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Department Wellness and Preventive Medicine
Primary Location Medical Outpatient Center, Lakewood
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cardiovascular Disease Risk Prevention
  • Cognitive Memory Evaluations
  • Health and Wellness
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Prevention and Wellness
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Weight Management
  • Women's Preventative Medicine
View all 9 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anxiety
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Disease Prevention
  • Dysmetabolic Syndrome
  • Excoriation (Skin-Picking) Disorder
  • Fatty Liver Disease (Hepatic Steatosis)
  • Forgetfulness
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Memory Disorders
  • Memory Loss
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
  • Obesity
  • Obesity and Chronic Disease
  • Prediabetes
  • Stress and Physical Health
  • Weight Gain
View all 23 Specialties +


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About Sandra Darling, DO, MPH

Dr. Sandra Darling is an osteopathic physician with board certifications in Lifestyle Medicine and Preventive Medicine and Public Health. In her medical practice, she focuses on brain health and reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia with lifestyle modifications. She is dedicated to helping her patients achieve better physical and mental health through the prescription of dietary modifications, physical activity, sleep, and relaxation practices. 

Dr. Darling graduated from Touro University California osteopathic medical school and completed residency at the Florida Department of Health. Prior to medical school, Dr. Darling worked in the field of architecture and design in San Francisco. She decided to change careers after she had a profound experience treating her own longstanding health issues primarily by altering her diet.

Dr. Darling sees patients in individual lifestyle consults and shared medical appointments in several locations within the Cleveland Clinic and in virtual appointments. Dr. Darling is licensed in Ohio, Florida, and Nevada.

Read about a patient that has benefited from working with Dr. Darling and Lifestyle Medicine: Healthy Changes Become Healthy Habits for Woman Who Struggled With Losing Weight

Health articles featuring Dr. Darling can be found at health.clevelandclinic.org.

Health articles featuring Dr. Darling can be found at health.clevelandclinic.org.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Palm Beach County Health Department
Preventive Medicine & Public Health
West Palm Beach, FL

Graduate School - Nova Southeastern University
Public Health
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Internship - O'Bleness Memorial Hospital
Athens, OH

Medical Education - Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Vallejo, CA

Undergraduate - Iowa State University
Ames, IA


  • Preventive Medicine - Public Health & General Preventive Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Sandra Darling, DO, MPH.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 7/3/2024, Dr. Darling 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.

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

100 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

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2024

Great experience! Dr.Darling was well prepared, a great listener, and provided personalized recommendations that I can start actioning right away!

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2024

This was our first visit with Dr. Darling. We were very impressed with her thoroughness, her knowledge base and that she really listened to what I was saying and fully addressed any concerns. I believe she will get me on the right path.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2024

I have already mentioned Dr. Sandra Darling to others as a great doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2024

Dr. Darling has given me so many great suggestions beyond what I expected. Some of them were about diet and somewhere about brain health. She is a phenomenal doctor and she quickly reviewed my blood work. There were parts of my blood work that I had not thought of having tested, and I am so glad that she was helping me expand the knowledge of my health.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2024

I received so much new and valuable information from Dr Darling. I cannot thank her enough.

Reviewed on May 6, 2024

Dr Darling is great. Very caring person.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr. Sandra Darling is a terrific care giver. She is informed and shows much care. I love my visits with her. I leave with a plan, each time, for better health care.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

Dr. Darling was most courteous, well informed and especially organized.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Dr. Darling is always looking for opportunities to offer helpful suggestions and recommendations for actions I can take to improve my health. I appreciate all of the advice and insight she provides.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Excellent experience. Dr. Darling provided a very detailed AVS- very helpful. She was genuinely kind and caring. Honestly, one of the best visits I have ever had with a physician.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Very nice visit with new Doctor

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Dr. Darling was very easy to discuss my health situation and helped me understand what I needed to do to start feeling better.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2024

She was excellent !!

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

I found Drm Darling very easy to talk to her suggestions and information was also ver clear.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr. Darling is very knowledgeable and experienced and charming. She has helped me a great deal.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

I really didn't have a choice. The time was assigned to me. Fir the next visit in Feb I arranged it with Dr. Darling personally very helpful.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Dr. Darling was warm and respectful, asked for clarification on some items and was familiar with my paperwork .

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr Darling is great. So knowledgeable with wellness programs. Provides patients with good info for staying healthy. Very encouraging. Which is important for sucess.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2023

Dr. Darling emphasized the things that I am doing correctly for my brain health and she gave me great suggestions on additional things that I can do.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2023

Dr. Darling is a gem! I have seen her off and on for six years and she has helped me correct some metabolic problems by helping me change my way of eating. She is extremely knowledgeable, encouraging and professional. I highly recommend her! She is a great asset to The Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

Dr. Darling does an excellent job in listening to patients' concerns and questions and answers them giving an explanation that is clear, concise, and understandable with enough information to learn something new to know the reasons behind the facts, both in the class/SMA's and in the individual appointments. She is excellent in not only prescribing medications and behaviors but in also following up with each patient to see if they have been implemented. She is very approachable and creates a relaxed, uplifting, and safe environment. Dr. Darling and Holly work very well together and have been very helpful.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Iwas very worried and Dr. Darling was reassuring that she could help and she did.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

I have never, in my 49 years, felt so SEEN and listened to. Dr. Darling was very down to earth, explained everything in a way that made things easy to understand, and made me feel safe to share concerns that I might not have felt comfortable sharing with other providers.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Again, I felt so cared for. I've never experienced this way before I came to Cleveland Clinic. Your doctors and staff are amazing!

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Dr. Darling is a great Doctor!

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Dr Darling was very professional and she explained things clearly.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

She recommended things I didn't know I needed like a hearing test and sleep disorder test.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Dr. Darling was excellent! Very professional, kind, and knowledgeable. Great visit!

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

She said I really needed a functional medicine doctor, but she had suggestions that I found helpful. Glad I saw her.l

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

I really like Dr. Darling. I feel like we are partners in my health care. She is knowledgeable and practical and understanding.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Sandra Darling is very knowledgeable and pleasant. She is a lovely person who takes interest in her patients and listens to their concerns as well as suggestions.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

I would give Dr. Darling more than five stars if I could. She is a gem! After my visit, I had a list of practical and doable changes that she suggested, all written out with links to helpful sites. She is an encourager who is kind and knowledgeable. With her help, I can make the improvements in my lifestyle that will bring me back to good health. Dr. Darling provides "World Class Care" and we are fortunate to have her here in Cleveland.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr Darling was very professional

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