Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Advanced Polypectomy
  • Colectomy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer Treatment
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Fecal Diversion
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Rectopexy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pediatric Total Abdominal Colectomy
  • Polypectomy
  • Rectoplexy
  • Re-Do Rectal Surgery
  • Resection of Colon and Rectal Diseases
  • Stoma Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Surgery For Crohn's Disease
  • Surgery for Pilonidal Cyst
  • Surgical Endoscopy and Endoscopic Procedures
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)
View all 26 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anal Abscesses
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fissures
  • Anal Pain
  • Anorectal Disease
  • Benign Anorectal Disease
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Cancer
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Enterocutaneious Fistula
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Fap
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intussusception
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Paget's Disease
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Pouchitis
  • Presacral Tumors
  • Proctitis - Care & Treatment
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectovaginal Fistulas
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
View all 32 Specialties +


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About Dana Sands, MD

Dana R. Sands, MD, FACS, FASCRS, is a Staff Surgeon in the Department of Colorectal Surgery and Director of the Colorectal Physiology Center at Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston, where she was appointed in 2002. Her specialty interests include benign anorectal diseases, fecal incontinence, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, pelvic floor dysfunction andĀ transanal endoscopic microsurgery. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

After attainingĀ her BS in biology from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., Dr. Sands earned her medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1996. She completed her general surgery residency at University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla., followed by a colorectal surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida Weston. Dr. Sands is licensed to practice in the state of Florida.

She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, the Broward County Medical Association and the
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

Dr. Sands writes numerous papers, book chapters and abstracts in her field and presents at major medical meetings and symposia.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Florida
Colorectal Surgery
Weston, FL USA

Residency - University of Miami School of Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital
General Surgery
Miami, FL USA

Internship - University of Miami School of Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital
General Surgery
Miami, FL USA

Medical Education - MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA

Undergraduate - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY USA

Additional Training

  • Transanal endoscopic microsurgery, Tuebingen, Germany, 2005


  • Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Specialty Interests

Transanal endoscopic microsurgery

Awards & Honors

  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2007
  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2008
  • Florida Super Doctors, 2008
  • Florida Super Doctors, 2009
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 2/5/2019, Dr. Sands 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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* 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

192 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 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

44 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Dr Sands is the BEST I adore her

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Dr. Sands saved my life. I was misdiagnosed in WPB & put on medicine I shouldn't have taken.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Dr. Sands is the best doctor I've ever had.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Dr. Sands was highly recommended by my GI doctor. She was amazing. Her staff was amazing. I was extraordinarily impressed with Cleveland Clinic Weston (this was my first visit).

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

As I said, Dr. Sands came highly recommended and I am very happy to have her as my colorectal physician. I know I am in expert hands and trust her completely with my care.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

I will definitely recommend Dr. Sands to anyone who needs a colorectal surgeon

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Dr. Sands is my doctor hero. Smart, savvy, personable, compassionate, efficient, and provides perfectly tailored medical care to the precise needs of her patient.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

Dr Sands is the best and someone I trust

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Dr. Sands is an amazing physician with the utmost care and respect for her patients displayed by her impeccable bedside manner and way she involves the patient in their care and education of their diagnosis.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Dr. Dana Sands is the best. From the time she saw me she gave my husband and I some homework to do for her because ; I have Lupus, Kidney disease, connective tissue disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Don't form much muscle anymore, have permanent lung disease, asthma, she was still willing to talk to me when no other Doctor would. All of them the other doctors didn't have a clue what to do with me, misdiagnosed me ,for a year. Then I got into real trouble. Dr Sands, said she could help me after I a showed her a picture of the condition of my bowls. She said she could fix me. It was a Risk for me buuut; she just made me feel so comfortable and sure of herself that she was in charge and knew just what to do. I wanted to do it. She's amazing

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Dr. Sands staff, even her fellows returned calls late at night the day I would call. gave me good suggestions always returned my calls that day and gave informed answers. Great Job!

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

All in all I would recommend Cleveland Clinic to anyone I know and especially their Doctors. I appreciate and thank you, from the bottom off my heart, Dr. Sands, You are my hero!

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

my healthcare provider was excellent dr sands communicated well,all my answers and questions were answered,my clinical surgical outcome was successful.metmy procedure was done with very skilled,superior,outstanding,with state of-the art equipment,with advanced special trained by Dr Dana Sands,very caring about her patients,and my case,the procedure,was done very professtionally,and the Dr was extremely visit was a floow up next for a colonoscopy and scheduled. I highly reccommend this great excellent dr and surgeon. dr sands saved my life and avoided a major surgery. she is a angel of mercy and is the best colo rectal surgeon in weston cc.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

I am very happy with my care provider the Dr showed her courtesy and respect,very human,extremely caring,compasstionate,dedication,makes you feel comfortable, very patient,goes over rx,treatment,options, risks, what would be benefishal, goes over diagrams,pictures,explains what procedure is before and after. Dr Sands went over explantattion about my condiction and included me in my decisions about my care they were discussed of proposed treatment and procedure and was explained well, Dr Sands is unique one of a kind,she cared for me as a person,she was very patient exsplained in in detail

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

the staff of dr sands were professtional in the clinic,knowledgeable, respectable, dignified,courteious,and were very respectable. the registration desk was respectful, and courtesy was excellent,and was told it would be 10 minutes and i got in to see the Dr right away.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

the staff was very professtional, asked if i didnt understand they will go over and also have the Dr answer any questions or didnt understand, the staff showed knowledge of there job title very professtional and cared about me as a person and human being

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

was very impressed with Dr. Sands, kind, gentle and readily available to explain and show any information I ask about my case. Great bedside manner! Made me feel confident and asking questions I had, very grateful for her Knowledge and concern.

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

I highly recommend Dr. Sands to others.

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

dr sands is an excellent dr

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr. Sands is the best. she literally saved my life in 2000-2001 whe I had complications after jpouch surgery. She is a very skilled and knowledgeable professional with excellent communication skills and a calming bedside manner. we often speak of her when we say our blessings - even at the Thanksgiving dinner table. How lucky I am to have had her beside me during and after a very difficult time. I feel confident that she will be the one helping me with my upcoming tests and possible procedures.

Reviewed on May 13, 2019

I wish there was a higher than 5 rating available. Dr Sands has gone above and beyond every visit I have seen her.

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Dr. Dana Sands answered my questions and concerns. was very caring and knowledgeable. she will be my doctor from now on. she is a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr Sands was very thorough and I look forward to getting answers on May 30 so we can implement a treatment plan.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr. Sands was wonderful with me, she explained everything in detail. She took her time to make sure I understood.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Dr Sands personally took care of connecting me with Dr Erim and arranging procedure

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

My experience prior and present regarding Dr. Sands is of my receiving superior care, exceptional physician knowledge and skill. I have the utmost confidence in Dr Sands as a physician and person.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

dr sands never came to see me in the hospital nor did she return my phone calls

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

Dr Sands was amazing!!

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

Dr. Sands is absolutely a wonderful doctor. Although my primary physician recommended a closer doctor, I would not go with anyone other than her. She is the consummate professional.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

Dr. Dana Sands is the ultimate professional and she cares.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2019

Dr Sands always answers my questions & concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2019

I am so pleased my local Gastro Dr made the referral to Cleveland Clinic. it saved my life.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019

Dr. Dana Sands extremely caring and patient, down to earth and very easy to talk to.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

Your staff is very kind and helpful . Dr SANDS is the very best of all, not only is she a Superior Surgeeon , including her skill and knowledge, she is also so kind and patient and understanding. Knowing that she is in charge takes away all my fears!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

Dr Sands is a very caring human being and I am putting my complete faith in her and her abilities. I have not known Dr Sands long yet I feel like we are old buddies!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

Dr. Sands is very personable. she makes it easy to communicate with her.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2018

dr. Sands went above and beyond to answer any question that I had. She took time with me , answered all my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2018

had a wonderful experience with dr sands. she made me feel very comfortable and explained everything to me. would highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018

Dr Sands made me feel comfortable because she took the time to talk to my Gastro Doctor who is not with Cleveland before seeing me. I am comfortable that she has a good historic perspective of my condition. Together both doctors came up with a none invasive way to further assess my condition before going to surgery. I am confident I am getting good advice.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018

I saw a med student while Dr Sands reached my Gastro Doctor. I did not know that was what was going on but she explained the minute she came in the office.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2018

DR Sands was delayed with another patient and sent in the medical student to talk to me until she was able to arrive. I thought that medical student was the doctor. It was my first visit. The medical student was very helpful in answering my questions and making me feel at ease before the doctor arrived. I so appreciated that gesture.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

This apt. was a consultation with Dr. Sands. She was very knowledgeable of my condition and is sending me for tests.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

Saw the nurse first, then the resident, then Dr Sands came in within a couple of minutes of each other. All were very friendly and professional.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2018

great Doctor!!!!

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