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Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations
Weston Hospital
Primary Location

Weston Hospital

Appointment:
877.463.2010
Desk:
954.659.5278
Fax:
954.659.5252
Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Advanced Polypectomy
  • Colectomy
  • Colon Resection Surgery
  • 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
  • Proctitis - Care and Treatment
  • Rectopexy
  • Re-Do Rectal Surgery
  • Resection of Rectal Diseases
  • Stoma Surgery
  • Surgery for Crohn's Disease
  • Surgery for Pilonidal Cyst
  • Surgical Endoscopy
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)
View all 27 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
  • Enterocutaneous 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
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectovaginal Fistulas
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
View all 31 Specialties +
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Biography

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

Appointed
2002

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Florida
Colorectal Surgery
Weston, FL
2002

Residency - University of Miami School of Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital
General Surgery
Miami, FL
2001

Internship - University of Miami School of Medicine - Jackson Memorial Hospital
General Surgery
Miami, FL
1997

Medical Education - MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
1996

Undergraduate - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
1992

Additional Training

  • Transanal endoscopic microsurgery, Tuebingen, Germany, 2005
  • Transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME), Barcelona, Spain, 2014

Certifications

  • 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 3/22/2024, Dr. Sands has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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

369 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

107 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2024

Dr Sands gave me a new diagnosis. It was not what I wanted. But I do like her Conservative treatment plan.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2024

Dr. Sands is the most professional and courteous Dr. Always explains everything and makes sure you understand before any procedure

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2024

"Very Good" Is a totally inadequate way to describe the care provided by Doctor Sands. "Exceptional " and "Outstanding" are much more accurate choices for the quality of care that Dr. Sands provides!

Reviewed on May 28, 2024

Every time I visit Dr sands office is the best experience I've ever ever had in any doctors office even feeling horrible or somethings wrong with me. Dr. Sands is amazing. She jumps on all sit sit situations and always make sure that their patients are OK.

Reviewed on May 28, 2024

I would recommend as many people that I know to go see Dr. Sands now and always

Reviewed on May 23, 2024

Dr Sands and Dr Distefano were excellent communicating the diagnosis and recommended actions

Reviewed on May 23, 2024

Dr Sands, her team and the Clinic provided outstanding care and service throughout the whole process.

Reviewed on May 2, 2024

Dr Sands is an excellent doctor. She takes time to answer my questions, I am so glad she is my doctor .

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Everything great with Dr Sands and Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr Sands is amazing!

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

Dr. Sand is extremely thorough and professional as well as compassionate and caring.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

The words "Very Good" are woefully inadequate when discussing Doctor Sands. Outstanding, Exceptional,Stellar, and Phenomenal are all much better choices to describe the quality of care provided by Doctor Sands.In fact, it has taken me so long to complete this survey because I don't know the right words to convey the respect, admiration, and regard I have for Dr. Dana Sands.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024

Dr. Sands is a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Dr. Sands is amazing. She is not only professional and great at what she does. She has that personal caring quality that everyone who is in surgery needs to have. I felt so comfortable with her and I trusted her.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

The doctor Sands the best doctor who I know. I patient her many years and she the best.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

My doctor Dana Sands actually held my hand until l fell asleep. That felt so caring.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Doctor Sands and her team are amazing. Love them all. So kind, caring and personable.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

I love the way Cleveland Clinic allows access to the physicians (or their assistants). They have always gotten back with me quickly.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2024

Dr. Sands informs me with anything I need to know regarding my health. She explains everything clearly. I could not ask for a better doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2024

Dr. Sands called me personally to accommodate me for my appointment. I was beyond impressed.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

Dana Sands, M.D. Is an excellent caring physician.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

Dr. Sands was excellent. I would highly recommend her, along with her support team, and everyone that led up to me going into the OR were excellent I couldn't Have been taken care of any better.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

I received such GREAT treatment at Dr Sands office it prompted me to schedule and go through with my colonoscopy I had been putting off for several years.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

My initial appointment was supposed to be in person but the scheduler input a zoom meeting even after confirming the address of your office. I drove an hour to meet with Dr. Sands. When the zoom meeting was rescheduled, Dr. Sands had an emergency. This is understandable. The pre-surgery zoom I finally had with Dr. Sands was just fine - friendly, informative, etc.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Dr. Sands made me feel very confident about the upcoming procedure and her knowledge, ability etc.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Dr. Sands is a very caring doctor!

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Dr. Sands is one of the most caring physicians I have ever met. She saw my anxiety and held my hand and talk to me. She is amazing.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Dr. Sands and the entire staff in the surgery area were caring and amazing!

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Dr. Sands and the entire team involved in my colonoscopy procedure was more than a just good experience, was a great experience. Entire team was very professional and friendly. They made me feel very comfortable and easy ( I'm really big chicken when comes to the doctors.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2024

Dr. Dana Sands is an outstanding surgeon and doctor who is deeply invested in her patients both as patients and as people. One cannot do any better than Dr. Sands

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024

Great doctor

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Dr. Sands and all her staff are very good taking care of me. Always!! I can say .. They are the best!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2024

Dr Sands is a Superhero!!She's knowledgeable, great surgical skills, and compassionate empathetic! Our entire family loves her and will only see her for our care

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Dr Sands schedule us very busy and appointment are full months ahead. Not her fault

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Very happy to meet Dr. Sands. Smart, efficient, kind- I liked her very much.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

Dr. Sands is a consummate, focused professional.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

This was a pre-test along with other tests she ran for an operation scheduled on 2/6. All the pre-testing was so through that I felt very confident about the main operation.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

Dr Sands is an excellent doctor & I'm grateful that she watches over me. I referred my daughter. That's how much I trust & respect Dr Sands opinion.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

Excellent experience with he nurse, Dr Sands and Dr Charles

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

Dr. Sands and " crew " were very professional, considerate, thoughtful and made the experience very pleasant.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr Sands was very attentive, professional and kind. She spent a lot of time with me discussing my situation and course of correction.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Sands and her team are exceptional, I felt at ease and completely confident in her care.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

I'd happily extol the virtues of Dr. Sands and her team.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Sands explained what to expect from the surgery and answered all my questions thoroughly.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2024

The staff of Dr Sands and the staff where I had the procedure are ways friendly helpful and courteous.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2024

Dr. Sands thoroughly went over the procedure and what would take place. She made me feel very comfortable and put my mind at ease. She has a wonderful and peaceful disposition.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2024

Dr. Sands is one of my favorite doctors ever! She makes a very uncomfortable visit easy to deal with. Thank you so much!

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

Dr. Sands showed genuine care and made sure I was at ease.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

Dr. Sands is very professional, care treatment amazing.Dr. Sands is awesome!

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024

There is no way to describe how good Dr. Sands is. Skilled, but also very invested in her patients on both a medical and personal level.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2024

Dr. Dana Sands has been my doctor for many years. She is always compassionate, gentle and professional. She has a wonderful bedside manner. My nurse and the whole staff that cared for me were excellent and did everything to make me feel comfortable and not nervous.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Dr. Sands is an incredible doctor! She is so down to earth and genuine. I had so much angst leading up to my appointment but her kindness and compassion put me at ease. I cannot say enough about her. Dr. Sands is over-the-top wonderful! I am so grateful.

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2023

Pleased with the care provider

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2023

DR Sands and her crew were very professional, thorough, and kind.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

I really liked Dr. Dana

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

I thought Dana Sands was outstanding and worth the long wait in the waiting room. I believe she was running late because she gives each of her patients whatever time they need which is commendable.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr Sands is a doctor who really cares about you. She is informative and helps you feel comfortable.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr. Sands and her team were very professional. They provided me w/detailed information and made me feel extremely comfortable.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Dr Sands is wonderful

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

Have previously recommended Dr. Sands to others prospective patients

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

Dr. Sands is a STELLAR physician and should be in the Physician Hall of Fame. She should be the model for the standard of care that all physicians aspire to daily. She is amazing in every way-personable, knowledgeable, frank, and compassionate. I love everything about her!!!

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

Dr. Sands took the time to put my husband and my concerns ahead of my 12/5 surgery at ease on this day of this procedure and is just wonderful!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr Dana Sands is by far one of the best doctors I've been to. Dr Sands treats you with kindness and listens with empathy, explains everything thoroughly and puts you at ease. I recommend her without reservation!!!

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr.Sands was wonderful during my appointment.She is a true professional with just the right balance of knowledge & caring.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr sands is awesome!!

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

I saw Dr. Sands in Feb. 2004 for my first colonoscopy & found her caring and thorough.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

A post surgical follow-up visit was scheduled for me very conveniently. Prior to my visit, after my procedure, I had a concern and it was immediately addressed by a physician In Dr Sands' office who answered all of my questions and explained what to do.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr Sands always explains everything in detail and answers all of my questions. Very caring and so knowledgeable

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr Sands is wonderful!!!

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr Sands is extremely professional and shows a lot of compassion and thoughts as to how to help me

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

I am very happy with Dr Sands and her team's care provided!

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

It was a pleasure to meet Dr.Sands , very profesional .

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Excellent doctor, listened and explained everything

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2023

Everyone was so kind and accommodating. I was extremely nervous about my appointment. I had been putting it off as it's an uncomfortable situation. 90 seconds into my meeting with Dr. Sands I was able to relax. She is INCREDIBLE!!! She listened and calmed my fears. She assured me that I was in good hands. She lightened the mood by taking to me and making me laugh. I am so happy to be under her care. Dr. Sands is an excellent doctor and a wonderful human being! I am so grateful!

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2023

Again, Dr. Sands is terrific. She's a godsend. Never did I think I'd say that I love my colorectal surgeon but I really do! I am grateful.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Dr. Sands has always provided the most wonderful care of me and concern for my health. I would recommend her with great confidence that any patient would receive the best care.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Dr. Sands and here team have always been amazing.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Dr Sands is a compassionate, professional and talented surgeon. The medical system needs people like her.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Dr Sands is the reason I travel 3 1/2 hours to Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

very impressed with whole experience. Dr Dana Sands was very professional, and comforting could not have asked for more.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

So impressed with facility, care and Dr Sands

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2023

Dr. Sands and her entire team were amazing!!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2023

Dr. Sands was extremely kind, knowledgeable and caring. The procedure went perfectly! So skilled and such an amazing staff!!

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

She has always showed sympathy towards me , and wishing she could do more. I think she's doing the best she can without having to do surgery

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

I think my doctor is doing the best she can the degree of my problem, and I appreciate her not being hasty an advising me to have surgery

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr. Dana sends & her entire group are amazing. Can't say enough about them.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

I love Dr. Sands, she's kind, respectful, professional and understands and try to find options for my well being.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Dr. Sands was very direct and immediately tackled the problem to include administering a finger probe and inserting a scope. I have had this problem for 3 years and seen several doctors locally who never did such a thorough exam. I left the office feeling hopeful, which I have not felt for some time. I didn't feel like I had been "passed around" and invisible to her.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2023

Outstanding experience, as always, with Dr. Sands.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2023

Dr. Sands in remarkable and this was my first experience with Dr. Gonzales, and felt very confident with him as well.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2023

Dr. Sands always does a great job. My procedures are always as pleasant as possible.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

I am impressed with Dr. Sands, but the day I was there she was held up in the morning with a surgery and unexpected complications. My appointment was at 11 AM and I've waited an hour and 45 minutes to see the doctor. My appointment was in a way rushed and I was promised a phone call to schedule further tests and a procedure. Today I have not received that phone call from her office.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. Sands is very thorough and she tells it like it is..honestly explaining all risks and benefits and options

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Excellent experience with my provider Dr D , Sands,her disscussion,care,tx,benefits,outcomes,addressing my flex sig, ,answering my questions, she was careing, comforting, humorous @times,and also very professtional,,,one of a kind, one of the best,renowned,highly educated Dr Surgeon in the world.and I highly recommendDr Sands to others,she is a angel of mercy,and I have never seen a dr, as good as Dr Sands, in my 40 yts in healthcare,and she is the real extra ordinary humanbeiing,ccf is proud to have her,and as a pt, me too..love Dr Sands, she is part of a family,when you are the patient,special,and good bonding. God bless Dr sands,I am honored,happy.pleased.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

I have the best of the best, and love CCF Weston,it is the state of the art, technology, outcomes tops in hospital and clinic care,gastro surgery, gastro is top notch,in fla, and in the nation,world renown,I love my care, and Dr Sands,she is my Hero,and careing,and CCF Is My Family. Thank CCF And Dr D, Sands,you made my dream a reality and journey a sucessful one,I Can never for get that,and my journey continues next yr, thank you from my heart, to the wonderful exceptulary work of Dr D, Sands.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Excellent gastroenterologist team. Dr Sands is at the top of the class. Professional, pleasant and extremely competent.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Dr sands is the best

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr Sands treated me kindly and with compassion.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr Sands and her team are extremely accommodating and make themselves available

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Dr Sands was very polite informative and made me feel at ease with my procedure.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Dr sands is amazing!

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Love dr sands! Great bedside manner

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr Sands group was wonderful.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr. Sands is an excellent physician. I always recommend her. She's caring, thorough and respectful.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

*Dr. Sands was one of the most incredible doctors I've had.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr Sands, her team, and everyone attending me pre and post procedure were kind, informative and meticulous.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr. Sands is an extraordinary physician. This is my 3rd Colonoscopy with her and each one has been impeccable. I live in Cape Coral so it is somewhat difficult to recommend Dr. Sands to individuals who already have physicians at local hospitals. Unfortunately that is their loss as she is truly an amazing physician and person.

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