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Department General Surgery
Primary Location Medina Hospital Medical Office Building
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Primary Location

Medina Hospital Medical Office Building

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Adrenal Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Bile Duct Stone Removal
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • 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
  • 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-Sparing Mastectomy
  • Open Inguinal and Abdominal Hernia Repair
  • Second Opinion Breast Cancer
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Procedures
  • Skin-Sparing Mastectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
  • Surgery for Diseases of the Breast
  • Surgical Endoscopy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anal Fissures
  • Appendicitis
  • Benign Breast Disease
  • Biliary Tract Disease
  • Breast Abscess
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer - High Risk
  • Breast Disease
  • Breast Infections
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Pain
  • Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Ductal Carcinoma in situ
  • Fistulas
  • 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 32 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

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

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

Undergraduate - Miami University
Oxford, OH


  • Surgery - General Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Kristen Dawson, MD.

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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 1/4/2024, 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.

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

214 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 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

62 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 21, 2024

Dr Dawson and her team are amazing!

Reviewed on May 9, 2024

Dr. Dawson addressed all of my concerns, and was very good at explaning the procedure and what happens.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr. Kristan Dawson is the best surgeon Medina hospital has ever had and she is the sweetest and understanding one who really cares about her patients.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Dr. Dawson is awesome !She takes her time to explain everything involved. Answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

Dr. Dawson is excellent. SHe is empathetic and caring with the patient.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

I was very pleased with my total experience with this medicinal group,I loved Dr Dawson and would recommend this group to any of my friends in Medina

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024


Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

I was very impressed with my first time visit with Dr. Dawson. She was very kind and patiently explained everything to me. I am so thankful that my other Doctor referred me to her.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

I worked with Dr Dawson for years as an ED physician and so I already knew who was the best surgeon for my surgery. I now have had the.opportunity to be her patient and it was everything that I expected it to be. Definitely the world class care I expected from her

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2024

Dr. Dawson, is one of the best doctors I have ever encountered. She is kind and treats you like person, rather than just a patient. She listens and is caring and compassionate. She is also very knowledgable and explains things explicitly.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr Dawson fantastic!

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

The doctor and staff were very attentive to my issues, my concerns and needs.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

Dr. Kristian Dawson is the best surgern you have ever have at Cleveland Clinic she is so understanding and patient with me and explians everything you need to know what is taking place she is a true angel GOD made her that way and she just like her dad

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Love dr Dawson very good person and really listened

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

I really liked Dr. Dawson. Easy to talk with and very approachable.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr Dawson and her team were awesome!!!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

As previously noted Dr Dawson and her team provided exceptional care!!!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr. Dawson made me feel very much at ease about an awkward situation.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Called in morning and got an appointment in the afternoon. Dr Dawson was was very good in every way.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Dawson is wonderful and I'm grateful she explained everything to me.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

I have already recommended Dr. Dawson to others and will continue to do so. She is fantastic.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Fantastic experience. Dr Dawson and her staff are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. I would see Dr Dawson again in the future and recommend her to friends and family.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Dr Dawson is fantastic!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

Dr Dawson is a very well known surgeon and a great one at that. All good experience with my wife and myself.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr Dawson is absolutely outstanding. Will highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Everything went excellent. Love Dr.Dawson kind listened, very polite very Professional. She is AWESOME!

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Dr. Dawson provides exceptional care, she always take as much time as needed to listen to you and provides competent feedback.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Dr Dawsons office as well as Dr. Dawson have been wonderful.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Dr. Dawson was very thoughtful and made me feel very comfortable. I appreciated her opinions regarding my treatment. She is a great doctor and my husband will be scheduling to see her soon too.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Dr. Dawson did my surgery and through the whole process was professional and kind. I always felt I was in good hands. Everyone on her staff also made me feel this way.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Surgery is never something I would describe as a good experience. The Dr. Dawson and her staff always made me feel I was in good hands. Including the pre opp staff and recovery. Everyone throughout this experience from my first mammograms to my post opp appointment were incredibly supportive and kind. I felt blessed to have them as my team. Thankfully I had a good out come.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Really like Dr. Dawson. She is an excellent care giver.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

The doctor explained what the situation was and what she needed to do. She explained exactly what she was doing and made sure I was doing well throughout the process. It was exactly what I needed and at my follow up appointment she told me that all was healed. I am very grateful.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

I would gladly recommend the Dr. Dawson and would see her again if the need arose.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

I love that *Dr. Dawson brought the surgical team to meet me & my husband before the surgery.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Dr. Dawson was awesome!

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Excellent experience. Dr. Dawson and her staff provided caring and exemplary service.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

Need more doctors like Dr. Dawson.....

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

I felt very comfortable with Dr. Dawson. She has a great personality and explained to me my health problems in terms that I could understand. I also was left with the feeling that she truly cares about her patients.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Dr. Kristen Dawson and nurse assistant were very professional creating ease with conversation.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Dr Dawson was amazing !! Quick, efficient , walked me through the entire procedure . Pros and Cons to having procedure .. Answered all my questions thoroughly . Her partner Jessica was amazing too! Great staff and a Jovial environment !

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

I liked that *Dr. Dawson met with me multiple times before and after surgery & that she brought the surgical team to meet us before the surgery.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr Dawson is incredible. She is knowledgeable, kind and caring.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

"Ease of getting the care you needed at CC" -- this time Very Good, which is sometimes not the norm. Dr. Dawson's office was fantastic.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr. Dawson is an Excellent Caregiver. She is one of the best Doctors I've had. Skilled, and caring.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr Dawson's staff is reflects her qualities in skill and caring.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr Dawson and her team were absolutely wonderful. I am so happy with her professional, her knowledge and expertise as a surgeon.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

I have always liked Dr Dawson

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Dawson is the best! She is so smart, willing to listen and truly does everything she can to help me!

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

She was very nice and made me feel comfortable.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

Can't say enough about Dr Dawson great surgeon

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2023

I think Dr Dawson is great she listens to her Patient

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

Dr. Dawson took her time in answering our questions.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2023

As usual, Dr. Dawson patiently answered all my questions, gave easy to understand advice and just had a great all around visit - she is a rock star !!

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

Dr Dawson explained everything thoroughly and spent time with me as needrf

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

Love Dr dawson

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

Dr. Dawson is a great doctor. She listens and asks questions, gives me plenty of time to address any issues, even some that are outside of her field of surgery. I recommend her to family and friends.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

Six stars for Dr. Dawson and her staff!

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

Dr. Dawson is a very kind and caring Surgeon. She always answers my questions.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

Need more Doctors like Doctor Dawson Her staff is wonderful too

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

*Dr. Dawson was the absolute best.

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

Dr. Dawson was awesome; explained in detail and answered all questions. Definitely highly recommend her!!!

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