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Stacy Brethauer, MD


Stacy Brethauer, MD
Department: General Surgery
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code M61
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Stacy Alan Brethauer, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Section of Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., from 1985 to 1989, where he studied journalism and mass communication. He attended medical school at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences-F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, in Bethesda, MD and received his MD degree in 1993.  After serving three years as a carrier air wing flight surgeon, he completed general surgery residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA in 2001.  Following residency, he was assigned as a staff general surgeon in Okinawa, Japan and at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego. He completed a research fellowship and a clinical fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and joined the staff in 2007.  His clinical interests include bariatric surgery, laparoscopic surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, hernia repair and endoscopy.

He is the Director of Bariatric Surgery at Fairview Hospital and Associate Program Director for the Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship program.

He serves on the executive council for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the board of governors for the ASMBS Foundation. He is involved in a variety of national committees and task forces focusing on quality and accreditation in bariatric surgery.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Naval Medical Center
General Surgery
San Diego, CA USA
Internship - National Naval Medical Center
Bethesda, MD USA
Medical School - Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences-F.Edward Hebert School Medicine
Bethesda, MD USA
Undergraduate - University of Colorado
Journalism and Mass Communication
Boulder, CO USA


  • Surgery

Specialty Interests

Advanced laparoscopy & endoscopy, bariatric operations, Bariatric Surgery, Endoscopy, Endoscopy in the Obese Patient, Gastric surgery with focus on reflux disease, Gastric cancer, gastrointestinal surgery, General Surgery, hernia repair, Hiatal Hernia, Laparoscopic Surgery, Obesity, surgery and endoluminal surgery, weight loss surgery

Innovations & Patents

  • Developed endoscopic gastric suturing techniques to be used as a bariatric procedure in a human trial
  • Development and testing of endoscopic suturing devices to be used in bariatric surgery patients for revisional and primary procedures


  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Treatment & Services

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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