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Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Hebrew, Spanish
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Bariatric Operations
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Complex Abdominal Hernia Repair
  • Endoscopic Procedures
  • Endoscopy
  • Endoscopy of the Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Esophageal Motility Testing
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery for Weight Loss
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery with Focus on Reflux Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Metabolic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Nutritional Management After Bariatric Surgery
  • Revision Surgery
  • Weight Loss Surgery
View all 21 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achalasia
  • Bile Duct Stones
  • Diaphragm Hernia
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Hernias
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Obesity
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Wounds
View all 15 Specialties +


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About Samuel Szomstein, MD

Under the Leadership of Raul Rosenthal, MD and Samuel Szomstein, MD, the Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery (SMIS) and The Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (BMI) at Cleveland Clinic Florida has over 17 full time staff members exclusively dedicated to the care and well being of surgical and morbidly obese patients.

Our staff is multilingual and diverse in ethnicity. Languages spoken fluently are English, Spanish and German. The surgeons operate exclusively at Cleveland Clinic Florida.

This multidisciplinary approach as well as their experience and outcomes are the reason why The Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery and The Bariatric and Metabolic Institute have been named Center of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, The American College of Surgeons and The Fellowship Council. Close to 1000 General Surgery and Bariatric procedures are performed on a yearly basis by our team. Over 4,000 Bariatric Surgeries have been performed to date at the BMI making it the largest bariatric program in the state of Florida.

Medical research and Education are also cornerstones of the SMIS and BMI.

Over 400 publications including scientific papers, posters, abstracts, book chapters, educational videos and textbooks have been published by the SMIS and BMI.

Under the guidance of Dr. Rosenthal and Dr. Szomstein the Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery and the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute have one of the largest training programs in the USA, mentoring four clinical and four research fellows on a yearly basis. Over the last 10 years, more than 50 fellows trained at our institution.

Fellows that come to Cleveland Clinic Florida from around the globe are involved in both national and international research in the field of obesity, minimally invasive and endoscopic surgical techniques. Both, Dr. Rosenthal and Dr. Szomstein are invited speakers to national and international conferences and have conducted over 11 FDA trials.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Florida
Laparoscopic Surgery (minimally invasive surgery)
Weston, FL USA

Residency - New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens
Flushing, NY USA

Residency - Long Island Jewish Medical Center
New Hyde Park, NY USA

Internship - Long Island Jewish Medical Center
New Hyde Park, NY USA

Medical Education - Universidad Central de Venezuela
Caracas, Venezuela

Professional Highlights

  • Center and Surgeon of Excellence of The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Center and Surgeon of Excellence of The American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Full accreditation by The Fellowship Council in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery


  • Surgery - General Surgery

Specialty Interests

Abdominal wall hernia, bariatric surgery, flexible endoscopy, metabolic surgery, minimally invasive surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Physician of the Year Award, by Cleveland Clinic Hospital in the category of Service. March 2004.
  • Physician of the Quarter Award, by Cleveland Clinic Hospital in the category of Growth. 3rd Quarter 2003.
  • Physician's Recognition Award, by The American Medical Association, March 2003.
  • Certificate of Excellence, by the Cleveland Clinic Florida Operating Room Operations Committee, for outstanding performance and exceptional commitment to the efficiency of the operating room. April 2007.
  • Innovator Award, by Cleveland Clinic for commitment to bring new technology to patients worldwide.(Rectal desimpactor device) June 2007.
  • Innovator Award, by Cleveland Clinic for commitment to bring new technology to patients worldwide.(Bariatric orogastric anastomotic suturing tube and Esophageal double suction isolator tube) June 2006.
  • "America's Top Surgeons," by the Consumers Research Council of America. 2004-2005 edition. Washington, DC.
  • "America's Top Surgeons," by the Consumers Research Council of America. 2005-2006 edition. Washington, DC.
  • Leadership Award, voted by fellow residents and attendings of The New York Hospital of Queens for the greatest contribution to the quality and life of the residency program, July 2001.

Innovations & Patents

  • Innovator Award, by Cleveland Clinic for commitment to bring new technology to patients worldwide. (Rectal desimpactor device) June 2007.
  • Innovator Award, by Cleveland Clinic for commitment to bring new technology to patients worldwide. (Bariatric orogastric anastomotic suturing tube and Esophageal double suction isolator tube) June 2006.


  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Council Member, South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
  • Member, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Member, American Hernia Society
  • Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Member, The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
  • Member, American Obesity Association
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Samuel Szomstein, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 1/13/2021, Dr. Szomstein 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

148 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 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

12 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

It was a tremendous positive experience. The provider listened to my knowledge base and made me feel part of the decision making process - outstanding.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

The Doctorwas excellent at explaining the pros and cons of the procedure I requested

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

Dr. Szomstein was informative and more than helpful in talking to me about diagnosis and treatment.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

The staff, Assistant, Doctor we're phenomenal. Extremely attentive and caring. Answered all my questions and were very patient with everything.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Samuel Szomstein was spot on and very professional

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Absolutely *Dr. Szomstein is wonderful. I have confidence in him to perform what I trust his ability what ever medical procedure he believes I need. I feel safe in his hands.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2021

*Dr. Stoustein & his team did an amazing job.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Both the doctors were extremely nice and professional. I travelled from Ocala because I had read about Dr Szomstein in a medical journal. When the only answer that you have been provided is lose weight and we can reevaluate you. Dr Szomstein and his assistant provided me a plan and gave me hope. I have young children and to be given hope was the best prescription. Thank you. This was an excellent experience

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

My wait was a little long, but once I came in contact with the staff they were awesome! you could tell they genuinely care about the patients! Both Dr. Szomstein and his assistant Dr. (Tall gentleman that looks like retired NBA player) were incredibly attentive and took their time to try and diagnose my issue. I would strongly recommend to anyone needing medical attention in this area of medicine to seek their care!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Still early dsys..still being treated. Just felt a bit rushed during yhe consult.I forgot to discuss 2 other issues which is in my medical records but doc didnt mention those am guessing he may hsve not read my mefical report. hope he does by the time he sees me again on Monday.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Dr. Szomstein was very professional and understanding. His staff was very patient & positive! I had been misdiagnosed by my primary care physician, and he set me a minimally invasive, non surgical course of action to solve the problem.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

I only saw the fellow. I did not see the Dr Szomstein

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