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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 11/17/2021, 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

141 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

24 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Exceptional experience! Dr. B took his time in reviewing my chart, labs, history etc. He was very thorough and concise.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Dr. Busch was very knowledgeable and he was able to answer my questions

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

Dr. Butsch was excellent! Very thorough and engaging. Took time to explain everything in detail. Very interactive and listened actively. Good interactions.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Dr. Butsch is probably the nicest, most caring doctor I've ever encountered. You can tell he values your health and well-being.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

The doctor was very thorough and knowledgeable. We talked about his background and experience which was extensive. My experience was very good.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Dr. B he's a great doctor in there he listens to his patience and views The physician and patient relationship from an assumption of that contributions from both are required for a good result. This has allowed me to progress to a weight loss of 50 pounds in five months,Without surgery. I like the man personally, and professionally I have already recommended services to others.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

The Doctor is very hard to schedule with as he is always booked.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Dr.Butsch is a very good doctor and I would recommend him to anyone!

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Dr. Butsch is a very compassionate professional individual.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Both Dr. Shah and Dr. Butsch provided excellent care. Both were very compassionate, professional and easily answered all my questions throughout the appointment. At the end of the appointment, I felt very encouraged re: my developed treatment plan.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Dr. Shah and Dr. Butsch appeared to work very well together in determining my treatment plan going forth, and made sure I understood specifics of my treatment plan.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2021

the doctor took his time to hear me and it didnt feel rushed. He seemed like he actually wanted to help me.

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

Dr Butsch is excellent. takes his time and doesn't rush thru the appointment. very thorough.

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

provider was EXCELLENT!

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Dr Butsch is an outstanding doctor who I waited to see for 2 years after first watching his profile video because I was so impressed by his knowledge and approach to treating obesity. Following my recovery after an unexpected leg injury and subsequent surgery and rehabilitation and year long series of physical therapy appointments then another year riding out the pandemic. It was well worth the delay and wait. Dr Butsch even exceeded my expectations. It has taken me well over forty years of weight loss and regaining the weight back to finally find a doctor that genuinely understands that obesity is a disease and not a lifestyle choice.The Cleveland Clinic and it's patients are very fortunate to have such an excellent doctor as Dr Butsch. After just two visits I am so impressed that I would highly recommend him to anyone that struggles with obesity issues. He listens and explains the plan for my care thoroughly and with compassion and understanding. I wish more doctors had his knowledge of the nature of obesity as a disease. Way ahead of his time. His staff and personal nurse is also courteous and helpful as well!

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

getting into the portal was not great, I waited 30 minutes and no response. My Dr had to reach out to me.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

explains very appropriately for me. I appreciate his clinical science approach. I fee fortunate to have a doctor that is up on the latest and understands where I am physically, psychologically with my treatment.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

My doctor takes his time with people. so waiting at home is much better than waiting at the office. I drive 3 hours to visit in person.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

Dr. Butsch is the best doctor I have ever had. He cares, listens and explains thoroughly with the understanding I do not have a medical degree.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

I have been extremely satisfied with my video visits with dr Butsch. He is very thorough in explaining his thoughts on treatment, etc. He is easy to talk to also.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Dr. Butsch takes the time to listen and work with me. He is a wonderful care provider.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Dr Butsh is an excellent doctor and one of the best physicians I've ever met at Cleveland Clinic. His knowledge, care, friendliness and interest in my health issues was so thorough.When my appointment was over I felt so positive and was motivated by his advice and plan for my health issues!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021


Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

I have recommended Dr. Butsch to my sister. This should show how high regard I have for him. He is special and makes you feel that way too

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