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 - 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 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

132 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

21 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Dr. Prabhu was great, she spent time with me, I didn't feel rushed, she answered all of my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

Dr Prabhu was excellent. I would highly recommend her to anyone.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

Dr. Prahbu is very caring and superb surgeon!

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

great doctors. I really liked Dr Prabhu. she is so smart and professional. I am a lawyer so I am use to other trained professionals. I can see she is a star. this is why I drove from Buffalo to go to Cleveland Clinic!

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.

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