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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
  • 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 1/6/2022, 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

368 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

98 Patient Comments

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

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

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

I am very impressed with all aspects of my visit with Dr. Dana Sands. I feel I am in good hands,and am lucky to have found her.

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Dr.and her nurse worked as a team. I also liked how she had an IT teck to enter information,which gave me more time to interact with the DR.

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Dr. Sands and staf were wonderful!

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Dr sands listened to my concerns, scheduled some additional tests and said we will make a plan for the best way to proceed

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

I like the Dr. Very much and am looking forward to her treating me

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

The total experience was great The staff is amazing Nurses , Assistance and DR Sands 5 stars

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Dr. Sands is above and beyond any other specialist.

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Best Dr (Dr sands)

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

Dr Sands cares about me from her heart she has compassion Gor my life which I am trusting me with.with my surgery

Reviewed on May 5, 2022

I like Dr Sands very much. She listens and is very helpful and understanding.

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

I thought Dr. Sands was one of the best doctors I have seen. She was so accommodating and such a good surgeon.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2022

An appointment was not scheduled. Dr. Sands attended as on-call in the ER. And she was fabulous!

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2022

Dr. Sands met with my father at 7pm on a Friday night in the ER. I have never met a doctor like this, who was more concerned about my father's condition than she was to leave on time. Quite the opposite! Dr. Sands attended to my father out of sincere concern for his well-being, and did not leave until she was satisfied that he was stable. She is one of the most incredible physicians on your staff...and I have worked with many over the course of this past year. I do not say that about many of them, to be completely honest. Dr. Sands is a true professional with the ethical qualities you pray for in a medical provider.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2022

Dr Sands is the best !!

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2022

Dr Sands you so amazing. I 100% would recommend her. I was son anxious prior to my appointment and she was really great

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2022

Dr.Sands is a very good doctor but was totally backed up and overworked.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2022

Dr. Sands is wonderful. Put me at ease.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2022

She is an amazing doctor. Her compassion and care are genuine.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

I am happy for the excellent care of Dr. Sands and her team

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

She's a wonderful Doctor

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

There is not good communication when one tries to get a message to your doctor in question.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

So love and respect any decisions which Dr. Sands has given me in the past and on date of service. Would place my trust in her any day.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Dr. Sands was excellent

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Dr Sands is considered the next level of professionalism in my opinion. She is thorough and cares for her patient.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Video chat was confusing to schedule. There was not an option to schedule a video until you went through the process of scheduling an onsite appointment. The actual appt was missed, but Dr Sands called me later in the day so it did work out.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Dr. Sands is great!

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2022

Would highly recommend Dr. Sands

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2022

The doctor was second-to-none, and we are most grateful that she'll be overseeing my care going forward.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

Dr sands was so amazing. I was very nervous and she did a great job at helping me relax and treating me with respect and compassion.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2022

I am so happy with Dr. Sands and her staff. She was so compassionate and understanding of my situation. I cried knowing she would do surgery right now and admit me in the hospital. God was looking after me to put me in her hands. I know she will make me well again. I am so thankful.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2022

Dr Sands the best.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Dr. Sands is the most amazing person. Caring, patient and blessed with the skill to save my life.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Dr Sands personally telephoned me to discuss my findings. She answered all my questions. I trust her and her professional skills.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Very efficient and comfortable with all staff and my doctorVery happy

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

*Dr. Sands is amazing and cares for her patients.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Dr. Dana Sands is a passionate, caring professional. Lucky to have found her!

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

Dr.sands is an excellent Physician, answered all my questions with a very pleasant disposition and wonderful bedside manners.I will not hesitate to recommend her services to my friends. She did the procedure well with her expertise with no complications

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

Dr Sands and her team are everything you hope for when you visit a medical facility.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

Thank you this dr is wonderful and kind

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Dr Sands is the best! I admire and respect her vary much.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2022

Recommend CC to othersAnd Dr Sands in particular

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Dr sands was very caring & professional I feel she really cares about her patients& would highly recommend her she explained everything perfectly

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Dr Dana Sands was hands down the best Doctor I had come across in regards to taking the time to explain all of my options regarding rectal cancer treatment to include surgery. We found her later in our treatment and she has proven to be worth the wait. Her ability and willingness to be thorough in not only gathering all the decision pertinent information but also her masterful explanation of the pros and cons of each option have greatly helped as we consider the next in our treatment. In short, she has been awesome!

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Dr. Sands might have sensed my uneasiness and used a more direct approach while asking about my symptoms. I really appreciated that.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Dr Sands and her staff are awesome. She is a doctor that has gained my total respect throughout my time dealing with my medical issues here at the Cleveland Clinic. It's comforting to know you're in good hands when going through any procedure. Thanks Dr. Sands

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Dr. Sands is the gold standard. Dr. Sampson was exceptional.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

The Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Sands are the "best of the best" and always exceed my expectations.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

I got full respect for a decision to reject a procedure that the doctor recommended. The risks were stated clearly and I believe without bias. The potential benefits were not worth the risk and I go to decide that.I had a bad experience at another facility with a doctor who rejected and shamed me as a person because I rejected his recommended treatment.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Dr. Sands is a excellent clinician and compassionate individual.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Dr Sands bedside manner, level of care and follow through was Amazing!!!

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2021

First time at this facility. Was very impressed. Dr Sands was great!!!

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2021

Doctor sands is the best, love her interaction with the patient (Me)... She really cares about her patience

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

The experience with Dr. Sands an Jennifer, the medical student who follows her was excellent. Jennifer asked excellent questions and listened attentively. Dr. Sands had that information when she examined me. She took the time to explain things carefully to me and gave me her honest medical opinion and gave me a game plan for going forward.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Dr Sands is THE BEST !I would nvr had surgery if it wasnt for her sincerity & demeanor.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Dr. Sands was great, she explained everything I needed to know snd was very comforting While doing so.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

My experience with Dr Sands was excellent. Her bedside manner was the best of any doctor I have ever delt with. And I have delt with many!

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