Susan Williams, MD

Department Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Diabetes Center
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acanthosis Nigricans
  • Bone Disorders
  • Calcium Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Risk Prevention
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes - Management
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Fasting hypoglycemia
  • Gastroparesis
  • Goiter
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypertriglyceridemia
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kidney Stones: Oxalate-Controlled Diet
  • Malabsorption
  • Malnutrition
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Parathyroid Disease Description
  • Reactive hypoglycemia
  • Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Tertiary hyperparathyroidism
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Turner Syndrome
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
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About Susan Williams, MD

Dr. Williams is on staff of the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University, a master's degree in nutrition from the University of Rhode Island; and served as an officer, nutrition professional and reservist in the U.S. Air Force.  She completed medical school at Wright State, residency at Kettering Medical Center and a fellowship in clinical nutrition and metabolism at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Williams is board-certified in nutrition, obesity medicine, internal medicine, and densitometry; and is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. She is an associate professor of clinical medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Wright State University School of Medicine.

Dr. Williams has served as the chair of certification for the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, guest editor and speaker for the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and has served in official capacities with the State and National American College of Physicians organizations. 

Her areas of research include metabolic bone disease and vitamin D deficiency, and has been credited with identifying and defining the first treatment protocols for bariatric osteomalacia.  She continues to publish articles and book chapters, and her research has been presented at national and international meetings.

Currently she is the Immediate-past President of the Ohio River Region of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, serves on the inaugural board of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and continues  to teach, publish, and lecture in her areas of expertise.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Kettering Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Kettering, OH USA

Internship - Kettering Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Kettering, OH USA

Medical School - Wright State University School of Medicine
Dayton, OH USA

Internship - Malcolm Grow Medical Center
Clinical Nutrition and Diabetes
Andrews AFB, MD USA

Graduate - University of Rhode Island
Food Science and Nutrition
Kingston, RI USA

Undergraduate - Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS USA

Additional Training

  • Cleveland Clinic Education Institute Distinguished Educator Level I Certificate     2011


    LEAD: Leadership Enhancement and Development Program                              

                American College of Physicians    2009                                                          


    Academic Medicine Elective                                                                                           

                Wright State University School of Medicine         2001                                                  


    Lieutenants Professional Development Course                                                       

                Department of the Air Force

                Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio  1989


    USAF Dietetic Internship, Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center                         

                Military Airlift Command          

                Washington, DC     1988


    Military Indoctrination for Medical Service Officers                                         

                82nd Training Wing

                Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas  1987


    Special Duty, United States Naval War College                                                

                United States Air Force

                Newport, Rhode Island     1987


    United States Naval War College

                International Sea Power Symposium                                                                  

                Newport, Rhode Island     1987


Professional Highlights

  • Appointed to the inaugural board of the American Board of Obesity Medicine
    President of the Ohio River Region, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
    Chair, Certification Council, International Society for Clinical Densitometry


  • Internal Medicine
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Specialty Interests

Bone and mineral metabolism, metabolic bone disease, malabsorption and malnutrition in adults, medical bariatrics, clinical nutrition, human nutrition - also mentoring and teaching

Awards & Honors

  • Voluntary Faculty Award, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, 2011
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2009
  • Fellow, American College of Nutrition, 2008
  • Young Investigator Award: International Society of Clinical Densitometry 2008
  • Nurses' Choice Award, Departments of Nursing, Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio 2006
  • Helen L. Popoway Resident Research Award, Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio 2006
  • E.W. Kettering Scholar, 2002
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, 1985


  • The Obesity Society
  • The Endocrine Society
  • American Society for Nutrition
  • American Diabetes Association
  • International Society for Clinical Densitometry
  • American Society of Bone and Mineral Research
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
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 1/4/2017, Dr. Williams 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. Williams receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Johnson & Johnson

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

164 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Overall Star Ratings
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

10 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2017

Staff and Doctor were all very professional and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2017


Reviewed on Jan 5, 2017

all good experiences.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2016

The care provider considers my opinions

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2016

Dr. Williams is always explicit about how, when and why you need to take the medications she is prescribing.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2016

Dr Williams was excellent - informative, compassionate, helpful, task oriented, and patient.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2016

she always seems to take the time to listen and explain

Reviewed on May 11, 2016

Very good.

Reviewed on May 10, 2016

I was very satisfied with her professionalism and knowledge. she was caring and attentive to my concerns.

Reviewed on May 5, 2016

BEST EXPERIENCE EVER - too bad we won't need to return.

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