Department General Surgery
Primary Location Medina Hospital Medical Office Building
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Primary Location

Medina Hospital Medical Office Building

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Adrenal Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Bile Duct Stone Removal
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Conservation Surgery
  • Breast Diagnostics
  • Breast Surgical Oncology
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Colon Surgery
  • Complex Abdominal Hernia Repair
  • Diagnostic Laparoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastrointestinal Exams
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hernia Open Repair Surgery
  • High Risk Breast Cancer
  • Intestinal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Laparoscopic Placement of CAPD Catheters
  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Nipple & Skin Sparing Mastectomy
  • Office Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
  • Open Inguinal And Abdominal Hernia Repair
  • Second Opinion Breast Cancer
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Procedures
  • Splenectomy
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
  • Surgery
  • Surgery For Breast Cancer
  • Surgery for Diseases Of The Breast
  • Surgical Endoscopy and Endoscopic Procedures
  • Thyroidectomy
View all 43 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Appendicitis
  • Benign Breast Disease
  • Breast Abscess
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Disease
  • Breast Infections
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Pain
  • Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
  • Fissure
  • Fistulas
  • Gallbladder & Biliary Tract Disease
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hernias
  • Hidradenitis
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Carcinoid Tumors
  • Intraductal Papilloma
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Nipple Discharge
  • Recurrent Breast Cancer
  • Sebaceous Cysts
  • Sepsis
  • Small Intestine Cancer
View all 31 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
General Surgery
Madison, WI USA

Medical Education - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH USA

Undergraduate - Miami University
Oxford, OH USA


  • Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/11/2019, Dr. Dawson 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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* 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

151 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

i can't thank Dr Dawson enough for all her support and encouragement to always be aware of your health. i always try my best to do 100% of what I am told and that keeps me healthy and get better quickly. Thank you Dr Dawson for all you do.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Dr Dawson made me feel very comfortable. the whole process was quicker and easier than I expected.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Dr. Dawson was wonderful. very informative and also reassuring.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

I was able to get in and see the dr at my scheduled appointment time

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Dr. Dawson and her staff have always been wonderful.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

if I wasn't enrolled in the V A I would allow Dr. Dawson to b my doctor. very good bed side manners. n went beyond my expectations. than you very much . n god b with u all

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr Dawson and staff did an excellent job. All were very friendly and courteous and concerned about me. IT WS A pleasure seeing Dr Dawson. I' highly recommend her and have.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Dealing with Dr. Dawson is a very professional and pleasant experience. Working with her and her staff before, during surgery and post op was gratifying.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Dr. Dawson did a great job explaining my diagnosis, explaining what was wrong with me and discussed treatment options. very straightforward and positive which I greatly appreciated. i'm confident in her ability to perform the surgery.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Dr. Dawson and Dr.W. Rose gave me the best care during this unexpected surgery and follow up care.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Reason I rated you fair was more due to ER visit and doctor who took over at shift change. Initial doctor, she was very good.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Dr. Dawson is amazing! She is a wonderful doctor who makes you feel comfortable and includes you in decision making regarding your care. I always recommend her to family and friends.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019


Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Dr Dawson was very kind, professional and compassionate.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

I didn't realize she was able to do my biopsy the same day. When I expressed surprise, Dr Dawson kindly explained I could wait and what my options would be if I did. I opted to get it done with her then and she explained to me what to expect and was very clear and professional and reassuring. She is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

they had to cancel my first appoint but did NOT call me,luckily I called for directions and they told me Dr Dawson was in surgery I had to reschedule so I did.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

lovedf dr dawson and feel at ease that she will take care of me for my surgery

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Dr Dawson was so good to me. she was absolutely amazing, one of the greatest doctors I've ever had. she showed concern, great knowledge and really cared about my concerns and what I had to say. phenomal

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

DR Dawson continues to give me excellent care listen's to my questions. I would recommend Dr. Dawson as the best kindest Doctor, I am lucky to have her as my Doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Dr.Dawson was very kind and professional.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

the doctor was very knowledgeable about my issues and explained side effects of procedure. she was very concerned that I understood the pain involved i..

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Dr Dawson is so wonderful as a Dr and treats me so well, I feel so confident with her care.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

Dr. Dawson is an excellent doctor. She personalizes the visit to make you feel important and comfortable. She explained in terminology that I understood. She makes her patients feel important and an integral part of the treatment plan. I would recommend her to family members.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

superb physician dedicated to the correct care of patient great listener and gave clear and concise instructions.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

Dr. Dawson took time to answer my questions and provided insight into my medical condition. in the short time I've known her I feel I can entrust my medical care to her.She took time to follow with questions I submitted to her on My Chart. I appreciated her phone call.A quality person and doctor

Reviewed on May 19, 2019

*Dr. Dawson was a very good communicator -> very positive.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr. Dawson is a very gifted surgeon with a wonderful bedside manner. she is very conscientious about her work and I felt she took excellent care of me. I never felt rushed at my visits with her and she always explained everything very well. I would most definitely recommend Dr. Dawson.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

I would definitely recommend Dr. Dawson. She is a very gifted surgeon. she is a very kind and caring doctor with a wonderful bedside manner.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

Dr Dawson is very nice. she did not hurry me.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

I was very impressed with the care show for my concerns and anxiety over the procedure I need to have. It was so helpful to meet with such a kind physician and talk through them.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

I waited in doctors office for 40 minutes prior to seeing the doctor. My appointment was at 9:30am; she came in around 10:10am.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Excellent office visit. Dr Dawson explains everything to me so I understand.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

I love Dr. Dawson and the care she provides. I know she cares about me as a person and is very concerned regarding my health. I was THRILLED to find out in the emergencvy room that she was the surgeon on duty since I needed emergency surgery. She and her staff are the best

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

I will, and do recommend Dr. Dawson to anyone I know who needs the best general surgeon around.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Again, the kindness and care shown to me as a person was of utmost importance to me and i received the BEST of care, both medically and emotionally. Thank you Dr. Dawson and staff

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr. Dawson is fantastic and has a great bedside manner! I was admitted through and ER visit and I didn't know amyineat Medina General. very lucky and thrilled that Dr. Dawson did my surgery!!!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

Dr Dawson was very informative and answered all of my questions. She made me feel very comfortable during my procedure and talked me through the entire thing. what impressed me THE MOST about Dr Dawson is that she called me at 4pm on a Friday to give me my test results to ease my mind before the weekend. I appreciated that greatly!

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

I loved Dr. Dawson. She was extremely nice, thorough, explained things well and made me feel comfortable.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

I was able to get fitted into Dr Dawson's busy schedule for the same day and for this I'm am truly thankful !

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

LOVE DR DAWSON. She has been prompt and knowledgeable and so caring.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Every person was respectful and kind. I've put this off for a very long time because of the uncomfortable nature and was met with compassion. Dr. Dawson put me at ease and could not have been more kind.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

Dr Dawson is very thorough and explained options/ treatments very well

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

The doctor was extremely thorough. She explained every aspect of my condition and welcomed my questions. During my examination, she explained what she was doing, the reason for it and her findings. She treated me with dignity and compassion. She established a treatment plan with me...

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