Department Hematology and Medical Oncology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Colorectal Cancer Research
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ampullary Cancer
  • Ampullary Carcinoma
  • Anal Cancer
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Cancer - Duodenum
  • Cancer of the Anus
  • Carcinoid Syndrome
  • Carcinoma of the Colon
  • Carcinoma of the Large Bowel
  • Carcinoma of the Small Bowel
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Malignancies
  • Intestinal Carcinoid Tumors
  • Large Bowel Cancer
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Carcinoma
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Endocrine Tumors
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
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About Alok Khorana, MD

Dr. Khorana is Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, CaseWestern Reserve University, the Sondra and Stephen Hardis Chair in Oncology Research, Vice-Chair for Clinical Services of the Taussig Cancer Institute and Director of the Gastrointestinal Malignancies Program at the Cleveland Clinic. His clinical and translational research program focuses on new therapeutics and outcomes prediction in gastrointestinal cancers and cancer-associated thrombosisand has been funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the Porter Family Fund, the Scott Hamilton CARES Initiative, the V Foundation and industry.

Dr. Khorana received his medical degree from Maharaja Sayajirao University Medical Baroda (Gujarat), India. His postdoctoral training included a residency in internal medicine at the University at Buffalo in New York and a fellowship in hematology/oncology atthe University of Rochester, New York. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Khorana is Chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Clinical Practice Guidelines Panel (CPGC), Chair ofASCO CPGC’s Pancreas Cancer Working Group and Co-Chair of the ASCO Guidelines Panel on Resectable Pancreas Cancer. He also served on the ASCO Scientific Program Committee, multiple ASCO Guidelines Panels and the GI committees of the Southwest Oncology Group and American College of Surgeons Oncology Group. He is immediate past Chair of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis Scientific Subcommittee on Hemostasis and Malignancy He has previously served as a member of the US Pharmacopoeia Oncology Expert Committee. Co-editor of the book Cancer-Associated Thrombosis: New Findings in Translational Science, Prevention and Treatment(Informa, 2007), Dr. Khorana scientific work has been published in a variety ofscientific journals including New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Blood, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Clinical Cancer Research, PLoS One, and JAMA Internal Medicine. Heis an associate editor of the journal Cancer Investigation. He hasco-authored chapters in multiple textbooks including Cecil Essentials of Medicine and DeVita Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. Dr. Khorana fiction and creative nonfiction works have been published in the Bellevue Literary Review, Annals of Internal Medicine and Health Affairs and selected for Best American Medical Writing 2009 (Kaplan,2009).

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, NY

Residency - Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital / Kaleida Health
Internal Medicine
Buffalo, NY

Medical Education - Baroda Medical College, The Maharaja Sayajirao University
Baroda, Gujarat,


  • Internal Medicine - Medical Oncology
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 4/14/2023, Dr. Khorana has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Khorana receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Med Learning Group
  • AcademicCME
  • Anthos Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Bayer AG
  • Ultimate Medical Academy

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

115 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2024

Dr. Khorana is excellent.

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Dr. Khorana shows familiarity and compassion for my situation which is comforting. I have full confidence in his abilities and opinions regarding my care.

Reviewed on May 3, 2024

Dr Khorana and his staff have always been #1 to me. I highly recommend Dr Khorana to anyone and feel so blessed to have him as my oncologist. He makes me feel so valued, he is so smart and cares so much about me and my treatment. I can't thank him enough just for being the person that he is.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2024

Excellent doctor. Would definitely recommend him

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2024

Dr. Khorana is always very kind and takes time to answer any questions.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2024

Dr Khorana always includes me in the decision process of treatment.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024

Dr Khorana and his staff are excellent in care and compassion.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

Dr Khorana very kind, thorough and repeatedly asked if I had questions

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Very kind man, very good at explaining things. I really like that he takes his time and makes me feel like a person not just a # like most doctor's do these days. Im very glad to call him my doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

Would absolutely recommend Dr. Khorana.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

I've been a patient of Dr Khorana for over 8 years - wonderful :)

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr.Khorana and his staff were extremely knowledgeable about my condition and treatment and spent the time with myself and my family that was needed.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr. Khorana is a consummate professional. His skill and manner are of the highest quality. I am extremely fortunate to be under his care. I feel his compassion during all Interactions with him. Cleveland Clinic and the medical profession are lucky to have Dr. Khorana.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

I had a very good experience. The scan people were very pleasant, helpful, and efficient. My visit with Dr Khorana was great, he always tells me exactly what the scan shows. Asks if I have any concerns and makes sure I'm feeling happy with the treatment. He has been amazing from the beginning, and I am so fortunate to have had him as my oncologist..

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Dr. Khorana provides excellent service. He is a caring provider who spends the time listening to his patients. I highly recommend him. His team also is phenomenal.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Dr. Khorana is wonderful! He is thorough, patient and kind. I never feel rushed and he takes the time to thoroughly answers my questions. I am so appreciative for his high level of care.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Very happy with interaction with doctor. He explained things very well.

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