Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Advanced Polypectomy
  • Anorectal Fistula Treatment
  • Anorectal Surgery
  • Anoscopy
  • Appendectomy
  • Cancer Center
  • Colectomy
  • Colon And Rectal Surgical Procedures
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer Research
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Consultation for Complicated Colon and Rectal Disease
  • Fecal Diversion
  • Gastrointestinal Exams
  • Hemorrhoid Arterial Ligation
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Ileoanal Pouch
  • Ileoscopy
  • Intestinal Stomas
  • J Pouch
  • Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Rectopexy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Pelvic Pouch Procedures For Ulcerative Colitis
  • Pelvic Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Polypectomy
  • Pouchendoscopy
  • Pouchoscopy
  • Proctoscopy
  • Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Rectal Surgery
  • Rectal Ultrasound
  • Rectal-Sparing Operations For Carcinoma Of The Rectum
  • Rectoplexy
  • Rectum Reoperative Abdominopelvic Surgery
  • Re-Do Rectal Surgery
  • Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
  • Reoperative Pelvic Surgery
  • Reoperative Surgery
  • Resection of Colon and Rectal Diseases
  • Rubber Band Ligation Of Hemorrhoids
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Sphincter Surgery
  • Stapled Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Stoma Surgery
  • Strictureplasty
  • Surgery For Carcinoma Of The Colon
  • Surgery For Crohn's Disease
  • Surgery for Pilonidal Cyst
  • Surgery for Rectal Prolapse
  • Surgical Endoscopy and Endoscopic Procedures
  • Surgical Nutrition
View all 62 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anal Abscesses
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fissures
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anemia
  • Benign Anorectal Disease
  • Coccydynia
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colonic Neoplasia
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulosis
  • Enterocutaneious Fistula
  • Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
  • Fissure
  • Genital Warts
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hereditary Non Polyposis Colorectal Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Fistulae
  • Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
  • Intussusception
  • Large Bowel Cancer
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Proctitis - Care & Treatment
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Ulcerative Colitis
View all 35 Specialties +


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About Thomas Garofalo, MD

Thomas Garofalo, MD, FACS, is a Staff Surgeon in the Department of Colorectal Surgery at the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Saint Elizabeth Health Center
General Surgery
Youngstown, OH USA

Internship - Saint Elizabeth Health Center
General Surgery
Youngstown, OH USA

Medical Education - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Undergraduate - Allegheny College
Meadville, PA USA


  • Surgery - General Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Specialty Interests

Anorectal Disease, benign anorectal disease, cancer and polyps of the colon and rectum, cancer of the colon, carcinoma of the colon, carcinoma of the rectum, carcinoma of the small bowel and large bowel, colon & anus, colon and rectal cancer, colon and rectal surgery, Colon Cancer, colonic neoplasia, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer, colorectal cancer research, colorectal cancer screening strategies, colorectal surgery, Constipation, Crohn's Disease, diverticiulitis pelvic pouch procedures for mucosal ulcerative colitis and familial adenomatous polyposis sphincter-saving operations, diverticular disease, diverticulitis, familial inherited colorectal cancer, intestinal fistulae, intestinal stomas, inflammatory bowel disease, laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic colon resection, laparoscopic colon surgery, laparoscopic colorectal surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, laparoscopy, pelvic pouch procedures for ulcerative colitis and familial polyposis, rectal cancer, Rectal Prolapse, rectum, rectal-sparing operations for carcinoma of the rectum, reoperative abdominal and pelvic surgery, reoperative surgery, Sphincter-preservation Surgery, sphincter-saving operations, sphincter-sparing procedures, stoma surgery, surgery for carcinoma of the colon and rectum reoperative abdominopelvic surgery, surgery for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, surgical nutrition, surgical treatment for mucosal ulcerative colitis, Ulcerative Colitis

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 11/13/2019, Dr. Garofalo 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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* 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

140 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

the entire visit was excellent, the Doctor responds to questions very well with understandable manner. This was our first meeting with him and it was excellent.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

I will definitely recommend this provider .

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2020

Doctors were very good.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Loved my dr. & his team, they are great!

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Dr. Garafalo is caring, professional. But most of all, his competence as a surgeon saved my life. Still here 6 years after diagnosis of very dire prognosis.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

My experience was excellent with the Doctor and his staff

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

Dr. Garofalo always listens and I trust his expertise concerning my condition and how to improve it.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

I appreciate my doctor and surgeon and those who work with him.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

l honestly believe I owe my life to Dr. Garofalo's skill and expertise. He's a gifted surgeon and a lovely human being. His staff is professional, courteous and kind.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

I would recommend Dr. G to anyone and everyone.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

I have found Dr. Garofalo to be considerate and caring; he takes, or makes, the time to listen to my complaints and explains things to me in an understandable manner. I greatly value his involvement in my health care.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Dr. Garofalo is an excellent surgeon, who was highly recommend to my son more than 10 years ago. Both of us have benefitted from his surgical skills.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

DR G continues to do an excellent job and one of my favorite doctors at the clinic.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Amazing team *Dr. Garofola.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2019

great experience. great visit with physician and entire staff. exceeded all expectations. thank you!!

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Dr. Garofalo was very curious, sat down and really explained things so I could understand. answered my questions

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

This doctor was compassionately truthful about surgical risks. Took time to explain and repeat explanations to us.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

Dr explained everything about my condition, he told me some options with surgery that I was unaware of. I left with the understanding that i would not have to suffer everyday with pain and discomfort if i would consider surgery.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

doctor was up front, personable , and informative!

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Dr. Garafolo provided all the answers, advantages, and disadvantages related to my treatment. He answered every question and sought to make me comfortable at every turn during our meeting.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Busy doctor, difficult to get in.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Dr Garofalo is the best. He saved my life in 2006. I'm forever grateful for his skill and the Cleveland Clinic supporting great doctors.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr. Garafalo was able to bring me in for the procedure a lot sooner than I thought I was going to be in.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

an excellent provider. I have already suggested him to two or three of my friends in the event they should ever need to see someone for this particular condition.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019

Had to wait almost 1 hour because Dr. was running late. A nurse actually said after 45 minutes, would you like to reschedule- not happening!!

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

awesome doctor great bedside manner

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2019

Dr. Garafalo addressed my concerns and communicated treatment options intelligently, effectively and compassionately.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019

dr. garofalo is a very kind and caring person along with being an excellent dr. he performed major surgery on me with great results. I trust him to make decisions on my health and any referrals he would give me

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

Dr. was very thorough and explained the situation and options extremely well. Dr. was easy to talk with!!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

Dr. took his time with patients. I did not get in to see the Dr. at the appointment time, but that was not a problem as the Dr. took his time with me and explained everything well.

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