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Department Palliative and Supportive Care
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Tagalog
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Advance Care Planning
  • Cancer Center
  • Cancer Supportive Care
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Long-Term Care
  • Palliative Care for Older Adults
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Symptom Control
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cancer Anorexia and Cachexia
  • Cancer Fatigue
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cancer Symptoms
  • Chemotherapy Related Symptoms
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of Breath
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About Renato Samala, MD

Renato V. Samala, MD is a staff physician in the Department of Palliative and Supportive Care at the Taussig Cancer Center. His clinical interests include symptom management, advance care planning and post-acute care. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and teaches both medical trainees of all levels and fellow healthcare providers. After graduating from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, he completed a residency in internal medicine at UPMC McKeesport, and fellowships in Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Samala is an active member of several professional societies, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has written numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, and has presented at  local, national and international conferences. Research pursuits include symptom management, home and nursing facility-based palliative care and medical education.

Time outside of work is devoted to his wife and two daughters, exploring the sights, sounds, and tastes of Cleveland and beyond.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - University of Michigan
Master of Health Professions Education
Ann Arbor, MI

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Florida
Weston, FL

Residency - UPMC McKeesport
Internal Medicine
McKeesport, PA

Medical Education - University of the Philippines College of Medicine
Malate, Manila 1000, Philippines

Additional Training

  • Master of Health Professions Education

Professional Highlights

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University (2022-present)
  • Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Hospice (2015-2016)
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University (2013-2022)


  • Internal Medicine - Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

post-acute care, geriatrics, palliative medicine and hospice care

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Fellow, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine


  • American College of Physicians
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
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 3/12/2024, Dr. Samala has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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

53 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

6 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Doctor and staff has always been very professional and accommodating I can't put into to words how much I appreciate all that they do

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

The Doctors were excellent as usual.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr Samala and his staff are great. Everyone was very helpful in supporting my needs.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Dr Samala's office is OUTSTANDING in their customer care. Michelle is the BEST and she's so great at remembering things.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Out of my entire cancer team, there is no office in Taussig Cancer center that is more outstanding than the people who work for Dr. Renato Samala. I know that I can trust anyone implicitly with the most sensitive information. They're just the absolute best!!

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Doctor Samala went above and beyond for Alan

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