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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 11/1/2021, 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

184 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Dr. Williams is amazing, her knowledge and expertise has helped my immensly.

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Dr. Williams is a fabulous doctor and I'm fortunate to have her as my endocrinologist!

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Dr. Susan Williams is in a class by herself. Amazing doctor. Worth the 7 hours round trip.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

I was very pleased with Dr Susan WilliamsFriendly, precise, knowledgeable, and caring.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2022

*Dr. Williams is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2022

Met face to face for first time. Really liked her demeanor and professionalism. I've had a few docs who are condescending and talk down to patients.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

As always, even via virtual, Dr. Williams is concerned, caring and very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

With thanks and appreciation for all you do at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Williams. I was very happy to learn that my dexascan showed considerable Improvement! .

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2022

I feel very fortunate having Dr. Williams as my specialist.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

My appointment with Dr. Williams was very good. She is professional and very knowledgeable. She has helped me in many ways with my health issues. She is very easy to talk and makes you feel comfortable Discussing your problems. She is top notch in my book.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Dr Williams is extremely knowledgeable in her field and her suggestions were very helpful.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Very nice and respectful doctor. Was very kind and listened and answered questions about my concerns

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

She The doctor was very patient an I really appreciate that from her.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Excellent medical information pertaining to my health as well as patient Dr. Interaction.Dr. Williams made me feel very comfortable and took in for my appointment in a timely manner

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Dr. Williams was very affirming and open to my questions. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have had a consultation with her. She included my husband in the discussion, but gave primary focus to me. She acknowledged the in depth labs done by my PCP, which reassured me. She explained steps to improve my labs. She explained exactly how my body was "doing what it is supposed to do" re: the parathyroid hormone. She explained the next steps clearly. Dr Williams provided me a print out with all information at end of appt. She is a gifted physician and I would want my family members to receive this level of care as well.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Dr Williams was very informative and I left feeling I understood my treatment plan better than before.

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 Aug 30, 2021

Dr Williams is great! She knows her stuff.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

Dr. Williams was very knowledgeable and easy to talk with. I was confident that I was in good hands!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Dr. Williams answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. She explanations and suggestions for care by my PCP were clear and gave reasons for the suggestions. I was very pleased with my visit and I learned a lot about Graves Disease in an older body.

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.

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