Department Palliative and Supportive Care
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Tagalog
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Advance Care Planning
  • Cancer Center
  • End-of-Life Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Palliative Care For Older Adults
  • Palliative Medicine
  • Supportive Cancer Care
  • 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 with the Palliative Medicine Program at the Taussig Cancer Institute. His clinical interests include symptom management, advance care planning and post-acute care. He is an Assistant 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 over a dozen articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented atlocal, 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 USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Florida
Weston, FL USA

Residency - UPMC McKeesport
Internal Medicine
McKeesport, PA USA

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

Additional Training

  • Master of Health Professions Education

Professional Highlights

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


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Geriatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Hospice and Palliative 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 1/1/2020, Dr. Samala 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

34 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

14 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

I really like this doctor he was very professional but also made me feel like I was family and cared about not only my pain but everything in general I would recommend him to everyone I know and care about

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

I really like this doctor he was really professional but also made me feel like I was apart of his family he not only cared about my pain and my discomfort he cared about me In general I WOULD ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND HIM TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE I CARE ABOUT AND LOVE

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

We were an hour late for our appointment due to another CCF appointment and Dr. Samala stayed after to see us. Very thoughtful.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Dr Samala is one of the most caring , kind and knowledgeable Doctors that I have been under the care of . He puts his heart into his patients care at every aspect of care heart mind and body . .. you feel like he cares and sympathizes with you and what you are going through . he is a very valuable asset to your palliative care team and to the Cleveland clinic.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Dr Samala is a good man and a great Dr . with out his help I would have given up hope .

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

very good Doctor, he listens and suggests different methods when something is not working. I feel comfortable talking to him.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Dr. Samala is among the most genuinely kind, caring, and knowledgeable doctors I have ever been treated by.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

I really like Dr. Samala . He is easy to talk to & patiently explains / answers all of your questions . I was lucky to get him assigned to me to help in my treatment .

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

I always sing he's praises. and would refer him to anyone. great doctor!:)

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Dr Samala is an excellent physician. I have the highest respect for him. He puts me right at ease with his humor. And straightforward approach.

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

Dr. samala very genuine and caring

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Great doctor! Kind, and full of knowledge.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Great doctor! Fine manner, very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019

Dr Samala is awesome!

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