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Title Medical Director of Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic & Section
Department Primary Care Pediatrics
Primary Location Hillcrest Medical Building 2
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Breastfeeding Consultation
  • Breastfeeding Medicine
  • Newborn Care
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Breastfeeding-Related Conditions
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About Heidi Szugye, DO

Heidi Szugye, DO, NABBLM-C, IBCLC, FAAP is triple-board certified in Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine, General Pediatrics, and Pediatric Hospital Medicine and is also an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

With over a decade of clinical experience, Dr. Szugye has worked as a newborn and pediatric hospitalist across Cleveland Clinic Children’s tertiary care and birthing hospitals and currently specializes in Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine. She is the founder and medical director for Cleveland Clinic Children’s first Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic.

She actively participates in research and quality improvement initiatives focused on breastfeeding, contributing to the collective knowledge in the field. She has been featured in various media and news outlets, sharing her insights and wisdom on breastfeeding and its crucial role in infant and maternal health. Dr. Szugye is a dedicated educator, precepting and teaching trainees of all levels and serves as a physician advisor at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine.

Outside of her professional commitments, Dr. Szugye enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

Medical Education - West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Lewisburg, WV United States

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH


  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine
  • Pediatrics

Specialty Interests

Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine

Awards & Honors

  • Cleveland Clinic Children’s Pediatric Residency Program Staff of the Month Teaching Award (2017, 2018, 2021) 
  • Cleveland Clinic Scholarship in Teaching Award (2021)
  • Cleveland Clinic Caregiver Celebrations Excellence Award for MIS-C Care Path Team (2021)
  • CCLCM Outstanding Faculty Preceptors of Year 3 Medical Students during Core Clerkships (2022, 2023) 
  • Cleveland Magazine Top Doctor (2022, 2023) Doctor
  • Cleveland Clinic Nightingale Physician Collaboration Award (2023)
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/2/2024, Dr. Szugye 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

46 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Dr. Szugye is wonderful! I feel so grateful to have been recommended to her by the hospital staff after the birth of our son. She's caring, compassionate and really understands the patient. My son had a mild tongue tie which she was able to release and he's made such progress since. It was a procedure I felt very comfortable with her performing and she's very skilled. Dr. Szugye is also working with me on breastfeeding and my supply. Still under her care, I continue to be impressed! Thankful to have her on my care team.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

Dr. Szugye is an excellent provider. She has the most calm and reassuring demeanor, is so understanding of any situation, and is very supportive of her patients. It's obvious how much she cares about her patients and we loved the time we were able to spend with her during our appointment. She made sure to answer all of our questions and talk with us through any concerns without rushing.

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024

After my initial visit the doctor was very fast at responding to my message AND called me herself to discuss my plan of care.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

My experience with Dr.Szugye was one of the best I've had at Cleveland Clinic. She is knowledgeable, a great listener, and a great teacher. She presents herself in a professional and kind manner.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Szugye had a cancellation and I was able to obtain an appointment quickly, and it was appreciated!

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Szugye was amazing, I can't say enough good things about my experience with her. She was patient, kind, instructive, and very helpful! Incredible physician, the clinic is lucky to have her!

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr. Szugye was fantastic and took her time to answer all of our questions as new parents. Her explanations were easy to follow. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and made a stressful appointment easy. Would highly recommend her to any parents!

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Dr. Szugye is unlike any doctor I have ever worked with. This woman is the world's most caring and compassionate person. I am definitely not a long term breastfeeding patient and we determined that during our first visit but Dr. Szugye never stopped caring about me or helping me. She scheduled our follow up and has checked on me periodically via phone or my chart. Dr. Szugye is a phenomenal physician and overall amazing person.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

I really liked the doctor. Highly recommend, actually my child improved after our visit with him.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr. Szugye is one of the BEST doctors I have ever worked with through the Cleveland Clinic. She is caring, a great listener and generally wants to help her patients. She spent quality time with me and NEVER made me feel rushed. She answered all my questions and even diagnosed my son with Torticollis which his PCP did not catch. Dr. Szugye is very well versed in pediatrics, OBGYN, Breast Feeding Medicine and Endocrinology. She is a TRUE asset to this clinic and she should be applauded for all that she does for mothers and their babies. I wish I could see her regularly because she truly cares about me and my son. We LOVE Dr. Szugye!!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr. Szugye was very attentive and knowledgable. I gained more from the appointment than I expected.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

Dr. Szugye was truly exceptional. She listened to my concerns and helped me to navigate through breast feeding challenges. She also checked on us multiple times after our visit. Dr. Szugye is a great asset to the pediatric department!!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Dr. Szugye is hands down the best doctor I have ever seen. She takes the time to listen to every one of your concerns and addresses them each to the full extent. She is magnificent at what she does and provided such great insight and help to us. I left her office feelin confident in my feeding journey and reassured.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

I'm very glad I made this appointment. Doctor was extremely helpful with my nursing issues and pumping. Cleared up a few of my concerns and helped me get on the right path forward.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

We love Dr Heidi S.!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

I felt heard and she was extremely patient and understanding. I really appreciated the time Dr. Szugye took to explain things and just talk with me. As a first time mom adjusting to all life's changes and dealing with the weight of the extra emotions she helped me walk out of my appointment mentally in a better place than when I entered. I am very grateful for the care she provided.

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