Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Bariatric Medicine
  • Medical Weight Management
  • Metabolic Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

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

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 USA

Fellowship - University of Alabama
Clinical Nutrition
Birmingham, AL USA

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

Residency - State University of New York
Buffalo, NY USA

Medical Education - University of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY USA

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

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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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 12/4/2019, 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 as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Novo Nordisk, A/S
  • Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, 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

117 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 4.9

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Dr. Butsch is very thorough and listens. He helps motivate by being honest and telling health benefits.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

I felt like I had a really great initial visit with Dr. Butsch. He asked good questions and listened carefully to my answers. I was made to feel like an individual and valued client of the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Dr. Busch was very professional and considerate of my Health needs.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2020

Dr. Busch is an excellent health care provider.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr. Butsch explained everything to me and was very professional yet personable.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

Dr. Butsch always takes the time to talk with me and understand what's working well for me and where I'm struggling. He then develops a care plan based on our conversations. He never makes me feel rushed through the appointment. I feel that he genuinely wants to see me reach my goals.

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

Dr. was very pleasant to speak with and given me good information

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

I like and trust him not only as a doctor but as a person

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

dr Butsch was very attentive and listened. Not the usual - did not talk to me like I was a child. very professional and gave me very good thoughtful suggestions.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

dr Butsch was wonderful.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

I like Dr Bustch. he was very knowledgeable and explained things well.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

one of the best doctors I've ever seen. Felt extremely confident with his knowledge, and concern, answering all my questions.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Like stated earlier, I don't feel the doctor listened to me and believed what I was saying. This is the problem with most doctors. They think that medicine is an exact science and don't at all treat, expect, or realize not everyone comes in or falls within that narrow little spectrum that they believe all patients come under. They don't listen to what you've been through and think they always know you better than you do. The God complex!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

A really thorough/nice doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Dr.Butsch was very patient and very thorough and took his time to listen to all my concerns and explain everything that I asked.I apologized for taking so much of his time he said that there was no problem and he was there to answer all my questions. It truly was very comforting experience. He is a great doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Doctor was excellent Butsch was great put me at ease explained everything. The nurses were all great good team of professionals.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

great care by Dr Butsch and his staff!!

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

excellent provider. Actually to the time to explain an work with me

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Dr. Butsch was amazing. Very caring and thoughtful. Very understanding and explained everything I didn't understand.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

I'm very well attended to when I go to my Doctor's appointment.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

Doctor was really good. Very easy to relate to

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Dr Butch is exceptional.

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