Department Pulmonary Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston

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
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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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As of 10/3/2019, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

200 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

49 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

Dr. Smolley is an excellent doctor with a terrific personality! I travel an hour to see him because he is so great! His staff was very helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

initial attempt to book appointment took over an hour with the booking assistant over the phone. this was back in December at which point they told me the only appointment was available in March. thankfully a cancellation occurred and I was able to be seen 2 months ahead of the appointment I was given. The assistant over the phone was very courteous throughout. Dr Smolley was great. it was worth the time it took to see him. I only wish to see him

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Smolley was excellent. he sat with me and explained my options thoroughly. I was an active participant in the treatment plan.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

I liked a lot this doctor!!! very kind, respectful, patient with communication between the interpreter and me (I asked for an interpreter in Spanish) he explained me everything l, answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

Dr. Smolley was fantastic. So energetic & positive. He explained the CPAP to me and even applauded my use of it. He's awesome!

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

It was a pleasure to go to the doctor. No long waiting to see him

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2019

This was a very difficult procedure today. It was hard getting an appt with Dr. Smolley. He seemed too busy for an appt. He rushed me through. I realized that I answered some questions incorrectly because he seemed to be in such a hurry.

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2019

Again I felt that the Dr. could have cared less for me. why would I recommend him to anyone else

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

Doctor Smolley is an outstanding individual and the most in knowledgeable Physician I have ever encountered.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

Dr. Smolley is an outstanding Physician.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

Dr Smolley could NOT have been any better

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

dr Smolley Office was good polite called me back very quickly

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019

Dr. Smolley is exceptional!

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2019

I really feel like the doctor was great. He answered all my questions. I just feel like there needs to be more than just one doctor who can treat sleep problems. You obviously have the need if his appointment are that far in advance.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2019

If I knew that this process was going to take so long I would of started it with a doctor outside of the Cleveland clinic. I feel that I have to stay with Cleveland and Dr. Smooley at this point.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

I have a hard time getting a doctor who will spend the time making me understand when I am so deaf, what a relief

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Dr. Smolley is a consummate and kind Doctor. Very considerate of patient's concerns and health issues.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Dr Smolley has a great bedside manner! He is clear and concise but takes his time to explain all aspects of care. He made me feel at ease and in good hands with my respiratory issues.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

I feel that Dr Smolley has my healthcare needs in mind, he is thorough and concise. I feel I have the BEST care available!

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

the best doctor

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Dr Smolly was great

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Dr. Smoley is an excellent doctor he knows his business and is able to communicate with a great sense of humor.he is the best as far as I am concerned.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Dr. Smolley provided me with exceptional service!

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

Dr. was extremely patient, knowledgeable, caring and respectful

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

excellent doctor care very patient with me and answered all my questions i Loved Dr Smolley

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Dr Smorley took the time to read my medical history prior to attending to me Kudos to him

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

The Doctor cares, reads and listens. He explains the results and makes recommendations for you to utilize the equipment being used

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Dr is exceptionally nice and helpful and intelligent.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

The doctor was polite but I felt like the doctor had me on an assembly line and was just going down a checklist. His questions were multiple choice and we zipped through the visit in about 2 minutes. I understand that he is extremely busy and the first visit must be very routine, but I felt like I got ZERO personalized attention to my issues.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019

Dr. Smolley's method -- that I answer only what was asked when asked -- didn't work for my situation. I had two+ years of history that brought me there, but I don't feel he heard why I was there or what my concerns were, primarily because he didn't let the conversation flow freely. He suggested a goal, breathing better, yes, but I was there to find a different way to get there, in case I am not diagnosed properly. My current doctors are not sure I am and wished for me to see an additional doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

Dr Smolley was very responsive to my needs and concerns.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Dr. Smolley iswonderful and always concerned. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Dr. Smolley was great. He really took the time with me to explain everything and also help me overcome a recent related issue which is working well for me. Thank you Dr. Smolley.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

front desk experience good. trouble verifying insurance electronically but eventually worked. . dr smollley is amazing doctor

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

the Dr was excellent. I feel very comfortable with him

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

I feel the Dr was talking to me about my condition

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

I was extremely pleased with the care provider. He went over and beyond to help me with my problem.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Great experience with Dr. Smolley, staff and registration personnel.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

I am thrilled to have *Dr. Smolley as my care provider. He is awesome!!!

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019

excellent visit. Dr Smolley is very thorough and you have his full attention. I was very pleased with my experience.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2019

I felt as if the doctor was not paying attention when I spoke. I found myself needing to repeat things several times. For example, the name of my insurance provider. I just felt as if he was not listening.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

Very good and caring doctor ;great personality as well .

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

Dr. Smolley is a excellent Doctor. Great personally, helpful and most of all he's very detailed when he's giving information.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2019

Dr Smolley was very thorough exam and interview, very focused on my situation and needs.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Dr. Smolley was very good about explaining the procedure

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Fantastic doctor & nurse

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

good dr.cares for his patietns

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

CPAP technician and Dr. Smolley were excellent.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

The nurse/assistant for the CPAP check was very helpful and was able to have Dr. Smolley see me that day so I didn't have to drive 5 hours the next day to come back for the doctors appointment.

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