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Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations 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
  • Rectopexy
  • 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
  • Transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME), Barcelona, Spain, 2014


  • Surgery - General 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 1/3/2023, 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.

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

342 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 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

94 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

Amazing experience with Dr. Sands. I was very nervous, but she was personable, warm, and genuine. I felt heard and she helped ease my anxiety.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

Dr. Sands was very professional and caring. She took the the to discuss options, and then spoke with my gastroenterologist.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

Dr. Sands is always a good experience. Always pleasant, friendly, and extremely professional handling my procedures. And moat important, has kept me cancer free since seeing her as my primary. She's the best

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

Always a great experience with Dr. Sands entire staff

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Dr Sands is wonderful. She makes one feel that they are her total focus. She is blunt, honest and caring. Love her....

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

Dr. Sands and the staff make the entire experience very easy and made me feel very comfortable and at ease. I am always treated with dignity and respect.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

I would recommend Dr. Sands to everyone. She is the best doctor I have ever had. She is one of a kind and I trust my health in her hands. I didn't even ask what each procedure was I let her do whatever was needed. She is a hard working doctor with long hours and she doesn't hesitate to heal people.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr sands is a fabulous surgeon!

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr Sands is by far one of the best physicians ive ever met. Id be DEAD without her.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

Dr. Sands specifically took time to meet with me prior to the procedure and talk and address any questions. She took her time and did not rush the interaction and again made me feel like I was the most important patient in the building. I can't say enough great things about Dr. Sands and her amazing staff!

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Dr Sands and nurse was amazing

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

This was my third procedure with Dr. Sands. She is terrific. Each has been very positive.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Dr Sands is always wonderful and very helpful.. The staff is extra nice.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

She was very nice

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

What a wonderful Dr. At my age I have been to many and Dr Sands and her staff are polite, friendly, thorough, knowledgeable, helpful. Dr Sands is an excellent Dr and true professional. Dr. Sands explains everything to me. She is patience and gentle with this older individual.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

Dr Sands was great as always. Love her and the whole CC staff.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

All of the nurses are excellent and extremely nice and Dr. Sands is the best colorectal surgeon I have ever been to, and I will never go see another surgeon other than her for the rest of my life!

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

Dr. Sands really explained the best way to go about examining my symptoms

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2023

Very good Dr very compassionate and caring explained my medical issues very clearly

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2023

I recieved immediate results of previous colonoscopy, and procedure, procol, was followed with excellent care, policy and procedure, was perfect with moniter, check, and survalance of Dr Sands, and her team, nurses, techs. Excellent.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2023

Dr sands is the best, I am honored, proud, to have her, she told me the risks, and surgery, having tamis, and was done so perfectly, I was explined of procedures, and flex sig, the education I got understanding my care, planning,executeing, quality care was so well done, I am a healthcare professtional, and dr sands is so good of communication,, wwas so careing, humble, empathetic, professtional, one of a kind intelligent,solved my problem, is so human, she saved my life, it was a complicated situation, was thorough, her character, her highly skilled at my tamis,colonoscopy, flex sigs, got the tumor did peace by peace of delicate procedure,I am a better person, learned what I have to do to care for me, I made decions,tx,care was perfectly done, thankyou Dr sands,she is a angel of mercy, talented,gifted, and is the best in the world, and I highly reccomend to others of DR Sandsshe is epipomy of a dr, who you dont see like her she is the whole real humanbeing who cares for her pts, and quality of care she cared for me,as a person,and I have a bond with Dr Sands we are both alike, my option,benefits addressed and completed in a excellent matter , I am very happy, honored to have the best, in the world, and love Dr Sands, she is with me in my heart, and I am so glad that I came to the right place ccf, and had Dr Sands as my Provider. God bless her she works hard and every pt loves Dr Sands, and deserves recognion, as she is that nationally and internationally.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2023

Wat can I say CCF Weston is the best, I have the best in the world and will not go to any other place.I say, experanced, seen and went thru many , this is the best aroundall worked togetherI highly reccomend to others, I witnessed the good, the best care,tx, everyyhing and the ease of care was the utmost top qually top notch, colorectal is number 1, and Dr S ands is Number one in her expertise, care, planninig,executing, interdispinaries, .

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2023

Excellent physician

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Overall Dr. Sands is very personable caring.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Very happy with the consultation and Dr. Sands explanation of my problem

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

I was very impressed with Dr. Sands

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

I look forward to being treated by Dr. sans

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Ask questions to get the root of the problem. I feel I'm in good hands with Dr Dana R Sands.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Dr. Dana Sands was fantastic. I cannot say enough about her. Excellent all around. And her medical student, Sierra, was also excellent. I would highly recommend Dr. Sands to anyone I know who needs to consult a colorectal surgeon. I am very happy that I consulted with her about my condition.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

Excellent care by Dr Sands

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Dr.Sands is one of the best I ever met.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Dr. Dana Sands is by far the most brilliant, gifted, talented colorectal surgeon in the country. Dr Sands is also warm and caring. She listens to her patients and takes her time explaining all aspects of the best treatment. Cleveland Clinic is very lucky to have her.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Once Dr Sands came in I felt like we were on a path to planning my care and to hopefully saving my lifeDuring the Sigmoidoscopy- Dr Sands was very caring about my well being and she got me in for the oncologist appt IN WEST PALM by week's end

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Very pleased talking with Dr Sands. Setting up the zoom call was hard for me. Frustrating!

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Dr Sands took a good deal of time with and was very reassuring.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr. Sands is amazing

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Dr Sands is always willing listen and is good a providing options .

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr. Sands is the best Dr in the world. I will see no one else. She is a caring, intelligent and wonderful person who is an excellent physician. I trust her explicitly.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

I travel from Cape Coral to see Dr Sands which requires a 2 night hotel stay. WORTH EVERY PENNY AND A 2 HOUR DRIVE

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr. Sands is very responsive and proactive

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

I absolutely love Dr Sands

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Love this dr Sands. She is the best doctor ever.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

I am so grateful for Dr Sansa. As busy as she is, she truly cares. My surgery was 3 mos ago and still having great pain. She did a sigmoidoscopy in office and tracked down a very kind GI dr who came to see me and scheduled me for colonoscopy following morning! The care at this hospital is second to none.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Dr Sands is personally very responsive by phone. She had to squeeze me in to her schedule for the day, so her staff was very accommodating with getting me scheduled.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Dr Sands is incredible! I've been a long-time patient and would follow her anywhere! She truly cares about my wellness and comfort and guides me through dealing with the issues I've had with my digestive system.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2022

Dr sands and the team were terrific. The arrangements and instructions were perfect.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2022

I have had the best service with Dr. Sands and her office. And the entire Cleveland clinic has been wonderful. I was contacted immediately to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sands office when another doctor texted her.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

Excellent doctor and team staff

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

Dr. Sands was excellent - she went above and beyond my expectations. She listen, was kind and respectful of my concerns. Very professional.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Dr. Sands is the most brilliant, skilled amazing doctor. Cleveland Clinic is lucky to have her and I am especially lucky that my gp referred me to her for my colorectal surgery. Dr Dana Sands is truly one of a kind.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

Dr. Sands and her team are consumate professionals. Great caring attitudes and skilled in their respective roles.In addition to being a skilled surgeon Dr. Sands is also a special physician that truly cares about the patient.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

She is the best doctor I have seen in many many years. I have lost faith in all doctor's until I was seen by Dr. Dana Sands

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2022

Everything well Great! Loved the attention of Dr.Sands and the staff. It made me feel at ease.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2022

Dr. Sands nurse returned my calls 3 weeks after I left a message however she was extremely nice

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2022

Dr. Sands is the best ever! What a great experience I had.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Dr. Sands is an amazing Dr. She is so skilled in every aspect of her specialty.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

Dr. Sands is a definite stand out in the colon surgery profession.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2022

My experience with Dr. Sands is excellent..

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Dr Sands was extremely informative regarding the reason of the visit. She was honest and very concerned for the patient.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2022

They were all very pleasant and of course Dr Sands has been my doctor for most of my Colonoscopies and I love her

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

Outstanding care from Dr. Dana Sands!

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

An absolute pleasure meeting the doctor and her staff. Kind compassionate and listened to all of my concerns. I would highly recommend this doctor and practice to anyone seeking too notch care !!

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2022

Only complaint was parking.Physician very good bedside manner,Quick accurate clinical analysis. Even the Med student was very knowledgable and Empathetic

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Love Dr Sands she has been their for me every step.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Love Dr. Sands she has been their for me every step.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Healthcare provider was very patient and compassionate.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Dr. Sands was amazing

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2022

Great experience and can't say enough about Dr. Dana Sands and Cleveland Clinic staff.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Dr sands is the best ever. I would have waited a year to see her. Thankfully I was able to move up my appointment

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

Dr Sands is a great communicator and cares.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2022

Dr. Sands is a great Doctor. She tells it the way it is .

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Dr Sand take very good care of her patients. There should be more doctors like her. You guys are lucky to have her in your organization. God bless her

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Excellent experience. Great confidence in Dr Sands. Colonostopy procedure was organized and well executed. Very pleased with Cleveland Clinic - Florida.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Dr. Sands and her team are very professional and a pleasure to interact with for my care.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Dr. Sands is a great clinician and a empathic and humanisitic person. I would highly recommend her to colleagues and friends.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

Wasexcellent from my provider who , scheduled me, and I did follow thru what my procedure was, prepared excellently by Dr Sands I had my video on my colonoscopy, and was done very fast, with respeck,dignity. Had email and clinicportal, and it was perfect and very promped ,

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2022

Dr Sands and team are amazing

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Dr. Sands is one of the most amazing individuals and physicians I have had the honor of meeting and working with to care for my health.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

I'm very satisfied with that hospital and doctor sands and all the staff

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

Dr. Sands and her team are amazing. Would visit her again - and recommend to others.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

Despite the bumpy beginning, seeing Dr. Sands put me at ease immediately. There aren't adequate words to express my confidence in whatever may occur while I'm under her care, assurance that any decision we make together will be for my very best, and my comfort in her presence. My life changed when I met Dr Sands, and she ushered in true healing for my cancer and post-treatment challenges.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

Dr Dana Sands is an incredible surgeon. The care and concern she has provided from our first meeting right through my recent procedure has gotten me safely through.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Doctor Dana Sands is very professional and amazing. This is my second colonoscopy with her.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

There's is no better then Dr Sands

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

She Dr Sands is the Best

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Pleasant experience from start to finish. Well cared for & love Dr Sands

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

All of the personnel that I dealt with that day was marvelous! Everyone made me feel comfortable and they all answered my questions thoroughly! I have been coming to the Cleveland Clinic for four years and absolutely everyone who took care of me was magnificent! Thank you very much for your outstanding doctors and staff!

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

Very pleased and impressed with Dr Sands. She came highly recommended to me

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2022

Dr Sands is a wonderful and caring doctor. She takes the time to introduce me to her staff in the procedure room and to go over the procedure. She took the time to greet me kindly, which I appreciated very much. She always makes me feel comfortable and calm.

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Dr Sands is amazing.!she took timer oTalk to me about choices and really helped me make a decision. She spent a lot of time with me, she is extremely kind and supportive

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Dr Sands was very accommodating. She was aware of my concerns and took it upon herself to get me in the next day due to a cancellation for my colonoscopy.

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Dr. Sands was wonderful. She listened and understood my pain and was not dismissive. I needed someone to believe in me because I had been to feel like I didn't know my own body.

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

I have over the years recommended both the Cleveland Clinic & Dr Sands- and I won't hesitate to continue to do so

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