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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 and transanal endoscopic microsurgery. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

After attaining 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

210 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

59 Patient Comments

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 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!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2021

Dr Sands is a wonderful human being, Dr excellent she cares and compasstionate of my care she listen, she answers my questions,she took care of my problem that I addressed on dexcom, and she did the right approach,plan,aand resolvrd that issue on my condiction, and issue and was done quickly with excellent results and med and surigal out come was excellent,disscussion of tx,plan,assesment were taken care of risks,.My Provider didexcellently care for needs, she handeled and dealt with my situation excellently has good interaction,communicated well and I understood I love Dr Sands she is my hero, angel who saved my life , and is always monitering and checking my quality of health. I highly reccomend Dr Sands she is one of a kind,compasstionate a teacher to fellow colorecto fellows

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2021

Excellentstaff,worked welltogether in care of me and most of all my Dr Sands,Dr Sands runs her practice well, co ordinated, organization, care, and very educational, questions answered and dealt and handeled extremely wellI highly recomend Dr Sands, her expertise, which only you get at CCF Weston,my dr is a perfect humanbeing, who is dedicated in care,quality of life the outcomes med surgical one of the best Drs I ever seen and had and I owe my life to Dr Sands for saveing me with a big surgery and she is my hero, Aicon at CCF Weston and I can say Dr Sands is the best, and I will never forget her. God bless her and her excellent staff.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Dr Sands was very professional and kind. Office staff was also very kind. I had a great experience.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Dr sands was very nice and had a wonderful bedside manner

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Love Dr Sands!! She gives her patient the TLC they need.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr Sands is a precious jewel!!

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Dr Sands and I have known each other since 2013. She is amazing and I trust her with my life.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Dr. Sands was very thorough and explained why Dr. Erim is the person to take care of my problem.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

From office contacts to Doc Sands herself, ALL TOP NOTCH.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Dr. Sands is an excellent doctor, surgeon and a compassionate caregiver. I'm fortunate to call her my doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Dr. Sands exemplified the highest standard of medical care.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Absolutely recommend Dr. Sands.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Dr Sands is wonderful

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

Very personable doctor! Provided great services and care!

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

The Doctor was very understanding and made me feel very easy to explain what I was feeling.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Dr. Was overbooked. My appointment was at 4:15. I was on Zoom on time but had to hang up after an hour. Dr. Sands was nice enough to call me (not Zoom)!after 6:00 when she got a chance.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Excellent care from Dr. Sands. Thank you!!

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

I'm sorry Dr. Sand FaceTime me since we missed the Zoom visit. Everything was excellent!

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Getting the appointment was an arduous task.Was told to see Dr Sands two weeks after my procedure. Had to wait 2 months and several phone calls to get the appointment. I relayed my difficulty in getting the apt with Dr Sands as I was guessing she had no idea of the process I experienced.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Best encounter with a physician that I have experienced

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Physician was exceptional. Office staff not so much

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Good experience with Dr Sands

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

Excellent doctor!

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

A wonderful caring and compassionate care provider if it weren't for her skills I wouldn't come back to that office.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Dr Sands was wonderful, she made an uncomfortable topic comfortable.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Dr. Sands is the total package . . . expertise, skill, compassion, etc. Truly an asset to the CCF family and my medical team.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

I had to wait four hours for my call with Dr. Sands. This caused me to forget to tell her about the horrible week I had last month where my main job was to clean feces. This is not life to me. Although she gave me the great advice about being proactive instead of reactive, I felt that I was being dismissed by her. I was not important enough for her. So, I will not be visiting the Cleveland Clinic any time in the future.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2021

Dr. Sands is excellent and makes you feel comfortable with an uncomfortable procedure.

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

Dr Sands and her entire staff demonstrate the ultimate in medical professionalism. Competency seems to flow through her offices

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

I have an emergency problem and the Doctor wants test can't get an appointment for test until July 15. Will look for new doctor

Reviewed on May 15, 2021

*Dr. Dana Sands is a true gift!

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Dr. Sands was very patient and caring in her approach. However her medical opinions did not meet my needs, and were not in agreement with my other physicians. I requested hemorrhoid banding, which I had received in an office setting previously. She required that I have a recent colonoscopy and skin biopsy. I have an experienced dermatologist following me, who examined me last week, and did not see a need for biopsy. Last week a well respected colorectal surgeon in Delray, performed a hemorroid ligation, without requiring me to have a colonoscopy first. I feel that her requirements for invasive procedures denied me needed pain relief and care.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Dr Sands came very well recommended. I can see why

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

dr sands always excellent

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Dr. Sands is an incredibly skilled, empathic, expert surgeon who saved my life. She has operated and saved me countless times, while maintaining a bedside manner like no other. Dr Sands truly listens to the needs of her patients, while expertly caring for their medical needs with the precision and skill of a master surgeon. Despite a Stage 4 Colon Cancer diagnosis and the Covid pandemic, I never felt alone as she held my hand through every obstacle. She is truly a superhero and I am forever grateful for her!

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Dr. Sands has excellent communication skills and a very easy, direct manner.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

I was amazed & very pleased with all of my doctors & dietitians, they made me fully aware of what my future would be to heal.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Dr. Sands made me feel very comfortable and explained everything to me. She really cared about my situation.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

We travel to see Dr Dana Sands. She is so professional and love all the staff there. Very friendly, prompt and takes the time to explain everything they will be doing. Love this place!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

I have full confidence in Dr Sands to figure out how to fix me. I can't wait to get this done. Thank you Dr Sands for helping me

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

I feel so blessed to have found this doctor. She is amazing and so mindful.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Dr. Sands is the best!!

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Dr.Sands is very direct and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

I only agreed to go on with further procedures secondary to how great Dr sands was she is awesome and it was based on her recommendation because I thoroughly respected her approach with me

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Dr Sands is the best at what she does but even more she has a big heart and truly wants to see me get better soon. question number 6 if there was a 10 to choose I would check that. she is amazing

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Dr. Sands was wonderful and very caring. If I could afford Cleveland Clinic (I don't have health insurance), I would let Dr. Sands operate on me.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

Dr. Sands was extremely nice and helpful. She was able to give me a colonoscopy the very next day, which was a great relief due to my symptoms. I felt very comfortable with her during both my appointments and she could not have been kinder. I highly recommend her. Excellent in all respects.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

The scheduling experience was not good and once again the video consultation was unsuccessful. However the doctor did call me and speak to me and explained about a memo that came out a couple of weeks ago.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Dr Sands has been a genuine pleasure to deal with . understands my difficult condition

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

Dr. Sands has provided outstanding service, calling me directly at home on the weekend and then again on Monday and admitting me for a colonoscopy on very short notice.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

From my very first conversation with Dr. Sands, I have found her to be courteous and respectful, and especially caring on every level. She has patiently answered all of my questions, and has put me at ease with all of my worries at this time. She has definitely included me in decisions about my care, and the proposed treatments, and the order of which these may be done. I would very highly recommend Dr. Sands for treatment to anyone, and I will continue to do so whole-heartedly.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

*Dr. Dana Sands & staff was fantastic.

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