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 11/26/2018, 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

220 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

56 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Dr Williams is the gold standard for patient care: informative, kind, professional, explains complicated issues, brilliant, warm, considerate and effective. Wish she could be cloned.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

The Doctor is very knowledgeable and listened intently to my questions and concerns. I would definitely recommend her to family and friends.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

This was my first visit to the clinic. I was very pleased with Dr. Susan Williams. She was professional and friendly. She asked questions and listened well to my responses. She ordered reasonable tests to obtain a possible diagnosis and examined my thyroid as well. I look forward to seeing what she has to say about the testing and discussing my hopeful diagnosis. No other doctor I have been to in the Pittsburgh area has been able to pinpoint what I have or what to do about my condition for over five years.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

I have recommended Dr. Williams toothers. She listens, and she works with me to resolve my endocrine health problems.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Dr. Williams was very informative, Her bedside manner on the other hand left somewhat a sour taste..

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Dr. Susan Williams is a great dr. she explains things very well

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

great doctor

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

great doctor. would recommend to everyone

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

Great doctor and wonderful staffing. ThanksCleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

dr Williams is very caring and listens to any issues and concerns that you have

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

I always look forward to seeing Dr. Williams. she is patient and always answers my questions.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Dr. Williams is genuinely concerned about your health and health goals. I always feel better after seeing her.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

it is a good experience every time I come to my appointment. The front desk is very courteous and experienced professionals. I actually enjoy coming to see Dr. Williams. She is very knowledgeable and professional and very easy to talk to.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

It is very hard to get an appointment with an endocrinology. I was in a-fib from may 13th to July 22nd because i could not find one. things went very well when i got there Dr. Williams took time with us explained things and I was very happy.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

The doctor had all the information about the problems I have had with the medicine she wished me to start on again, after I have lost the last two years of my life from it.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Forgot my meter, returned to home. Got it, were late arriving, but Dr. Williams worked us in.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Dr. Williams was genuinely concerned about me. She praised me for my success, explained that my diabetes is now under control, & she answered all of my questions.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

Dr. Williams was very thorough. She showed that she cared and made me feel confident in a plan. I was very glad to have met her and look forward to working with her.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr Williams is a very caring, informative and thorough. I would recommend her to others!

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

very pleased with care and concern doctor had.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

Dr Williams is such a good Dr.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

Dr Willams is so awesome. Explains things and listens to you. She does"t give you a run around about anything.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

I can"t say enough about the doctor and the staff. they all are so great. love, love them all.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

Dr Susan Williams was awesome.

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

Dr. Williams was excellent

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

Dr Williams was super. She listens to my concerns and I was very pleased with my care.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

I travel over 200 miles to see Dr. Williams because she is always responsive to questions, proactive in my care and very knowledgeable about my health history and the necessary actions needed to maintain a good quality of life. Because of my past health issues I have seen many Drs. and Specialist, Dr. Williams ranks #1 in my book.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

This care provider was dismissive and uncaring regarding my condition.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019

Very good experience the staff was very friendly as well as the doctor. Dr. Williams was very thorough and took time with me during my appointment.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2019

Doctor was very intuitive concerning my challenges and addressed the type of lifestyle changes that I would need to make to manage my Type 2 Diabetes.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

I'm very happy to have had an encounter with Dr. Williams. Thank you Dr. Williams for listening to my concerns for improving my health. I look forward to more

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Dr. Williams was very thorough and took time to understand my concerns. She was very knowledgeable and relaxed, did not rush through the appointment at all.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

I would recommend Dr Williams and her nurses

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

would not want any other Doctor besides Dr. Williams, she treats my son with respect and she's very caring.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2019

Dr. Williams was wonderful & compassionate!!! Would definitely recommend her to family & friends.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

long wait for doctor. would have been inice to be informed instead of waiting for hour in exam room without knowing what was going on until physician came in.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

Dr Williams is exactly what I hoped for in my search for an endocrinologist.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

The doctor was very thorough and engaged in a holistic evaluation.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

Dr. Williams always walks my father back to the waiting area 'arm-in-arm'...she is a gem!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019

provider easy to talk to and genuinely concerned about me

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

I like Dr Susan. She treats me like a friend.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

Dr. Williams was very professional and kind. A great combination for a good doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

Dr. Williams very easy to talk to

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2019

enjoyed meeting Dr. Williams. she was very thorough, friendly.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

Dr. Williams is very unprofessional. She does not provide any suggestions for better care. She does not work with her team and denies authorizations that her team has requested. My medication P.A. was delayed two months because the request form sat on her desk. I am very unsatisfied with her service as a doctor and will be seeking another provider.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

Dr. Williams refuses to communicate with the pharmacist to get things needed for patient.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2018

I had many concerns on this last visit with Dr Williams. she took her time to address each concern. she educated me and offered suggestions that are working nicely. She was terrific and went out of her way to help me.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2018

They take me right in and after the usual vitals check I see Dr. Williams right away. She is always very focused on getting my diabetes under control. She emphasizes the importance of healthy eating and exercise at each visit. I feel she truly cares about me as her patient. Any issues with having a high A1C is on me for not following her instructions. Dr. Williams is genuinely concerned about my health issues.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

I came in from Milwaukee; I got the appointment Ineed, when I needed it. Dr. Williams was kind, compassionate and diligent in her explanations. The Endocrinology telephone staff is always busy; so many people need their help. I call them with the goal of not wasting their time.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

Dr. Williams covered everything well.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

I wish someone had told me that Dr. Williams was running late. I asked; no one told me.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

The first appointment for Dr Williams was January so I took it and asked if I could be put on the waiting list, they followed through. and found an earlier appointment for m. Great follow through.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

I was early because Xray took me early; Dr. then took me early, so that was great!

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.

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