Department Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Portuguese, Spanish
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
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About Bartolome Burguera, MD, PhD

Bartolome Burguera M.D, Ph.D. is Chairman of Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute (EMI). He joined the Cleveland Clinic as staff physician and Director of Obesity programs in the Department of Endocrinology Metabolic Institute and the Bariatric Institute, on September of 2013. He is also Professor of Medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and has a joint appointment in the department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine.

He also serves as Executive Medical Director of the National Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute in Biloxi, Mississippi. A scientific and educational collaboration between the state of Mississippi, prominent medical and academic Mississippian institutions and the Cleveland clinic.

His clinical and academic interests are focused on the field of obesity, particularly the role of bariatric medicine and non-surgical weight-loss interventions to treat obesity and diabetes. He has also studied the prevention of childhood obesity. He has been very instrumental setting up a large interdisciplinary shared medical appointment obesity therapeutic program, which is being offered face-to-face as well as through virtual visits.

Dr. Burguera was at the forefront of research around medical treatment for obesity and the role of leptin in the regulation of appetite in the early 1990s. He collaborated in major international obesity prevention and therapy initiatives and helped develop obesity programs at various institutions, working as a fellow at Mayo Clinic, and as a staff consultant at Boston University, University of Pittsburgh and Son Dureta University Hospital in Spain. He had the opportunity of working at East Carolina University when the bypass surgery was being developed, as a potential treatment for obesity and diabetes. He was also responsible for setting up the clinical trial TRAMOMTANA which demonstrated the positive role of an intensive life style intervention and medications, as medical therapy of patients with severe obesity who are non-surgical candidates. He is also interested in obesity prevention in children. He was responsible for a program named ACTYBOSS, an Obesity prevention clinical trial, incentive-driven, after-school intervention program which involved free supervised exercise sessions and nutritional lectures.

He has served as a principal investigator, co-investigator on several federal and pharmaceutical funded projects, focusing on obesity therapy, both in the US and in Spain. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters in the field of obesity and was the recipient of the 2018 “Novoa Santos Award,” one the most prestigious medical recognitions in Spain. He is currently the Principal Investigator of a large clinical trial evaluating the role of anti-obesity medication in the context of share medical appointments.Dr. Burguera is active in community affairs, and is participating in several life style intervention and obesity prevention initiatives both in adults and children (ACTiVHOS) in the Cleveland area.

In this role as EMI Chair, Dr. Burguera oversees more than 130 employees, including 42 staff endocrinologist, 5 endocrine surgeons and 20 nurse practitioners, located on the main campus and throughout the Cleveland Clinic Enterprise. The institute is dedicated to medical and surgical conditions of the endocrine system, including diabetes, thyroid, metabolism, pituitary, adrenal, and obesity. It integrates both the department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and the department of Endocrine Surgery. Cleveland Clinic’s diabetes and endocrinology services are ranked No. 4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Dr, Burguera earned his medical degree from the University of Santiago (Spain). He also holds a PhD evaluating the role of glucocorticoid on the neuro-regulation of growth hormone secretion. He later completed research fellowships at East Carolina University and the National Institutes of Health. In 1996, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, Conn., and in 1999, he completed a fellowship in endocrinology at Mayo Clinic.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN USA

Residency - Norwalk Hospital
Internal Medicine
Norwalk, CT USA

Medical Education - Universidad de Santiago de Compostela-Facultad de Medicina
Sp Spain

Specialty Interests

Life Style Interventions, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Bariatric Medicine

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 12/16/2019, Dr. Burguera has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Burguera receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Novo Nordisk, A/S

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

74 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Dr. Burguera an his assistant are wonderful

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

I would refer my friends to Dr. Burguera

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Baggurra and the staff.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

Dr. B listens very well and is good at providing a feasible realistic solution.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

excellent visit with doctor

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

This doctor is so hard to get into normally and is so far away I need to take a half a day of work for a 15 minute meeting. This was so much easier to get the appointment and then do it from work.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

He is awesome! I was having issues with Zoom, he called me and we were able to do a FaceTime visit. This proved to me that the visit was important to him & he truly cares about my wellbeing. Also, when Zoom wasn't working for me, I sent an email panicking to him... his RN called w/in minutes which was awesome not knowing that my provider was working on a solution. Great team work & great patient service.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

This doctor is phenomenal

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Dr. Burguera was absolutely wonderful so kind and gentle. He is very knowledgeable and he explains at level that a lay person can understand. He responds promptly to my chart messages. I would recommend him to anyone in need of an Endocrinologist.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Working with doctor has been quite rewarding . My health is getting much better.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

I recommend Dr. Bruguera to everybody I know. His professionalism and way of making you feel confortable is amazing. His sharing of info and explanations are amazing and clear

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

I am grateful to have this Physician on my Care TeamI've lost lost of weight, managed my Diabetes tremendously!He's the Best

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

I have found Dr. B to be consistently interested in my pursuit of wellness. He ability to impart info + research findings as well as the outcome of my physical status has strengthened (& motivated) movement toward my goals. His extraordinary base of knowledge and remarkable display genuineness are traits rarely seen in modern medicine. He is truly a talented physician.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

the Dr. seemed to have all the answers. He took the time to explain things to me. I actually believe he can help me. I am rather excited about it but a bit afraid it may not happen. the dr. appeared very knowledgeable and an expert in his field. he treated me with respect and I am very hopeful he we help me.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

He is the best doctor I've ever had and I feel he cares about me accomplishing my goals and as a person.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

Good doctor, horrible follow up. He added a new medication and deleted 2 others, I asked him to communicate those changes to PillPack, a week later PillPack still has no info and cant update any prescriptions. Left 2 MyChart messages asking for help, no response. Called the office, was told they would "send a message to the doctor," still no response. Is this how it's supposed to work? Why offer mychart as an option if no one will respond to messages.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

good experience, like the ease of communicating with the doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Doc is great and kind and takes the time with me as a patient to ensure I have all of my questions answered.

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