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Department Neurological Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
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 Education - University of Rochester
Rochester, NY USA

Undergraduate - University of Buffalo Hospitals
Buffalo, NY USA


  • Neurological Surgery

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

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 8/13/2019, Dr. Dakwar 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. Dakwar receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Stryker Corporation
  • NuVasive, Inc.

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

218 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 4.8
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

59 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2021

I would recommend Dr. Dakwar.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

I would recommend Dr Dakwar to anyone. I wish I lived closer to the CC

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Dr Dakwar and his team run a very smooth ship! They are all very professional and very empathetic to the patients concerns! It doesn't get any better then the Dakwar team!

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

I have already recommended Dr Dakwar and his team to many people with back issues

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

Dr. Dakwar, Mallory and his office staff offer the most professional and excellent care any patient could ask for. I have referred them to a few people already.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

staff and doctor was extremely nice and helpful.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

I was extremely pleased the way the Doctor described everything to me and then to my husband regarding my Xrays in detail in which we understood. He then explained the Surgery needed to fix the problem in detail to me and then to my husband, plus the recovery. He had great bed side manners as a Doctor should.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

Dr. Dakwar and his team were awesome. All took the time needed to understand the concerns which I had. All were positive and upbeat. I knew that my care was in the best of hands. I was never worried.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2020

just the best doctor visit ever

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Excellent doctors.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Dr. Dakwar is the best. He saved my life I would and have recommended him to many

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

I think Dr Dakwar & his staff is very helpful & caring.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

I have already recommended Dr. Dakwar to family and friends. He was very informative, willing to answer and explain any questions I may have, discussed all possible options, was very caring and made me feel comfortable in my decision. I felt as though I was in the best hands possibly moving forward with a significant surgery I had been previously scared to undergo. His entire team was top notch.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Dr. Dakwar is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

had virtual visit so my partner could hear what dr was advising. restrictions on having guests at in person visitworked well

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

my doctor is great, and he really cares for me in my situation I know I am in good hands!

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

Dr. Dakwar is amazing, I followed him from Tampa after not seeing him for 41/2 yrs, he is the BEST Nuerosurgeon anywhere! He shows care and compassion and explains everything so I can understand it.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

I have already recommended your Clinic and my doctors to anyone who needs a specialty doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Dr Dakwar excellent,100% Great attitude,professional,knowledgeable,explains in detail,remembers prior visitation

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Dr. Dakwar is a model physician !!! He took all the time to explain the surgery i will have.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Love Dr. Dakwar, always explains everything.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Dr. Dakwar was very thorough and explained what was happening with my spine/low back. He is an amazing Doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

My first injury which included a major hamstring tear requiring the tendons to be reattached to my pelvic bone occurred in March of this year. I also hurt my lower back which has affected my ability to return to work. Everyone in the neuro department treats me as if I am garbage. I have been put through the ringer and at age 55, I already know that my lower back is messed up. I have done every procedure recommended by the Doctors and have been told that surgery would occur if nothing worked. Well, I was put through a torturous nerve conduction study only to be told now I have to try a implant nerve block. I am already consulting another Doctor who will have my best interest in mind. I really thought Cleveland Clinic was a top notch facility. It is not. You are no better then a County hospital. I have been suffering since March of this year and still no relief in site because it seems that Cleveland Clinic lacks the neurological capabilities to fix me. It has been nothing but false promises and bandaidrs. Hell, your ER Doctor sent me home after my whole leg turned ue with three major tendons torn from my pelvic bone only to be told by the orthopedic 3 weeks later that I waited to long. What? I came in the day after I hurt myself. I honestly have lost my faith in the Cleveland Clinic. This isn't Cleveland. Its Broward County. I will be following up with a University of Miami Nuero who actually cares.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

I'm tired of waiting to be helped in the appropriate manner. I really think your doctors forgot their oath.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

there's truly no explanation how I can explain how happy I am that I am going to the Cleveland clinic to dr. dockweiler he is a great neurologist and very great person everybody that I've come across have been very polite and very helpful to me thank you for all your attention irate the clinic a number 10 and if I could I would give him more than thank you mrs. Rodriguez

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

if all my doctors were like my neurologist dr. dockweiler I would be the happiest person in the world

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Dr Dakwar is a wonderful surgeon and human being.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Have changed over all my physicians to Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

great Dr. the team and my case nurses excelent they gived to me confidence, I feel secured in my surgeres

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

Best professional and care doctor, I am very happy with the outcome of my surgery.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

I recommend Dr. Dakwar to anyone

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

the staff including Dr. Dakwar seemed to know what they were talking about.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Truly superb doctor and his entire team was very professional.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

I really like dr. Dakwars demeanor

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

I would highly recommend Dr. Dakwar!

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr Dakwar was the Surgeon I ever met he is so courtesy to be sure I understand every step in the surgery

Reviewed on May 20, 2020

Dr. Dakwar is always very thorough with explanations and patient with answering any questions.

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Dr Dakwar is very Helpful to me.

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

I very much like Dr Dakwar, he has exceptional communication skills compared to many other surgeons I know

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

I was very impressed with the. doctor and his staff. the X-ray tech was very good as was the nurse that interviewed me. Dr. Dakwar took all my questions and explained them completely.

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

Dr Dakwar was very professional and was very easy to talk to

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

excellent physicians well prepared and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2020

Dr Dakwar is the consummate professional: compassionate, skilled, and communicates well.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

My experience at the clinic and with everyone I came in contact with could not been any better. Every one was so helpful, especially under such stressful times.The Dr. explained everything to me in great detail in terms I could understand. He was very empathetic and had a wonderful bedside manner. He explained all my options and made me feel comfortable in the decision I chose to move forward with. I would highly recommend him and the facility. my experience was an overall 10 out of 10.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Dr Dakwar, was professional, listen my concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Dr. dakwar is very nice and knowledgeable. I felt very confident having him as my surgeon. His nurse is super nice. She is always sweet and helpful.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

my doctor treated me with respect and answered all questions I had. I felt like I was in great hands.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

dr. dakwar is very thorough and concerned for his patient.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

*Dr. Dakwar is the best doctor I have ever been to. He is great, smart and did a beautiful operation on me.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

dr. dakwar is the best. I followed him from Tampa General over to here. his staff are all caring and considerate

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Dr Dakwar and his nurse are very kind and caring. always a good experience.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

dr Dakwar is excellant.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

I was in pain and they provide a sooner visit with my doctor Dawkar.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Dr Dawkar gives me such confidence and care, I feel in good hands!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

absolutely no complaints. Dr Dakwar is a superb physician and surgeon. trust him completely!!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Dr Dakwar is very patient, caring and speaks in ways we could easily understand. very respectful of age.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

I was able to se my Dr in a reasonable time frame.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Excellent attention from Dr. Dawark and staff in all aspects.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Dr. Dakwar is a great surgeon. I was very lucky to be under his care

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