Program Director Welcome

Program Director Welcome

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.

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. Let’s go Cavs! The Internal Medicine Residency Program is ALL IN!


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

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Chairman Welcome

Chairman Welcome

Welcome to the Cleveland Clinic. We provide a World Class training experience commensurate with our commitment to our patients to provide World Class Care. Education of those who serve is a vibrant and dynamic part of the tripartite mission of Cleveland Clinic envisioned by the founders in 1921 and remains so today.

The excitement and energy that is palpable on the first day of orientation is evident throughout each day of residency training. Whether your long term goal is a career in primary care, subspecialty care, hospital medicine or research, the Cleveland Clinic provides a highly innovative and supportive learning environment that will prepare and propel you to your future goals and success. We welcome your interest!

Greg Rosencrance, MD FACP
Chairman, Medicine Institute

Welcome to the Department of Hospital Medicine. I have been privileged to be a part of the Cleveland Clinic for 15 years this past August, and to serve as department chairman since 2010. We have grown from 13 physicians when I joined Cleveland Clinic in 2001 to over 140 physicians today, and we continue to grow and develop amazingly talented hospital providers. In addition, we continue to plan strategically for future hospital care at both the Main Campus and at our community hospitals in Northeast Ohio.

We serve as faculty for 9 inpatient primary teaching services, and a general medical consultation service. These services have staff level care and supervision seven days a week, and hospitalist staff is available 24 hours a day for urgent assessment. We serve as the primary inpatient educators for internal medicine here, and many of our providers serve as core faculty or associate program directors. Program leaders such as Bob Mayock, David Gugliotti, Moises Auron, and Ali Mehdi are highly committed and passionate about the education of physicians in training. I personally take tremendous pride and enjoyment in rotating an inpatient teaching services and in committing time to educating trainees, precisely because many of you will be our colleagues of tomorrow. Also, the best teachers you have are your patients here, representing the diverse and fascinating clinical material you have in the hospital wards.

In addition we provide outpatient preoperative internal medicine assessments at the IMPACT (Internal Medicine Preoperative Assessment, Consult and Treatment) Center, where we ensure that patients are thoroughly assessed medically and prepared for upcoming surgical procedures. Some residents choose to rotate through this area to gain more focused perioperative expertise.

We provide clinical care at four of our outstanding community hospitals: Hillcrest, Fairview, and Medina, and soon to be Avon Hospital in November 2016. We are leaders in quality of care, resource utilization, and leveraging the electronic medical record to deliver this top notch care at each of our sites. You as a resident have the opportunity to rotate with our clinicians at these sites via the hospital medicine residency track stewarded by Dr. David Gugliotti.

We are enthusiastic proponents to improve the system of care in which we work. We have many projects going on involving quality, safety, patient experience, improving efficiency, and improving resource utilization, all of which are key attributes that make up the hospital of the 21st Century. A classic example of this is the G80 A3 project / culture of improvement work on physician and nurse communication, where many of you are now engaged in committing to putting your teams information in the treatment team designation in Epic. This helps nurses find you, and the nurses phone numbers are now in Epic so they can be accessible to you for questions or issues.

In addition, we host a hospital medicine grand rounds every Tuesday at 12 noon. If you are not on your academic half-day that you are more than welcome to join us at that time for some outstanding hospital and perioperative presentations.

We are proud to be part of one of the best internal medicine residency programs in the country. And we strive to contribute a fabulous educational experience with a fascinating and diverse clinical exposure, well trained educators in inpatient and perioperative care, and a commitment to your development as a physician and caregiver. Finally, for those of you completing your training, many of your predecessors have joined us for long term hospitalist careers, and some have joined us for short term flexible clinical opportunities as a bridge to fellowship applications. If you are thinking about either one, my office is a phone call or email away!

Christopher Whinney, MD, FACP, FHM
Chairman, Department of Hospital Medicine

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

The Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Program (IMRP) is the largest residency program in the United States. The training and educational experiences are all centered to embrace our motto “Every resident deserves world class education”.

Why train at Cleveland Clinic?

  • You will train at one of the nation’s best hospitals
  • Cleveland Clinic is the No. 2 hospital in the nation based on U.S. News & World Report's "2016-17 Best Hospitals", which is a testimony to the training you receive here.
  • For the 22nd consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program has ranked as the best in the nation, earning the No. 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “2016-17 Best Hospitals”. 
  • Ranked No. 2 in Gastroenterology, and Nephrology.
  • Ranked No. 3 in Endocrinology, Rheumatology, and Pulmonology.
  • Ranked in the top 10 for Geriatrics, and Hematology/Oncology.
  • You will gain a world of experience. Cleveland Clinic is one of the world's largest, busiest healthcare centers. As such, all of our patients are “teaching cases.” Our trainees see rare, complex, and unusual cases in addition to routine medical problems. These clinical experiences will provide the very foundation of your education. 
  • You will emerge as a well-rounded internist. The program provides a well-rounded education to its residents. In addition to a rigorous curriculum primarily focused on medical knowledge, we have built unique learning experiences like FRAMES (Feedback, Responsibility, Advice, Menu Options, Empathy, and Self-efficacy) and a coaching program, which feed the emotional intelligence and well-being of our trainees.
  • You will have choices. Cleveland Clinic sponsors one of the nation's largest graduate medical education programs, with 60 residency programs, from internal medicine and neurosurgery to radiology and pathology, as well as 100 advanced fellowship programs. 
  • You will be at the heart of innovation and discovery. All our trainees engage in cutting-edge research in basic sciences, clinical medicine, and biomedical engineering alongside our scientists and clinical faculty. GME provides numerous awards which serve to fund our trainee’s research work. The Innovations team at Cleveland Clinic works closely with physicians to help launch discoveries and develop them.
Leadership Team Chief Medical Resident

Chief Medical Resident

Richard H. Cartabuke, MD

Medical School: State University of New York - Upstate Medical University
Welcome to the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency Program. Our program offers the opportunity for excellent clinical care, education, and scholarly activity, which are enhanced by deeply ingrained institutional values of health equity, public service, and patient experience. Beyond the rigorous clinical training and innovative curriculum, the program has a long history of wide-reaching influence within virtually every subspecialty of Internal Medicine. It is an honor to be selected Chief Resident and I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with this exceptional group of physicians. Dr. Cartabuke received his undergraduate degrees in History and Biology at Case Western Reserve University. Following completion of his thesis, “The Evolution of Charity Care of the University Hospitals of Cleveland,” he completed a Master’s Degree in History at Case Western Reserve University. He received his Medical Doctorate degree from the State University of New York – Upstate Medical University. The residency program at the Cleveland Clinic was his first choice to pursue training in internal medicine. With an early interest in Gastroenterology, his initial research projects focused on the long-term esophageal and respiratory complications following repair of congenital tracheoesophageal fistula/esophageal atresia, as well as colon cancer screening techniques. As his career aspirations evolved, he developed an interest in systems based practice and improvement, where he became involved in the pursuit of quality and patient safety initiatives. Most recently, he presented “A Novel Approach to a Historic Conference: Multidisciplinary Morbidity and Mortality Conference.” Outside of medicine, he enjoys sailing, golfing, baseball and spending time with his beautiful wife, Jenna.

Elizabeth Hill, DO

Medical School: A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Beth was born in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of University of Michigan where she earned her Bachelors in Science in Kinesiology and Chemistry. She attended the founding osteopathic medical school: A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in the farming town of Kirksville, Missouri. As a Wolverine, she entered into the foreign Buckeye territory of Ohio for Internal Medicine Residency at Cleveland Clinic. Training at Cleveland Clinic has allowed her opportunities to see diverse patients and pathologies while exploring academic medicine. She is the Quality and Patient Safety Chair for the Clinic’s House Staff Association and has brought a standardized handoff method to the Internal Medicine residents through “PASSONS.” She plans to practice as an academic cardiologist, with an interest in sports and exercise cardiology. Outside of medicine, she runs road races and enjoys traveling and was able to couple these interests most recently by running a marathon in Alaska.

Adam J. Kichler, DO, M.Ed.

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dr. Adam Kichler was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with strong family ties to the mid-west. Adam completed his undergraduate studies at Lehigh University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Biology while concurrently achieving his Master’s of Education. During his training as an educator, Dr. Kichler had a primary focus on curricular design and instruction of the biological sciences which he continued to develop while teaching anatomy and physiology at the high school level. As a teacher, it became evident to Adam that his own education was not complete leading him to pursue a career in medicine. While making this transition, Dr. Kichler pursued research opportunities at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh as well as post graduate studies at Georgetown University. After earning his Master’s of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown, Adam pursued his medical education at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. During this time, Adam continued to explore his interests in teaching as well as community outreach as he served on multiple student driven local and national philanthropic organizations. As a Pittsburgh native, Adam never imagined he would one day move to Cleveland but says he could not be happier with his decision. After his chief residency, Adam hopes to pursue a career in academic gastroenterology with specific research interests in esophageal motility and structural disorders. Outside of medicine, Adam engages in various athletics, refurbishing old furniture, as well as drawing and painting.

Kenneth Koncilja, MD

Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Welcome to Cleveland Clinic’s Internal Medicine Residency Program! As a native Clevelander—born and raised on the near east side – I feel blessed to be a part of world-renowned clinical and academic medicine right in my parent’s back yard. This is a truly special place where people come from all over the world to learn, train, teach, serve, and heal. I attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania where I studied Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Signal Processing before I returned to the Buckeye State for medical school at The University of Toledo. While in medical school I was an active member of both the American Medical Association, and the Gold Humanism Honors Society. Following my passion for primary care and geriatrics, I found myself on the fence between training in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine. It was here that I found a unique opportunity in the Primary Care Track. Through my experience in the Primary Care Track I have developed a longitudinal relationship with a panel of patients in both urban and suburban settings. One of the unique aspects of our program is the astounding level of support through mentorship and resident coaching. Within weeks of beginning my training I was involved in clinical research at the bedside. Mentors encouraged me to push myself to travel and present as an intern. World-renowned clinicians from other disciplines gave me support and guidance throughout my training. At the Cleveland Clinic, there is a plethora of role models. Cleveland Clinic is an innovative healthcare system. As healthcare has evolved and new practice models are at the forefront of everyone’s mind, people across the country look to Cleveland Clinic for leadership. They don’t just look at us from a distance. They come here to visit us on the North Coast. In my short time training here, I’ve seen presidents, world-renowned researchers, and celebrities all come to participate in the amazing and collaborative environment we train within. Our size as a residency program is a great asset for our residents. There are more prospects to network, more bridges to build, more cultures to be exposed, and more opportunities for growth. I truly enjoyed my training in Cleveland Clinic’s IM Primary Care Track and now I am truly humbled to serve my peers as the Ambulatory Chief Medicine Resident. My interests are to help every resident have a stellar longitudinal clinic experience, support panel management projects by our practice teams, and to support residents with a passion for primary care.

Vickram Tejwani, MD

Medical School: China Medical University
Vickram Tejwani was raised in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He elected to study medicine abroad in Shenyang, China where he concomitantly studied Mandarin Chinese. He returned to Chicago for clinical rotations and upon graduation, he spent one year conducting research largely centered on critical care medicine and nephrology at the Mayo Clinic. Vick is honored to be serving as Chief Resident of the Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residency and continues to be amazed by the opportunities and resources available through the training program here. Most saliently, the availability of mentorship, flexibility within the residency program to have your training align with your future career goals, and opportunity to collaborate with brilliant peers. His current academic interests include curricular design, procedural-based competencies, and pulmonary medicine. He also serves as the President of the House Staff Association, which is an organization of residents and fellows that serves to advocate for the well-being of the house staff at the Cleveland Clinic. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Vick enjoys sailing on Lake Erie, economics, tennis at various outdoor courts scattered throughout Cleveland, and spending time with his friends and family.