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
  • 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 - 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 2/11/2020, 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

198 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 4.8
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

42 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Excellent experience with Dr. Sands

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

I was impressed by Dr. Sands care and understanding of the fear that I had about my condition

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

Dr. Sands is extremely professional, hard-working and caring.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr. Sands is an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

I waited from appointment time of 3:15 until 4:45 when I got 2 calls explain the dr was running late my FaceTime call became a telephone call at 5:10

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

My experience with f/u flex sig in office, was well done, Dr Sands was so kind, careing compassioate with my care,my clinicalsurgical outcome was excellent,and my care was outstanding from a worldclass dr,surgeon,her expertise , my questions were answered, dr sands has a excellent way of communication,rapore,and handles and deals my care,her ataff of nurses,ma;s are all excellent, and always polite,anwer my questions,my treatments,test are all the best of the best care anyone can recieve,dr sands and staff are respectful,dignified,and always helpful i am honored and happy and priviledge to have a dr who is the best in the world and ccf best in weston and best overall she desrves an award and honor. god bless my dr dr sands

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr Sands was very respectable,courteous,kind,careing,compassionate truthful,trustworthy of my care,dr sands answered my questions,addressed them and explainedabout my problem and disscussed treatment,procedure the benefits and any risks now and later my procedure was done,and results clinically and surgically was excellent outcome. Dr sanda is one person who i saw for my self the work, her talent, was superior,she is an icon,a hero, ccf westons best asset to the colorectal,gi gastrointestional surgery dept and director of phyiscal dept and the scholar youth program she is highly intelegent, and knows her expertise and i saw it personally while a pt,in hospital,in the clinic,haveing tx, she the best i feel my life was saved by Dr sands,and knowing i am better now.I reccomend dr sands to many people and she is a angel mof mercy. i love her and respect who she is no body does it better then Dr sANDS.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Excellent on dr sands staff,worked togther to care for me,I highly reccomend colorectal practice and surgery practice to others which i have done,and many people have come in to get there care . my care was superior,from My Provider Dr Dana Sands and her staff and getting the care i needed @ Cleveland Clinic, the best care,treatment,gtests, and clinical and surgical outcome was the best i ever seen and i worked in healthcare for 40 ys. I as apatient was well takencare of and with respect,dignity,and the grace of mwedical surgical technologies,and research and top notch care and treatment in the world.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Dr. Sands is the best! I don't mind to travel 3 hours from Sarasota to Cleveland Clinic in Weston to see her. She's a wonderful physician, always empathetic, caring, professional, responsible, reliable, respectful and we established a great doctor-patient relationship since day one. I wouldn't put my health in any other hands than Dr. Sands and her staff.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Dr. Sand's is always Awesome

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Dr. Sands abilities to get me urgent help that I needed was wonderful. She was on target with her video contact with me. Our face to face chat gave me hope and peace of mind.

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

I would definitely recommend anyone to come here for treatment. I make a long drive just to seeDr. Sands and it is worth it because of the treatment you know you will get!

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2020

Dr Sands is the best. Wish there more like her.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2020

appointment was easy; dr took tremendous time and care for my concerns

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

very impressed with Dr Sands and her Fellow

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Dr. Sands is an amazing, compassionate and excellent physician. I trust and respect her 100% with my care or anyone I love that would need her care.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

love Dr. Sands! she has amazing skills and just the right balance in patient care and comfort

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Dr. Sands was amazing. She thought about how to make an uncomfortable situation as comfortable as possible and I deeply appreciated it.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Dr. Sands was wonderful.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Dr. Sands was extremely professional, yet warm. She's a straight shooter, which I respect, and need. I know I am in great hands.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Dr Sands is an exceptional doctor, listened attentively and allowed the opportunity to ask questions. She made me feel at ease through the examinations and explained her findings. After 10 years she is my go to doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr. Sands is my dream doctor. She is the kind of doctor everyone waits and hopes they'll get/find.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020

GREAT Dr. great clinic

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr Sands was absolutely the best!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

I always feel like a special patient when I visit Dr. Sands' office

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2019

Dr. Sands is an amazing doctor!

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Dr. Sands is wonderful. Her bedside manner is excellent. She took her time with my mom and we did not feel rushed through our visit. I would definately recommend De. Sands

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

I feel I'm in extremely good hands with Dr.Sands, but her compassion & ability to explain procedures to me has made a very big impression & has alleviated most of my worries.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

The provider provides excellent care, however there was not enough information provided about the surgery, and the projected hospital stay, etc.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2019

Only confusion that occur was at end of appointment, I thought Dr. Sands was going to initiate scheduling for colonoscopy and surgery. After waiting 5 days days, I sent email to Dr. Sands following up, and another doctor responded suggesting that I need to do the scheduling. Had I known that I would have already scheduled the procedures.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Dr. Sands was great, actually beyond great, she was very personable, professional, knowledgeable and friendly.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Dr. Sands continues to be the best in her field. She delivers top medical care and advice, and is always on point. I am very grateful to have her as my specialist.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

I am so thankful for Dr Sands and I feel I am in great hands

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

love dr sands

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Dr. Sands was awesome. she was personal, nice, kind and very sensitive throughout my visit. Can't ask for more.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

dr sands is always very compassionate

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

Dr. Sands is an excellent doctor. My visits with her are always very good & gives me peace of mind.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

Everyone was very professional and polite. Dr. Sands was very nice and explained each step as we went along. She also answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

Even though it was not easy hearing I had cancer, Dr. Sands was very compassionate.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

Dr Sands is fantastic. She needs more support staff. Available appointments are definitely hard to come by.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Amazing experience!!! Have been seeing doctors for almost a decade for the same issue and Dr. Sands is by far the best! Scheduling department was very easy to work with. Thank you!

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

doctor was very empathetic and caring.excellent

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