Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages Arabic, English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • 2nd Opinion Evaluations
  • Axillary lymph node dissection
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer Prevention
  • Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Breast Cancer Surgery Program
  • Breast Conservation Surgery
  • Breast Diagnostics
  • Breast Exam
  • Breast Health
  • Breast Surgical Oncology
  • Cancer Center
  • Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Clinical Breast Examination
  • Excision of breast fistula
  • High Risk Breast Cancer
  • Lumpectomy for breast cancer
  • MammoSite Radiation Therapy System
  • Mastectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery
  • Nipple & Skin Sparing Mastectomy
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic Surgery For Breast Cancer
  • Partial mastectomy for breast cancer
  • Placement of Balloon Catheter for Partial Breast Radiation
  • Second Opinion Breast Cancer
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Procedures
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Skin Sparing Mastectomy
  • Surgery for Abnormal Breast Biopsy
  • Surgery For Breast Cancer
  • Surgery for Diseases Of The Breast
  • Surgical Oncology
View all 33 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Mammogram
  • Axillary Mass - Pain/Swelling
  • Benign Breast Disease
  • Breast
  • Breast - Malignant Neoplasm
  • Breast - Nodules
  • Breast Abscess
  • Breast atypia
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer - High Risk
  • Breast Cancer - Mass, Lump or Swelling
  • Breast Disease
  • Breast Infections
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Pain
  • Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
  • Family History of Breast Cancer
  • Fibrocystic Breast Changes
  • Gynecomastia
  • Intraductal Papilloma
  • Lymphedema
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Mastitis
  • Nipple Discharge
  • Pediatric Breast Anomalies
  • Recurrent Breast Cancer
View all 26 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Endocrine Surgery
Rochester, MN USA

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic
Breast Surgical Oncology
Rochester, MN USA

Residency - Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
General Surgery
Dublin, Ireland

Graduate School - Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Dublin, Ireland

Graduate School - Queens University of Belfast Faculty of Medicine
Masters in Medical Education

Medical Education - Royal College of Surgeons Ireland
Dublin, Ireland


  • General Surgery
  • Surgery - General Surgery

Specialty Interests

breast cancer, breast disease, oncoplastic breast surgery, nipple sparing mastectomy

Awards & Honors

  •  2015 Balfour Surgical Research Award, Mayo Clinic
  •  2015 Colles Travelling Fellowship in Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  •  2014 Joint American College of Surgeons/ Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Resident Exchange Award
  •  2014 Ethicon Foundation Travel Grant, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  •  2009 Sheppard Research Prize, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  •  2008 William O'Keefe Research Prize, Ireland
  •  2003 John McAuliffe Gold Medal and First Place in Otolaryngology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/1/2020, Dr. AlHilli 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

76 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
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Contacting the clinic in general is typically not easy. However, I was able to contact this provider's office directly (and schedule with them), which was much more easy.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Dr. AlHilli is an incredible doctor, and I cannot say enough good things about her. I feel so lucky that she was my surgeon. She strikes the perfect balance of having the utmost professionalism, yet also truly caring about me as a person and not just another patient. She is the absolute best! I definitely recommend her to anyone seeking this type of care, you'll be in wonderful hands.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

I love Dr Z, she is such a bright star of the CCF staff. And the check in staff is always very friendly, they are great!!

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

I felt the resident I saw, dr. rob he called himself, was condescending in his manner and tone.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

I was very impressed at how much compassion the doctors had with me.. I'm putting my life in there hands. so thire is trust there.. ty

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr. Alhilli made me feel so comfortable before my surgery I will never forget the kindness she showed me prior to having the biggest surgery I've ever had to go through.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

I cannot say enough regarding Dr. AlHilli! She is absolutely an overthetop Breast surgeon. She is kind, caring and really understood how nervous I was. I wish more doctors were like her....she has empathy, compassion and very kind! You can definitely share this with her. Thank you Dr. AlHilli!!!

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Dr Al-Hilli is truly a gem! I travel all the way from California to see her for my care and she has gone above and beyond to care for me and my condition. Not only is she very professional she was also very attentive to my needs. I know I am in good hands with her! Additionally, I was very pleased with the way she was able to preserve the natural shape of my breast when I needed to have several surgical excisions. Thank you Dr Alhilli for giving me my life back!

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2020

i wish all the nurses, staff and care providers in other hospitals are like Cleveland Clinic . very professional in every way.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020

I really appreciate having the option to keep the doctor's appointment through the virtual meeting. This option is very helpful when it is a routine follow up and no particular tests need to be performed. It cuts down the waiting time in the waiting area significantly.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Dr. Zahraa Al-Hilli is a wonderful doctor! I would highly recommend her. She is a very caring and knowledgeable doctor. She is the best!

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Dr. Ahilli is very personable as well as professional. She has excellent eye contact and does not rush the conversation. She listens to answers with patience. She is sincere in her care for patients and their progress. I am happy to be the patient of a surgeon who not only has excellent skills but has a heart for the emotions of her patients and what they are going through.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Always impressed by the efficient and caring treatment we receive at CC, not only from excellent and compassionate doctors but receptionists, housekeeping, shuttle drivers, everyone on your campus. Soglad you are there for us.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

love Dr. Al-Hilli. she is smart, caring, and makes me proud to be a CC patient.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

*Dr. Zahraa Al-Hilli was excellent surgeon, doctor and human being. Very kind and courteous. Love her.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Dr. Al-Hilli is the finest physician who has ever cared for me. Her team is fabulous because she would not work with anyone but the best.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Explanations of my diagnosis and options were very clear, never felt rushed or that provider was impatient or hurried.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Dr. AlHilli is an outstanding doctor who is very caring and competent! I would highly recommend her! More doctors should be like her.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Dr. Al-Hilli was amazing. She was kind and engaged with me.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

we waited for over an hour and half for the doctor to meet with us. we understand that she is really nice and spends time with her patients so that was partially why we waited for a long time. while we really appreciate her devotion to the patients, and if this is her style, maybe schedule the appointments accordingly. in other words, space out the appointment times so she does not have to feel bad about being late and we do not have to wait so long. all in all, we had a very positive experience with the entire care team and the doctor.

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