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

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Organ Transplant
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Liver Resection
  • Liver Surgery
  • Liver Transplant
  • Liver Tumor Clinic
  • Living Donor Liver Transplant (LDLT)
View all 7 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Mass
  • 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 11 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 hisĀ 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 andĀ overseas, establish the laparoscopic and/or living donor liver transplantation programs, including Cleveland Clinic. Learn more about Dr. Kwon:

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

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

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

Fellowship - Samsung Medical Center
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

Additional Training

Professional Highlights


  • Surgery - General Surgery

Specialty Interests

Laparoscopic liver resection, living donor liver transplantation, liver cancer

Awards & Honors

Innovations & Patents


Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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

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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 11/24/2023, Dr. Kwon has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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

79 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 4.8

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2024

Dr. Kwon is an excellent surgeon. Highly recommend and respect his work. The best!

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

He took more time than most doctors.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

It would be nice if Dr. Kwon was accepting appointments at Hillcrest or other facilities east outside the city.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr. Kwon is an great member of Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Dr Kwon is such an amazing Doctor. Very informative

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

I have recommended Dr. Kwon already to several people. He is a wonderful doctor and person. This visit really was just a brief 2 week post procedure follow up. I am looking very forward to the in person visit one month post op.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

No problem with getting Post-op visit scheduled with Dr. Kwon

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

Dr. Kwon is a superb professional with a caring touch. Excellent listener. I like the way he shakes my hand with a two-hand shake. Soft smile, and excellent eye contact. He allowed me to express my gratitude for his willingness to perform my surgery without blood transfusions.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr Kwon is the nicest most caring person/ dr I have known. He is kind, compassionate, genuinely interested in you and your care. He puts you at ease and provides the best care possible.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Excellent bed side manners and very easy to communicate with. I'm blessed to have such a great doctor!!!

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2023

Dr. Kwon was in twice and his staff was there every day.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr. Kwon and his staff was very professional, kind and informative.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr. Kwon staff is very positive and friendly

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Couldn't ask for a better experience. All the Doctors and nurses were wonderful

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Dr. Kwon is the BEST! Kind, gentle, caring, compassionate, humble, funny, and so knowledgeable! I'm so glad he performed my living liver donor surgery. Cleveland Clinic is fortunate to have such a wonderful surgeon!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

This provider did a great job on me

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Both Dr. Kwon and the other provider listened intently and answered all of our questions.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr. Kwon is very knowledgeable and professional while also compassionate.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr. Kwon is a phenomenal doctor, surgeon and human being.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr Kwon & his staff were excellent. They came at the time they said & returned when they said they would & answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2023

Excellent physician care!

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