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 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 11/22/2019, 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

171 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 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

44 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

This was the 2nd time I had seen Dr. Williams and she was very caring and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Dr. Williams is very professional and very courteous and very concerned about the patient's needs.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

Dr Williams was excellent, she explained my diagnosis and the treatment and even took the time to address a personal issue I was dealing with that had nothing to do with the reason for my appointment.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Excellent provider. I have a high level of trust in her.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

I found Dr. Williams to be warm, personable, friendly, clear and easy to understand. She was informative and knowledgeable about my situation and was very generous with her time. She inquired multiple times throughout the visit as to whether I had any questions and assured my understanding of the diagnosis and treatment.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Dr. Susan Williams is the best medical doctor that we have every seen. I feel confident with her treatment of my diabetes and has been looking forward to visiting her office. She is highly skilled, very caring of her patients, and is very personable that made her patients comfortable to talk to her about any medical concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

we highly recommend Cleveland Clinic to family and friends. Our family members travelled internationally to see Cleveland Clinic doctors. I hoped someday our daughter will work for the Clinic, as she is a young urologist practice in San Francisco. we also visited properties around the Clinic and hope we can retire close to the Clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Dr. Williams is the best!

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Since the care provider is a specialist, would only recommend if someone had the same condition.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Dr Williams is my favorite doctor, and I have many.doctors at CCF. she is professional, logical, reassuring and effective. she explains topics so well!

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

My experience was good. I'm very pleased with Dr. Williams.

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

I find Dr. Williams to be very knowledgeable, kind and caring. Her explanations are easy to understand.

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

wonderful caring doctor!

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

I am nothing but pleased with my visit with Dr W!

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

Dr Williams has always been very thorough and always investigates my smallest concerns offering solutions that are well grounded and realistic for my situation.

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

Just had telephone visit. Dr. Williams was very kind, considerate and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

Dr Williams consistently goes above and beyond in listening to me.

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

Dr Susan William is a very caring person and always makes me feel in control of the ultimate decisions about my disease and make me feel supported by her. she does an amazing job at teaching me about my disease so I can make educated decision about the options I have.

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

I think the therapeutic relationship I have with my provider helped on feeling comfortable even in a video appointment.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

I drive 7 hours simply because of my trust in Dr. Williams. She's incredible.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

I always have awesome appointments with Dr. Williams. She always listens and give good feedback. She's def my fav Endo.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2020

Dr. Williams is outstanding! she is knowledgeable and caring.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

Dr Williams is a great Dr. The staff in her office are wonderful people.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

dr. Williams was very helpful and professional. First class act.She's not only a good doctor but a very nice person.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020


Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

As a patient of Dr. Susan Williams her and her office staff has always taken the time to make sure our appointment from start to finish is a priority to them .

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Dr. Williams is an excellent physician who involves me with my care decisions and keeps me well informed. I am always confident in her descisions and in placing my medical issues in her care.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

I always have a great visit with my doctor and everyone is very respectful and kind

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

I loved Dr Williams she enpowered me to take my diabetes seriously and take control

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Dr. Williams is an amazing physician. not only a professional, but a human too who is able to stay in touch with the needs and concerns of her patients.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

I really like dr willams. she was caring, Professional and appeared very knowledgeable in Endocrinology.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Dr. Williams is very knowledgeable about the issues for my visit. She explains everything very well and very clearly. I am extremely happy with the care and concern she provides. I would not hesitate to have any of my family or friends receive their care from Dr. Williams.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

Dr. Williams is very knowledgeable and very professional. From 1 to 10 she is a 11.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

Provider was hurried, did not have any of my referral paperwork or recent labs entered into her computer. She has to look at the recent lab results I brought with me. Then was not pleased they were not from the Cleaveland Clinic, different Assay to read and decide on. First said, she thought it was silly my prior Endochrinologist had me on two different doses throughout the week. When I asked her what her suggested dose would be, by doing her math by hand, she said, to just stay in what I had been on. When I asked what dose her math have her she said she would need to get up and go get reference book, which she did. Then came back, told me of a number and said, she could understand then why my dosing was such, so to balance out my levels during the week.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

Dr. Susan Williams is the best. I travel about 200 miles every six months to keep on track, she is kind, caring and very intelligent. Thanks Dr. Williams.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

Perfect Dr visit! Dr Susan Williams was pleasant and not rushed, while providing my husband and I with all the information we needed. She answered questions we didn't even know we had! She detailed options and her recommendation. Very friendly, positive manner. Thank you!

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Dr. Williams is a very considerate and highly skilled doctor. I have great respect of her.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

my wife and I gave our highest respect and gratitude to Dr. Williams.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Williams is by far my favorite.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

very good Doctor

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

From the reception staff to the intake person to the nurse and finishing with Dr. Williams I was given genuine attention. They were the definition of respectful.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Dr. Williams is an absolute gem!! My father hates to go to his doctor appointments; however, when he knows that he is going to see her, he looks forward to it! Dr. Williams' care/diagnosis has given my 93 year old father a quality of life he would not have had if we did not get introduced to Dr. Williams! Thank you!!!

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

dr Williams is exceptional!

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