The Department of Outcomes Research has more than 65 full-time employees, making it by far the world’s largest and most productive clinical anesthesia research site. The Department typically conducts about 150 simultaneous studies, including the specialty’s largest randomized trials. Studies span the range from epidemiology and public health to randomized trials. The Department publishes a full paper every 4.5 days. Research fellows are involved in every aspect of the Department’s work.

The Department offers 18 two-year clinical research fellowships. The fellowship consists of practical training and experience in the conduct of clinical research, along with formal study meetings, administrative meetings, and a weekly formal course in clinical research methodology. Fellows also have opportunities to design studies and write manuscripts.

Clinical care is not part of the program; but because our research is patient-oriented, there is considerable contact with clinicians and exposure to anesthesia, surgery, pain management, and critical care.

Most of our applicants are international medical graduates who appreciate research experience in the United States. We have an outstanding history of getting our fellows into residency programs. The program is competitive, with more than 100 applicants per year. Competitive international applicants have previous anesthesia experience and/or previous serious research experience as indicated by numerous peer-reviewed publications.


Our paid positions require USMLE certification and eligibility for an Ohio training license. They also require a written two-year commitment. Do not apply unless you meet both requirements. Fellows who are funded by their own institutions or are self-funded do not require a license and may come for shorter periods.

There is no specific application form, and we welcome inquiries any time. Please include your curriculum vitae and your USMLE scores. 


Alparslan Turan, MD
Alparslan Turan, MD
Associate Professor
Director of student and fellow recruiting
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave. — P77
Cleveland, OH 44195
Phone: 216.445.9857
Email: [email protected]