Department Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, French, Spanish
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Botulinum Toxin Injections
  • Cystoscopy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Labioplasty
  • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Prolapse
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender( LGBT Health)
  • Neuromodulation
  • Robotic Assisted Hysterectomy
  • Robotic Pelvic Floor Surgery
  • Section of Urogynecology
  • Sling Procedures For Urinary Incontinence
  • Transgender Surgery
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Urethral & Vaginal Reconstruction
  • Urethral Bulking Agent Injection
  • Urodynamic Testing
  • Vaginal Reconstructive Surgery
  • Vaginal Surgery for Incontinence
  • Vaginal Surgery for Prolapse
  • Vaginoplasty
View all 22 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Bartholin Cyst
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Defecatory Dysfunction
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Gender Identity Disorder
  • Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Rectovaginal Fistulas
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Urethral Diverticulum
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Obstruction
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Vaginal Atrophy
  • Vaginal Prolapse
  • Vesicovaginal Fistula
  • Voiding Dysfunction in Adults
  • Vulvodynia
View all 18 Specialties +


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About Cecile Ferrando, MD, MPH

Cecile Ferrando, MD MPH graduated with honors from Cornell University with a degree in Biology & Society. She then spent one year as a research assistant at the NYU Child Study Center in New York City.

Dr. Ferrando attended medical school at the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook, and graduated at the top of her class and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She also completed a Masters of Public Health program during her time in medical school. She completed a four year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the combined Brigham & Women's Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital program in Boston. During residency she became interested in the medical and surgical management of pelvic floor disorders as well as complex pelvic reconstructive surgery.  Dr. Ferrando completed a three year fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.  She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Ferrando has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and 8 book chapters and has made numerous presentations at national meetings. Her clinical and research interests include surgical outcomes after repair of pelvic organ prolapse and treatment of urinary incontinence. She is also interested in complex pelvic floor reconstruction in women suffering from vaginal narrowing or shortening as a result of previous pelvic surgery or exposure to radiation therapy, and women who have concurrent colon and rectal disorders requiring a multi-disciplinary approach to their management. She is passionate about teaching and mentoring trainees in her field and is currently the Associate Program Director of the Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Ferrando is also the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Transgender Surgery & Medicine Program, which is housed under the Cleveland Clinic Center for LGBT Care. This program provides all aspects of transgender-specific services to patients including gender affirmation surgery. She is very committed to this patient population and has been a long-standing advocate for their health and well-being.

Dr. Ferrando sees patients and operates at the Main Campus. She also sees transgender patients at the Lakewood Family Health Center. She performs the majority of her procedures using minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopy, robotics, and vaginal surgery. She loves educating her patients on their treatment options and believes in sharing the decision-making process with her patients. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Obstetrice & Gynecology
Boston, MA USA

Graduate School - State University of New York Stony Brook School of Medicine
Stony Brook, NY USA

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

Undergraduate - Cornell University
Ithaca, NY USA

Professional Highlights

  • Director, Cleveland Clinic Transgender Surgery & Medicine Program
  • Associate Fellowship Director, FPMRS fellowship 
  • AAMC Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sex Development; Differences of Sex Development Ad Hoc Committee


  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty Interests

Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Transgender Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Cleveland Allies & Advocated for Equality Award, 2018
  • Cleveland Clinic Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015
  • Cleveland Clinic Alumni Professional Development Award, 2015
  • Cleveland Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Presidential Award, 2014
  • Harvard University Humanism Award, 2012
  • AAGL Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Award, 2012
  • Harvard University Medical Student Teaching Award, 2012

Innovations & Patents

  • None


  • American Urogynecologic Society
  • International Continence Society
  • International Urogynecological Society
  • Cleveland Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • American Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health
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 4/6/2019, Dr. Ferrando 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

168 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 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

I love Dr. Ferrando I would recommend her anytime.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

Dr Ferrando is amazing.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Excellent experience with the doctor. I'm very impressed with her.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

Dr was very thorough with her explanation of the procedure and her recommendations as to what would work best for me.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

very good experience. The Doctor discussed my needs and explained my issues to me.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

my experience was a good one-great Doctor-caring and understanding.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Girls at the Registration desk are GREAT. they are very helpful and polite. The Doctor was able to evaluate my issue and address what needed to be done. She was very pleasant and kind to me.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

had a very good meeting with the doctor

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

I was very pleased with the doctor very concerning.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

already recommended the doctor to my neighbor

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

She's the best care provider I've ever had

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

Dr Ferrando was interested, showed knowledge of the previous procedure and my concerns about it, and was very considerate of my need to fit next procedure into a busy work schedule. No complaints!

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

I love my doctor! she explains everything, draws pictures, makes sure I understand and gives me time to ask questions! kind and personable!

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Dr Unger is incredible

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Dr. Ferrando was very patient and understanding. She provided me with enough information to feel more at ease with my situation. I was very anxious about this appointment, but Dr. Ferrando was able to walk me through the entire process.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

I absolutely LOVE Dr. Cecile Unger. She is very caring, really knows her stuff, very positive, AND, she is compassionate and she has an awesome bedside manner.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

My experience with Dr. Unger from my initial consultation, surgery, and my follow up appointment has been absolutely professional, thorough,and a wonderful experience. I would rate her a 10 and would most definitely recommend her. She is so kind and compassionate and I have no complaints.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2019

*Dr. Unger and her team are miracle workers. I can't thank them enough for the happiness they have brought to my life.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

Everyone was very professional and my Dr Cecile Unger was on point and very compassionate she's a very understanding surgeon who knows and cares about all of her Patients I love her and I am going to keep her as long as I can

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Dr Unger was wonderful. I changed my options 10 days prior to surgery. Dr Unger helped me feel comfortable with my change and work with me to make it happen!! she's the best!!

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Dr. Unger is the most compassionate, knowledgeable and skilled physician I have ever known. I have already recommended her to several people.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

dr unger was thorough and explained my options in detail very pleasant doctor

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

Dr Unger listens to me and makes it easy to talk to her openly. I love how she makes you feel at ease

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Dr. Unger was very good. She treated me like a person and answered all of my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

I feel totally confident and comfortable with Dr Unger. The care and treatment she has given me has been so thorough, professional, and knowledgeable. I have been holding off on having surgery for many years now, secondary to not being able to find a physician I felt confident in. I have no doubt I did the right thing in waiting for the perfect physician with Dr Unger.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

excellent doctor. she listens and takes time to make certain all my questions and concerns are fully answered.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019

See previous comments for everything Dr. Unger said and did that made me feel as if I was not even a human being.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018

Dr had a patient that requiried extra time and care before me. I had no problem with that, and was told the situation. Appreciated a dr that took the necessary time needed with her patients rather than feeling like they are on a treadmill and when time was up they are outta there.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2018

The assistant came in rather promptly, but Dr. Unger herself did not come in for a while. That was fine with me because they allowed me to lie down and rest my back which I needed. I was assured that I could take all the necessary time to get off the exam table after the visit. That was very helpful as it did take time .

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

Dr Ungers nurse/assistant was extremely helpful.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

Dr. Unger was recommended to me by my previous provider and this was my first visit with her. She is an excellent and caring physician, and I am grateful for her care.

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