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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
View all 22 Specialties +


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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 - General 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 12/2/2020, Dr. Prabhu 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

142 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 4.7
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

26 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

dr. Prabhu was very thorough and done very well in explaining what the surgery entailed.

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

the doctor was so willing to listen and explain anything that I had concerns for

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

Dr. was very caring !!!!

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

Dr Ajita Prabhu MD She is so nice and she made me fill like she had known me for ever i really like her you need more Dr s like her thank you

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

Dr. Prabhu is a credit to Cleveland Clinic and I would recommend her most highly.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

I appreciate that the care provider took the time to show me my ct scan images, which I had not previously seen. The scan was explained, and I was given time to ask any questions I had.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Dr. Prabhu explained everything about my hiatal hernia so that Icoyld understand it. Dr. Prabhu put my mind at ease for my upcoming surgery. I feel very confident in her as my doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

very happy and so impressed with Dr Prabhu and her team

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

the doctor was very professional and nice

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Dr. Prabhu and I had to have a difficult conversation and I am highly impressed how she handled it. I am not the easiest patient by that lady has earned my respect and trust since day one. I can't believe the excellent care I have received from your entire facility, please don't change a thing. What you have is one of a kind.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Very professional. Took the time to totally explain upcoming surgery. I love Dr. Prabhu. I feel very confidant about my surgery.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

*Dr. Prahhu and her resident *Justin were so wonderful!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

I was coming here for a second opinion for an injury that I have sustained and this should have been my 1st opinion. The resident was awesome, then when I didn't think it could get any better Dr. Prabhu walked. I have worked in emergency medicine for 28 yrs and have never seen someone so proficient, confident, and a bed side manner that is unmatched. What ever you are paying her it is not enough! Thank you

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

there is a little of miscommunication between outside providers and the clinic but your staff recognized it and immediately corrected any issue even if it was small. My only problem is I live 3 hours away.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

The entire appointment process was simple and I am extremely satisfied with Dr. Prabhu. She is very thorough, direct and does an excellent job of explaining the situation and the options .

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

I will certainly recommend Dr. Prabhu to any friends who may have general surgical needs.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2020

Excellent doctors.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Dr. Prabhu's surgery that she performed on me was so excellent that it has completely changed my life.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

love this Dr. and have total respect and confidence in her. I trust her knowledge in handling my case.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Dr. Prabhu is AMAZING! I came to my appointment with a complex problem and some very real concerns. She was attentive and sympathetic and able to answer all of my questions without hesitation! She made me feel as if I was talking to a friend!

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Dr. Prabhu is awesome, took her time to explain everything and couldn't have been any more courteous. Very polite.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

I was very well pleased with *Dr. Ajita and her staff. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to friends or family.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2020

The doctors were excellent.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Teamwork extraordinary. All doctors listened to me and attended expertly to my needs.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

She was excellent even got the recommended Dr to come see me at this at that time

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Dr. Prabhu is an amazing medical professional. I am so grateful to be in her care.

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