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Title Director of Laparoscpoic Liver Surgery
Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, French, Korean, Spanish
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Liver Resection
  • Liver Surgery
  • Liver Transplant
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Liver Tumor Clinic
  • Living Donor Liver Transplantation (LDLT)
  • Transplant
View all 8 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Mass
  • Abdominal Organ Transplant
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Cyst
  • Liver Disease
  • Liver Failure
  • Liver Fibrosis
  • Liver Mass
  • Liver Polyps
  • Liver Tumors
  • Liver-Biliary Tract Disease
  • Surgical critical care
View all 12 Specialties +


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About Choon H David Kwon, MD, PhD

Dr. Kwon is the Director of Laparoscopic Liver Surgery in Cleveland Clinic's Digestive Disease and Surgery Institute. His focus is in HPB Oncology and Liver Transplantation, including Living Donor Liver Transplantation. He completed his medical education including internship, surgical residency and fellowship in liver transplantation in Korea. Having had interest in minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Kwon started performing laparoscopic liver resection in 2008. He has helped numerous centers, both domestic andoverseas, establish the laparoscopic and/or living donor liver transplantation programs, including Cleveland Clinic. 
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Seoul National University College of Medicine
Seoul, Korea,

Fellowship - Samsung Medical Center
HBP Surgery and Liver Transplant
Seoul, Korea,

Fellowship - Seoul National University Hospital
HBP Surgery and liver transplant
Seoul, Korea,

Residency - Seoul National University Hospital
Surgical Residency General Surgery
Seoul, Korea,

Internship - Seoul National University Hospital
Rotating Internship
Seoul, Korea,

Medical Education - Seoul National University College of Medicine
Seoul, Korea,

Undergraduate - Seoul National University
Seoul, Korea

Specialty Interests

Laparoscopic liver resection, living donor liver transplantation, liver cancer

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Choon H David Kwon, MD, PhD.

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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 5/18/2021, Dr. Kwon 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.

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Kwon has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

  • Integra Lifesciences Corporation
  • Olympus Corporation
  • Medtronic plc

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

58 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

14 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Doctor Kwon is very thorough, respectful, and generally seems to care. He gave me really bad news but I am confident that he will take good care of me. I think that he is a brilliant surgeon.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

I have already highly recommended Doctor Kwon to several people. He saved my life. (and his team)

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

*Dr. Kwon was the absolute best!

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2021

*Dr. David Kwon is the absolute best!

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Dr. Kwon is the absolute best in everyway. People should want to give their liver just to be able to work with him.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Dr.Kwon and staff were very professional, understanding and kind.They were awesome!!I wish everyone could experience patient care like I did on May 14th! Everything was very clean even the bathrooms were top-notch. I felt safe.Thank- you Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Dr.Kwon was very detailed and informative about my situation.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

We have had a great experience with Dr. Kwon

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

Dr Kwon was very good at explaining everything.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Dr. Kwon is an extraordinary doctor. With my husband having several heart procedures and cancer treatments these last 20 years, I am constantly with doctors. Dr. Kwon was superior in all ways. I truly cannot express what a genuine and thorough doctor he was during my visit. It is especially appreciated as I was definitely anxious.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

Dr. Kwon is great, he saved my life along with Dr. McClullan from interventional radiologist, love Cleveland clinic.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2021

*Dr. Kwon took excellent care of me, I felt that I was in good hands the moment I met him.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2021

*Dr. Kwon and associates were are phenomenal to work with. Exceeding expectations by far!

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Dr. Kwon's bed side manner was so comforting and reassuring while not just telling me what I wanted to hear. I would highly recommend Dr. Kwon and his team.

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