Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Spanish
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • J Pouch
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
  • Ostomy Reversal and Creation
  • Pelvic J-pouch Creation
  • Reoperative Abdominal and Pelvic Surgery
  • Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
  • Reoperative Pelvic Surgery
  • Robotic Colorectal Surgery
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Surgery For Crohn's Disease
  • Surgery for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Surgical Treatment for Mucosal Ulcerative Colitis
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cancer of the Colon, Rectum and Anus
  • Carcinoma of the Colon
  • Carcinoma of the small and large bowel
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colonic Neoplasia
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Endometriosis
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Intestinal Fistulae
  • Polyps of the Colon and Rectum
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
View all 19 Specialties +
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Biography

About Hermann Kessler, MD, PhD

Hermann Kessler, M,D,, Ph.D, F.A.C.S is currently the Section Head of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Department of Colorectal Surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Kessler obtained his medical degree and Ph.D. from the University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.  There he completed his surgical training with board exams and certifications in General Surgery, Comprehensive Visceral Surgery, and Proctology. He finished two years of clinical and research fellowships for advanced laparoscopic colorectal surgery in the United States: the Cleveland Clinic, and the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. During these years, he participated and completed numerous scientific studies. In May 2007, Dr. Kessler was appointed Professor of Surgery at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

Dr. Kessler joined the Cleveland Clinic, Department of Colorectal Surgery as Section Head, Minimally Invasive Surgery in April 2013. On May 12, 2015, Dr. Kessler was appointed Professor of Surgery in the Department of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Kessler is active in many other professional groups, including the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, International Society of Digestive Surgery, International Society of Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestional & Endoscopic Surgeons, International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists, & Oncologists, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Kessler’s specialty interests include laparoscopic and robotic surgery, colon and rectal carcinoma, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, pouch surgery, familial adenomatous polyposis, pelvic surgery, bowel fistula surgery, and intestinal endometriosis.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2013

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mount Sinai Medical Center
Colorectal Surgery
New York, NY USA
1999

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Colorectal Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1998

Medical School - Medical School University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Erlangen,
1984

Specialty Interests

Laparoscopic and robotic surgery, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, familial adenomatous polyposis, pelvic surgery, intestinal endometriosis

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/3/2017, Dr. Kessler 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

107 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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 4.7
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

11 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2017

Dr. Kessler was amazing! His demeanor and conversation helped relax me before my surgery.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2017

Dr. Kessler is the most respectful, thoughtful surgeon there could be.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2017

I hate the scope, but Dr Kessler's nurse is always there to calm me down and talks to me during the procedure. it really helps take my mind off what is going on.

Reviewed on May 13, 2017

Dr. Kessler is excellent - superb. Easy-to-relate manner w/ patients. Love him.

Reviewed on May 1, 2017

My surgeon and his team excellent, care transition smooth with his partner when he was out -> Resident care just OK. They don't really seem to know your situation.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2017

Dr Kessler is by far the best doctor I have ever had in my life. He is truly concerned about his patients and has been by my side for the last year during my cancer diagnosis. He truly was my guardian angel also. Dr Kessler is a true asset to the Cleveland clinic

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2017

Best experience of interacting with a dr. Dr. Kessler has a laser focus of answering your questions really helped to comfort my concerns and understand things.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2017

Dr. Kessler is a excellent surgeon.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2017

Dr. is great, cannot say enough about Dr. Kessler and his team.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2017

I HONESTLY believe, in my case, i was not making good decisions, and i needed Dr. Kessler, and his Nurse Debby to make my decisions for me. Like i said prior in this survey... THANK GOD FOR DR. KESSLER, AND HIS STAFF, AND THE CLEVELAND CLINIC.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2016

Can't say enough good things about my experience.

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