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Title Regional Chair, Digestive Disease & Surgical Institute / Department Chair, Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery and General Surgery
Department Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (BMI)
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, German, Spanish
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Achalasia: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Bariatric Operations
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Diverticulectomy
  • Esophageal Motility Testing
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery for Weight Loss
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery with Focus on Reflux Disease
  • Gastric Sleeve
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Metabolic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Nutritional Management After Bariatric Surgery
  • Revision Surgery
  • Second Opinion
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Weight Loss Surgery
View all 25 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achalasia
  • Bile Duct Stones
  • Cancer - Gastric
  • Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Diverticulosis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hernias
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Wounds
View all 19 Specialties +


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About Raul Rosenthal, MD

Raul J. Rosenthal, MD,FASMBS

Professional Activities and Distinctions:

Dr. Raul Rosenthal is an industry leader, prolific author, medical researcher and attending surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Florida, where he has conducted well over 10,000 general surgery and bariatric procedures and trained more than 50 fellows in advanced gastrointestinal, minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.

In 2018, Dr. Rosenthal received the LEAD Award from the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation in recognition of lifetime contributions to the field of bariatric surgery. Also in 2018, his breakthrough research into the use of indocyanine green fluorescence imaging in laparoscopic cholecystectomy was featured during the American College of Surgeons annual Clinical Congress.

Based on the results of Dr. Rosenthal’s multinational, multi-year trial, the use of fluorescence imaging is becoming established as the gold standard of care for minimally-invasive gall bladder removal and other abdominal procedures worldwide.

Dr. Rosenthal completed his medical school and surgical residency in Rosario, Argentina. In 1982, after emigrating to Frankfurt, Germany and repeating a general surgery residency, he became an attending surgeon at the Northwest Hospital. In 1993, Dr. Rosenthal emigrated to the USA, where three years of minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in LA were followed by a third general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

After arriving at Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Rosenthal became Chief of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery and director of the Fellowship program. He has subsequently served as Chief of the Medical Staff, Chairman of the Department of General Surgery, Director of the General Surgery Residency Program and Chairman of the Medical Executive Committee.

Among his professional leadership roles, Dr. Rosenthal served as president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the SAGES Foundation; and as a past president of the executive committee of the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the ASMBS Foundation. 

Dr. Rosenthal is founding Clinical Editor of Bariatric Times and Associate Editor of SOARD and Obesity Surgery. He serves on the Editorial Board member of Annals of Surgery, Selected Readings in General Surgery Langenbeck’s Archives of Surgery, and Surgical Endoscopy. He is founding member and a past President of the Fellowship Council and also served as President of the South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and Governor of the American College of Surgeons.

A polyglot, Dr. Rosenthal is fluent in English, Spanish and German. He has been granted honorary membership by professional organizations around the world, including the Federation of Latin American Surgeons, and the Argentinian, Indian, Peruvian, German and Israeli Societies of Surgery.

 Areas of Research and Publication:

 Dr. Rosenthal is author or co-author of over 300 abstracts and peer-reviewed publications, more than 30 book chapters and over 100 educational videos. He has contributed over 80 book chapters and is the Co-Editor of several books including the ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery, Globesity, Netter's Gastroenterology, The Pathophysiology of Pneumoperitoneum, Fluorescence Imaging for Surgeons, Operative Strategies in Laparoscopic Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery and Mental Conditioning to Perform Common Operations in General Surgery Training: A Systematic Approach to Expediting Skill Acquisition and Maintaining Dexterity in Performance.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Mount Sinai Medical Center
General Surgery
New York, NY USA

Residency - Beth Israel Medical Center
New York, NY USA

Medical Education - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Endoscopic Surgery
Los Angeles, CA USA

Fellowship - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Laparoscopic Surgery
Los Angeles, CA USA

Residency - Johann Wolfgang Goethe University
Frankfurt Main,

Internship - Johann Wolfgang Goethe University
Frankfurt Main,

Internship - Provincial Hospital Rosario

Medical Education - University of Medicine of Rosario

Professional Highlights

  • Chairman, Department of General Surgery
  • DIrector, General Surgery Residency Program
  • Director, The Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL
  • Director, Minimally Invasive and Advanced GI Surgery Fellowship Program Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston, FL
  • Past President, South Florida Chapter, American College of Surgeons
  • Past President, The Fellowship Council


  • Surgery - General Surgery

Specialty Interests

Bariatric surgery, flexible endoscopy, gastroparesis, metabolic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, surgery for achalasia, surgery for diverticulosis, surgery for gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), surgery for hiatal hernias, surgery for esophageal cancer, surgery for gastric cancer

Awards & Honors

  • America's Best Doctors, 2008, 2009
  • Aesculap Award, SAGES and 5th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery. Philadelphia, PA. March 1996. "Pneumoperitoneum related changes in intracranial pressure. Observations in the large animal model."
  • David Dreilling Award, Department of Surgery, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "Best Academic Achievement, 1999"
  • SAGES Award Best Poster Presentation. SAGES and 10th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery. New York, New York. April 2002 "Effects of intracranial hypertension on splachnic circulation. Observations in the large animal model."
  • Eduardo Schiepatti's award. Best poster presentation. 74th Congress of the Argentinian Society of Surgery. "Laparoscopic gastric bypass at Cleveland Clinic Florida"
  • Director, Learning Center at the World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery. Cancun Mexico, 2004
  • Director, Postgraduate Course on Obesity. Annual Meeting of the Argentinian Society of Surgery. Buenos Aires, Argentina. November 2003
  • Chair, Video Session Program. SAGES, 2007, Las Vegas
  • Honorary Member, Association of Minimally Invasive Surgeons of India. 2006
  • Moderator, SAGES Bariatric Session. April 12, 2008, Philadelphia
  • Co-Chair, SAGES / Fellowship Council Session, April 12, 2008, Philadelphia
  • Honorary Member, German Society of Visceral Surgeons, Berlin, April 2008
  • Honorary Member Peruvian, Bolivian, and Indian society of Surgeons.   


  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Surgical Association
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons
  • German Society of Surgeons
  • Argentinean Society of Surgeons
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Raul Rosenthal, MD.

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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 10/3/2022, Dr. Rosenthal 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. Rosenthal 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:

  • Diagnostic Green, LLC
  • Medtronic ATS Medical, Inc.
  • Olympus America Inc.
  • Arthrex, Inc.

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

203 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Rosenthal was very patient and provided detailed information of surgery procedure and post operative recovery. We felt very comfortable and at ease.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Physician was compassionate and very helpful in explaining my condition

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Really excellent and extremely human Dr Rosenthal.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

I've had the privilege of being served by Dr Rosenthal for over 19 years! It has been amazing the support received - not to mention the health benefits I've enjoyed!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

Dr Rosenthal showed extreme warmth the minute we shook hands and could not have been better in explaining my situation & the possible solutions available to me.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

Doctor Rosenthal and his Staff are Highly Rated and Recommended by Me.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

Dr. Rosenthal is a very nice doctor I feel very comfortable and relaxed talking to him about any issue

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

Very easy to get in and see the doctor, very professional

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

I'm completely at ease with the surgery coming up with Dr. Rosenthal and I don't have any questions that weren't answeredDr. Rosenthal made me completely at Ease with the surgery that's upcoming

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

We were extremely impressed and pleased with the care provider. He was very thorough and explained everything so that we would understand.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

The doctor was outstanding. He clearly laid out the risks and benefits of my options. He was quite direct in his recommendations. I greatly appreciated his candor, and he had a sense of humor as well! I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2023

Dr Rosenthal had reviewed the materials I brought with me & was very well prepared for our meeting.Very professional and empathetic

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2023

Dr. Rosenthal was kind and quick to make determinations on my case. He is the best GI, I've have had. I am so very happy, Dr. He is my doctors.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

Dr. Rosenthal and his team are very knowledgeable they took the time explaining everything so I could understand and ask questions

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

The doctors were very caring & efficient.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Dr Rosenthal was very informative and made sure that all questions were answered

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

The entire meet wa amazing from his nurse, to the doctor that works along with him everything was amazing

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

I do feel more comfortable with the upcoming surgery after meeting the fellow & *Dr. Rosenthal.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

The doctor and staff were thorough, succinct, professional and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Doctor Rosenthal is an amazing person, he came so highly recommended and rightfully so.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

I`m not allowed to have contras and the doctor pro

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2022

*Drs. Erim, *Rosenthal (& *Jean) & *Shah are A+ doctors. They are not only knowledgeable & skilled but also their treatment is both kind and compassionate.

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