Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, German, Spanish
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Achalasia
  • Achalasia: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Bariatric Operations
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Diverticulectomy
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Motility Testing
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery for Weight Loss
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery with Focus on Reflux Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Metabolic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Nutritional Management After Bariatric Surgery
  • Revision Surgery
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Weight Loss Surgery
View all 23 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achalasia
  • Bile Duct Stones
  • Cancer - Esophagus
  • Cancer - Gastric
  • Diaphragm Hernia
  • Diverticulosis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastroparesis
  • Hernias
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Hiatel Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Wounds
View all 21 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

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

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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 2/6/2019, 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 as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Diagnostic Green, LLC

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

144 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 4.8
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.4
Time Spent with Patient 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

Dr Rosenthal is excellent. He explained the surgical procedure and the pros and cons thereof. I appreciate his empathy and I just trust him very much.

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

both nurse and provider appear to be excellent at what they do I am looking forward to working with everyone there from the clinical standpoint

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

The doctor's bedside mannerism was comforting and reassuring that I selected the best surgeon.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

I will definitely recommend my family and friends to Dr. Rosenthal and Cleveland Hospital.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr Rosenthal took the time to explain everything about my condition and the treatment plan that we BOTH agreed on.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019

I'm very skeptical of most doctors, having had multiple bad experiences with many. I was immediately put at ease from the moment I checked in, to nursing staff concern, caring & friendliness making me a bit more calm. My stress levels are always set to high whenever a doctor enters my presence, yet both Dr. Jafri & Dr. Rosenthal were warm, open, kind & inviting of attention & concern for my welfare. An immediate & immense relief to someone as unsure & scared as I was. I'm genuinely appreciative & very happy that I chose Dr. Rosenthal for my surgery. All in all, I had an exceedingly pleasant experience from start to finish.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2019

My primary care provider for this appointment was a resident, Dr. David Gutierrez. He was excellent. He answered my (what felt like) one million questions in great detail. He explained everything about the procedure to me. He also showed a great deal of compassion. Dr. Rosenthal came to the room to introduce himself and provide his contact information, and I met the fellow as well. But I'd like to give high kudos to the resident whose entire approach was very calming to me and anyone preparing to undergo surgery will always appreciate that.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

waited 11/2 hours to see Dr.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

my first time n experience at Cleveland was very good Dr Rosenthal n staff is so nice n professional very attentive.. I'm so glad I have them to take care of me .. Thanks for asking me to fill out this survey

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

Dr Rosenthal was so affective to my problem he was so nice .. cared about my concerns explain everything so plannwhere I could understand..

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018

This was a consultation and there hasn't been a decision yet about how we will proceed until a CT scan is done. I understood what the Dr was saying however I left there upset because im sick and I got the feeling he's not interested in helping me figure out why so that doesn't give me hope.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Rosenthal. His professional confidence made me confident. His fellow, Dr. Emberton was very empathetic and easily followed Dr. Rosentha. This also made us feel completely confident. All of his interns and fellows were very kind. And, we saw physicians twice a day while in the hospital. We are very happy to have found the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2018

I couldn't be more pleased with my appointment with Dr. Rosenthal. He knew immediately who could adequately take care of the surgery needed (a new procedure called POP, initiated at the Cleveland Clinic by a Dr. Rodriguez. Dr. Rosenthal even called the surgeon in the Weston Clinic and set-up an appointment to do said surgery within a week's time. I was impressed with the doctor's expertise and his caring manner.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

I expected to wait a lot more than I did. it was great to have a doc be on time for a change. Dr. Rosenthal helped to the extent that he is trying find a solution for me. I am grateful for this and hope we can find one.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2018

Dr. Rosenthal was gracious and patient with my daughter who wanted to be conferenced in on my visit.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2018

I felt rushed by the doctor..His assistant was much more helpful ...His assistant went over the Cat scan, but the doctor didnt really look at the film long and didnt really explain it to me..

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