Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Spanish
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Clinical Trials
  • Colon Surgery
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Bypass Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
View all 7 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Diabetes
  • Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Hernias
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity
View all 10 Specialties +


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About Philip Schauer, MD

Dr. Philip Schauer is Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (BMI). He is past president of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He is Chair of Obesity Week, the world's largest annual meeting devoted to the science and treatment of obesity and metabolic diseases.

After receiving his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Schauer completed his residency in surgery at The University of Texas at San Antonio, where he served as chief resident of general surgery.  He then completed his fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at Duke University Medical Center.  Prior to joining The Cleveland Clinic in 2004, Dr. Schauer served as director of endoscopic surgery, director of bariatric surgery and director of the Mark Ravitch/Leon Hirsch Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Schauer's clinical interests include surgery for severe obesity, minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic), and gastrointestinal surgery.  He has performed more than 7000 operations for severe obesity and diabetes.  His research interests include the pathophysiology of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, and outcomes of laparoscopic management of obesity and gastrointestinal diseases. He has also participated in the development of new minimally invasive, endoscopic, and laparoscopic operations.  New concepts in surgical training and education have been a major focus of his educational interests.

Dr. Schauer has authored more than 300 scientific papers, editorials, textbook chapters, and video productions related to obesity, bariatric surgery and gastrointestinal surgery. He is co-editor of the textbook Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery (Second Edition). He has been an invited speaker for more than 200 regional, national and international lectures on the subject of metabolic surgery. He is principal investigator of the STAMPEDE trail comparing medical and surgical treatment of diabetes published in New England Journal of Medicine (2012 and 2014). This study was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as a “Top Five Breakthrough Medical Technology for 2013” and American Heart Association as a “Top Ten Cardiovascular Research Advance in 2014”. He has been principal investigator on 2 NIH funded studies evaluating surgical treatment of diabetes and obesity. He is past chairman of the Bariatric Surgery Section of the Obesity Society. He received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from ASMBS in 2011.  Dr. Schauer received the Cleveland Clinic Sones Innovator Award for 2015.  This prestigious award was presented in recognition of his achievement in leading groundbreaking studies demonstrating that bariatric surgery is a highly effective and durable treatment for Type 2 diabetes in obese patients, enabling nearly all surgical patients to be free of insulin and many to be free of all diabetic medications three years after surgery.

Dr. Schauer has been on the board of Governors of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He is also a member of International Federation of Surgery for Obesity, the American Surgical Association, the Society of University Surgeons, the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Central Surgical Society, and the Society of Clinical Surgery. He is currently Associate editor for the International Journal of Obesity and has been a member of the editorial board of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and Obesity Surgery as well as 3 other scientific journals. He has been director of more than 100 CME courses on obesity, metabolic disease and bariatric surgery and has trained more than 80 fellows in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Duke University Medical Center
Laparoscopic Surgery
Durham, NC USA

Residency - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX USA

Internship - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX USA

Medical Education - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX USA

Undergraduate - Texas A & M University
Biological Sciences
College Station, TX USA

Additional Training


  • Surgery

Specialty Interests

Bariatric Surgery, colon surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, weight loss surgery, Weight Management

Awards & Honors

  • Cleveland Clinic Sones Innovator Award 2015
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Philip Schauer, 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 12/21/2018, Dr. Schauer 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Schauer receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • GI Dynamics, Inc.
  • Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS)

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Schauer serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Physician Reviews of Surgery (PRS), LLC
  • Surgical Excellence, LLC

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

108 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

I love Dr Schauer and his staff! Literally the friendliest, most caring people ever! I never feel rushed and I appreciate the time they take with me! Their expertise is like no other! I highly recommend them to everyone I know!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

Wonderful doctor and staff. Best hospital stay of my life.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Dr. Schauer is AMAZING and has been a God Send to me. If I had to complain, it would only be about the wait time to see him.... I understand he is extremely busy (and I know why... he's good at what he does) but when I have to drive to and from the hospital myself... it helps to be seen closer to my appointed time so that I can get home safely

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

I waited over 3 hours to see the doctor and a snow storm was looming and I had a 3 hour drive ahead of me... the women made sure to validate my parking and spoke to the doctor directly for me so that I could be seen and get back on the road home asap

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Everyone was aware of my situation and did honestly more than I expected to get the doctor's attention and let him know my situation and be seen asap... so that I could get back on the road home safely

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

I did not see the Dr. because he was running almost 2 hours behind and I was not going to wait that long. I think its absolutely ridiculous that he can get that far behind.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

I loved *Dr. Schaier and all of the fellows. Everyone was wonderful!

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

could not have been any better. very pleased with provider and all.barriatric department

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

after being taken back for my appointment, I waited over 2 hours to see the doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2018

Dr Schauer is the best surgeon I know. He has been taking care of me for 12 years. No one in the state of Michigan would touch me because of the difficulty of the surgery.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

I had to wait for an hour and a half for the doctor once I was in the exam room. I think they forgot about me.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

the doctor was nice and helpful, he apologized for making me wait so long but i think 1 1/2 hours is a long time to wait

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2018

Dr Achauer is the best Dr I've ever had! Tracy is amazing and Beth Ann I. is awesome and more than helpful and caring! So glad to be a patient of Dr Schauers!

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2018

So blessed and thankful for Dr Schauer and Cleveland Clinic!!

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2018

Dr. Schauer is very compassionate. I developed a slight complication after surgery. he and his staff developed a new medication plan that is working more effectively.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2018

Dr. S_____ is one of the most kind sincere and caring surgeon very comforting & great at explaining everything.

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