Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Bariatric Medicine
  • Bariatric Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Metabolic Complications of Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome
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About W. Scott Butsch, MD, MSc

Dr. Butsch is the Director of Obesity Medicine in the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a former Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Weight Center from 2007-2017. He completed a clinical nutrition fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was the first physician in the U.S. to complete subspecialty fellowship in obesity medicine, first established at the HMS/MGH in 2007. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and a Fellow of The Obesity Society.

Dr. Butsch‘s clinical interests focus in the pharmacological management of obesity and the use of combination pharmacological therapies in bariatric surgical patients and special populations with severe obesity. He is an author of numerous chapters and manuscripts and lectures nationally and internationally on many topics in obesity and clinical nutrition.

His academic interests primarily focus on obesity education. He was selected to be the Curtis Prout Fellow in Medical Education at HMS in 2010 and was the Director of Education in the division of Nutrition at HMS from 2014-2018.  Dr. Butsch is a national leader in both obesity and nutrition education and his passion for teaching can be seen in the numerous educational programs he has created, the several professional committees on which he serves and chairs, and the Harvard CME Blackburn course in obesity medicine and the Cleveland Clinic’s Obesity Summit which he co-directs.

In line with his passion for the education and treatment of obesity, Dr. Butsch is a strong advocate for his patients. As the Chair of the Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity in the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Chair of the Advocacy Committee in The Obesity Society, Dr. Butsch actively participates at both the state and federal levels to reduce weight stigma and discrimination and improve coverage and reimbursement for the treatment of obesity. He hopes to be engaged in a similar fashion in the State of Ohio.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Obesity Medicine & Nutrition
Boston, MA

Fellowship - University of Alabama
Clinical Nutrition
Birmingham, AL

Residency - State University of New York
Chief Resident
Buffalo, NY

Residency - State University of New York
Buffalo, NY

Medical Education - University of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

Graduate School - State University of New York
Natural Science - Interdisciplinary
Buffalo, NY


  • Internal Medicine
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 3/26/2024, Dr. Butsch 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. Butsch receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Clinical Education Alliance, LLC
  • Encore Medical Education 

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

151 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

27 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 21, 2024

Dr. Butsch has excellent bedside manner. I never felt rushed and he spent a lot more time with me than most other doctors. He also called me by my name which I very much appreciated.

Reviewed on May 7, 2024

Dr. Butsch is one of the most kind, caring, compassionate, competent doctor's I've ever seen. I'd recommend him to anyone in his line of business.

Reviewed on May 1, 2024

Excellent experience. Dr. Butsch took time to teach, listen and thoroughly explore options for my care. He is an incredible physician

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

Great doctor Great team They need more help

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2024

One of the kindness hospitals I ever been to ,am very grateful, my Doctor is one of the best.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024

Dr. B is wonderful! He listens and has been an advocate for me for the past two years. His care and treatment has been appreciated.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Dr Butsch is an asset to the Cleveland Clinic. It is refreshing to have a provider that actually listens, cares and advocates for the patient. He is an amazing person, and his true concern and willingness to help is so very much appreciated.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

Dr. Butsch is an renowned expert in his field - yet he remains very down-to-earth and takes time to talk with patients about their lives and health concerns. He advocates for CCF EHP to cover more new medications for weight management and his efforts are very much appreciated by those of us who need to access them! Hands down, Dr. Butsch is one of my favorite physicians at the Clinic.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr. Butsch is by far the best, most caring, warm and informative doctor I have ever had the opportunity to work with.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

I appreciated Dr Butch asking me questions and realizing an answer I gave was not the real answer so he asked me in such a way that I felt comfortable enough to share. I needed that. I appreciate that in a care provider. He has a kind and understanding way about him. I am so grateful to have Dr Butch.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

The Doctor and his assistant were very nice and friendly and easy to understand

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Provider took his time and was very thorough with assessment and explaining my plan of care

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Only negative is the waiting time for appointment. Dr. Busch was highly recommended to me and I see why. I have recommended Dr. Busch to other friends and family. I understand why it takes so long to obtain an appointment

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

There arent words to express how very grateful Dr.Busch is my doctor. He is compassionate and nonjudmental .He is extremely knowledgeable and informative. I will never see another provider as long as he is still practicing.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Butsch is thoughtful, listens well, and cares. Honestly he puts the "care" back in to "Healthcare"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Dr B and his staff are THE BEST

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

It took eight days to get a prescription. Unacceptable. They tell me go to the portal. Send a note to the physician it's still took me eight days plus phone calls. Unacceptable.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

I am beyond frustrated and extremely disappointed with the lack of service and support I have received. While Dr Butsch is a wonderful Provider, it means nothing when you are unable to get refills on assigned prescriptions or answers to concerns.I have been out of a medication for almost a week because no one will respond. This is the second time this has happened and I don't know how to proceed.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Great doctor- no response from nursing staff or office when refills are needed or concerns

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Honestly, the visit itself was one of the most informative, courteous, and thorough visits I've ever had with a doctor. I have been struggling with my weight for 15+ years, and I really felt listened to, and that I had a plan moving forward. My only concern is that this doctor is apparently so good at his job, I will not be able to follow up as regularly as I'd like, because his schedule is so full.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

I think he is the best and most caring doctor. I like him alot.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr.Butsch and team are extremely professional and caring. I always feel comfortable expressing my concerns and genuinely feel like Dr. Butsch and his team care and continue to provide the best medical advice for me. I am extremely satisfied with my health journey that could not have been done without the support of Dr. Butsch.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Dr Butsch is a very caring kind physician who listens to everything you say.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Some felt Dr Cetin's office should have squeezed me in under the circumstances as opposed to referring me to Dr Butsch.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

Dr. Butsch is caring, informative, able to explain, and great with me as a patient.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Dr. Butsch is wonderful. His help has been life changing for me. I am healthier today because of finding him!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr. Butsch had a wealth of information and created a plan for me to move forward to a healthy goal weight.

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