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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
  • Abdominal Surgery
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Advanced Polypectomy
  • Anorectal Fistula Treatment
  • Anorectal Surgery
  • Anoscopy
  • Appendectomy
  • Cancer Center
  • Colectomy
  • Colon Resection Surgery
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer Prevention
  • Colorectal Cancer Research
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies
  • Colorectal Cancer Treatment
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Colostomy
  • Consultation for Complicated Colon and Rectal Disease
  • Fecal Diversion
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Exams
  • Hemorrhoid Arterial Ligation
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Ileoanal Pouch
  • Ileoscopy
  • Ileostomy
  • Intestinal Stomas
  • J-Pouch Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Fecal Diversion
  • Laparoscopic Ileocolectomy
  • Laparoscopic Proctosigmoidectomy
  • Laparoscopic Rectopexy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
  • Laparoscopy
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Health
  • Liver Biopsy
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Mucosal Ulcerative Colitis Medical Management
  • Pelvic Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Polypectomy
  • Pouchoscopy
  • Proctitis - Care and Treatment
  • Proctoscopy
  • Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Rectal Prolapse Surgery
  • Rectal Surgery
  • Rectal Ultrasound
  • Rectal-Sparing Operations for Carcinoma of the Rectum
  • Rectopexy
  • Rectum Reoperative Abdominopelvic Surgery
  • Re-Do Rectal Surgery
  • Reoperation Surgery
  • Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
  • Reoperative Pelvic Surgery
  • Resection of Rectal Diseases
  • Rigid Sigmoidoscopy
  • Robotic Colorectal Surgery
  • Rubber Band Ligation Of Hemorrhoids
  • Second Opinion
  • 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 Ulcerative Colitis
  • Surgical Endoscopy
  • Surgical Nutrition
  • Total Abdominal Colectomy
  • Treatment for Anal Fissure
  • Treatment for Anal Fistula
  • Ulcerative Colitis Medical Management
View all 83 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Adenomas
  • Adenomatous Polyps
  • Anal Abscesses
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Fissures
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Itching
  • Anal Pain
  • Anorectal Disease
  • Anorectal Fistula
  • Benign Anorectal Disease
  • Cancer
  • Cancer of the Anus
  • Carcinoma of the Colon
  • Carcinoma of the Large Bowel
  • Carcinoma of the Small Bowel
  • Coccydynia
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Diseases
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colonic Neoplasia
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colovesical Fistula
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Enterocutaneous Fistula
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)
  • Genital Warts
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Intestinal Ischemic Syndrome
  • Intussusception
  • Large Bowel Cancer
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Proctitis
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stoma Related Problems
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Volvulus
View all 51 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 Hillcrest Hospital campus of Cleveland Clinic. He also sees patients and performs outpatient procedures at the Twinsburg Family Health Center. 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 United States

Residency - Saint Elizabeth Health Center
General Surgery
Youngstown, OH

Internship - Saint Elizabeth Health Center
General Surgery
Youngstown, OH

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

Undergraduate - Allegheny College
Meadville, PA


  • 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

Awards & Honors

  • Ohio and America's Top Doctors
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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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 3/25/2024, Dr. Garofalo 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.

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

268 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

35 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

I've never had an initial consult and then surgery the next day. I'm simply blown away. But then again it is The Cleveland Clinic. It's why I drove nearly 7 hours. Dr. G has saved several of my friends' quality of life. I had zero reservations or hesitation when choosing my doctor.

Reviewed on May 10, 2024

I always get the best care with Dr. Garofalo and his whole team

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2024

DR was dismissive of my issue and description of my significant, and long-term pain. He told me that there was no prescription that would relieve my issue, over-the-counter options were useless, that it would go away on it's own as it was " just hemorrhoids". And that if wasn't better in month, we could consider surgery.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

Dr. Garafalo is always thorough & very welcoming

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

Dr and his staff in the actual procedure room were very good and kind towards me

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

Dr. Garofalo is an amazing doctor. He explains your health concerns and the plan for treatment.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2024

I have known Dr Garafalo for several years. I have never known him to be anything but courteous and caring. He explained things well and was able to get my surgery scheduled earlier than I expected. Outstanding!

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2024

Dr. G was very straightforward and to the point which I can appreciate but in a state of vulnerability it can seem a little uncaring.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

Dr. Garafalo amazing - so caring - compassionate - exc. surgeon - our hero!

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2024

Great doctor!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Great doctor been with him fourteen years.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

"Likelihood of your recommending our practice to other." Very good only for Dr. Thomas E Garofalo. The "very good" does not apply to the wholesome experience of the Cleveland Clinic Facility. The wholesome experience of the Cleveland Clinic Facility is "poor" in my humble opinion.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2024

Dr. Garofalo was extremely thorough and explained everything.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr. Garafalo is just great! Would highly recommend, he listens to my concerns and I always feel confident with this doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2023

Love Dr Garafalo

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2023

I directed all concerns and worries about my condition to my doctor in privacy and he was very kind and caring in answering all my questions and helping with a solution.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr. Garafalo provided an excellent experience with my procedure

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

Dr Garofalo was professional and treated me with repect

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Doctor Thomas E Garofalo and his staff couldn't be any better great experience have had many each time the service was great thank you Dr. Garofalo Robert

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Dr. Thomas Garofalo is excellent. He is very caring, answers all questions, is expert in his field, and I would highly recommend him to others.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr was kind, considerate, and a good listener.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2023

Dr Garafolo met with me just prior to my colonoscopy. He Explained, in detail, the procedure, what he would be doing and what I should expect during and sfter the procedure. He answered all of my questions. I felt safe.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Dr. Garafalo was excellent in his communication and in his showing an interest in me as a patient. The best!

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

*Dr. Garafalo is exceptional in caring for his patients. A wonderful surgeon & compassionate to patient & family.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

My doc rocks

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr. Garafalo is such a kind doctor, always very informative and kind!

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Dr was caring and compassionate. Easy to discuss my situation with and made me feel very comfortable

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

I have already recommended Dr. Several times.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

The provider,resident side staff were great. I felt that everyone I saw at the appointment truly cared.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

The doctor was professional and described all I needed.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr Gafaralo was wonderful. Very kind and caring He explained everything. Got me scheduled quickly. I knew I was in great hands. Treated me with respect. I also enjoyed my visit with him every day I was in the hospital. More Drs should do that!

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr Garafalo was very kind and took time for any questions. He fully informed my husband and I as to what will happen with the testing. He was very informative and came out after procedure to speak with my husband.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Excellent experience! Would highly recommend Dr Garofalo!

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr was extremely helpful and informative

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Dr. Garofalo was excellent!!!

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