Ahmad Kilani, MD, MBA, MLS, FACP, FACHE

Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Chairman Graduate Medical Education Committee
Clinical Assistant Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Baldwin Wallace University

Dr. Kilani is the program director and he serves as the chairman of the Graduate Medical Education Committee. In addition, he serves as the physician advisor of the Care Coordination Department and the regional director for Cleveland Clinic Quality Alliance. Dr. Kilani is a member of Fairview Hospital Operation Team and has special interest in patient experience and population health management. A graduate of Damascus University in Syria, he obtained his medical degree and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Fairview Hospital serving as chief medical resident 1999-2001. Additionally, Dr. Kilani obtained a Masters of Business Administration in Health Care from Baldwin Wallace University and Master of Legal Studies from Cleveland State University.

K.V. Gopalakrishna, MD, FIDSA, FACP

Chair, Department of Medicine
Chief, Infectious Diseases
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Gopalakrishna (Gopal) is a diplomat in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Gopal is a member of many prestigious medical societies and is active in hospital committees. Also, he is very interested in research and has presented papers with residents at many major conferences across the country. He has published many scholarly papers and lectured nationally and internationally on the subject of infectious diseases. He is the 1999 recipient of the Master Teacher award from ACP-ASIM Ohio Chapter. Dr. Gopal is an avid baseball fan, and serves as a team physician for the Cleveland Indians.

Rakesh Bhalla, MD, MBA, FACP

Associate Program Director

Dr. Bhalla completed medical school in India and obtained his MBBS degree from the prestigious University of Delhi. He moved to the United Kingdom where he did his residency in Internal Medicine. He also obtained MRCP Part I in the U.K. and Ireland. His last duties in the U.K. included working as a Registrar in Internal Medicine. Dr. Bhalla came to the United States and completed his residency at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. He joined our program as Chief Resident in 1996 and accepted a faculty position in July 1997. He served as chairman of the CME committee and is an active member in several hospital committees. Dr. Bhalla completed an MBA in Health Care Administration at Cleveland State University in May 2003. His interests are in Service Excellence, Quality in Health Care, Diversity and Inclusion, Information Systems in Health Care, and Innovation in Teaching and Health Care Administration.

Dhairya Mehta, MD, FACP

Associate Program Director

Dr. Mehta completed his medical school from Smt. N. H.L Municipal Medical College, India. After graduating from Fairview Hospital Internal Medicine residency program, he served as a chief resident and then  was promoted to Associate Program Director. He is currently pursuing Master of Science at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Mehta divides his time between Fairview Hospital Internal medicine residency program and practicing primary care at Community Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic. He is very active in multiple hospital committees specifically focusing on quality improvement and EMR based projects. He enjoys traveling, playing racquet sports, especially tennis. He is always up and ready for an adventure filled trip.

Gaurav Kistangari, MD, MPH, FACP, FHM

Director Research & Scholarly Activity
Director Rapid Observation Unit

Dr. Gaurav Kistangari is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine for Lerner College of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  He is currently serving as the Director for Research & Scholarly activity for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Fairview Hospital and the Medical Director of Rapid Observation Unit. He earned his Medical Degree from Osmania Medical College in 2003 and completed his residency at Fairview hospital in 2008. He completed his MPH in 2014 at the Case Western Reserve University with majors in Population Health and Research.

Dr. Kistangari has been on the Cleveland Clinic Faculty, Department of Hospital Medicine, since 2008. His main interests are related to hospital Medicine and teaching.

Dr. Kistangari is Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of Hospital Medicine, and an active member of Society of General Internal Medicine.