Department Pulmonary Medicine
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


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Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM)
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Sarcoidosis
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About Robert Kotloff, MD

Dr. Kotloff is Chairman of the Department of Pulmonary Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He has worked in the field of lung transplantation for the past 26 years and has extensive clinical experience in the evaluation of transplant candidates and in the care of transplant recipients. In addition to his involvement in lung transplantation, Dr. Kotloff has special expertise in the evaluation and management of patients with lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and other cystic lung diseases.  He also maintains an active interest in general pulmonary medicine and, in particular, in evaluating patients with complex pulmonary disorders.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Pulmonary Disease
Philadelphia, PA USA

Residency - Temple University Hospital
Internal Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA

Medical School - Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT USA

Undergraduate - Brown University
Providence, RI USA

Professional Highlights

  • In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Kotloff has made medical education and scholarship a focus of his career. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters and has edited or co-edited six books. He previously directed the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania for 24 years. He has served as Chair of the Pulmonary Disease Test Writing Committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Chair of the Transplant Network of the American College of Chest Physicians, and as President of the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors. Previous editorial board positions include Associate Editor of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Section Editor for CHEST, and Associate Editor of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society (AnnalsATS).  He currently is the Senior Deputy Editor for AnnalsATS.  Dr. Kotloff is the 2011 recipient of the American College of Chest Physicians College Medalist Award recognizing meritorious service in furthering work in chest medicine. He is also the 2016 recipient of the American Thoracic Society Outstanding Educator Award which recognizes "lifetime contributions in education and mentoring in the fields of pulmonary, critical care or sleep medicine."


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 2/26/2019, Dr. Kotloff has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

83 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

I am very Thankful for Dr Kotloff, to be able to be under his care. He is kind, courteous, very knowledgeable, explains his findings with me that's easy for me to understand. He has followed and supported my progress of no regression at all, shown from tests results. I am thrilled GOD intervened in the deadly disease of IPF. Dr Kotloff is very happy with my results and is continuing with testing every six months to keep track. Again, I could not be Happier with Dr Kotloff's Professionalism and Expertise. I LOVE Cleveland Clinic. I live 4 hours away, but I am glad to travel that far to get expert care. So Thank you Dr Kotloff, and his staff. Thank you Cleveland Clinic for continuing to hire The Best Physicians in the country.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

Dr. Kotloff always explains everything in detail and is never too busy to answer questions. He has made a dramatic impact on my health since I began seeing him.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Dr. Kotloff is an amazing physician. he is kind and has a discussion with you, not at you.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Dr. Kotloff came out to the waiting room to apologize for the delay. He is exceptional.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

So thankful to have Dr. Kotloff as my doctor. He is genuine and cares about helping me figure out my health problems.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019

we had the best appointment with Dr Kotloff. He was very interested in learning everything about my condition. It was the best doctor appointment I have ever had. Dr. Kotloff has responded 2 times since my appointment with my questions which was very reassuring. I could not say enough good things about Dr. Kotloff. Thank you!!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019

Dr. Kotloff is such a caring and wonderful physician

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2018

my appointment was change to this doctor once my test were completed that day and he was very knowledgeable and understanding on explaining my medical problem to me

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

I needed to be fitted into this doctors regular schedule for a second opinion and he did. This doctor was very professional and courteous. that is why I will continue at Cleveland clinic with this disease.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

Dr Kotloff has been very helpful while dealing with my lung problem. Always listens & shows concern. Very professional & would definitely recommend him highly!

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

I come from Florida to see Dr. Kotloff that is why I rated your location as poor but seeing Dr. Kotloff is worth it and I respect the Clinic's reputation.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

Dr. Kotloff is wonderful.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

I honestly have no criticisms of Dr Kotloff or any aspect of my service and care at CCF.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

Dr. Kotloff exemplifies what a physician should be. I traveled over 7 hours to see him. He is always readily available to me through email and his cell phone and gets back to me promptly. He is such a professional, a wealth of knowledge in his field and such a caring doctor. He truly cares about his patients.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

This was my first time to clinic. DR. Kotloff was wonderful!! It was very apparent he had studied my case history and biopsies. It had been 7 wks since biopsy No one had even when over my results with me. I am so happy I made the 6 hour drive to meet with Dr. K he answer all my questions. If things do not go well here at home with my condition I wont hesitate to drive back up for Dr Kotloff advice and opinion. To which I respect and trust.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018

dr kotloff was excellent and very thorough and thoughtful. I am very impressed! in an earlier question, I answered never got test results, those tests haven't been taken yet.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

Waited too long to see provider

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

Dr. Kotloff was amazing. I'm so thankful for his guidance & recommendations.

Reviewed on May 30, 2018

I have had Sarcoidosis for 19 years (diagnosed by biopsy). Doctors are only familiar with Sarc but know nothing about it. I recently found out Cleveland Clinic had a Sarc unit and was ECSTATIC to FINALLY find doctors who are familiar with this disease and understand it!! Peop!e who would understand and know how to treat me! I went hoping they would take me off some of my 13 meds I'm on or change some to some new treatments. Instead I was asked why I was there, who referred me and who told me my diagnosis. Also that my Sarc is still active but I seem to be fine, thank you, have a nice life.... I left feeling completely defeated and in tears. I guess my expectations were just too high. So I guess I will go back to my 4-5 doctors who know nothing about the illness or how my meds affect me (been on prednisone for 19 years), the left hand who doesn't know what the right hand is doing and hope for the best.

Reviewed on May 23, 2018

This past visit was the only time I have ever had to wait an excessive amount of time. After my Pulmonary Function test, I waited over an hour to see Dr Kotloff. Apparently my chart was misplaced. When I informed them... they immediately apologized & I was seen very quickly. This is the ONLY time this has ever happened. Everyone is usually very on top of things.... As soon as I mentioned it they worked hard to get me right in!

Reviewed on May 2, 2018

I was very impressed with how thorough the assistant was and also Dr. Kotloff. He took his time to review my scans and explained everything. it's challenging finding a doctor that does not rush you out the door. I was extremely impressed.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2018

Dr. Kotloff is an excellent doctor. He speaks too me (not above, around or at me.) He answers and asks questions attentively and extremely thoroughly. He indulges me all my thoughts and questions and he has excellent bedside manner mixed with the extremely detailed knowledge of a true expert in the Pulmonary field. I am thankful that I have the privilege of being his patient.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2018

Olny come for routine check ups every 3 or 4 months and make my next appointment at that time. I have not called on the phone to make appointments.I find Dr. Kotloff to be excellent with me and answers all my questions and concerns. The staff s also very good and make me feel comfortable.

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