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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

303 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
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

82 Patient Comments

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 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!

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.

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