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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 9/21/2021, 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
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • 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

299 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

65 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

Amazing staff. Very friendly, compassionate and professional. Dr. Dakwar is the only surgeon I would go to. I met with several others and there is no question who I will be returning to see, even living 4 hours away. You are very fortunate to have him.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

Dr. Dakwar is Top Shelf!

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2021

Dr Dakwar is the best surgeon I have ever encountered.!!

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

Dr. Dakwar is fantastic. I am grateful that he was able to do the surgery to repair my back.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

Dr. Dakwar is an excellent doctor and an outstanding surgeon.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Dr. Dakwar is a very good surgeon.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Love Dr. Dakwar he is a great surgeon, he cares and takes time to listen to his patients. I had a spine fusion over two years ago and received excellent care, unfortunately having issues on another level of the spine now. I will continue under his care as I feel he is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

The Scheduling team follow up could be improved. My appointment from August 16 was canceled. I made numerous calls and was told someone will get back with you. Finally someone did get back to me and saw Dr Dakwar Oct. 13.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2021

All 100% knowledgable. Interested and ease with communication and depth of understanding of issues that brought me to Dr Dakwar

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2021

Pleased to have meet dr dakwar, he explain me in details my condition and candidate to have a surgery now I'm hoping to get the surgery as soon as posible

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

The people working there for this appointment were all very nice, including Dr. Dakwar.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Excellent patient service from the nurse and Dr. Elias Dakwar.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Dr. Dakwar was amazing!!!! He was very professional, thorough, and has great patient rapport. So happy I was referred to him.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

My daughter brought me who has been a client of Cleveland Clinic and spoke very highly of you. I felt the same thing and I was very comfortable with Dr. Dakwar. He was very knowledgeable and taught me some new things about my spine. Thank you very much

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Dr dakwar is a wonderful neurosurgeon I would trust any kind of back surgery with him he's pleasant spend time with me n tells me what I need

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

I never had a bad experience with dr dakwar he gave me back my life for almost 4 years now I need a back fusion am I scared??? Yes!!! But I know I'll be in good hands

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

Love Dr Dakwar professional and caring! The best Dr in the universe!,His nurse jenice needs to have empathy.I don't understand how every time I book an appointment weeks in advance she either cancels it, reschedules it or tells me I have to come in earlier. Every single time!!!!. Poor patient treatment .I booked it at that time because it was the only time I was able to get away. Cancellations or reschedules last minute is unprofessional and shows lack of concern for patients!!!

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

My experience with Dr dakwar and staff was very good information and exam. Helped me make a difficult decision about surgery. I have confidence in a good outcome.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2021

I recommend Dr dakwar.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

It was a very good visitI felt confident that the dr gave me great advise

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Amazing doctor. So glad I went to him for my surgery .

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Dr. Dakwar gets a full 5 stars from me as personable, concerned, knowledgeable and skill set.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Dr Dakar is wonderful. Professional, patient, explains all in clear detail

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2021

Dr. Dakwar is extremely caring and concerned about me. I have complete confidence in him. I have recommended him to others.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2021

Dr Elias Dakwar is the best surgeon I have ever encountered. He gave me back a quality of life

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Dr Dakwar is an excellent surgeon and human being. I had back surgery in March 2021 and I couldn't be happier with the results. I no longer have back pain and overall, surgery, hospital stay and recovery period were a huge success. thank you doctor Dakwar for giving my life back. You are an extraordinary doctor and I feel very blessed yo be your patient!

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2021

I will love all my doctors appointment to be with you guys

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2021

Dr. Dakwar exceeded my every expectation. He demonstrated a superb knowledge base & bed side manner. I will happily travel to Florida, just to see Dr. Dakwar! He is exceptional! Holly Moldovan

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 23, 2021

Dr. Dakwar his PA were excellent!

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 Mar 2, 2021

Dr. Dakwar is an amazing Doctor, thanks to him my leg pain is gone, ( which was unbearable before the surgery) now I'm recovering, doing physical therapy and healing day by day.

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.

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