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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 1/16/2021, 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

199 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 4.8
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

54 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

I love Dr. Sands

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr Sands is a compassionate doctor who truly cares about her patients care. I love her & refer her to friends, family & those seeking a good doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Dr Dana is the BEST!

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Dr. Sands is an amazing physician!

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Dr. Sands is the most amazing surgeon. I am so thankful for her.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2020

*Dr. Dana Sands is remarkable - compassionate kind and clearly manages her residents well and teaches them!

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

liked Dr Sands very much. feel I'm in right place

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

I am so very lucky to have ended up with Dr Sands and this clinic. My outcome could have been much different.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Dr Sands was awesome and the first of several doctors to at least suggest a solution to my issue

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

i have had an excellent experience with Dr. Sands and her staff. They are polite and helpful.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr. Sands was extremely patient in explaining my condition. She is extremely caring and responsive I would definitely recommend Dr. Sands and have shared this with my other healthcare providers.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

My care provider was respectful, courteous,personable, dr Sands is always profestional, my questions were answered and explained to me, and I was very pleased,my procedure was done flex sig in office,with excellent outcome .from tamis . my provider disscusstion with my care rx,tx,. my provider Dr Sands, her care was excellent, who has treated me, with respect,dignity,

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

The staff,worked very well together ,and Dr Sands was outstanding with her experice,tx, for me. I highly reccomend practice to others, pts, family,friends. i was very happy with my excellent care,tx, ,imy care i needed @ccf weston is the best care from one of the best surgeons, gi,colorectal in the world,and i recieved good news, on my progress ,and all from my dr sands mt provider,theres no where i rather be is ccf in weston, my life was saved and i owe that to my provider Dr S ands.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

*Dr. Sands and staff are the very best. They are great.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Dr Sands was wonderful

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Loved Dr. Sands honesty and her commitment to providing me with as much information as possible.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

I have a complicated health situation. Dr. Sands looked at my current medical situation looking at my entire health profile. I understand how incredibly important that is.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Doctor Sands is an awesome doctor she made the 7 hours drive well worth every mile she give us hope she explained everything to us Im on schedule for surgery very soon.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

I was so impressed at Dr.Sands. I just felt like she truly was there to help me and cares about you as a person but a number.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

I look forward to my surgery which I have been dealing with my issue for 4 years. Dr.Sands is the first who is going to fix me:)

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Kudos to *Dr. Dana Sands/an asset to C. Clinic/GREAT SURGEON!

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Dr Sands is a wonderful doctor who always provides the best patient care.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Dr Sands provides exceptional patient care.

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.

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