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Department Hematology and Medical Oncology
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

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
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About Kanika Nair, MD

Dr. Nair is Associate Staff in the Gastrointestinal Malignancies Program at the Cleveland Clinic. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Chemistry as well as Physics & Astronomy from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences, where she completed her training in internal medicine and served as Chief Resident at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. As a proud graduate of Mayfield High School, she was thrilled to return to Cleveland for her fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Cleveland Clinic, where she also served as Chief Fellow. 

Dr. Nair's research interests are understanding the role of the tumor microbiome in young-onset colorectal cancers, germline mutations in pancreatic cancer, and use of circulating tumor DNA in gastrointestinal malignancies. Dr. Nair serves on the ASCO Guidelines Committee for the Use of cfDNA Testing in Solid Tumors and Lymphoma.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Internal Medicine - Chief Resident
Washington, DC USA

Residency - The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Internal Medicine
Washington, DC USA

Medical Education - The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Washington, DC USA

Undergraduate - University of Pittsburgh
Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy
Pittsburgh, PA USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Medical Oncology
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 4/17/2024, Dr. Nair 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

77 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 4.8
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2024

Dr Nair is an amazing oncologist!Along with her knowledge, she is so supportive & kind. She was part of a team @ Clinic who saved my life from pancreatic cancer in 2022. I am eternally grateful to all!

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2024

Dr. Nair was prepared for my visit. She knew my history and had answers to my many questions. She listened intently to my current health situation and arranged appointments with other specialist doctors who could help my current case.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

Love Dr. Nair! You never feel rushed in her office. She is very caring and sweet.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

She's the best! Takes time to discuss any concerns and issues

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

Dr. Nair is amazing.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Dr. Nair is wonderful! She's very attentive, concerned about me and my health. I would definitely recommend her.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

I have the utmost confidence in the decisions that are being made by my Doctor and the entire Oncology team at the Clinic.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023

Dr. Nair is the best! She is very knowledgeable and always takes the time I need to ask questions and answers them with honesty and compassion. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of her expertise.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

I love Dr Nair. She is always so pleasant & a wonderful provider!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Dr Nair was great answering all the questions asked of her. She took care of my fears with her explanations of things related to my condition. Her logical approach to an unknown primary gave me hope.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Dr Nair is always a professional, friendly and courteous experience.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Dr Nair is an exceptional person who I would highly recommend

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr. Nair was compassionate, an excellent communicator, and thorough. She resolved our concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr. Nair is the best there is! She is always informative and kind and makes me feel that I have a part in the treatment/testing of my cancer journey!!

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Dr Nair is just amazing, so knowledgeable, so pleasant & patient. Am blessed to have her as my oncologist!

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr Nair is always very informative and supportive.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

Dr Nair is very good about listening to your complete questions before giving her opinion which she makes relatable to your individual situation.

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