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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:

  • NuVasive, Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Stryker Corporation

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

272 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

The doctor spent a lot of time with me. He explained all of my x-rays and what was wrong with me. I feel I am in the best hands for my surgery with him!

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

Very impressed with Dr Dakwar. So happy I was referred to him.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2022

I found Dr Dakwar to be thorough and kind.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2022

Dr Dakwar was incredible. Very knowledgeable and approachable!

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Dr. Elias Dakwar has to be one of the best doctors that I have ever met. I have never been so pleased with the treatment that I received.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

I'm very happy and confident that my life is in good hands! Dr Dakward was very kind and knowledgeable!

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Dr Dakwar is the best!

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2022

Doctor was cordial an helpful

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Liked Dr Dakwar very much. Very informative and addressed all my concerns

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

Dr Dakwar and his staff showed the utmost caring for my problems

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

Dr dakwar excellent conf

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Dr. Dakwar was very patient and informative. He took the time to make me feel comfortable and sure of the procedure at hand .

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2022

Doctor Dakwar is the best

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

The Bad thing was the doctor poor compassion with patient, he don't care about the pain the patient feel

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

One of the finest doctors I have ever met. Caring, compassionate, honest and encouraging.

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Dr Dakwar explained everything in terms a non medical patient could easily understand

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

Everything went well, loved the doctorscthat sa me and the nurse who attended to me. I felt very comfortable with all three.From entering the desk, everything was organized, there was no wasting of anyone's time. I loved that. All was clear and understood from the doctor and his assistant.would definitely see them agsin.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2022

I already recommended Dr Dakwar

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2022


Reviewed on Apr 1, 2022

The only person who was realy interested and conciernen about my condition was Dr. Dakwar

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

Dr. Dakwar and his staff were wonderful. He explained everything and answered all our questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2022

Prior to Dr. Dakwar completing the visit, Jason, the PA, went through a series of tests, detailed any questions I had for him, and prepared me by speaking about the options that were available to me, prior to the doctor's evaluation which allowed me to make a very well informed decision when it came to concluding our plan of action.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2022

Excellent doctor who explained everything

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

Dr. Dakwar and Jason are caring professionals. My surgery was literally life-changing and the care I received was amazing. As a surgeon, Dr. Dakwar was kind and caring and his skill exceeded my expectations.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

This doctor is a rock star. He really knows his stuff. I was so impressed that he was very conservative and said I didn't need surgery. Cleveland clinic is so lucky to have him.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

Dr Dakwar took the time to review my MRI in detail with me explaining where the issues are.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2022

My Experienced was very good at Cleveland clinic. I love my Doctor, Nurse practitioner and nurse.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

This is my second surgery with Dr dakwar. He is very helpful as to what needs to be done. We are now waiting for the date of surgery.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2022

Very difficult to get an appointment with Dr. Dakwar as he is very busy due to patient overload

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Dr. Dakuar and his staff is excellent

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

Not only does Dr. Dakwar have a pleasant bed side manner, but he, his PA Jason, took time to explain my condition in detail and my options. We reviewed my MRI's, he showed me why I am in pain, and unlike the other surgeons that I met during my last two surgeries on my back that I have had, didn't immediately offer another complicated procedure. He had a conservative approach that I believe will benefit me. Also, his nurse, Sophie, was extremely attentive.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

My experience with Dr. Dakwar and his staff was excellent. I cannot say enough about Dr. Dakwar and his Nurse Practitioner Jason they were caring and very professional. Without a doubt Dr. Dakwar Is a great doctor who operated me for the second time. Dr. Dakwar is the best and a credit to Cleveland Clinic and the great reputation the hospital hold. In addition, the nurses (David Capozzi, and Ann Williamson Gibson) who took care of me after my surgery were outstanding in the care they extended to me. I cannot say anything more to say that the Cleveland Clinic and their staff members are the very best in the Industry. My expereince with Cleveland Clinic has always been great!

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2021

Dr. Dakwar is an exceptional and rare physician. Besides being a competent surgeon he has amazing customer service skills ... He honestly cares!

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

Dr. Dakwar made me feel comfortable and confident that he would do his best to help me.

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 extremely busy and it is usually difficult to obtain an appointment with him in a reasonable timeframe. However, there is a notification when there is a cancellation and the results is very good.

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.

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