Cleveland Clinic's Digestive Disease Institute (DDI) is the first to unite all specialists within one unique, fully integrated model of care aimed at optimizing patient experience. At DDI, we offer patients the most advanced, safest and proven medical and surgical treatments focused primarily on the gastrointestinal tract.
Our Institute includes:
2011-2012 U.S.News & World Report Rankings
U.S.News & World Report has consistently ranked Cleveland Clinic's Digestive Disease Institute #2 in the nation in gastroenterology as part of their “America's Best Hospitals” survey.
Nationally: No.2 since 2003
Ohio: No.1 since 1990
2012 Digestive Disease Patient Experience Data
The Digestive Disease Institute’s Endoscopy Units were recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) for high quality of care and promoting the highest standards of safety for their patients.
Cleveland Clinic continues to place emphasis on improving the patient experience by establishing the role of Chief Experience officer. In August 2009, Digestive Disease Vice-Chairman James Merlino, MD, was named by the Clinic to lead the office.
As Chief Patient Experience Officer, Dr. Merlino helps ensure that all aspects of the patient experience meet the highest standards. Committed to patient-centered care, Dr. Merlino has helped spearhead initiatives to improve access and communication within the Digestive Disease Institute.
DDI’s advanced endoscopy team opened a brand-new 15,000-square-foot facility in 2011 built to improve both access and patient experience. Located in the Glickman Tower on Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, the state-of-the-art facility emphasizes both safety and quality. The four-suite unit doubles the amount of therapeutic endoscopy space for performing endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and deep enteroscopy. Specialized fluoroscopic equipment allows for the generation of 3-D cholangiography, which is available at only a handful of units nationally. New Provations software provides improved reporting for patients, allowing referring physicians to pull up images from their patients’ visit.
“Providing excellent patient experience isn’t centered on one or two executives. It takes every doctor, every nurse, every employee to make sure patients leave here with a good experience,” Merlino said. “It’s a culture. My goal is that when people hear Cleveland Clinic, they think of great patient experience.”
Our colorectal surgeons are highly experienced in laparoscopic procedures, having performed more than 2,100 laparoscopic intestinal resections and averaging 8 to 10 cases each week.
Our liver transplant program is one of the nation's largest, performing 148 liver transplants in 2008.
Cleveland Clinic has an international reputation for excellence in IBD, including: more operations for Crohn’s disease than any other institution, including the bowel-conserving strictureplasty, the world’s highest volume of J-pouch procedure, and the nation’s largest referral center for repairing pelvic pouches.
For more than 25 years, Cleveland Clinic has been using its David G. Jagelman Inherited Colorectal Registries to follow high-risk colorectal cancer patients and families. The registries are the largest of their kind in the United States and second largest in the world.
The Digestive Disease Institute recently opened a new multidisciplinary, education and research-focused center for hereditary colorectal cancers in which the Jagelman Registries now reside. The Sanford R. Weiss Center for Hereditary Neoplasia allows Cleveland Clinic institutes involved in the research and treatment of colon cancer to join forces and expand our research efforts to provide more efficient care, focused on hereditary colon cancer as well as education to caregivers, patients and families.
2011 Digestive Disease Institute Statistics
The total number of admissions
Total number of surgical cases
Total number of endoscopic cases