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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 9/1/2020, 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

246 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 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

60 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Dr and nurse showed genuine concern for me. I feel the health care was first rate.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Dr. Smolley's schedule is extremely busy and through no fault of his own it is difficult to get an appointment within a weekly or two week period.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Dr. Smokey is an extremely talented individual.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

Live Dr Smalley & his whole department. My husband has bee his patient 15 years & feels the same. thank you

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

Both the PA and the doctor listened attentively, explained things clearly, and took the time to provide a thorough consultation.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

I was very pleased with how easy it was to get an appointment to see a specialist at the Cleveland Clinic. The Clinic is run very efficiently, and my visit was well organized, with very little waiting time. Having just moved to this area, I found that going to Cleveland Clinic was the best way for me to find top-notch medical specialists, and I have already schedule appointments with doctors in two other Cleveland Clinic departments. I was also pleased to learn that CC welcomes both Medicare and UMR.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2020

Dr Smolley communicated with my daughter on the phone while attending to me

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Dr. Smolley is very good in explaining and giving tips on using the sleep machine.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Dr. Smolley is an awesome physician!

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

Dr.Smolley is the BEST...

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

Dr Smolley is an excellent physician. I can not give him enough praise. I have often recommended him and the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

Dr and staff are BEST

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Dr. Smolley is one in a million great physician. He is very knowledgeable, polite. great bedside manners as a doctor. He displays a real caring attitude when interacting with me as a patient and human being. He goes the extra mile to ensure you understand your treatment plan and is very honest in discussing my care of action and follow up. He's the best doctor I've experienced while at Cleveland Clinic. please ensure that he gets the recognition he deserves. Thank you.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Dr. Smolley is the best ever.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

I have worked in executive level roles in 3 different healthcare organizations. I spent over 14 with HCA in East FL. Even though i can pick up the phone and call Dr.'s and C Suite level administrators at HCA I will be going to the Cleveland clinic for all of my upcoming care. I feel you all offer great service, reputable care and I trust the medical treatment. Dr. Smolley took time to really explain how my issue was intertwined with other aspects of my life. This visit has inspired me to change habits and lifestyles .

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

One of the top 3 doctors I've ever been treated by.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Doctor dominated the conversation and did not allow for a natural "give and take."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

My doctor was wonderful!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

the doctor answered my questions.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Dr. Smolley is a credit to his profession and a remarkable person as well!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Dr Smolley kept me informed and I felt like he cared about me as a person and not just as a patient.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Dr. Smolley is an amazing professional and takes his time explaining the situation, the action plan and what I should expect along the way.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Dr. Smolley explained in detail the results of the Ct scan!

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

Dr smolley is great.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

dr Smolley is excellent doctor

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Dr. Smolley is truly one of the best physicians in all of Cleveland Clinic . He is thourough, professionals and has a wonderfully kind manner.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Dr Smolley is the best. Always helpful

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

I love Dr. Smolley. He is a knowledgeable, competent, and caring physician.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Dr. Smolley has always been extremely professional, caring and understanding from the time I first attended his practice.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

dr. Lawrence smoley is excellent, with a very nice personality. he listens and gives a lot of attention and details, and I am happy with the improvements to my health. recently he introduced me to dr. Mark Hyman book about the 10 day detox diet, and I am busy reading I'm trying to understand how to do it.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Always a great experience with Dr. Smolley. He has a great sense of humor and Dr. Smolley is realistic about life. Good insight and suggestions. It is not always easy to get an appointment with Dr. Smolley, but this is not just a problem with him, but all doctors at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

For insurance purposes Dr. Smolley showed me options for changing medication. He was wonderful about this.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

I was very much looking forward to this visit to discuss my condition. I do not quarrel with his expertise, only his demeanor, lack of listening skills. I tried to impart information to him, but he was very often dismissive. As my visit with this doctor continued, I felt less and less interested in having him as my physician for my respiratory issues. The time allotted for this initial visit was generous, but I left frustrated, disappointed and unhappy. I am looking not only for a doctor's knowledge, but also for his ability to connect with me, to really listen to what I have been dealing with over a period of time. His impersonal approach is not acceptable and not up to the standards of my previous visit with other physicians at Cleveland in Coral Springs.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Extreme wait time for appointment and recommending Dr. Smolley is not likely.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Everything from scheduling the appointment to visiting Dr. Smolley went very well.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Dr. Smolley was excellent!!!

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Dr. Smolley was a fantastic doctor, very patient, very informative and caring. Now a days it is difficult to find doctors like him where patients are their priority. excellent doctor!!!Be glad to recommend him!!! Thank you Dr Smolley

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

Dr. Smolley didn't give me as much of a chance to explain things as I would have liked. I'm the type who likes to be fully informed and I ask a LOT of questions. I had the impression he was very busy the day I saw him.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

Dr Smolley has a very professional style. I always enjoy the visits because shows an appreciation for me as a patient who uses my CPCP. His manner and style makes the visit pleasant.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr. Smolley has always been a great professional.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Dr Smolley was incredible. He was attentive and very caring I have already recommended him to everyone

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Great initial visit with provider. Very comprehensive and inclusive - I am pleased with my decision to seek care here.

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Meeting my new doctor was better than expected. He was excellent and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Excellent visit. Dr. Smolley is a true professional. He is the best physician that has ever treated me.

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

I have recommended Dr. Smolley for many years.

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

like dr smolley .great dr

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

I had a good professional and great Doctor patientconsultation. Dr. Smolley is very professional and easily approachable.

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

Dr. Smolley is great.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

Dr. Smolley is a highly caring and knowledge profesional.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020

Dr. Smolley was excellent in doing my evaluation.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020

Dr. Smolley has always shown extreme professionalism. This session was the same.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2020

very experience with Dr Sanolley. I appreciate his help. thanks

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2020

very impressed with the thoroughness of Dr. Smolley and his office staff

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2020

I had an issue with my phone but Doc was very patient an attempted multiple times to contact me. he was great

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2020

Although video visit was convenient during current situation, you miss the personal interaction with your doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

Dr Smolley is a very caring person. he is very thorough.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

saw Dr Smolley for the first time and he left a great impression. excellent person and doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Dr Smolley gave me a very thorough exam and answered all my questions

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Excellent doctor and staff and service

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