from him for the next two days. Thank you Doctor

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2021

Dr Smolley is the bomb! Best bedside manner of ANY doctor we've ever been too. Truly took the time to thoroughly help my mom with her chronic insomnia and he had incredible patience with her. (No small feat!) Highly Highly recommended!

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Dr us very intense but still shows care and concern for patient

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Dr. Smolley provides excellent service. Fully explains & answers questions.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Dr. Smolley very professional & caring.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

I was originally told that I was going to see Dr Smolley's nurse but Dr Smolley showed up for the appointment. I was very pleased.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Dr Smolley is an excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Getting appointments with my doctors can sometimes be disappointing because it could take a month or more to see my doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr. Smolley is very thorough

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Love Dr. Smolley

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Dr. Smolley was definitely one of the best doctors I have ever seen. He is very knowledgeable about his area and very passionate. He was generous with his time which was very much appreciated by me. I couldn't be more grateful.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Dr. Smolley was the best he took his time was courteous, caring and didn't rush to get me out of there. He answered all my questions and really seemed to care. I have to say it was the best experience I have ever had at a doctors office. Keep up the great work.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Both this and my other recent attempt at video conferencing on my Dell computer were unsuccessful. I could see and hear the doctors but they could not see or hear me, requiring us to use my iphone which was less preferable. On the positive side, Dr. Smolley was quite impressive in both his style and breadth of knowledge.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Dr Smolley was very professional, he explained the findings of the CT scan in detail and his decision to wait 6 mths to recheck nodule.He was respectful of time and apologized for running behind schedule- which was not a big deal at all.I'm so grateful I'm in the Cleveland Clinic Care system, I felt safe and trust Dr Smolley to make the best decision for my well-being.Thank You

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

It's well worth the 45 minute drive to see Dr. Smolley

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

I had a very good experience Dr Smolly is wonderful

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Never had such a professional doctor to explain my condition in layman terms. Dr. Smolley showed concern and ordered necessary tests for further diagnosis. He also has as great sense of humor, putting me at ease.

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

I would recommend any friend or family member to not only Cleveland Clinic, but to Dr. Smolley should they need his expertise.

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

great experience with my doctor

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

waited until 15 minutes after appt time without button being enabled to begin telehealth call. called office twice and they transferred me to mychart support who said it was now 20 minutes past appt time and I would have to reschedule. fortunately Dr Smolley called me himself 30 minutes after appt time and did a FaceTime call. he hadn't reviewed sleep study sent well in advance but did spend necessary time with me..

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

I am from N.E. OHI now live in south Florida hands down Best sleep doctor i have ever seen.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

Dr Smolley is Excellent

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Dr.Smolley is first doctor in this area that listens to the patient if they have concern.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

great doctor

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Dr Smolley gave me the time I needed to evaluate my health issues.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

I wished that Dr Smolley faced me as he spoke instead of working on his computer 90% of of my visit with his head posed on computer screen.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

as always Dr. Smolly made the experience very thorough answer all of my concerns

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Dr Smolley is an incredible asset to Clev Clinic and I have recommended him often to my friends and family

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

Dr. was very interesting and pleasant.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Dr Smolley is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Dr Smolley is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

The Doctor was very thorough and took time to answer all of my questions.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

very good . Dr. Smolley is excellent

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2021

Not only is the Hospital RATER a #1facility,.tThe physician's are the top educated knowledgeable professionals.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2021

individual. experience with the the Doctor I was with and staff,, was a 5 star. I could not and will not think of leaving the medical staff of Cleveland Clinic. as recommending the Hospital, I do it with great pleasure. the hospital , The Clinic, The Doctors, and Staff are 5 starts eating i would give it a 10 if it was possible. Awesome.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

Dr Smolley is wonderful, caring, knowledgeable and takes time to listen and understand

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

best doctor!!!

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr. Smolley explained in detail my diagnosis and management. He compared previous x rays and CT scan. He is an excellent physician, very polite and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

My Doctor and Assistant more than great. This time I missed his female Assistant, she was great also.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021


Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

My appointments have been 6 months apart but Dr. Smolley doesn't schedule 6 months out, now or my previous appt. It required several calls to be able to get on Dr. Smolley's schedule. I was able to get an appt. when I need it. This is not a reflection of my confidence in Dr. Smolley, just a scheduling comment

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

I get so so stressed when I have to go to the Dr because of reading lips and everyone wearing masks. The Dr knows this and was so so patient with me and even made me laugh

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Dr Smolley is not just good. He is the best. Please thank him for me

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

excellent visit with Dr Smolley, he addressed all aspects about my sleep apnea. I give him the highest score possible.

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