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Department Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute
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

  • Bone Disorders
  • Calcium Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes - Management
  • Fasting hypoglycemia
  • Goiter
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kidney Stones: Oxalate-Controlled Diet
  • Malabsorption
  • Malnutrition
  • Metabolic Bone Disease
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parathyroid Disease Description
  • Reactive hypoglycemia
  • Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
  • Tertiary hyperparathyroidism
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Turner Syndrome
  • Vitamin D Deficiency
View all 29 Specialties +


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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 bone densitometry; and is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist. She is an associate professor of clinical medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and an associate professor emeritus 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, and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Her professional honors include being elected into fellowship into the American College of Nutrition, American College of Physicians, Alumni Fellow of Kansas State University, and Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology.

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 serving on the board of directors of  Ohio River Region of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts & Sciences at Kansas State University,  and continues  to teach, mentor, investigate, 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 Education - Wright State University School of Medicine
Dayton, OH USA

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

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

Undergraduate - Kansas State University
Music Education
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, Texax-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

  • Selected: USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Washington, DC&
  • One of the first Internists to be elected Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology
  • Appointed: Dean’s Advisory Council, College of Arts & Sciences, Kansas State University
  • Appointed as full-time staff to the Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism – 2012
  • Published Text: DXA Primer for the Practicing Physician: A Case-based Manual for Understanding and Interpreting Bone Densitometry;  that was rapidly recognized as an authoritative text on the subject and translated into several languages
  • 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
  • Direct Commission, United States Air Force

Specialty Interests

Bone and mineral metabolism, metabolic bone disease, malabsorption and malnutrition in adults, medical bariatrics, clinical nutrition, human nutrition, teaching, mentoring, and writing for publication

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Endocrinology
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Nutrition
  • Voluntary Faculty Award, Wright State University School of Medicine
  • Nurses' Choice Award, Departments of Nursing, Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio
  • Helen L. Popoway Resident Research Award, Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio
  • E.W. Kettering Scholar
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi


  • 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 11/2/2020, Dr. Williams 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

193 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

46 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr. Williams seems great.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

DR williams is wonderful Trying to help my husband that is diabetic that has a mind set. She is so kind and willing to help and encourage him. Helping with his meds. But still being firm of what he has to do. She is a wonderful Dr. Being a diabetic is very difficult illness And people think it is a fat illness and it is not. My husband weighs 158 it is not a fat illness. It is difficult for the spouse and family . Like Dr. Williams said takes a village to be on board with a diabetic. God bless her that she is helping us with this terrible illness. A diabetic is totaling different then someone that does not have the illness. Some days they are great other days very mean don't want to do what they need to do and very moody it is like stepping on hot coals. Bless I hope this helps. Dr. Williams is really working very hard to help these people God has given her a gift . Prayers

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Dr. Williams was, as always, very caring and considerate. I adore her.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Great ease in contacting and setting up appointment. Dr. Williams was wonderful to speak with and discuss my medical issues

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Dr. Williams listened carefully and was thorough with her discussions and suggestions for further treatment and next steps

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Wonderful Doctor

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

I love coming to see Dr.Williams. She's taken good care of me throughout the years. She's gotten me through some rough times both personal and medical.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

We always have the best experience at Cleveland Clinic. We travel from Jackson, Mississippi to see physicians there. I would recommend going there to anyone needing specialized care.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Dr Williams is always helpful and takes the time to answer my questions

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Doctor was very pleasant and comforting. Looking forward to see how another follow up is with more details re: my problem.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

This was my first visit with Dr Williams. She is amazing! Took her time to understand me and to explain her recommendations. Very personable

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

I was very impressed with *Dr. Williams. She was very knowledgeable & explained things very clearly. She was very clam & extremely personable.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

I'm quite loyal to Dr. Susan Williams manner of practice. Greatly appreciate your above and beyond expertise and patience. Thank you.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

dr was very fast, caring and made me comfortable.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

thank you so very much Dr. Williams

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

We love Dr. Williams through professional takes everything about the patient in consideration before making a recommendation

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Dr. Williams is very good and is aware of how to discuss my care.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2021

Dr. Williams was extremely thorough and knowledgeable. She took a lot of time going over everything in detail and was very thorough and helped me. I was very impressed! thank you

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

Dr Williams spent a lot of time with me addressing my health concerns. I felt very confident in her ability to help me

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

I would highly recommend Dr Williams she listens to your concerns and answers all questions

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

Dr. Williams was exceptional. She truly was concerned for my welfare and listened to me. Not only did she recommend changes in my diet and vitamin intake she explained the reasons for my test results and the importance of staying with my treatment plan. I felt she treated me as a friend, not just a patient. This encounter is very different from typical experiences at Cleveland Clinic, where I feel like a number.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Dr Williams was excellent. she addressed my osteopenia. however I thought I was going to be addressing possible hyperparathyroidism and that was dismissed pretty quickly. also problems with my weight was not addressed. but she was very kind and addressed what she thought I was referred for. however the staff answering the phone not so much one staff went out of her way to help the other totally had no idea what she was doing and ended up hanging up on me.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Dr Williams is an excellent doctor. I wish there were more like her.

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Dr. William's was very interested in understanding my concerns.

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Since seeing Dr. Williams my diabetes has improved greatly. I am so happy to be under her care

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

We were very happy with the meeting. She is an excellent caring and instructive doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

Dr. Williams goes over and beyond for her patients. I am so grateful for her role in trying to help us get Dexcom. Thank you.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2021

Doctor was very attentive and courteous

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Dr Williams is so knowledgeable, very good bedside manner, very concerned

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Dr. Williams carefully reviewed all lab work and medical reports after which she explained a very practical plan to reverse the continuing weight loss.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

I was very comfortable and at ease with my Doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

I liked the doctor. As she was direct into the point. I had already done quite a bit of research prior to my arrival. While I had a few questions about the supplements that she said I did not need to take, I also did not insist on an answer so I take responsibility for that. I appreciate the professionalism of this physician. And I absolutely would recommend her

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Williams as my physician. Always very patient and thorough

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

I feel this provider had her own agenda before hand and included me in no discussion or else no questions about my lifestyle, exercise, or other. I felt she was very cold in a matter of fact about the visit. She wanted to immediately put me on insulin to make my blood sugar perfect. She knew nothing about me and asked nothing about me. when I sent a follow-up question her answer was very cryptic and uninformative

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

I Loved Susan! she's such a wonderful and caring doctor, which is very important to have these days!

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Susan was great! I would highly recommend her to anyone! she seemed so caring and thoughtful and that means a lot for doctors these days! She made me feel comfortable and welcomed right away and made me feel that she could relate to me on many levels! She is the best doctor I've seen in a long time!

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

Dr. Williams is always extremely knowledgeable, caring and helpful. She's goes the extra mile to make sure I understand what we are discussing.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

I could see a local Endocrinologist, but I choose to see Dr. Williams, because of her outstanding ability in the above areas

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

Dr S Williams admitted us (my husband and myself) from the hold lobby quickly. This is very effective and efficient. As a result we are switching to the freelibrra monitoring.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

a used my-chart email to transfer my blood sugar reading. The Doctor's suggestion to switch to the freelibra metering will be followed.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Very nice and considerate staff and Very helpful doctor

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

I am so fortunate to have found Dr. Williams!! She is by far the best endocrinologist that I have worked with!!! Not only is she extremely caring but incredibly sharp... even noticing that I had a stye in one eye!!!! Her recommendations with regard to medication changes, exercise, and other pertinent information were excellent and I felt very confident that they would make an impact on my well being. Dr. Williams, I feel is the "sharpest tool in the box" on my medical team!!! I am grateful to Cleveland Clinic for hiring her and to Dr. Williams for her superb care.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

I have learned more from Dr. Williams than any other Endo doctor I have seen. I believe we have a shared respect and I trust her guidance.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

I don't feel that the virtual visit was any less valuable than an in person visit. Dr. Williams, reviewed my medical tests, my progress, listened to my concerns and provided feedback.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Dr. Williams is awesome. She listens to me when I talk. I recommended Dr. Williams to a friend and my friend also thinks very highly of Dr. Williams.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

I stepped away from Dr Williams a couple years ago due to health insurance changes. however I am back and thoroughly enjoy our interactions

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