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Title Medical Director of Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic & Center
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 Problems
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About Heidi Szugye, DO

Heidi S. Szugye, DO, IBCLC, FAAP is a staff physician dually board-certified in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Hospital Medicine. She is also an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant and medical director of the Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic and Center. Her mission is to provide comprehensive breastfeeding support to all families in need to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

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

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


  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Specialty Interests

Breastfeeding Medicine - Newborn Medicine - Medical trainee education

Awards & Honors

  • Pediatric Staff Teacher of the Year Award¬† (2018)
  • Cleveland Magazine Best Doctor (2022)
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/14/2023, 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

55 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

9 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

I think she is a phenomenal physician. I felt my concerns were genuinely heard and she was wonderful to my baby.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Dr Szugye is a phenomenal physician. She is extremely helpful, listens to all concerns and provides many options for treatment. Would recommend her and her breastfeeding medicine clinic to all new moms.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

Dr szugye is one of the best physicians I have worked with. Empathetic, caring, pragmatic and very smart. I feel lucky to have a lactation-focused physician available in network.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

She was amazing and very informative. She gave me all the info I needed and told me next steps to get to the bottom of the problem.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Dr. Szugye was amazing! She is incredibly thorough and helped us identify that our son has testicular torsion. I feel so lucky to have her on mine and my sons medical team.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Dr Heidi is the best!!! She is very patient and helpful and she really cares about her patients and their families. I trust her more than any other doctor.

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