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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
  • Egd
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Band Ligation
  • 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 12/12/2021, 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

201 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

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2022

I trust Dr A and value his opinion

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Dr Achkar is excellent.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Good experience. Doctor went through details slowly so I could take good notes

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2022

Dr. Achkar has been my doctor for many years, and I trust his judgement.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Always a good experience with Dr. Achkar, when I have a video chat with him.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Dr. Achkar is a great doctor and great with me. I have been with him 23 years as a patient and wouldn't think of going to anyone else.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Dr. Achkar is an excellent doctor. He is very caring and very intelligent. His team is excellent to work with.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

The provider was very helpful and not only listened my concerns, but addressed all of them in my treatment plan.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2022

This was my first appt with Dr Achkar (Dr. Brzezinski, my former doc retired). Dr A was very thorough and knew all of my essential history. He clearly explained his recommendations and answered my questions. I felt confident in his abilities and care.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Dr. Achkar is a rock star!

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

Dr. JP Achkar is an extraordinary doctor. I feel very fortunate to be his patient.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2022

Best Experience with a Doctor that I can ever recall. I felt heard and in the best care

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Excellent, professional care. Dr. Achkar genuinely listens and takes my concerns into account.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

I like Dr Achkar. He's always very thorough and explains everything very well. I appreciate that.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

My doctor was very nice and caring at this visit.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Dr. J.P. Achkar is an exceptional doctor, and I am fortunate to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Dr. Achkar is awesome but the wait time to get an appointment with him is definitely too long. It can take months.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Love Dr. Achkar. We're very confident with the care he provides. He listens to concerns, is thoughtful in his approach and has great bedside manner.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

I have been a patient at Cleveland Clinic for over 30 years and Dr Ashkar was easy to talk to and he was a doctor you would expect from CC. I left believing in him and my course of treatment

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Dr. Ashkar seemed very concerned about me and my concerns. He discussed my future care and medications. Felt like he had my best interest in mind.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

I have been a patient of Dr. Ashkar for many years. I have always recieved prompt and exceptional care.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Dr. Ashkar was excellent. I called and left a message prior to my appointment. He returned my call that evening, answered my questions, and eased my concerns.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

I can't say enough wonderful things about *Dr. Achkar! He is a miracle worker!

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Dr. Jean Paul Ashkar is a great provider and I recommend him to anyone who has gastric problems. Very friendly and concerning when I have new problems with my stomach.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Have been getting care from Dr. Achkar since 2007. All his staff over the years have been excellent

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

*Dr. Achkar extremely well prepared for my visit. Took my info efficiency, listen to my concerns and had suggestions and answers about how to treat my condition.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Dr. Achkar was very personable, easy to talk to, and very thorough.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Dr. Achkar was amazing - he was very thorough and took time with me to help find the right course to get my UC flare of 8 months now under control. We have started the medication and I am already feeling a bit better - Dr. Achkar has this short term plan and a long term plan in place to keep me in remission and able to function in my daily life. Dr. Achkar immediately ran blood test/fecal tests and started me on a medication. I feel like I am in great hands and that Dr. Achkar will help me going forward to keep this UC at bay and give me a more comfortable life. I am grateful.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Very impressive. I look forward to partnering with Dr. Achkar and his staff during my care.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Great experience. *Dr. Achkar is caring, intelligent, and listens. I would recommend him, absolutely! complete confidence.

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