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

Treatment & Services

  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer Prevention
  • Breast Cancer Surgery Program
  • Breast Conservation Surgery
  • Breast Exam
  • Breast Surgical Oncology
  • Cancer Center
  • High Risk Breast Cancer
  • Mastectomy
  • Nipple & Skin Sparing Mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic Surgery For Breast Cancer
  • Second Opinion Breast Cancer
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Procedures
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Surgery for Abnormal Breast Biopsy
  • Surgery For Breast Cancer
  • Surgery for Diseases Of The Breast
  • Surgical Oncology
View all 18 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Benign Breast Disease
  • Breast - Malignant Neoplasm
  • Breast - Nodules
  • Breast Abscess
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer - Mass, Lump or Swelling
  • Breast Disease
  • Breast Infections
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Pain
  • Intraductal Papilloma
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Nipple Discharge
  • Pediatric Breast Anomalies
  • Recurrent Breast Cancer
View all 15 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

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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

68 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

22 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Dr. Alhilli is the most compassionate, thorough, patient, and kind doctor i have ever met. She explained all of the surgical options in depth and reassured my decision with ease. She is always available and makes herself accessible to all of her patients! most caring and careful doctor i have ever met!

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

I was very pleased with the professionalism & concern which Dr. Zahraa Al-Hilli demonstrated during my visit to the Cleveland Clinic. She was very thorough & answered all of my questions. I never felt like she was rushing to another appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

*Dr. Al-Hilli called me to address my questions and concerned after a long day of surgeries, I really appreciate that.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Dr. Z. AlHilli is extremely thoughtful and caring in her approach and treatment I am feeling really great after surgery and followup. The residents were also astute and should be commended. Everything is wonderful!

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Dr AlHilli was excellent. She was very patient examining, listening, and explaining everything to me. She was able t get a procedure scheduled for me for that day. I consider her to be a valuable member of your staff!!! She is excellent.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

At one point we seemed to be misunderstanding each other during an appointment discussing a difficult diagnosis. Dr. Al-Hilli was very concerned about this situation and started her explanation from the beginning. She did everything she could to help me understand my options and listened intently to what I needed from her.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

It is obvious that Dr. Al-hilli genuinely cares about her patients.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr. Al-Hilli is a compassionate Doctor that not only makes you feel like you are her number one priority, but takes extra time to make sure you are doing okay. I know that Dr. Al-Hili was the best surgeon and Dr. to get me through this. She has made a positive impact on my life and I will be forever grateful.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

Dr. AlHilli is the best. She is very concerned about her patient. If there is something she can't answer, she will find someone who can. She will tell you what is available for you .

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

Dr. AlHilli IS the BEST. I would not trade her for the world.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

I have never had a bad experience with Dr. AlHilli or the staff in that department.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

Dr. Al-Hilli is a wonderful doctor. My husband and I are very thankful she was my surgeon. She is a very compassionate doctor and we have complete trust in her skills. Very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

*Dr. Z. Al-Hilli helped me where cancer drs. in another city could and would not. *Dr. Z. Al-Hilli is a wonderful, knowledgeable, and caring surgeon with top-notch surgical skills. She had studied my case well.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

Dr. AlHilli is phenomenal. She is thorough, professional and personable. She has walked with me on my journey as a partner - keeping me educated on next steps and working with me to decide what we do next. I would recommend her to anyone.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2019

Dr. Al-Hilli is very caring.

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