Department Neurological Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Brain Aneurysm Surgery
  • Brain Biopsy
  • Brain Tumor Diagnosis
  • Brain Tumor Management
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
  • Gamma Knife Treatment
  • General Neurosurgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
  • Stereotactic Brain Biopsy
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Surgery For Spinal Tumors
  • Surgery For Spinal Vascular Malformations
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 22 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Adult Brain Tumors
  • Aneurysm, Cerebral
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Brain Lymphoma
  • Brain Metastases
  • Cervical Infections
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Complex Cervical Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Herniated Disc
  • Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Schwannoma
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Vascular Malformations
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Dural Fistula
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Neoplasms
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
View all 33 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Shriners Hospital for Children
Pediatric Spine
Philadelphia, PA USA

Residency - University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
Neurological Surgery


Medical School - University of Rochester
Rochester, NY USA

Undergraduate - University of Buffalo Hospitals
Buffalo, NY USA

Specialty Interests

Adult and adolescent scoliosis, complex spine reconstruction, deformities in the spine, degenerative spine conditions, minimally invasive surgery of the spine, spinal stenosis, spine tumors

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/18/2018, Dr. Dakwar 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

224 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

27 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

my experience with the nurses and doctor were very good it was my first time

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

My doctor is a miracle worker he changed my life and his team made me feel like family

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2018

This was another follow up after surgery on May 15th. Dr Dakwar is an excellent surgeon and a very caring doctor, dedicated to his patients' well being.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2018

Dr Dakwar is the best neurosurgeon any where.We traveled almost 300 miles to get the office and waited almost a year to have him do the surgery. He saved my child from a life of living hell, the pain She was in before was unbearable she was almost bedridden. Now she has improved so much like a total divergent person.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

Your location in Weston is easy to get to, however, I live in Ocala, Florida. It is a 4-1/2 hour drive one way, but this doctor is worth the drive. I hope you plan to have offices in the north or central part of Florida soon. Good quality care is greatly needed in this area.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

I was very impressed with the professionalism and courtesy of everyone I encountered. Dr. Dakwar explained my situation with great clarity, in a manner that showed great knowledge of his area of surgery. He did all this in a courteous manner and showed no sign of being in a hurry to leave the examination room. he listened to my concerns and answered them clearly and reassuringly. I am very happy to place my medical situation in his hands.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2018

Paola is great, kept me informed at all times, very little wait (this was my 3rd time seeing the doctor)

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

i only have good things to say about Dr. Elias Dakward profesionalisim every time I have the pleasure to see and speak to him. the same I feel about his staff . No I'm waiting patiently to go out and enjoy myself. God bless him and his team .

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

I have the best experience ever , with Dr Elias Dakwar and his professionalism every time I had the pleasure to speak him, or one of his team members .now I'm looking to get well to go out and have some fun.God bless Dr Dakwar and all his team members.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2018

This was my first visit to Dr. Dakwar and I was very pleased with his explanation of my adult degenerative scoliosis condition. He spent time showing me my xray results and spine curvature.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018

*Dr. Dakwar explained well was impressed with his confidence. Excellent surgeon!

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018

Dr. Dakwar and all of the Cleveland Clinic staff have always been friendly, compassionate and professional. Dr.Dakwar has given me such a better quality of life with my lower back surgery. I no longer have to worry about falling down and getting hurt. He has come up with a medical plan to address my upper and middle back issues to hopefully avoid additional surgery. If this course of action doesn't work, and I have to have surgery, I trust him to preform any additional surgery.He truly is a miracle worker in my eyes. I feel blessed to have him on my medical team of experts at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018

Dr. Dakwar has given me a clear medical course of action to assist in dealing with my back issues. More important, he gives me hope for a better quality of life.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018

I was seen by the nurse within five minutes of checking in. Dr. Dakwas was in to see me within a minute of the nurse completing her work.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2018

Dr. Dakwar is very complete in his instructions and explanations. He is so very friendly and puts one at ease.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018

Dr. Dakwar is an excellent surgeon who I can recommend to anyone who needs spine surgery. He is dedicated, passionate and very caring to his patients. Wish everyone can be the same as he is.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2018


Reviewed on May 25, 2018

Always great customer service with all of Dr. Dakwar's staff and other people in the office.

Reviewed on May 3, 2018

*Dr. Dakwar treated me like I was his only patient. He gave me back my life.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2018

I adore my doctor *Dakawn.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2018

Each person I have come in contact with at Cleveland Clinic, from parking valet to everyone connected with seeing the doctor and scheduling my next appointment have been a credit to your facility. This is a first class organization.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2018

Dr. D_____ performed a miracle, as far as we were concerned.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2018

This was a consultancy visit where the provider offered other options than surgery and has provided me with the necessary referral letters.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2018

I cannot say enough good about *Dr. ELIAS DAKWAR. *Dr. Dakwar is the standard that all physicians should be measured by.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2018

we now have a plan that I have confidence in. there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2018

again the appt took 10 weeks and then they tried to give me to another doctor 36 hrs before my appt

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2018

took enough time to answer all my questions

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