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Department Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
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


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Band Ligation
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Hydrogen Breath Test
  • Polypectomy
  • Pouch Center
  • Pouchoscopy
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Variceal Band Ligation
View all 11 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Collagenous Colitis
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Microscopic Colitis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
View all 6 Specialties +


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About Jean-Paul Achkar, MD

Jean-Paul Achkar, MD, is a Staff Physician in the Department of Gastroenterology of the Digestive Disease Center, located on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. From 2002 to 2007, he served as Director of the Cleveland Clinic Gastroenterology Fellowship Program. He is certified in gastroenterology by the National Board of Examiners, and his specialty interests include Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Dr. Achkar received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He also conducted his internship and residency in internal medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University, where he served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine. He then went on to conduct his fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was Chief Fellow.

He is principal or co-investigator in several research trials that have been published in leading peer-reviewed journals. He has also contributed chapters to several medical textbooks in his field. He is the recipient of research awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Cleveland Clinic, GlaxoSmithKline Institute for Digestive Health and the American College of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Achkar has also received the Physician of the Year Award from the Gastroenterology Department of Cleveland Clinic, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Premier Physician Award, two Senior Fellow Teaching Awards, and the American College of Gastroenterology Governors Award for Best Scientific Paper. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Tufts University
Biology and French
Boston, MA USA

Professional Highlights

  • National Institutes of Health K23 Grant Award for Genetic Studies in Crohn’s Disease


  • Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

Specialty Interests

Crohn's Disease, IBD including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis

Awards & Honors

  • Physician of the Year Award, Gastroenterology Department, Cleveland Clinic
  • Premier Physician Award, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
  • Two Senior Fellow Teaching Awards
  • Governors Award for Best Scientific Paper, American College of Gastroenterology


  • Chair, Educational Affairs Committee, American College of Gastroenterology
  • Board member, Northeast Ohio Chapter Board of Trustees, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
  • American Gastroenterological Association
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Jean-Paul Achkar, MD.

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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 12/4/2022, Dr. Achkar 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

277 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

63 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Dr. Achkar was great! We had a virtual appointment and I could tell he spent a lot of time reviewing my case. The appointment was very informative and he answered all of our questions regarding some of the possible treatment options. After being sick all summer and being in the hospital, it was so helpful to meet with him.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Very pleased with my experience with Dr. Ankar

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Over the top service from the Cleveland clinic. Your company makes me feel good and when I need something everyone from the Dr to the nurses to the staff even the cleaning folks make me feel comfortable

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

2 thumbs up for my Doctor excellent experience

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

I had an excellent experience at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Jean Paul Achkar is an excellent, caring, kind physician.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr. Achkar is an amazing physician

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

I had an in-person visit that I thought was virtual. When I realized my error, I desperately tried calling Dr. Achkar's staff. I spent 15 minutes going through the phone tree/on hold, before being connected to someone who promptly hung up on me. I called back, and had to repeat the phone tree/on hold. Eventually - after the start of my appointment - I was connected to someone in Dr. Achkar's office, who rescheduled my appointment. She then told Dr. Achkar about my dilemma, and he graciously agreed to see me virtually that day.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

Dr. Achkar is fantastic! He accomodated his schedule to meet with me virtually after I screwed up. The problem is Cleveland Clinic's crazy system in trying to reach an individual provider/practice.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

I realize Dr Ashker is very busy and I thought getting to see him in 2 months was good

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Best Doctor Award!

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

Really like Dr Achkar. He's always polite and always looking out for what's best for me as his patient.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Dr Achkar is caring, thorough, and a very good communicator.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2023

Dr Achkar takes the time to ask good questions, keeps engagement, allows for time to think through the process, make it personal and truly cares about me.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr. Achkar, staff, and colleagues are all exceptional. Thank you

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Great Dr. And wonderful staff

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

The Dr was very caring and made me feel comfortable

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Although I wish I didn't need care I'm getting the best care with Dr. Achkar. He listens and gives me options.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

I know how busy Dr Achkar is but I always get an appointment.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Dr Achkar is best especially with patients with IBD. He knows that I understand the disease and research new treatments and is always prepared.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Excellent Dr took time to talk to me about my problems and explained treatment plans thoroughly

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

My initial virtual meeting with Dr. Acharya was very informative.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr. Achkar was patient and answered all of our questions. He made us feel like he cared.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr Achkar is the very best!!!

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

The Doctor is the best I have ever had.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

My Doctor was very concerning to me.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Absolutely wonderful physician and facility. I came from Eastern Kentucky to see him and I'm grateful I did!

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

Dr Achkar is wonderful. I was so upset when Dr B retired, but thank goodness he recommending me going Dr Achkar. He is very thorough and takes his time and answered all my questions. Very pleasant visit.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2023

Dr Achkar is the best GI I have ever had- kind, understanding and responsive. My only wish is that he had more availability.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

Dr. Achkar is genuinely kind and compassionate. He talks to me, not at me. He explains everything and takes his time with me. He is a comfort.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Dr. Achkar Is terrific. He knows my condition inside and out. He always is thorough and involves me in my treatment. I trust his expertise.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

First visit with Dr Achkar; I have nothing but good things to say about his care and professionalism.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Excellent provider and physician

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2023

Good doctor and a good person

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2023

This makes me seing my doctor so much easier and better.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2023

Dr. Achkar is an A+ physician. He was very thorough in taking my history. He discussed all treatment options and his recommendations, tailored them to my condition and needs, and made sure I understood and was in agreement before going forward. He took the time to answer all my questions. He treated me with respect. He was very knowledgeable about my condition. I can't praise him enough. I'm glad I found him and I highly recommend him. His fellow Dr. Mejia Perez started the exam and was also very thorough and a good listener. She had read through my records thoroughly and understood my history before the exam even started. She listed to me carefully and updated my records as needed.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

Dr. Achkar is great! Very knowledgable and cares for his patients well. I would and have recommended him to many people.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Love Dr Achkar!

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Dr. Achkar is top notch!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Dr. Achkar is an accomplished and true professional in all regards; Exceptional qualities and considerations.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

All my experience has be amazing he is the most caring Doctor I have him.

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

Dr Jean Paul Achkar n his staff are kind n caring n would refer him to anyone looking for a great n caring doctor!! Thanks again Dr Achkar you are the best!!!

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Highest ratings for Dr. Achkar. The absolute best.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

I was so fortunate to find Dr. Achkar. He has made a huge difference in how I feel! A real professional who shows how much he cares about my health. Second to none!!!

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Dr. Achkar and his team provides first class care.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

I have told everyone about how the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Achkar and his staff, gives me the best care that I have ever had. He spends quality time with me and never rushes the appointment duration. Refreshing.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

I have been seeing this provider since 2009. He's a wonderful physician.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr. Jean Paul Achkar's approach, thoroughness, care, and summary of the visit are perfect!

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Dr.Achkar always shows concern and is very thorough.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

I'm very grateful for Dr. Achkar. He's helped me immensely.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Doctor Achkar was outstanding, again. He is so professional, understanding and thorough.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Dr Achkar is wonderful. This is the second time he performed my colonoscopy and he makes you very comfortable.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

I had to find a new GI doctor since Dr. Click left. I am thankful to have found Dr. Achkar. He is excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Dr Achkar is very thorough and I trust him with my care.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2022

Keyonna is always very helpful. She asked all the necessary questions before my virtual visit with Dr. Achkar.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2022

Dr. Achkar is everything I had heard about him. He explained procedure/risks, and answered my questions. I was very patient and very considerate of my physical limitations. I had a lot of anxiety about having pouchoscopy. Dr. Achkar was very reassuring. I would definitely recommend him to others.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2022

Endoscopy nurses had good rapport with each other and worked well with each other and Dr.Achkar. That reads to a patient and makes them feel more comfortable.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2022

Dr Achkar actually called me to schedule appointment because he had cancelation. He knew I needed to get procedure asap and was instrumental in getting me in.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2022

Dr Achkar is the best doctor! He explains things completely, listens to any concerns, and his skills and treatment are superb.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

It's hard to say that a video visit is as good as an in person visit because obviously In person the doctor can take vitals and do an examination. But, It Is nice to at least visit with the doctor on a video visit to discuss matters.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

I love Dr Ashkar's demeanor, he's straight forward, no BS, always professional and easy to talk to

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

I recommend CCF and Dr Ashkar frequently

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Dr. Achkar is a very good doctor. Explained every part of the procedure.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

All of the doctors were very attentive and empathetic. I cried and almost immediately I was offered a tissue and the discussion was paused until I had collected myself

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