Department General Surgery
Primary Location Lutheran Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Lutheran Hospital
Primary Location

Lutheran Hospital


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Achalasia
  • Achalasia Balloon Dilation
  • Achalasia: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Adrenal Surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Cancer
  • Colonoscopy
  • Diagnostic Laparoscopy
  • Egd
  • Endoluminal Stenting
  • Endoluminal Surgery
  • Endoscopic Cancer Therapy
  • Endoscopic Dilation
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
  • Endoscopic Procedures
  • Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)
  • Endoscopic Treatment Of Strictures
  • Endoscopic Zenker's Diverticulum Surgery
  • Endoscopy
  • Endoscopy - Upper
  • Endoscopy in the Obese Patient
  • Endoscopy of the Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Enteral Stent Placement
  • Esophageal Band Ligation
  • Esophageal Dilation
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • Esophagus Endoscopy
  • Evidence-based Medicine
  • Flexible Endoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass Revisional Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery for Weight Loss
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery with Focus on Reflux Disease
  • Gastric pacemaker
  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Gastrostomy
  • General Surgery
  • GERD Surgery
  • Heller Myotomy
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Interventional Endoscopy
  • Intestinal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopy
  • Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Bypass Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Laparoscopic Organ Examination
  • Laparoscopic Solid Organ Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery - Single Site
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
  • Laparoscopic Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Placement
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laparoscopy - Single Incision
  • Laparscopic Bypass Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Bypass Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery for Achalasia
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Of The Diaphragm
  • Nissen Fundoplication
  • Outcomes Research
  • Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM)
  • Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
  • Revisional Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Single incision laparoscopic surgery
  • Single-port Surgery
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Surgical Endoscopy and Endoscopic Procedures
  • Weight Loss Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achalasia
  • Achalasia: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Acid Reflux
  • Appendicitis
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Cancer
  • Cancer - Gastric
  • Carcinoid Syndrome
  • Diaphragm Hernia
  • Duodenal Polyps
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Esophagitis
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Malignancies
  • Gastroparesis
  • GI Bleeding
  • Hernia - Incisional
  • Hernia - Paraesophageal and Diaphragmatic
  • Hernias
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Carcinoid Tumors
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome
  • Metabolic Complications of Obesity
  • Motility Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Advanced Laparoscip Surgery & Flexible Surgical Endoscopy
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Mount Sinai St. Luke's
General Surgery
New York, NY USA

Residency - Queen's University
General Surgery
Kingston, ON Canada

Medical School - University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine
Ottawa, Ontario,

Specialty Interests

Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Endoscopy, Bariatric Surgery, Gastric Surgery, Gastric Cancer, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Anti-Reflux Surgery, Hiatal Hernia, Achalasia Operations, Foregut Surgery, Endoluminal Surgery, Endoscopy in Bariatric Patients, Interventional Endoscopy, Laparoscopic Solid Organ Surgery including Splenectomy and Adrenalectomy, Hernia Surgery, Gastroparesis, Gastric Pacemaker, Medican Arcuate Ligament Syndrome, Robotic Surgery

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/8/2018, Dr. Villamere 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

60 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.5
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

3 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2018

Overall I feel I had a good experience and would go to Lutheran again. The staff is courteous and knowledgeable, and I appreciate my doctors listening to me and my ideas. However, the opioid crisis needs to not make us afraid of treating pain.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2018

I can't speak highly enough of my surgeon and surgery team!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2017

no follow up

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