Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Artificial Bowel Sphincter
  • Colectomy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer Treatment
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Fecal Diversion
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Rectopexy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
  • Laparoscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pediatric Total Abdominal Colectomy
  • Rectoplexy
  • Re-Do Rectal Surgery
  • Resection of Colon and Rectal Diseases
  • Robotic Colorectal Surgery
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation
  • Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Stapled Hemorrhoidopexy
  • Stoma Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Surgery For Crohn's Disease
  • Surgery for Pilonidal Cyst
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)
View all 29 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anal Cancer
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Cancer
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Enterocutaneious Fistula
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Female Incontinence
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intussusception
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Paget's Disease
  • Pouchitis
  • Presacral Tumors
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectovaginal Fistulas
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
View all 23 Specialties +


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About Steven Wexner, MD

Steven D. Wexner, M.D., Ph.D. (Honorary) FACS, FRCS, FRCS(Ed), is Director of the Digestive Disease Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida and Chairman of the Department of Colorectal Surgery. He previously served as Chief Academic Officer (2007-2012), Chief of Staff (1997-2007), and Chairman of the Division of Research and Education (1996-2007) at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Further, Dr. Wexner's work has resulted in the establishment of the double-stapling technique as the gold standard in J-Pouches, which prevent the patient from needing a permanent ileostomy. He has been instrumental in the adoption of the ileal J-Pouch for patients with ulcerative colitis or familial adenomatous polyposis, and the colonic J-Pouch for patients with rectal cancer.

More recently, Dr. Wexner spearheaded the establishment of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), which began accepting applications in June 2017. The NAPRC is the culmination of a seven year campaign, led by Dr. Wexner, to standardize and globalize the practice of colorectal surgery through international collaboration and advocacy. This approach began in 1988, long before global collaboration between physicians and researchers became common.

Dr. Wexner is the Founder and Director of the Annual International Colorectal Disease Symposium hosted by Cleveland Clinic Florida, the largest annual international colorectal course in the United States. He also helped create numerous international meetings including in Phuket, Thailand; Chennai, India; London, England; Barcelona, Spain, and Dubai, UAE.

Dr. Wexner holds academic appointments as Affiliate Professor at Florida Atlantic University; Clinical Professor at Florida International University; Affiliate Professor, Department of Surgery at the University of South Florida; Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Foundation Health Sciences Center of The Ohio State University, Research Professor of Biomedical Science at Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University; Affiliate Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Professor of Surgery, University of Siena, Siena, Italy; Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Hadassah Medical Organization, Jerusalem, Israel; Honorary Professor at the University of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia, and Honorary Professor of Surgery at the First Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia.

Among his numerous honorary appointments, Dr. Wexner holds fellowships from medical and surgical societies throughout the world. In 1999, he was awarded an FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh, and in 2000 he was awarded an FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons in England. In 2003, the American Jewish Committee presented Dr. Wexner with the prestigious Maimonides Award. In 2012, Dr. Wexner was awarded the degree of Ph.D. honoris causa by the University of Belgrade.  He was awarded an FRCS by unanimous election of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2008. He is also an honorary member of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, the European Surgical Association, the European Society of Coloproctology, and the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Dr. Wexner is the Past President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Past President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Past President of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Research Foundation, Past President of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Past President of the Florida Gastroenterologic Society, and the Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. In 2012 he waselected to the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons and he is also a member of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Wexner is also a Fellow of the American Surgical Association.

Dr. Wexner has published 681 manuscripts, 249 textbook chapters and 125 editorial and invited commentaries. He is the editor or co-editor of 33 textbooks or freestanding volumes to date and is a member of 34 editorial boards and a reviewer for an additional 31 journals. He is an active member of 41 learned societies and has held more than 35 appointed or elected offices in these societies. He is an honorary member of the surgical societies of ten other countries, has conducted 71 visiting professorships and delivered over 2,053 scientific lectures.

Dr. Wexner has received 11 national, international and regional awards for his research. Each year, he trains 15 to 20 surgeons in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, surgical oncology and the surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease. As Symposium Director of the Annual International Colorectal Disease Symposium, he has been the host educator to thousands of surgeons from around the world.

Dr. Wexner has been elected by his peers as one of the best colorectal surgeons for inclusion in "The Best Doctors in America" (Woodard and White, 1995 to 2012), "The Best Doctors in America" (American Health, 1996), "Best Doctors in America" (2005--2017), " The 318 Top Cancer Specialists for Women," Good Housekeeping magazine (1999), "How to Find the Best Doctors?" (2000), "Best Doctors in South Florida," Miami Metro magazine (2000 and 2001), "America's Top Doctors" (Castle Connolly, 2005 - 2017), "Guide to America's Top Surgeons" 2008, Consumers' Research Council of America (2002-03, 2006-12, 2014, 2015), "America's Top Doctors for Cancer," Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. (2005-16) and "Executive Health: Top Docs," South Florida CEO Business magazine (2002), Strathmore's Who's Who (2006-07, 2008-09), "The Top Docs: 152 Physicians in 30 Specialties in South Florida," Boca Life magazine (Jun. 2007), "Top Docs" Boca Life magazine (May 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017), "150 Top Docs" Gold Coast Magazine of South Florida (2009-11), "Top Docs of South Florida" Gold Coast Magazine of South Florida (2010, 2012-14), "Guide to America's Top Gastroenterologists" (2007-10), and "2008 and 2009 Florida Super Doctors" South Florida Edition of the Miami Herald, "2012 South Florida Super Doctors" City & Shore magazine, "Presidential Who's Who" 2011 Edition, and "Best Doctor" US News and World Report (2012-13). According to U.S. News & World Report's"Best Hospitals" 2017-2018, Cleveland Clinic Florida continues to be recognized as a leader in quality clinical care and is the top hospital in Broward County.Gastroenterology and GI surgerywas ranked No. 42 in the nation. Orthopedicswas ranked No. 31 in the country and is the only nationally ranked orthopedic program in Florida. Cancer and Geriatricswere ranked as high-performing specialties as well.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic
Colorectal Surgery
Minneapolis, MN USA

Residency - Roosevelt Hospital
New York, NY USA

Internship - Roosevelt Hospital
New York, NY USA

Medical Education - Cornell University Medical College
New York, NY USA

Undergraduate - Columbia University
New York, NY USA

Professional Highlights

  • Regent, Board of Regents, American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2012 -2015
  • Member, Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons (CoC-ACS) 2012 - 2015
  • President, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) 2011-2012
  • President, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ABCRS) 2010-2011
  • President, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)2006-2007
  • President, Florida Gastroenterologic Society (FGS) 2004-2005
  • President, South Florida Chapter American College of Surgeons 2000-2004
  • Secretary, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) 2008-2010
  • Governor, American College of Surgeons 2000-2006
  • Member, Executive Committee, Fellowship Council 2010-2016


  • Surgery - General Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Specialty Interests

Rectal Cancer, Colon Cancer, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Rectourethral Fistulas, Reoperative Surgery, Redo J Pouch Surgery, Sacral Neuromodulation, Advanced Operations for Fecal Incontinence, Gracilis Muscle Transfers

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors in America, Woodward and White, 1995-2013
  • Best Doctors in America, American Health, 1996
  • Best Doctors in South Florida, Miami Metro magazine, 2000, 2001
  • Top 318 Cancer Specialists for Women, Good Housekeeping magazine, 1999
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2002-2013
  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer, Castle Connolly, 2005-2013
  • Guide to America's Top Surgeons, Consumers' Research Council of America, 2002-03, 2006-2013 
  • Guide to America's Top Gastroenterologists, Castle Connolly, 2007-2013
  • Executive Health: Top Docs, South Florida CEO Business, 2002
  • The Top Docs, Boca Life magazine, June 2007 
  • Florida Super Doctors, South Florida Edition of the Miami Herald, 2008, 2009
  • 21st Century Chair in Colorectal Surgery Honorary Fellowships and Memberships:

    Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
  • University of Belgrade
  • Hospital 12 de Octubre University of Madrid, Spain
  • Royal College of Surgeons, England
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Academia Argentina de Cirugia, Argentine Surgical Academy
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Chirurgie, German Surgical Society
  • Colegio Brasileiro de Cirurgioes, Brasilian College of Surgeons
  • Sydney Colorectal Surgical Society, Australia and New Zealand
  • Welsh Surgical Traveling Club
  • Colorectal Surgery Society of Singapore
  • Hong Kong Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • International College of Surgeons, Japanese Section
  • Eurasian Colorectal Technologies Association
  • Colorectal Surgical Society of Argentina

Innovations & Patents

  • One of the pioneers in the surgical management of rectal carcinoma (cancer) as well as laparoscopy and the surgical treatment of fecal incontinence. Dr Wexner has been an innovator in numerous patents and has licensed intellectual property through CCF Innovations to companies including Covidien, Karl Storz Endoscopy, Power Medical Innovations, and NovoGi.


  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of American and Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
  • International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • International College of Surgeons - United States Section
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • Florida Gastroenterologic Society
  • Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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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 2/5/2019, Dr. Wexner 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. Wexner receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • TiGenix NV
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.
  • Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • LifeBond, Ltd.
  • Medtronic plc

Royalty Payments. Dr. Wexner receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Unique Surgical Innovations, LLC
  • Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.

Right to Future Distribution of Cleveland Clinic Financial Interest. Dr. Wexner may receive future financial benefits from the Cleveland Clinic for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.

Equity Dr. Wexner owns stock or stock options in the following companies for activities as a founder, inventor, discover, developer:

  • Unique Surgical Innovations, LLC

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

209 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

I'm very appreciative that Dr Wexner saw me so quickly. He calmed my fears.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

Dr Emir was reassuring.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

More than 1 doctors. Dr. Wexner has been my doctor for many years. He focuses on the job, that it. He is an excellent doctor. While the fellow doctor, was more personable.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

I was able to see Dr. Wexner much quicker then anticipated.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

*Dr. Wexner and his team were excellent and I trusted *Dr. Wexner & his team.

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2019

Dr. Wexner was very professional, kind and showed sincere concern. I feel confident Dr. Wexner will do everything possible to make my quality of life better. I was very nervous about my appointment but left the appointment knowing I had the best surgeon doing my surgery.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

I value Dr. Wexner's experience, suggestions and insight. I have recommended him to more than one friend for any future colorectal care.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Dr Wexner is loving careing person

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Dr Wexner did my surgery in '2000 and this is me third visit for an exam and i am always pleased with his professional ,friendly and medical opinion each time. I would always recommend Dr Wexner and Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Dr. Wexner went beyond any reasonable expectation in addressing my problem.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

I definitely would very highly recommend Dr. Wexner. He is the best surgeon you could ever hope to have! I am the type of person, that tends to feel anxious. Also, when I come in, I have just travelled by plane and all of the airport hassel is already hard for me. So at my clinic appt, I do feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of people in the room during the appt. There are a lot of residents and fellows. Sometimes hard for me to remember the questions I was going to ask the doctor, due to so many people in the exam room during your visit. As far as Dr. Wexner's skills, he is absolutely the very best surgeon. Also, I know he is a very,very busy Doctor involved in many international conferences and projects. Also, I know he is a physician that is training doctors in Colorectal surgery, that is why there are so many doctors there at once. It is just a lot going on in clinic for a person like me that has already been travelling and then it would be nice to have an appt, with not so many doctors in the room at once, so the patient can remember the questions they were planning to ask. I definitely have the very highest regard for Dr. Wexner. He has done a very excellent surgery for me and has helped me greatly. He tries his very best to help you as a patient. His work as a surgeon is the best there is, in the world! If there were a few less people in the exam room, that would be great. If not possible, I can work around it knowing the quality of care that I will receive from Dr. Wexner.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Dr is very professional and Friendly.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Every member of Dr. Wexners team was extremely helpful courteous and compassionate . Made a difficult diagnosis bearable

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

i already have recommended Dr. Wexner and the cancer clinic where I am a patient, located in NJ, has referred patients to him based on my experiences

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2019

*Dr. Wexner and his staff were absolutely wonderful. Very efficient.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Dr Wexner and his staff are the best medical group anywhere. Dr. Wexner gave me back quality of life. His surgical skills are more than exemplory. I will always be greatful for his skill and knowledge.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

I am extremely fortunate and thankful to be a patient of Dr. Wexner (over 10 years).

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

I have been operated by Dr. Wexner too many times. He has saved my life too many times. He is the best in his field.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

I recommend Dr. We net and the Cleveland Clinic anytime I speak with anyone who has issues with colon or rectal issues.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

I think I'm the only patient that Dr. Wexner will respond to when presented with a hug.

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

Excellent service and doctor!

Reviewed on May 20, 2019

great DR. Fair bedside manner

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

*Dr. Wexner and his team were fabulous. My successful surgery is attributable to the high degree of skill of his team.

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

Dr. Wexner continues to be one of the best I've ever been treated by.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

good experience, but would have wanted the Doctor to get to know me better

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Attentive, responsive professional staff. Dr Wexner and his team gave me excellent, knowledgeable, and compassionate care.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

Zero compassion from either the doctor or staff.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

Physician rushed through explanation would appreciate more time with patient.

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