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 Education - University of Rochester
Rochester, NY USA

Undergraduate - University of Buffalo Hospitals
Buffalo, NY USA


  • Neurosurgery

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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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

147 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 4.8
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

My experience was excellent. I admire and respect Dr. Dakwar and the entire staff. Dr. Dakwar takes the time to listen to the patient, to go over medical history, and to explain in detail his professional opinion. He is an outstanding doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

I was very impressed with the care provided. The provider took the necessary time to answer questions and to allay any fears. My family and I felt that at that moment that we were all that mattered to him and he was going to answer our questions. I love his bedside manners

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

Dr Dakwar is the most caring doctor I have ever met. He is patient and exhibits great concern for his patients. Gives them time to ask questions. I have referred a patient to him that shows how highly I think of him. Excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

My husband and I were extremely happy with the entire experience with Dr. Dakwar. His nurses were so personable and made us feel very relaxed. Dr. Dakwar was so pleasant. He explained everything and gave us all of the time that we needed. My surgery was very successful. This was my last visit and I truly commend the entire team. Thank you.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2019

Dr Dakwar asked the right questions and followed up on my prescription, with questions on how they were working. A really nice man.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2019

Wait time after being shown to exam room was 20-30 minutes. Dr Dakwar is very good about answering patient questions, so the wait time is understandable. I appreciate him taking the time I need to get all my questions answered.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2019

This was my first appointing with Dr. Dakwar's PA, Mallory. She was extremely professional, informed, and sensitive to my needs!

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

I drive 4-1/2 hours each direction to see Dr. Dakwar, and he is worth it. He is attentive and informative let alone a very skilled surgeon. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

Dr. Dukwar spent time explaining my condition to me and my wife and was very forthcoming about treatment options.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

I would recommend Doctor Dakwar to anyone in the same position I was in. In fact I have recommend to two people all ready.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

Doctor Dakwar took all the time I needed to go over everything before the operation. He was right on time and never made me feel rushed to finish. He showed me my tests and went over every question I had about the surgery.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

Dr. Dakwar was very clear and explained my conditions and changes to feel better.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2019

Dr Dakwar explained in detail my condition.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

difficulty to communicate with the doctor for follow up concerns and questions

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

I had a lot of trouble pushing up my surgery date. I had to wait almost 6 months for surgery, but DR ELIAS DAKWAR was worth it he is an amazing person and doctor. I would recommend him highly.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

very pleased with care provider

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

Dr. Dakwar, excellent doctor, super bedside manner. explains everything. highly recommended. staff, always polite helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

Dr. Dakwar, already recommended to others.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019

Dr Dakwar (sp?) and his PA are a tribute to your policies as well as hiring excellent staff!!

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019

Dr Dakwar is an excellent neurosurgeon.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

Dr. Dakwar is best surgeon there is!

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

My experience with Dr. Dakwar has been great from the first visit, he has taken the time to explain all details of my up coming surgery and hope and pray that I come out ok. I have confidence and trust his expertise. Thus far the doctor, all the assistants in his office have all been wonderful.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2018

Very excellent care by everyone. Dr. Dakwar and his Physician Assistant (Mallorie) are very caring, knowledgeable, and professional.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

felt very good about doctors interest

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2018

This was my second appointment with Dr.Dakwar. It was to discuss the x-rays he ask me to have so that we could discuss future surgery on my back, He is so kind, informative and compasionate. So is his staff,

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2018

Both Dr.Dakwar and staff are compassionate and very caring.

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.

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