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Department Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus



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About Shakuntala Kothari, MD

Shakuntala (Rita) Kothari, MD is a Staff physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic's Main Campus. Dr. Kothari came to the Cleveland Clinic in 1996 as a clinical associate in the Department of General Internal Medicine, where she remained, rising from assistant staff to associate staff to her current position. Dr. Kothari's specialty interests include contraception, menopause, vaginitis and other women's health issues. Dr. Kothari completed her medical degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic. Board-certified by the American College of Physicians, Dr. Kothari is a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and the American Medical Women’s Association. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.

She edits the women’s health section of The Cleveland Clinic: Current Clinical Medicine. She is women’s health section editor of the online Disease Management Project at http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/. Dr. Kothari has been published. Topics include updates on contraception, vaginitis, preventative services in pregnancy, risk assessment of the menopausal patient and the physician’s role in prevention and medical management of unwanted pregnancies.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Medical Education - University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Kansas City, MO


  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

women's health care

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 3/22/2024, Dr. Kothari 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.

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

304 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

72 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2024

Dr. Kothari is an excellent doctor: knowledgeable, smart, kind, and a skilled communicator.

Reviewed on May 31, 2024

Total experience was excellent. Dr Kothari is the best.

Reviewed on May 31, 2024

Dr. Kothari is outstanding ding in every aspect of her care

Reviewed on May 31, 2024

Dr. Kothari truly listens and is a partner in my healthcare.

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Dr. Kothari is always attentive to my health and concerns. I can not asked for a better primary care physician.

Reviewed on May 17, 2024

Very hard to make an appointment with Dr Cartabuke

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

I was a previous patient of Dr Kothari about 10-15 years ago. When my PCP postcard arrived that that doctor was leaving CCMC, I reached out to Dr Kothari and she was very welcoming to me as a returning patient!

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Dr Kothari has a student doctor shadowing and that was a very engaging experience.

Reviewed on May 13, 2024

Dr. Kothari shows care and compassion. She is thorough and takes the necessary time needed to discuss my needs. She is also very transparent with treatment options and offers suggestions when asked, which is often

Reviewed on May 7, 2024

I am so lucky that Dr. Kothari is my primary care physician. She is kind, thorough, responsive and listens. She offers great advice. I would be lost without her!

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Dr. Kothari shows superb listening, diagnosing, and problem solving skills. She is most thorough in setting up a plan for further care and always is kind and compassionate. In this visit, she identified a serious concern and all that I needed to do for resolution. She made sure I followed up what was prescribed and her kind of quality care led to receiving life saving treatment and a most positive outcome. I am truly grateful for all that she has done for me over the years.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2024

Dr. Kothari let's me know what she feels is best for my health and gives me the choice on what to do.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2024

Dr. Kothari spends a lot of time and really listens to me. She is very compassionate.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

She was very informative. Easy to talk to her.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

She's simply outstanding

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

Dr. Kothari was extremely helpful and concerned. I felt very comfortable talking to her.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

Dr. Kothari is wonderful, caring, and knowledgable.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

Dr. Korthari listens and has excellent medical advice.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

I feel like Dr. Kothari keeps up with current medical practices and trends and can speak on any topic.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

Always good to see Dr.kothari

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr is great. Listens to me and explains everything. Her nursing assistant is great. Very caring.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2024

Dr kithara is a very from start to finish doctor. Takes time for all my questions . Love her!!!

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

Dr Kothari is very caring . She fitted me in when she heard during a video call with my husband that I was ill .

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024

Dr Kothari is wonderful. She is very engaging and covers everything for a comprehensive look at all aspects of your care. Very engaged as you as a person.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Dr. Kothari is an excellent, pleasant provider who takes the time to speak with you regarding any concerns you may have.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2024

Dr Kothari is always a good provider she listens and if she can help she does. She wants me to be as healthy as I can be. I appreciate her.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

I have been seeing Dr. K for years . I really f respect her and if every confidence in her and I like her very very much she's never too busy to answer my phone calls never too busy to answer my MyChart request she's just wonderful.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Dr. Kothari is awesome. She listens well and give great feedback

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024

Do everything you can to keep Dr. Kothari and her staff1

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Dr. K is always easy to communicate with and very responsive.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

My time with my care provider ( Dr Kothari) is always pleasant, informative, supportive, and helpful. I love my primary care physician

Reviewed on Dec 26, 2023

She was understanding and listening to my concerns. I enjoy the visit. But as she left l forgot to ask her.haha my fault.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Dr. Kothari is very kind and thorough. She covers everything and explains everything with evidence.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

She is the best care provider of my 87 years of life. Without her I may not be here. I also grateful to CCF!

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2023

Dr. Kothari is the best. I am so lucky she is my primary dr.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Kothari is excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Grateful to Dr Kothari is keep me in great shape even at my age of 63

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Always very thorough and pleasant, she's been my Dr for over 20 years.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

I consider myself very fortunate to have Dr. Kothari as my primary care physician.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Entire experience was excellent. Dr. Kothari is wonderful.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

I have been seeing Dr. Kothari for a number of years, and have always been very pleased with her treatment and genuine concern for my welfare. Would highly recommend.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

I was not included in the decision to see any other doctor but Dr. Kothari. I would like to see Dr. Kothari only.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

Excellent care from Dr Kothari! She is very patient and ready to address the problems. I am very satisfied with her service and staff.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

Dr. Kothari is a wonderful doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

She is simply the best and I feel lucky to have worked with her for years!

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2023

Dr. Kothari always takes time to be sure I'm clear on my treatment plan.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

I regard my internist as exceptional. She is thorough in every aspect of the visit. Her questions, communication skills, and kindness are held in high esteem. Her diagnosis of areas of concern leave me with a clear direction as to how I can improve. I am grateful that I am in Her care for many years now. She has always been a most compassionate and knowledgeable physician who is passionate about her field.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Dr. Kothari is the very best. She answers all of my questions with care and recommends, or suggest what steps I need to follow thru with my health needs. Dr. Kothari has a wonderful bed side manner.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

I have acochlear. Implant for my severe hearing loss. Dr Kothari and her staff all very good at keeping me aware and included in my care, and printed instructions when I depart..

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

If only Dr. Kothari could be duplicated! She's a caring doctor and is very thorough during appointments.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

I have been a patient of Dr. Kothari for over 10 years. She is patient and very attentive to my needs. Even after gaining weight, she is kind and compassionate with me!

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Dr Kothari show concern not only for my physical health, but showed extraordinary concern for my mental well being. Her attentiveness help my to feel comfortable and at ease. She gave very good advise as well as directing me to great resources.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Was Happy That I Git An Appointment With My Doctor Quickly

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

The Doctor Was Concerned

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Always a good experience with my Doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Dr Kothari is a wonderful & caring doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

Dr Kothari gave me time to discuss my concerns and really listened to me.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Dr Kothari continues to provide excellent care

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Dr. Kothari is the best! I've been a patient of hers for years.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

My providor always concern if I have new concern. Concern if I need to change medicine if it may bother me or that it works better. Concern if im safe at home.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr. Kothari is an exceptional doctor. She develops a plan for my care and provides timely feedback to medical test results and questions.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

She and her staff are just great. !

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. Korhari is an excellent listener. She always fully explains everything and provides the type primary of care all people should have access to.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr Kothari has cared for my needs for years and is always attentive to my concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

Dr. Kothari was excellent. Her student assistant Ryan was as caring and very thorough.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

It is always good to see Dr. Kothari, she keeps me on the right track.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr Kothari is an amazing doctor

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Had and excellent experience with Dr. Kothari. She was attentive to my issues and provided care accordingly. Professional,warm, and courteous.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

I would, and have referred Dr. Kothari to other people.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr. K is special and her professional staff - I love them a very caring team.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

I have had Dr. Kothari as my doctor for many years. She is the BEST!

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2023

Dr Kothari is always kind, thorough, and compassionate.

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