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

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

Graduate - 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


  • 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, 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 11/29/2017, 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

174 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 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

This was my very first appointment with Dr. Susan Williams and I was very impressed with her knowledge about my condition (osteoporosis)n and her ability to answer my questions and address my concerns. I feel confident that I am in the right hands! Also. the office staff were very helpful, courteous and friendly and went out of their way, during & prior to the appointment (to help me send my records via the out of state hospital to hospital computer method) and also copy my records for the doctor to have.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018

I wanted to discuss possible interaction of medications given by another provider with doctor but doctor did not feel relevant.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

Dr. Williams, is a great Doctor who very concern with my well being, health.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018

I could not be more pleased with Dr Williams. The first thing she did was listen to what I had to say about why I was in her office. She was easy to talk with and gave thorough answers to all of my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2018

Dr. Williams is an excellent Physician and keeps me well informed of all matters involved in my health care plans as well as seeking responses from me in this plan.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2018

Dr. Williams is our favorite doctor at Cleveland Clinic. We are happy to drive 3-1/2 hours to see her. she is extremely knowledgeable. She spends as much time as we need answering all our questions.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

some of these questions were hard to answer as I saw dr. Williams for a specific reason and I have only seen her one time

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2018

Dr. Williams always shows concern and caring. She is listens and I always feel better after seeing her.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2018

My experience with Dr. Susan Williams was very good. She is very knowledgeable and very professional. She has helped me immensely with my health condition.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2018

I travel from Michigan to see Dr Williams, she is one of the most knowledgeable and caring Drs I have ever had. Dr Williams is a true asset of the Clinic and one that carries out the excellent standard of care you are known for to the highest degree.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2018

I had no problems with the staff, nurses or the doctor. All treated me with courtesy and respect. Also, the nurse was very helpful.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2018

There was little to no delay from seeing the nurse, the doctor and the nurse who administered the Prolia injection.

Reviewed on May 25, 2018

This was the first time I've seen Dr.Williams. She offered a great deal of helpful information and was fantastic.

Reviewed on May 1, 2018

This provider was abrupt and condescending in her attitude and manner. She seems knowledgeable in her field, but I wouldn't see her again. This was my first visit.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2018

Dr. Williams is very knowledgeable and concerned about my needs. Feel like we are in tune with one another on my healthcare.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2018

I have seen Dr. Shewbridge for years , had to cancel my appt. with him , saw Dr. Williams instead I like her very much ,I hope to keep seeing her,

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2018

It was a very good experience. Dr.Susan Williams was very professional and very informative. She very concerned for my health issues. I really enjoyed my visit with her. I am looking forward to my follow up visit.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2018

Dr. Williams was so caring and gave a lot of input. A wonderful person. She put me at ease so much a teared up to finally to has some one who explains you meds you health and what is going on with you.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2018

Every one goes beyond their duty to make you very comfortable.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2018

Dr Susan Williams listens and then instructs you so you can understand. She's great.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2018

always courteous and concerned about patient welfare and needs.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2017

Dr. Williams is very attentive and is very detailed. She is very knowledgeable about my medical well being. I feel she has taken care of my medical needs effectively.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2017

Dr Williams is always engaged, thoughtful and a great listener.

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