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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
Primary Location

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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As of 12/4/2022, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

35 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

8 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Dr. Kothari has a great bedside manner and is a good listener

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

I am very please with the response of my care and need with Dr. Kothari.

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Dr Kothari cares. She is The best primary care physican I had in my 30 plus years at The Clinic. Always professional, but yet personal, answers questions, emails, phone calls, keeping me Updated with test.. Impressive.

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Dr. Kothari always listens to my concerns and thoroughly explains things to me. She's a great doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2022

I love my doctor. She is thorough, very friendly, and she knows me well.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2022

Dr Kothari is the best PCP She is on the spot responsive Her care for me over the past 18 years I very much appreciate and trust Dr. KothariManaging my complex medical Issues She is always respectful and caring One of the most skilled diagnostic MDCleveland Clinic is lucky to have her on staff!An I am lucky to call her my Pcp

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

I love my doctor she is just so hard to see.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2021

Always a great experience with Dr Kothari! She is caring and compassionate

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