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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)
  • Transplant
View all 8 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 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 and 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 - 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

Additional Training

Professional Highlights

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

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 12/22/2022, 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Kwon receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • 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

95 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

16 Patient Comments

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!

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Dr. Kwon is very caring and compassionate. He always takes the time to answer questions and explain things in an understandable way. Never feel rushed during any visits with him.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

Dr Kwon and his staff are very professional people and got me to understand everything that was done and what to expect in the future. Thanks to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Our care provider was very knowledgeable and polite

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Dr Kwon is amazing! He has a wonderfully kind bedside manner and seems genuinely concerned about his patients throughout the donor journey.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

Dr. Kwon really has the best bedside manner. He even said he was proud of me for my weight loss efforts as I have been working really hard

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2023

So appreciative to have been cared for by Dr. Kwon!!!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2023

*Dr. Lindenmyer - *Dr. Pita - *Dr. Kwan were very good.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr. Kwon's nurse, Jennifer, is super efficient and helpful!!!

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

Dr. Kwon was very professional and at the same time personable. He listened and was very clear about all aspects of my upcoming surgery.

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