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

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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

192 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
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

45 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

I have a pleasure of going to Cleveland Clinic and the pleasure and good luck of having Dr Dakwar as my back specialist . besides being a Great Dr. was as well very caring and commutative with me .

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Dr. Dakwar was very personal and very professional. I feel like I'm in good hands with him performing my surgery.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

We really like and trust Doctor Dakwar.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Wonderful doctor

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

I think I was with the doctor all of about 10 mins. or less. He told me there was nothing he could do for my serious back pain. He referred me to another doctor to have a device implanted into my body that would block the pain from the brain. I am sure there is something that could be done with my serious back pain other than having a device implanted into my body. I have been going to the Cleveland Clinic since 4/2/2007 and was very disappointed for the first time. I will be going to another doctor for a second opinion.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

There was no offer of any additional diagnostics or treatment - nothing. I have spinal injuries from a prior accident, so the cause of my pain is clearly not psychosomatic, yet the interaction with this doctor seemed to indicate that was his conclusion. It was humiliating and discouraging, and I am still in serious pain. I thought Cleveland Clinic was a "comprehensive" medical practice that would help me find answers and treatment. Apparently I was wrong. I can no longer recommend Cleveland Clinic to anyone who does not already have a definitive, unquestionable diagnosis. And I would hesitate to recommend this doctor to any female.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

The only con I have is not being able to get an early appointment to see the doctor. Other than that I had a very good experience with my doctor visit.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

the timing for checking in, seeing the intake personnel, the meeting with the nurse/Dr.'s assistant and the Doctor was absolutely perfect and stress free. Dr. Dakwar was personable and explained everything to me. He answered all my questions and made me feel comfortable with the knowledge i needed to move forward inn dealing with my issues. I would highly recommend the Cleveland Clinic and it's fine staff to any and everyone! Awesome experience!

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

I have nothing but the highest regard for Dr Dakwar. He took over after my original doctor left. He reversed the original surgery and started me on the path back. Unfortunately it took a 3rd surgery to finally get me on the right path to recovery.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2019

I felt pampered by doctors.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

Dr Dakwar is the kindest most amazing brilliant surgeon with the best bedside manner. he makes you feel safe in his care. I feel he gave me my life back.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

dr dakwar is a geneius doctor and very compassionate person

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

The doctor was so nice took the time to explain things to me.I had complete trust in him and his opinion and I thank him very much for his honesty.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

Excellent - highly recommend my doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Dr Dakwar is a 10* Dr.He is very personable, a variety in the field 9f neurosurgeons. You can feel very blessed if he is your surgeon, I know I feel very blessed

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

can not say enough good things about Dr. Dakwar and his staff, a 10+ rating

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

have always had the best from the nurses and Dr Dakwsr

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