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Welcome to the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Training Program…
Where Every Resident Receives a World Class Education!

The Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program provides innovative, comprehensive, and high quality clinical and didactic learning experiences in an academic setting. Caring for a diverse population of patients from around the world, across the state of Ohio, and from our own local neighborhoods exposes our trainees to an unparalleled spectrum of disease. Such diverse training coupled with world renowned experts providing outstanding mentorship and teaching uniquely positions our graduates to successfully pursue academic and clinical careers in general internal medicine or to continue training in one of the subspecialties of internal medicine.

Abby L Spencer MD, MS, FACP

Abby L Spencer MD, MS, FACP

Nationally and internationally recognized for outstanding clinical care, innovative practice, and landmark research, our clinical faculty are full-time clinicians who are deeply committed to mentoring residents in their professional development, teaching and role-modeling exceptional clinical care, and coaching residents to conduct and present high quality research projects. Our academic environment is further enriched by the presence of The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine students for whom we are the primary training site as well as University Track students from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine who rotate through the Cleveland Clinic. Our residents excel in the vigorous learning environment enriched by the extensive resources offered by the Cleveland Clinic (eg, state of the art simulation center, new expansive resident learning center, rotations in multiple practice settings, renovated call rooms, innovative medical school program, and the Cleveland Clinic Academy courses offered by the Cleveland Clinic Education Institute) and we enthusiastically embrace resident roles as clinical teachers and educational and health care leaders.  We are Sabbath-observant friendly.

Our Residency Mission Statement

Within a supportive, innovative learning environment, the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program cultivates internists who provide safe, high-quality, and patient-centered care, engage in collaborative relationships, embrace diversity and teamwork, promote health and well-being of self and others, communicate empathically and clearly, demonstrate mindful clinical reasoning, and achieve distinction in clinical care, scholarship, leadership, and commitment to lifelong learning.

We accomplish this mission by ensuring that:

  • Patients receive the highest quality care (Cleveland Clinic motto “Patients First”)
  • Education is valued, protected, and embraced (Cleveland Clinic mission)
  • Learning climates are positive and supportive
  • Residents are inspired, challenged, and mentored
  • Outstanding faculty and trainees who support this mission are recruited, developed, and retained
  • Faculty and residents are committed to continuous improvement of ourselves and our training program

Please explore our website and view the variety of outstanding and innovative educational opportunities that we can offer to you. You will see that Cleveland is a great place to live and work! We could not be more proud of our program and the physicians we train and look forward to sharing our program with you.

Thank you for visiting our website! Please feel free to contact us with any questions about our unique training opportunities; our internal medicine training program; living, dining, and enjoying the metro parks in our city and region; or even about our Cleveland Sports teams and exceptional cultural gems. Welcome back LeBron!


Abby L Spencer MD, MS, FACP .
Director, Internal Medicine
Residency Training Program

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Moises Auron, MD
Core Faculty Member
Hospital Medicine

I am strongly focused on medical education at multiple levels including the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, the internal medicine and pediatrics residency programs, as well as our Hospital Medicine Fellowship.

I was born and raised in Mexico in a family of doctors. I completed two residencies: Four years in an internal medicine residency in Mexico City and four years in a dual internal medicine and pediatrics (Med/Peds) residency in Cleveland, Ohio. I am board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics.

I am an academic hospitalist and have dual appointments in both the Medicine Institute and Pediatric Institute. In internal medicine, I work on the inpatient teaching and non-teaching services and also in the outpatient perioperative clinic. In pediatrics, I work on the inpatient teaching service at the Children’s Hospital.

I am strongly focused on medical education at multiple levels including the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, the internal medicine and pediatrics residency programs, as well as our Hospital Medicine Fellowship.

I'm a core faculty member within the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and I'm very genuinely committed to ensure my residents obtain the best training as possible, emphasizing the use of Evidence-Based Medicine and I encourage the building of a strong knowledge base and the practice of genuinely compassionate and humanistic medicine.

I'm married; my wife is also Med/Peds and is a Pulmonary and Critical Care fellow. I am a big fan of Web 2.0 media resources for medical education purposes. In my free time I enjoy discovering new ethnic restaurants, personal training, martial arts, reading, listening to music, and traveling.

Adarsh Bhimraj, MD
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Head, Section of Neurologic Infectious Diseases

I joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in 2009 in the department of Infectious Diseases. I did my fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Pittsburgh and my residency at Drexel, Philadelphia. My clinical area of interest is neurologic-infectious disease, particularly nosocomial or device related neurological infections. Cleveland Clinic is probably one of the few places in the world which has a dedicated Department\section for neurologic infections. At the national level I am on the Infectious Diseases Society of America guidelines committee for nosocomial meningitis. My experience working at Cleveland Clinic has been amazing. I had the opportunity to work with great internists/primary care doctors and also with consultants who are highly specialized with national and international reputation in their fields. Cleveland Clinic is a well-integrated system where we all work together to provide world-class care. Given that it attracts patients from all over the world, there is great diversity in the patient population & pathology that we see. Cleveland Clinic is a great place to train for a good clinical and educational experience.

My other area of interest is evidence based medicine and resident education. I love working with residents and teaching. I am honored to be working with some of the most dedicated and brilliant clinical educators. We are constantly evaluating the residency teaching programs and introducing educational innovations like EBM skill building sessions and academic half days. Through the education institute at Cleveland Clinic, most of us (faculty) undergo training in teaching skills and performance evaluation. We strive hard to provide a great educational experience in the residency program.

Andrei Brateanu, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Staff, Internal Medicine

I think research is not only an essential component of a scholarly life but also an absolute requisite for the strength and success of an individual physician. Some might choose to follow an academic, research oriented career; others might find a clinical pathway more rewarding. Regardless, all should search for knowledge and learn where to find it.

I believe Cleveland Clinic provides a home for residents who are passionate about what they do and need the proper environment and support system to become better at what they do. This is the place where they have the opportunity of becoming members of a dynamic consortium of researchers, educators, and clinicians while fully expressing their own personalities. They have the privilege of learning new teaching tools and strategies, receiving support and mentoring and working in such a collaborative environment like our campus.

I know that my professional career in the last 13 years, while working for the Cleveland Clinic, has been influenced and shaped by working with residents and I can wholeheartedly say that it was the best time of my life.

Michael Faulx, MD
Associate Program Director
The Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine

I joined the staff at Cleveland Clinic in 2005 after completing eight years of Internal Medicine and Cardiology training at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. I made the short trip down Euclid Avenue because I felt Cleveland Clinic offered me the best opportunity to be a true "triple threat," combining the nation's best cardiovascular medical care with ample opportunity to teach, write and investigate. I haven't been disappointed.

I presently function as a full service general cardiologist and staff the cardiology inpatient resident service about three months of the year when I am no seeing patients in the office, reading echocardiograms or performing diagnostic heart catheterization. I am also keenly interested in housestaff education and as an associate program director for Internal Medicine I draw from my experience as a resident and chief resident to strengthen the training program through recruitment, advisership and contribution to the cardiology curriculum. My principal academic interest concerns the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea and heart disease, specifically using imaging and biomarker assays to help determine how sleep apnea independently contributes to cardiovascular disease risk. These endeavors have allowed me to maintain collaborative ties to Case Western Reserve University, though in time I would like to expand to collaborate with staff here on the main campus, involving fellows and residents in my research and writing.

When I'm not at work I enjoy spending time with my wife (a gastroenterologist) and two young, energetic sons (presently entertaining careers in professional basketball and stock car racing). We enjoy traveling, skiing and watching the Cavs play at the Q. I am a die-hard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, a fact that becomes self-evident upon entry into my office.

David V. Gugliotti, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director
Hospital Medicine

I joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in 1999 in the Department of General Internal Medicine as a hospital based internist. My group has expanded to the Department of Hospital Medicine where I currently care for inpatients on the hospital teaching service, non-teaching service, inpatient medical consultation, and in the IMPACT center (pre-operative evaluation clinic).

I trained in Internal Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, GA which was a very clinically based program. My main joy during residency and until this day, are the interactions with others in the hospital clinical care setting. Learning from others and teaching about care for patients in the hospital is always interesting, exciting, challenging, and rewarding for me. After residency, I came back to my home state of Ohio. At Cleveland Clinic, I found a place that is focused on providing excellent patient care, a robust educational environment, a strong research climate, and most of all people who are caring and dedicated to patients.

I feel very privileged to be a part of Cleveland Clinic's Internal Medicine Residency program. I think Cleveland Clinic is an exceptional place for training in Internal Medicine due to its richness of resources, faculty, and residents. I am excited to work with the program to continually adapt to the challenges of Internal Medicine training and continue to prepare our residents for fellowship training and clinical practice.

Nathan Houchens MD
Core Faculty Member
Hospital Medicine

After graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, I completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, where I was honored to serve as Chief Medical Resident. During this time, I developed an appreciation for the ability of clinician-educators to facilitate educational sessions that are brief but nonetheless highly practical and relevant to busy residents. Creating and delivering quality educational content in an accessible and dynamic way was an endeavor I strived and continue to strive to perfect. I practiced as a Hospital Medicine physician there for another two years in both teaching and non-teaching roles. My clinical and research interests include academic and clinical writing, patient safety and quality improvement, and communication in healthcare settings.

I joined the Department of Hospital Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in 2013. I have been delighted by the significance the organization places on education, not just of its students, residents, and fellows but of its staff as well. I have been an active participant in elevating my own teaching ability via courses within the Cleveland Clinic Academy and look forward to seeking new and innovative teaching methods. During my time with our residents, I am continually impressed by their clinical acumen, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and thirst for knowledge, qualities essential for all outstanding physicians.

I hope to share my experiences in the arena of academic and clinical writing with the program’s residents and mentor them to success in top tier journals. As a National Correspondent for the Clinical Care Conundrums section of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, I plan to continue honing my own writing ability and soliciting high impact clinical cases for discussion. I served as a faculty mentor for the Patient Safety Learning Program at Michigan and am delighted to continue this work through longitudinal patient safety and quality improvement projects at the Cleveland Clinic in the Hospital Medicine Track. I facilitate the Foundations in Healthcare Communication course for Cleveland Clinic physicians and feel the relationship-centered communication skills learned there can improve the lives of our patients and ourselves. It is with great enthusiasm that I bring these experiences to the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the Cleveland Clinic in an effort to create a rewarding and meaningful educational experience for all.

Lakshmi Khatri, MD
Co-Director, Resident Ambulatory Clinic
Strongsville Family Health Center

After training at Case Western Reserve University / University Hospitals Medical Center, I was on faculty at University of Michigan. I was drawn back to Cleveland in 2004 and chose Cleveland Clinic because of its dedication to excellence in education and patient care throughout the community in Northeast Ohio.

As Co-Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program Longitudinal Clinic, I have been able to interact closely with the residents and be able to facilitate their real-life outpatient practice experiences. This setting of general practice allows high quality primary care with the availability of highly specialized tertiary care for patients in the regional community. I believe this is what makes Cleveland Clinic unique. I hope to continue to encourage residents to consider primary care as a career path, all the while supporting a well-rounded Internal Medicine academic teaching program.

Brian Mandell, MD, PhD
Associate Program Director
Professor and acting Chairman, Department of Medicine
Editor-in-Chief, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Staff, Department of Rheumatic & Immunologic Disease

I am one of the associate program directors, and my primary responsibility within the residency program is director of the scholarly activity and CLINSCHOP programs. I am also the Professor and acting Chairman, Department of Medicine and the Editor in Chief of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine.

I am the former education program director for the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases. My clinical interests are multisystem inflammatory diseases and crystal induced arthritis. At a national level I am involved in several educational venues including the American College of Physicians and American College of Rheumatology national meeting planning committees, and I am editor of the MKSAP 14 Rheumatology book.

I have been at Cleveland Clinic for 15 years; previously I was on faculty in rheumatology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where I firmly acquired a taste for the music of Bruce Springsteen. I am available at anytime to provide consultation on matters relating to sushi.

Frank Michota, MD
Core Faculty Member & Resident Advisor
Hospital Medicine

Dr. Michota is Director of Academic Affairs in the Department of Hospital Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Michota graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his postgraduate work at the Cleveland Clinic. Upon completion of his Chief resident year he established and developed the Hospital Medicine Program at the Cleveland Clinic. For eleven years, Dr. Michota was the Section Head of Hospital Medicine in the Department of General Internal Medicine. He has extensive clinical experience in both acute and subacute patient settings.

Dr. Michota has been an active teacher for colleagues, fellows, residents, and students and he is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Society of Hospital Medicine. He has worked closely with the National Board of Medical Examiners, participating as well as Chairing test material development and review committees. Dr. Michota was a Charter Member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, and has served on both the national Education and Research Committees. He participated in the development of the Hospitalist Core-Competencies position paper and he has spoken frequently at the annual Society of Hospital Medicine national meeting. He has directed and co-directed multiple symposia and CME courses, including the annual Cleveland Clinic Intensive Review of Internal Medicine and annual Perioperative Summit. He is a former Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine as well as Director of the Cleveland Clinic Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Michota has also been very active in local as well as national Quality Improvement Initiatives. Dr. Michota is a member of the Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis, helping to establish March as DVT Awareness Month. He has worked with the American Public Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office to make DVT prophylaxis a national health priority. Dr. Michota is a past member of the TJC/NQF Technical Advisory Panel for the development of national voluntary consensus standards for the prevention and care of venous thromboembolism.

Dr. Michota is a Section Editor for a new reference text for hospitalists – Comprehensive Hospital Medicine, and remains a co-editor of the Cleveland Clinic Intensive Review of Internal Medicine textbook, now in its 5th Edition. He is medical editor-in-chief of Hospitalist News. In summary, Dr. Michota has authored or co-authored over 30 articles and book chapters, and has given over 300 CME presentations across the United States, on the topics of venous thromboembolism, congestive heart failure, laboratory testing, preoperative evaluation and perioperative care.

James Pile, M.D.
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Staff Physician, Hospital Medicine

Trained as an infectious diseases specialist as well as a general internist, I primarily practice as a hospitalist, with a secondary focus on infectious diseases. I attended medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, followed by completion of an internal medicine residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland and an ID fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center. I had the privilege of serving on the medical staff at the Cleveland Clinic from 1999-2005, and then returned in 2012. My particular interests include the considerable interface between infectious diseases and hospital medicine, medical editing (I’m a former editor of The Hospitalist, and a current deputy editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine), perioperative/consultative general medicine, and medical education.

Since returning to the Clinic and having the opportunity to serve as an associate program director, I’ve been impressed by the robust nature and very thoughtful direction of the IM residency program. The breadth and depth of our patients’ pathology is almost breathtaking, leading to a clinical training experience that is unsurpassed at any other institution in the country. The residency program’s commitment to scholarship has clearly grown deeper since my last tour of duty here, and the opportunities to become a well- rounded internist grounded in scholarship and evidence-based practice are superb, and virtually limitless. I believe that even deeper involvement at a programmatic level in quality improvement and patient safety represents our next significant opportunity. This is a terrific place to train in internal medicine, and we are committed to making it even better.

Rachel Taliercio, DO
Core Faculty Member
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

I moved to Cleveland in 2005 at the start of my Internal Medicine residency. After completing my residency training, I served as Chief Medical Resident and then went on to pursue specialty training in Pulmonary/Critical Care at the Cleveland Clinic. I decided to stay in Cleveland to complete my training because I feel both the residency and fellowship programs are among the best in the country. My clinical practice is general pulmonary medicine with a focus on obstructive lung diseases, primarily severe asthma. My inpatient responsibilities include rotations as a teaching attending on the Primary Pulmonary service as well as the Pulmonary Consult service. I am also committed to improving communication in healthcare and work with the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication as a faculty facilitator for the Foundations in Healthcare Communication course.

I continue to be so impressed by the strength of our Internal Medicine residents. They are thoughtful, confident, knowledgeable physicians who provide excellent patient care. At the Cleveland Clinic, you are given the unique opportunity to practice both community medicine and highly specialized care. At our institution you are exposed to an extraordinary amount of resources designed to enhance the training experience in clinical medicine as well as provide a wealth of opportunities for academic research.

I am honored to return to my roots and serve as Core Faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and look forward to a closer working relationship with our outstanding residents.

Xian Wen Jin, MD, PhD, FACP
Co-Director, Resident Ambulatory Clinic
Internal Medicine

I joined the Department of General Internal Medicine in 1997 after I completed my internal medicine residency training at Cleveland Clinic. I graduated from Fudan University Medical School in Shanghai, China and received my PhD degree from Georgetown University. Prior to my residency training at Cleveland Clinic, I also completed postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School.

Currently, I have the privilege to interact with residents both in ambulatory clinic and hospital teaching service. The teaching experience has been very rewarding for me.

As a former resident and having been on staff for the past 12 years, I have the first hand personal experience of what a world class internal medicine residency training program can offer. Cleveland Clinic is indeed an exceptional place for training in internal medicine. The diverse pathology of clinical cases, dedicated teaching faculty, and excellent clinical skills of master physicians have made it possible for an outstanding training experience. The appropriate level of acuity and complexity of ambulatory clinic patients offers our trainee an excellent learning environment and provide them a solid foundation for future career in either primary care or subspecialties. Our graduates are accepted by renowned medical centers throughout the country for both faculty position in internal medicine or subspecialty fellowship training.

I am excited to be part of the core faculties working closely with residents throughout their training and looking forward to working with the very best medical graduates.

Christopher Whinney, MD
Core Faculty Member
Hospital Medicine

I joined Cleveland Clinic's staff as a hospitalist in 2001 after 2 years as a hospitalist with a private group practice in the Frankford Hospital System in Philadelphia. I currently am a member of the Department of Hospital Medicine. My clinical roles include inpatient care on both teaching and non-teaching services, inpatient consult services, and outpatient preoperative assessments in our IMPACT center.

I trained in Internal Medicine at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA; this was both rewarding and challenging as it is a very busy tertiary care center. This time developed and solidified my clinical care skills, and imbued in me the desire and skills to teach and to facilitate understanding in learners. One of the greatest rewards I get to this day is to see a learner (student, resident, or fellow) finally understand a topic or concept, and their eyes light up with delight.

In addition to being a core faculty member for the residency program, I currently direct our Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program, and I serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM). I also direct the CCLCM Acute Care Preceptorship for second year medical students, which is the first opportunity for students to experience, and understand, the hospital environment and systems of care.

Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program graduates traverse a rich and rewarding training experience founded on excellence in patient care, development of focused and organized teaching skills, diverse research opportunities, and the tenets of humanism and collegiality. I am honored to be able to participate in such an exciting program with learners filled with promise, and to contribute to the training of future colleagues and caregivers.

Cassandra Calabrese, DO

Medical School: Ohio University, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Welcome to the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program. Our program is a fantastic place to begin your development as a physician while receiving world class training in Internal Medicine.

Cleveland Clinic is consistently ranked among the top Hospitals in the United States not only because of our robust subspecialty training programs, staggering breadth of clinical pathology and world class physician leadership, but most importantly because of the people that make up our program. The mentorship, respect, and collegial attitude that exist here foster a sense of community that is integral in the training of young physicians.

During my fourth year of medical school I was searching for a training program that would provide me with an exceptional clinical experience, meaningful research, and the opportunity to succeed in the subspecialty fellowship match. The aforementioned criteria brought me to Cleveland Clinic where my expectations were not only met but also easily surpassed. Residency training at the Cleveland Clinic will afford you opportunity to learn from and work along side many of the best minds in medicine. Although many of our esteemed staff physicians are leaders in their respective fields; they are also approachable, friendly and take a sincere interest in resident education. We are proud to have countless research opportunities readily available to you from your first day of internship, allowing many of our residents to publish meaningful work in national journals. Completing my Internal Medicine Residency training at Cleveland Clinic has been gratifying, from both an educational and personal perspective. I am truly honored to assume the role of Chief Medical Resident and look forward to meeting you as you begin your journey into our noble profession. I am always available for inquiries regarding our program or general questions about resident education. We would love to have you come and visit this great institution and experience, first hand, the world class training offered here at the Cleveland Clinic.

Ari Garber MD, EdD, MS, EdM
Medical School: University of Vermont

I chose the Cleveland Clinic for a multitude of important reasons. When applying I was looking for an institution that would accommodate my desire to get involved in research, would focus on resident education and would expose me to some of the most technically advanced procedures and medically challenging patients. I have not been disappointed. From day one I was introduced to innumerable research projects, have learned tremendously from world renowned clinicians and have learned equally from the unusual and classic disease processes that patients at the Cleveland Clinic present with. I have also had the opportunity to offer my patients medical options that many other institutions would have to refer out. 

Here at the Cleveland Clinic, the Internal Medicine Residency program is keenly aware of, and places tremendous importance on, resident education. Our academic half-day structure and associated lecture series allow us to learn without fear of managing our concomitant service requirements. If your interests in research, education, service and patient complexity mirror my own and you desire to become as competent as possible in internal medicine (regardless of whether you pursue fellowship or not), you will be well served by the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Program. 

For all of the aforementioned reasons and a desire to continue my career in academic medicine, I was selected as Chief Medical Resident. In this role, I hope to continue our tradition of education first, foster scholarship in research and help residents attain their career goals whether it be in Geriatrics, Interventional Cardiology or anywhere in between.

Ali Mehdi, MD
Medical School: American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Welcome to the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program. As leaders in clinical and academic medicine, our program is proud to offer world-class training in Internal Medicine through exposure to diverse pathology both in general internal medicine and the various subspecialties.

Finishing my fourth year of medical school I realized that I was passionate about internal medicine. I knew that I would eventually subspecialize but at that point in time, my fellowship choice was far from being decided. Looking for a training program, I sought one that would emphasize general internal medicine while providing exposure to the various medical subspecialties. Moreover, as a foreign medical graduate of the American University of Beirut, I wanted to be part of a program where I would not feel estranged. The interview trail took me all over the nation but the moment I interviewed at the Cleveland Clinic I knew this was the place to be. My next three years of residency proved me right in every way. I realized a program that highly regards general internal medicine while providing me with a venue to interact and learn from the world-renowned leaders of the various subspecialties; a program that is not just “IMG friendly” but actually celebrates the cultural diversity that our residents bring with them from all over the globe.

I am truly honored to assume the role of chief medical resident at the Cleveland Clinic. I am fully confident that training here will undoubtedly be the pillar of whatever career path you choose. I look forward to meeting you at this important juncture of your career and will always be available for any inquiries about the program.

Allison Ruff, MD
Medical School: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Welcome to the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program. Our program is a fantastic place to begin your career in Internal Medicine, offering a world-class training experience with a broad array of pathology in a collegial, diverse, and welcoming environment.

During my fourth year of medical school, I sought an Internal Medicine Residency Program that would provide the experience and education necessary to prepare me for any of a wide-variety of careers and fellowships I was considering, affording me guidance to explore the different fields of Internal Medicine while giving me a well-rounded education as an internist to use as a foundation for my future pursuits. But the characteristic that solidified my interest in the Cleveland Clinic was the collegiality and community that I witnessed among the residents. At the Cleveland Clinic, I would not just enter a world-class program where I would experience a huge breadth of clinical pathology, but also a program where I would feel like an equal part of the team and the community.

The Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program has exceeded my expectations, exposing me to a wide variety of pathology, subspecialty experiences, and educational activities. As a resident at the Cleveland Clinic, you work side-by-side with many of the greatest minds in medicine, leaders in their fields, who treat you as a colleague and take an authentic interest in your education. Mentors guided the development of my career interests, research skills, and took a genuine interest in my professional achievement. My growth while training at the Cleveland Clinic both clinically as well as in research and leadership, has far exceeded my goals. And throughout this I have been able to watch my co-residents, who I now consider close friends, develop professionally and exceed their own expectations as they progress into some of the top fellowship positions in the country.

Additionally, I have made Cleveland my home. This city has a wide variety of activities including the largest theatre district in the United States outside of New York, numerous festivals, museums, and parks that will keep you personally fulfilled during your time here in Cleveland. I look forward to meeting you during this exciting transition in your life and sharing with you the fantastic experiences the Cleveland Clinic has to offer.