Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston

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 School - 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
  • 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 3/14/2018, 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

165 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2018

had a wonderful experience with dr sands. she made me feel very comfortable and explained everything to me. would highly recommend her.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018

Dr Sands made me feel comfortable because she took the time to talk to my Gastro Doctor who is not with Cleveland before seeing me. I am comfortable that she has a good historic perspective of my condition. Together both doctors came up with a none invasive way to further assess my condition before going to surgery. I am confident I am getting good advice.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018

I saw a med student while Dr Sands reached my Gastro Doctor. I did not know that was what was going on but she explained the minute she came in the office.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2018

DR Sands was delayed with another patient and sent in the medical student to talk to me until she was able to arrive. I thought that medical student was the doctor. It was my first visit. The medical student was very helpful in answering my questions and making me feel at ease before the doctor arrived. I so appreciated that gesture.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

This apt. was a consultation with Dr. Sands. She was very knowledgeable of my condition and is sending me for tests.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

Saw the nurse first, then the resident, then Dr Sands came in within a couple of minutes of each other. All were very friendly and professional.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2018

great Doctor!!!!

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018

This is one of the nicest hospitals both doctors and nurses. It was worth the 4 hour drives.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018

Dr. Sands is hands down one of the best doctors I have ever had. I made the mistake of going to another doctor for my issue (due to location as I moved since I last saw Dr. Sands) and immediately regretted that decision. I am glad to be back with her

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2018

Dr. Sands and the physicians she is training take great care to explain and then confirm every important aspect is understood by the patient.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2018

I an attorney and have been involved in many medical malpractice cases. Dr. Dan Sands is the personification of all attributes, related to competence and skill and also related to insight into the patient's medical and emotional needs, that we hope to see in a physician.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

arrived for 11:00 apt... was seen by Dr. Sands at 12:30

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

what great facility and doctor

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

amazing physician who takes the time to listen to you!!!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2018

Dr. Sands seems very skilled. I think I am in good hands.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2018

First time seeing Dr. Sands. Really thought she had exceptional bedside manners! Was pleasantly surprised how comfortable she made me feel. She was not only personable but humorous too! I have already recommended her to three of my friends!

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

Even though I had a long wait time, Dr. Sands is worth it.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

Dr. Sands gathered pertinent info and made the appropriate prescription.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

Dr. Sands effectively reduced my mother's parastomal hernia and demonstrated the technique for my sister who lives with my mother. Afterwards my mother felt much better and has enjoyed pain-free days since.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2018

Dr Sands is a excellent Doctor and Surgent She cares a lot about her patients I am so happy she is my Doctor

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2018

I actually look forward to my visits with Dr. Sands.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2018

I was very impressed with my provider, she listened to my concerns, answered all my questions, was clear about the procedure I was about to undergo, both negative and positive. I left her office after the initial visit feeling that I had the right doctor for my procedure.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2018

The staff at the hospital from registration to direct care givers is the reason I believe Cleveland Hospital enjoys the reputation that it has.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2018

this was a second opinion and she concurred with my first specialist. hoped for more but it is what it is.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2017

*Dr. Dan Sands superb!!

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