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 Unger, MD, MPH

Cecile Unger, 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. Unger 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. Unger 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. Unger has authored more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and 6 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.

Dr. Unger also has an additional interest in caring for transgender patients. She has previously provided primary care and hormone therapy services to patients, and now sees patients for surgical consultations. She is part of a multi-disciplinary team at the Cleveland Clinic that provides all aspects of transgender-specific services to patients. She is very committed to this patient population and has been a long-standing advocate for their health and well-being.

Dr. Unger sees patients and operates at Main Campus and Fairview Hospital. 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. On a personal note, she lives in Moreland Hills, Ohio, she loves to travel with her family and friends, and practices vinyasa yoga almost every day.

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

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

Undergraduate - Cornell University
Ithaca, NY USA

Professional Highlights

  • Co-Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for LGBT Care; Director of Transgender Surgery & Medicine
  • 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 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 3/28/2018, Dr. Unger 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

158 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 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2018

Dr Unger told me she would not ever leave me without some treatment for my issues.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2018

Dr. Unger thoroughly explained everything to me. She has a great bedside manner.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2018

Everyone was friendly respectful and helpful. I have recommended Dr Unger to a friend

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2018

Dr Unger is one of the best if not the best doctor I have been treated by.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018

first time visit with this specialist. a very good experience. I am completely satisfied. resolved my problem. am grateful for this knowledgeable and caring Doctor and staff.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2018

Dr. Unger followed proper hygiene when dealing with my inspection and of course was understanding to my problems.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2018

Dr. Unger is fantastic, I'm really glad she's my provider

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2018

The doctor gave me options, and we choose the most conservative approach. Very thorough visit.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018

Dr. Unger and staff were excellent. Professional, matter-of-fact, personable, complete information. Excellent patient care!

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2018

Dr. Unger is one of the most caring and professional doctor I had the privilege of working with concerning my health. I would recommend her and her staff to anyone that may experience the same health problem that I had.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2018

Care provider was very straightforward and very clear and concise regarding any imperative information: I am verily grateful

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

DR Unger was a very nice and kind , caring Dr to me , Hard to find Drs like Her that really care about your illness and treatments !!!!! Ineas very Glad I went see her for a second opinion, as I live in buffalo , I wanted to make sure I was being treated properly with my Drs here and in Rochester . I felt after leaving felling a little relieved.

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

I had a lengthy wait. Dr. Unget had an emergency in surgery. She explained and apologized. wry professional.

Reviewed on May 10, 2018

*Dr. Unger is far beyond "very good" she deserves every accolade for the level of care she provides. More than skilled surgeon, she is a highly talented artist.

Reviewed on May 8, 2018

Dr Unger was so personable and willing to explain at length what my symptoms were and what treatment options I had. Did not feel rushed thru the appt , all my questions were andwered . Also the Resident that came in to see me first was very nice.

Reviewed on May 8, 2018

Dr. Unger and her staff are excellent care providers. Very interested in the patient and their needs.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

LOVE Dr Unger... she really listens and is very easy to communicate with. felt very hopeful after our appointment

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

The doctor suggested getting an ultrasound before seeing her for my next visit. She was very nice and I am glad that my friend referred me to her.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2018

Dr Unger is kind, respectful, and obviously knowledgeable. She's an excellent listener and communicator.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2018

The Urogynecology Reception Desk Staff Members are very professional and efficient and I appreciate how they respect my medical privacy. I was a patient of Dr. Barber prior to him joining Duke University's College of Medicine. I am now a patient of Dr. Cecile Unger. Immediately after my first appointment with her this month at The Clinic's Main Campus, I felt blessed. I know in my heart that Dr. Unger and her team will take great care of me. She was caring, compassionate -- and she listened to me.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2018

Very thorough.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2017

Dr. Unger has been absolutely fantastic as a health care provider. she has been super accessible, empathetic, friendly, and competent in the year and a half I have been going to her.

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