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Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, German, Swedish
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Advanced Operative Laparoscopy
  • Anorectal Fistula Treatment
  • Anorectal Surgery
  • Anoscopy
  • Cancer Center
  • Clinical Trials
  • Colectomy
  • Colon And Rectal Surgical Procedures
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colorectal Cancer - Prevention
  • Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis
  • Colorectal Cancer Research
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies
  • Colorectal Cancer Treatment
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Colostomy
  • Consultation for Complicated Colon and Rectal Disease
  • Fecal Diversion
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Ileoanal Pouch
  • Ileoscopy
  • Ileostomy
  • Intestinal Stomas
  • J Pouch
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Fecal Diversion
  • Laparoscopic Ileocolectomy
  • Laparoscopic J-pouch Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Proctosigmoidectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
  • Laparoscopy
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender( LGBT Health)
  • Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
  • Pelvic Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Pouch Center
  • Pouchoscopy
  • Proctectomy
  • Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Re-Do Rectal Surgery
  • Reoperative Abdominal and Pelvic Surgery
  • Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
  • Reoperative Pelvic Surgery
  • Reoperative Surgery
  • Resection of Colon and Rectal Diseases
  • Rubber Band Ligation Of Hemorrhoids
  • Second Opinion
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Stoma Surgery
  • Strictureplasty
  • Surgery
  • Surgery For Carcinoma Of The Colon
  • Surgery For Crohn's Disease
  • Surgery for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • Surgical Management for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Surgical Treatment for Mucosal Ulcerative Colitis
  • Total Abdominal Colectomy
  • Treatment for Anal Fissure
  • Treatment for Anal Fistula
View all 65 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Adenomas
  • Adenomatous Polyps
  • Anal Abscesses
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fissures
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Itching
  • Anal Pain
  • Anorectal Disease
  • Anorectal Fistula
  • Benign Anorectal Disease
  • Cancer
  • Cancer of the Colon, Rectum and Anus
  • Carcinoma of the Colon
  • Carcinoma of the small and large bowel
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Diseases
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colonic Neoplasia
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colovaginal Fistula
  • Colovesticle Fistula
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Diverticulum
  • Fissure
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Intestinal Fistulae
  • Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
  • Large Bowel Cancer
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stoma Related Problems
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Volvulus
View all 40 Specialties +


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About Stefan Holubar, MD, MS

Stefan David Holubar, MD, MS, FACS, FASCRS is the Section Chief of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Section and Director of Research for the Department of Colon & Rectal Surgery at the Digestive Disease & Surgery Institute. He is also the National Surgical Quality Improvement Surgeon Champion for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Background: Dr. Stefan Holubar was born and raised on Long Island. Stefan is a first generation American as his mother immigrated to New York from Stockholm Sweden, and his father family was of Ukrainian descent; Stefan has working knowledge of Swedish and German languages. Stefan’s wife is also a first generation (German)-American and is fluent in French. During medical school Stefan overcame stage 3 colon cancer related to long-standing ulcerative colitis treated with a modified 2-stage IPAA (J-pouch).

Specialty/Clinical Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, ileoanal pouches including pouch revision and salvage, complex/redo/re-operative colorectal surgery, advanced laparoscopy, robotics, and 2nd opinions including virtually. 

Number of Procedures Performed: In addition to seeing hundreds of patients in clinic, each year, Dr. Holubar performs over 200 – 250 major colorectal operations annually, most commonly for IBD.

Education and Training: Dr. Holubar received his Medical Degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington VT in 2002. After medical school, he completed his residency at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, where he served as Chief Resident in 2007. He continued his clinical training with a clinical fellowship in Colon & Rectal Surgery from Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN where he also completed a 2-year special fellowship during which he earned a Master of Science degree in Clinical & Translational Science, with a focus on Biostatistics and Epidemiology from Mayo Clinic in 2010. During these three years, he published over 30 peer reviewed manuscripts and dozens of national scientific presentations. Throughout his academic training, Dr. Holubar was honored for academic excellence has received several teaching awards. After Mayo, he joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and was eventually appointed Chief of the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery. 

Research, Publications and Speaking: 

Presently within the Department of Colon & Rectal Surgery he serves as the IBD Surgery Section Chief, the Director of Research, and as the NSQIP Surgeon Champion for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and developed the database structure and oversees the Digestive Diseases Surgery Institute Quality Collaborative (DDSI-QC) for Colorectal Surgery across the Cleveland Clinics. On a national level, Dr. Holubar is actively engaged in helping lead the NSQIP IBD Collaborative, serves as Vice-Chair for the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgery (ASCRS) IBD Committee, Co-Chair for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Professional Education Committee, and is on the Program Committee for the annual scientific meetings for ASCRS, Digestive Diseases Week (DDW), the Crohn’s & Colitis Congress (CCC), and is a regular speak at Advanced in IBD. He also is an active contributing member of the European Crohn’s & Colitis Organization (ECCO). He has lectured nationally and internationally on various IBD topics related to his specialty interests.

He has served as a reviewer for multiple journals, including JAMA Surgery, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Editorial Board member), Journal of Surgical Research, IBD 360, and many others. To date, Dr. Holubar has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles, more of which are on IBD, more than a dozen book chapters, & 1 book (coeditor). 

His main clinical and research focus is IBD, with a special interest in all any Med-Surg pouch (IPAA) topics/issues, complex Crohn’s & Colitis, venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in IBD and recently received a grant from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation to examine the role of aspirin in VTE prophylaxis. Finally, Dr. Holubar is the PI for the newly funded Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Surgical Cohort and Collaborative, IBD-SIRCQ (Surgical Innovation, Research, & Quality Collaborative).

About Dr. Holubar: “I would describe myself as an honest, flexible and empathic physician-scientist whose principal desire is to relieve human suffering and is why I always am striving to achieve mastery of colorectal surgical techniques. Similarly, my intellectual curiosity, which stems from a childhood appreciation of science-fiction when I was ill from colitis, drives both my approach to clinical decision-making, and desire to advance the state of the art of health care for our patients via perpetual clinical research. It’s an honor to serve my fellow patients and humanity in this manner, and to serve as a role-model for the next generation of healthcare providers.” 

Leisure time activities:  Enjoys international travel, downhill skiing, boating, surfing, and – all with his wife and three children.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Rochester, MN USA

Graduate School - Mayo Clinic
Clinical & Translational Science
Rochester, MN USA

Residency - North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System
Colon & Rectal Surgery
New Hyde Park, NY USA

Medical Education - University of Vermont College of Medicine
Burlington, VT USA


  • General Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
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 1/30/2022, Dr. Holubar has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

132 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

My computer does not have camera capability, but was able to talk directly to Dr. Holubar on a phone call.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Bad example experience Dr .Holubar great but scheduling been a night mare

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

*Dr. Lee, *Casey PA & *Dr. Houlbar are excellent!

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Dr Holubar has been amazing, in explaining everything and the work he has done for me. Thank you so much Dr Holubar

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Very great and knowledgeable team. So happy to have experienced and professional doctors and surgeons.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

I love *Dr. Holobar and his team. They are the absolute best. *Dr. Holobar saved my life in Jan. 2021. I am so grateful.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2022

Doctor and staff explained procedures and thorough examination as well as complete surgical procedure treatment and follow upAt an understandable level

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2022

I have in fact recommended Dr Holubar to people in my home town. He takes his time with you and allows you to ask any and all questions you may have. I have NEVER been treated with such kindness, compassion and genunine concern as a patient until I came to see Dr Holubar!!

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2022

I cannot say enough about my amazing journey to wellness from Dr Holubar and staff!!!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2022

*Dr. Holubar helped me understand every step of my journey - so precise, knowledgeable - what I was most impressed with though was his outstanding supportive bedside manner - compassionate, empathetic, kind, I am so grateful.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

The dr took his time, asked good questions, made thoughtful recommendations

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Dr. Holubar is excellent

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

My care providers were very thorough in answering any questions and informing me what to expect both pre and post operatively.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

I have NEVER had a doctor treat me so good in my entire life. His Nurse Jackie is the BEST I've ever seen. They run a very organized and professional office.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Dr Holubar has since day 1 made me feel like what I have to say is important. He's so easy to talk to and takes his time with me. Never once has he made me feel rushed or what I have to say is not important!!

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Since I'm out of town I relied a lot on Jackie via email and pictures. Jackie and Dr Holubar are very prompt. Their data to day operation is incredible!

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

I was very pleased with Dr. Holubar. He has been very patient and caring with me in diagnosing and then explaining my medical condition. I appreciate that he is honest is assessing my situation, even though it is difficult for me to hear and accept. He is very knowledgeable, experienced and skilled in his field. That's what I needed after months of floundering here in my home state. And that's why I sought help at the Cleveland Clinic. Only wish I had done it sooner!

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

My past experience with surgeons and some medical staff were that they had become desensitized to the human aspect of medical care. Dr Holubar was truly a breath of fresh air. Every person on staff in this department should be commended on their treatment of patients.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

So thankful for Dr. Holibet

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

I was able to call on a Tuesday and schedule an appointment for Thursday. Then, Dr. Holubar's office called back asking for details. I described what I worried was a partial intestine block. His office called back later and told me, based on the symptoms I described, to go to the ER first and -- depending on what imaging showed -- I would or would not be seen. I did that and the MRI showed serious inflammation. I WAS seen by Dr. Holubar and treated.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Dr Holubar recommended by my daughter due to her surgery experience with Dr Holubar in 2017

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