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


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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

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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 11/1/2018, 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

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

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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

He is a wonderful doctor very busy but wonderful! He really cares about my health and I have lost 37 pounds under his care.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr. Butsch truly exemplifies what a highly knowledgeable and professional physician should be! He provided me with the skills I need to eat correctly, monitor my nutrition, and live an overall healthy lifestyle. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

I have to say that Dr. Butsch is a rockstar. he has helped me lose 150 pounds - not with surgery, but with helpful advice, instruction, and encouragement.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

I recommend Dr Butsch to many people

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

Dr Butsch clearly has a deep understanding of my condition. I had frustration with process but his care and transparency was appreciated. navigating the clinic is very difficult, he and his nurse Jaime have tried to make the journey easier. still too many hoops to go through.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2019

dr butsch is not your warm and fuzzy type but that's ok. his depth of knowledge was clear, he was kind and allowed me to direct my care. I will stress one more time, he is so knowledgeable about my condition

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

this physician is truly amazing!!!

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

My reason for this appt. was to discuss the sleep exam I had on May 17. *Dr. Butsch looked at the info on his computer and didn't tell me much that I hadn't been told at the sleep exam and I, basically, told him what I had told the people of the exam.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

He is an amazing doctor! I never feel rushed and he thinks and treats me as a person, not just another number. thank you!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Always good. Dr. Butsch always answers all questions and has excellent suggestions for care. Always pleasant, personable, and never rushes an appointment. A well-spring of information. Never condescending always encouraging on your weight loss journey.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

Dr. Butsch was very informative. He was concerned with my health issues and seemed determined to find a solution and the right treatment available. He asked lots of questions and answered all of both mine and my husband's.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019

Dr. Butsch was amazing! I absolutely loved him and I very much look forward to working with him.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019

Took a little while for the doctor to come in but the nurses checked in on me and it was well worth the wait. I loved Dr. Butsch!

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Dr. was compassionate, extremely knowledgeable and thorough. He intently listened to my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

I have been to another endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic and it's not happy with the way I was treated. Dr B took the time to ask questions listen to my answers and my concerns. He explained in detail everything about my treatment. he was wonderful!

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

I really liked the doctor

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

The NP was excellent and was open and honest that she was still being trained in bariatric/obesity medicine and shadowed Dr. Butsch. Dr. Butsch was excellent. I have met many obestity specialists and bariatric surgeons. He has been by far the best. He respected me as a patient with my own personal complicated history and as a fellow medical professional as I am a family nurse practitioner. He also very much practiced shared decision making as he proposed one plan that I was reticent about. I was already taking topiramate for migraines which also helps with wt. loss. It was unclear how much it was working as I had lost approx 15lbs in 3-5mo though I knew I had plateaued w/in the last 2mo. He was going to suggest I just continue topiramate alone. He understood I had waited a long time for the appointment and added another medication.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

My appt was at 11:15am and I left the dept approx 2:00pm. However, what was great was that I did not wait in the waiting room for very long as the nurse practitioner knew that doctor Butsch was running late and she obtained a very detailed history/updated my records as I had not been to the Clinic in nearly 20yrs. And it was very much worth the wait as Dr. Butsch did not cut my visit short even with the NP taking my history and still spent nearly an hour with me---they were both excellent.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Dr. Butsch is one of the most caring and understanding doctors I have seen. He is a gem. Yes you may wait a while to see him but that is because he will take the time he needs with each patient and the staff does prepare you if he is running behind. Well worth the wait.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

Dr. Butsch took the time to listen to all my concerns with respect and responded directly to those concerns and my questions with plans for follow up. He was compassionate and thorough.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

Dr Butsch was amazing. He is the first doctor out of the last 5 I have seen who actually listened to me and is truly interested in solving the problem.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Dr. Butsch is hands down one of the best doctors I have ever seen. He listened to every single one of my questions and spent time answering and explaining all of them.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

I don't have phone numbers for many of the doctors I have seen, so I can't get in touch with a specific doctor to ask a question or to have information sent to another doctor or medical supplier (i.e. to get a wheelchair).

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2019

Dr. Butsch is a very knowledgeable and caring physician. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

Dr Butsch and Jamie were great. Very nice, great listeners and understanding...

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

Outstanding physician!

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

Excellent provider.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

Dr. Butsch took the time needed to understand my issues and past experiences. An outstanding initial visit for which I am very grateful.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2018

The girls at the from desk M6 have very poor attitudes not very friendly and as a Admin Coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic that's not what I would want outlet patients to experience coming in. The medical assistants and Dr.Butsch is the most wonderful doctor I've ever encountered who is genuinely concerned about my weight loss and we discuss so many things I recommend him to everyone....

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2018

Dr. Butsch is an excellent physician. I wish he was my primary care physician. He takes all the time necessary to get to know his patients. He explains things very well.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

Dr. Butsch fully discussed my medications with me. He was very thorough.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

Dr.Butsch was kind, caring and thorough. He spent a long time with me, answering any of my questions and making sure that I understood my care plan.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2018

i did wait for quite a while but i know if i needed to speak with him in length about a concern i was having he would take the time needed. with that said i dont mind waiting for a doctor that takes his time with me

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