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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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 10/1/2018, 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

152 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
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

29 Patient Comments

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...

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

I was very impressed with Dr. Dawson. It was evident that she had taken the time to read my files, knew what tests I had, and explained what the results indicated. She proposed a course of action with which I agreed. I left the office feeling that I had really been listened to and that she was truly concerned for my welfare.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Dr. Dawson is the best surgeon ever . She is so caring and has the best bed side manners I have ever seen in any medical professional.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

again Dr Dawson is truly the best around. Morw doctors can learn from her . She is gifted in her medical knowledge and her heart for the person is huge. I always trust her with my care and she is very knowledgeable and understanding. I will go to know one else as for my medical issues.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2018

*Dr. Dawson, even on her day off had to go to her office & stopped to see me, she is GREAT!!

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

Dr. Kristen Dawson and all who I encountered on my visits made my health issue easier to deal with.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

This has been a difficult time in my life, but I am confident, that I chose the right Dr. and the rest of the staff has been outstanding!

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

I was not a prior patient, but the reputation and care I received was excellent! I did a lot of research to make sure of the physician I would choose and I know I succeeded.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

Dr. Dawson is an incredibly gifted person - her caring attitude and listening abilities make her possibly the best surgeon I've ever dealt with. She is truly an asset to the Cleveland Clinic~!

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2018

Hi highly recommend Dr. Dawson. My daughter had gone to her as well. She listens to what you have to say and is easy to talk to. She takes her time and explains things well.

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