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Department Wellness and Preventative Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Administrative Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Administrative Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Integrative Medicine
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About Robert Saper, MD

Dr. Saper joined Cleveland Clinic after serving as Director of Integrative Medicine for the Boston Medical Center Department of Family Medicine since 2004, where he founded the Program for Integrative Medicine and Health Disparities with a mission to provide evidence-based integrative health for all through clinical services, research and education. He also held positions as Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, Director of the Family Medicine Academic Fellowship, Department Chair of Appointments and Promotions, and Patient Experience Champion.

Dr. Saper earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1988. He went on to complete an internship and residency in family practice at San Francisco General Hospital in 1991 and served as Chief Resident in family practice at the hospital from 1991-1992. Afterward, he practiced as full-spectrum private family practice physician in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 2001, Dr. Saper launched a three-year undertaking to retrain for an academic medical career, completing a National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded fellowship in complementary alternative medicine research and faculty development at Harvard Medical School. In 2003, he both completed the fellowship and earned his master’s degree in public health from Harvard University.

In 2004, Dr. Saper joined the Boston University faculty and medical staff of Boston Medical Center. While on staff, he participated in several NIH-funded research studies, including a pilot study of yoga for chronic low back pain in predominantly low-income minorities. Other studies he conducted include comparing the effectiveness and cost of yoga, physical therapy and education for back pain, as well as yoga for back pain in veterans. Other major areas of his research cover the safety and efficacy of traditional Indian herbal medicines. Dr. Saper has held various leadership roles for various committees at the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, as well as for national organizations, such as the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health.

Dr. Saper’s work has appeared in over 60 peer-reviewed publications; he has participated in 200 invited presentations; and received 25 research grants. Dr. Saper has received awards and honors for his accomplishments, including Recognition for Outstanding Teaching by Harvard Medical School and the Be Exceptional Award from Boston Medical Center. In addition to his medical, academic and research accomplishments, Dr. Saper is also a certified yoga teacher.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Harvard Medical School
Complementary Medicine Research Fellowship
Boston, MA

Graduate School - Harvard School of Public Health (Massachusetts)
MPH - NOT mpa, clinical effectiveness
Boston, MA United States

Residency - University of California - San Francisco
Chief Resident
San Francisco, CA

Residency - University of California- San Francisco
Family Medicine
San Francisco, CA

Internship - Univ of California San Francisco General Hospital
family medicine internship
San Francisco, CA

Medical Education - Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Undergraduate - Brandeis University
Biology major
Waltham, MA


  • Family Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/20/2023, Dr. Saper 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

87 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
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

Waited for hour in cubicle. Doctor didn't know I was there until I went and found him.

Reviewed on May 7, 2024

This doctor was exceptional, ask great questions and really demonstrated a strong level of care

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Dr. Saper demonstrated professional conduct, supportive communication, and welcoming dialogue to assess my needs and discuss referrals and follow up appointments

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

Speaking with Dr. Saper (probably about 6 times now) has always been enjoyable, relaxed and informative.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

Much rather see Dr Saper in person

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2024

Dr.Saper is an amazing person. Knowledgeable and very realistic/ relatable. Non judgmental yet, clear and factual about risk and prognosis.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Very happy with the physician

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

Best primary care doctor I've ever had!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

Dr Saper is a great listener! Hard to find Doctor's that care

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr Saper is the best I trust him

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr Saper was very respectful and I felt listened to my concerns

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

The medical student and Dr. Saper were very friendly and caring.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2024

Dr. Saper spent a considerable amount of time analyzing and explaining test results as well as options/recommendations for affecting current health issues. He's a GREAT doctor!

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2023

Dr. Saper has renewed my faith in medical professionals! He is compassionate, knowledgeable, and thorough. I feel so much more supported as I try to manage my health.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

I appreciate that Dr. Saper listens and really hears what I'm saying, asking pertinent follow-up questions.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

I had bloodwork done and the young lady was excellent, knows her job well!!

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

As an initial appointment Dr. Saper addressed many Important Issues that had not been addressed by prior doctors. He and his team were extremely caring and professional meeting my needs. Feeling grateful to have Dr. Saper as a positive member of my care team.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

He's a great physician very proactive with his patients health only wish you guys had more like him. He definitely goes beyond to make sure his patients get the best health treatments

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

Dr Saper is great. He took the time to answer all my questions.

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