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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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Biography

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

Appointed
2018

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital
Obesity Medicine & Nutrition
Boston, MA USA
2008

Fellowship - University of Alabama
Clinical Nutrition
Birmingham, AL USA
2007

Residency - State University of New York
Chief Resident
Buffalo, NY USA
2005

Residency - State University of New York
Medicine
Buffalo, NY USA
2004

Medical Education - University of Buffalo
Buffalo, NY USA
2001

Graduate School - State University of New York
Natural Science - Interdisciplinary
Buffalo, NY USA
1996

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

116 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2022

Dr Butsch is the best!

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Doc has Wonderful bedside manners

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

I have never spent time with a doctor with a better bedside manner in my life. True care. Really exceptional.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2022

It's very clear that Dr. Butsch fosters a good natured team experience within his practice!

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Dr. Butsch is very knowledgeable about my history and takes everything into account when treating me. He spends the time he needs to and doesn't rush me out, making sure that he is thorough and treatment is well-understood.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2022

Dr Butsch has very good bed side manners. He is respectful he cares about what I care about. He explains things so I can understand he's great.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Dr Butsch was fantastic. He was prepared, knew about each patient, was educational and personable.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

Dr. Butsch is an amazing and kind physician who is always so helpful in working with me to help me find the best solutions/options regarding my care. Having video/virtual visits is incredibly helpful given that I am the primary caregiver for my son who requires 24/7 care due to severe physical and intellectual disabilities. I'm so grateful for the remote visit option that some of my caregivers can provide.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2022

Love this doctor very helpful and understanding

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

Physician visit on video seems like a waste of time and just about generating money. No exam, no real medical care.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

I like this Dr. Very much .

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

I love Dr. Butsch. I can talk to him. He listens. He explains things really well. And he treats me with respect. I wish all doctors were like him.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2021

I love Dr. Butsch

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2021

Very nice dr explain everything

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.

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