Department General Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Hernia
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Achalasia: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Benign Soft Tissue Tumors
  • Cholecystitis
  • Enterocutaneious Fistula
  • Esophageal Motility Disorders
  • Gallbladder & Biliary Tract Disease
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric Reflux
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Groin Pain
  • Hernia - Incisional
  • Hernia - Paraesophageal
  • Hernia - Paraesophageal and Diaphragmatic
  • Hernias
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Intestinal Fistulae
  • Lipoma
  • Lipomas
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About Ajita Prabhu, MD

Dr. Prabhu was born and raised in South Carolina, where she completed her undergraduate and medical school.  She then moved to Portland, Maine, where she completed 5 years of general surgery residency training at Maine Medical Center, followed by 2 years of fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.  After 2 years of private practice in Denver, Colorado, she was recruited to academic practice in Cleveland.  Currently, she practices general surgery at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus and has a special interest in abdominal wall reconstruction and mesh-related complications.  Additionally, she is exploring the utility of robotics in hernia surgery and is very involved in surgical education within the general surgery residency program.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Carolinas Medical Center
General Surgery
Charlotte, NC USA

Residency - Maine Medical Center
General Surgery
Portland, ME USA

Medical Education - University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Columbia, SC USA

Undergraduate - University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Columbia, SC USA

Additional Training

  • Fellowship trained in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction


  • Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Faculty Teaching Award at University Hospitals Case Medical Center 2014-2015
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 11/12/2019, Dr. Prabhu 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. Prabhu receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
  • Medtronic plc

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

133 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

I liked Dr Prabhu and her assistant and I found them both to be personable, engaging and informative. And, this helped put me at ease...

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

we usually email Dr. Prabhu and she always responds by the next day.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

My mother and I are both patients of Dr.Prabhu and we hold her in the highest esteem.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Dr. Prabhu was very informative on our perspective procedure and overall was just terrific! In addition to her wealth of knowledge, was very compassionate and personable!

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Dr. Prabhu is very impressive.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Very impressed with Dr. Prabhu's knowledge and bedside manner.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

Dr. Prabhu (and her assistant) is excellent. She gave me her full attention, we discussed my medical condition and treatment options. She answered all the questions I asked. I had a very good feeling about the visit and my medical condition. When I left, I had a very good idea of my plans for dealing with this condition. She is also extremely pleasant, really a pleasure to be with. I personally liked her a lot and look forward to seeing her next time, which will be for a checkup in a year or so. I know there are many doctors in her area and I was assigned to her somewhat randomly, but I was extremely pleased that I saw her.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2019

*Dr. Ajita Prabhu was absolutely an angel - She was professional, compassionate & a skilled surgeon. Her resident *Dr. Paul Adenuga was also very compassionate. *Dr. Prabhu completely corrected my problems. *Dr. Amy Han also.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Dr. Prabhu is a wonderful Dr. She is very caring and shows great concern for her patients. She always makes sure that I understand what my procedure is going to be and what to expect afterwards.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

The doctor was so nice to me,she listened to all my concerns, answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Dr. Prabhu was extremely professional and informative! She was understanding thorough and extremely helpful.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Going to see Dr. Prabhu is like sitting talking with a friend! She listens and is very compassionate! My concerns are hers! I have recommended her to others and will continue to do so! She's the best in my opinion!!! :-)

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

the excellent care I have gotten at the Cleveland Clinic makes me feel like I matter! I don't feel like a number, I am always greeted by name and the Doctors that have cared for me are never in a hurry they take the time I need to explain how I'm feeling and they give me GREAT care!!

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Dr. Prabhu was very friendly, thorough, and made sure I had all questions answered before I left.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Based on my experience, I would highly recommend this care provider.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

Dr. Prabhu was very nice and efficient.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

Dr Prabhu is a very caring, concerned Dr.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2019

*Dr. Prabhu is a very skilled physician, excellent at her job, and a very nice person.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Dr. Ajita Prabhu is excellent at making the patient feel like they are the only thing on her mind ....she listens to the patient intently, answers all questions fully, and exudes compassion and caring. I would highly recommend her and Cleveland Clinic as a Top Notch medical facility.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

*Dr. Prabu is so nice and informative. She is a fantastic dr.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

Wonderful experience. We had a rough year with aspirations in the lungs and around 5 hospitals to get cleaned up. After talking With Dr Prabhu we felt relieved and confident we were at the right place and had the best doctor for us.

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