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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

See publications for Elias Dakwar, MD.

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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

274 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 4.9

64 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Dr. Dakwar is Avery busy man which has its pros & cons. he is busy because from what I am able to ascertain he is an excellent neurosurgeon. however this does make it difficult to obtain an appointment in a timely fashion. This is not a complaint father it is a recognition of Dr. Dakwar's expertise.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

I was quite favorably impressed by Dr. Dakwar. He pointed out to me a problem that others either missed or failed to mention to me. The fact that he & his team do surgeries much more complicated than mine is a plus. The fact that he can perform the surgery with minimum invasion is a plus. More importantly, of all the surgeons I have seen he genuinely seems to want to get me back to a like I can enjoy.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Dr Dakwar spent a lot of time with me to explain the options I have. He tried to contact my Oncologist while I was there to discuss my case. He was very thorough explaining my diagnostic results and very reassuring. I will definitely use Dr. Dakwar as my surgeon when the time comes.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Dr Dakwar was marvelous and approachable

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

I was treated with upmost respect and every question I had was answered. I am the lucky one to have him as my Dr. My life has changed so much for the better because of his surgical talent!! thank you!!

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Dr Dakwar did spinal surgery on my on Tampa I am blessed he is at Cleveland Clinic! I refuse to let any one else treat me! if you want the BEST what more can I say? I go to the gym and walk! I am not saying I am 100% pain free but I am not a 45* bend I love this guy!Thank you Dr Sharone

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

Very professional... great doctor

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Beyond my expectations. Previous attempts at finding a surgeon were met with "inoperable, over many years. Dr. Dakwar told me this isn't easy, but he does it routinely. I've been in pain many years. If he can help me, I'd owe him something that money can never buy.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

I live in Miami and I don't mind coming this far to be treated byDr Elias Dakwar, he is very professional and caring

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

The doctor is great. His explanations were specific and to the point. I appreciate his thoroughness and thoughtfulness.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Couldn't have been more pleased with the care from Dr. Dakwar.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

I was extremely impressed with the physician who was very detailed in his explanations and showed legitimate care for my proposed treatment and arriving at a solution

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

I wish you had Excellent! There is no other spine surgeon in my mind better than Dr. Dakwar! To me he is G-d!

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

excellent doctor and great care

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

I highly recommend Dr. Dakwar, he is awesome!!!

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Dr. Dakwar and his staff are truly the very best. He is empathetic, professional and just a caring and great doctor

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

It has been a blessing for me to have such a wonderful doctor as Dr. Dakwar. A great doctor who has done great things for me.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

My experience with Dr. Dakwar has been a very pleasant and courteous experience.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

Dr Dakwar and the staffs are the best I ever dealt with

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Both Dr. Dakwar and his assistant were professional and explained every aspect of my condition, including aggressive and non-aggressive treatments.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

I have used Dr DAKWAR in the past and I think he is exceptional.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

The doctor didn't go into detail as much as the other doctors I have sent my MRI to. He just suggested a couple of shots like it was no big deal. Also, I have shown the MRI to several doctors, and they all mentioned that I have spinal stenosis fairly bad, Dr Dakwar didn't bring it up and I forgot to. I was hoping for a solution to the pain that would fix the problems. To me the shots would just mask the pain and it would come back eventually. Had I not already talked to several other doctors my feelings might be quite a bit different.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Dr. Dakwar, the very best. Excellent. Nurses,Techs fabulous, always kind caring and helpful.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Excellent Doctor in skills, caring and bedside manner. speaks like a doctor that cares

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

Doctor Dakwar and his PA are always very through in explaining and asking if there are any questions.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Dr Dakwar always took time with me, easing my fear of surgery but also telling me what I needed to do. I love how he took care of me

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2021

Dr. Dakwar answered all my questions.

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 20, 2020

Dr Dakwar and his fellowship assistant were quite thorough and professional. options were well addressed to aid my decision.

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

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