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Department Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
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 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 USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

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


  • 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 1/1/2021, Dr. Kothari 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.

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

103 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Dr Kothari gives you all the time you need without making you feel rushed. I've already recommended her to a friend who now sees her.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Dr. Kothari has my whole well-being in mind, not just physical. I appreciate her and her knowledge as well as respecting my decisions and input with regards to my care.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Always a good experience with Dr. Kothari!!

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

I always recommend my Primary physician. Friends hit my DMs up often about her.

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

my doctor is excellent she never rushing me when I have questions I've had a rough time with anxiety . And I appreciate her direct me to the right place for help !! I would not have made it without her help

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Dr. Kothari is always thoughtful and amazing. I recommend her any time someone is looking for a GP.

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Dr. Kothari is excellent

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

As always Dr. Kothari and her team are a listening for the patient.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

A testament to Dr. Kothari is my constant recommendations of her.. One of my friends promised to call her as she needed a Primary physician...

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

I trust Dr. Kothari wholeheartedly. She is caring, knowledgeable and professional.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

I'm thankful for Dr Kothari's compassion and knowledge in my care

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

I adore Dr. Kothari, she has been my primary care for 20 years!!! Amazing physician.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

I have been going to Dr. Kothari for years she is the only doctor I want to see for my PCP I trust her implicitly

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

my Dr. is a very caring person.

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2021

great experience. very nice doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Dr. Kothari always provides a complete and thoroughly understanding and enjoyable medical experience

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

This physician is consistently empathetic, courteous and informative of patient care.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr K always makes my visit easy , we can laugh . I just Love her.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr. K is always engaging pleasant and extremely helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Dr. Kothari is an excellent doctor. She is sensitive and kind. When things are needed like paperwork for FMLA and needs through Passport, she ensures proper turn-around time. Thank you for your service.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

Dr. Kothari explains everything and remembers her patients and their concerns

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Dr. Kothari is a fantastic doctor. She cares and listens to my concerns. She's an active healthcare provider!

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Dr. Kothari cares about my health!

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2020

Dr. Kothari has been my PCP for about 20 years. She is excellent and I recommend her highly.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

Dr. Kothari was well-acquainted with my recent emergency room visit test results and the last medical exam. In addition, she respected my personal concerns about vaccines and oxygen level comparisons.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

Dr. Kothari takes the time needed, listens and really explains everything. She is thoughtful and attentive, a great doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

I enjoyed having my Dr. all to my self. i was able to open up and get some great understanding of have good healthcare at my age is. and to express some other concerns i had. thank you.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

I love my Dr. she and I have been together for 13 years.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2020

Dr. Kothari is an EXCELLENT doctor! Always kind and caring.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

Job well done doctor Kothari. You are always outstanding in giving me updates about my health status and treatments . thanks . I have been your patient since 1996

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

Dr very attentive and thinks of benefits to what I'm doing or wanting to do and my needs.

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