Department Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Colonoscopy
  • Egd
  • Endoscopy
  • Esophageal Band Ligation
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Hydrogen Breath Test
  • Polypectomy
  • Pouchoscopy
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Variceal Band Ligation
View all 10 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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 12/1/2019, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

207 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

38 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Theres not much you could do better. I think Dr. Achkar is terrific.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Dr. Achkar spent a lot of time with me listening to my concerns and following up with both Surgery and local GI. He exceeded expectations. Thank you.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Dr. Achkar has been my doctor for almost 20 years, I trust him with my health he is compassionate, professional, and I respect him very much. He also has good hair.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Dr. Achkar is the best! Always thorough and brings humor to every conversation.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Dr. Achkar is a great doctor and I can't imagine seeing anyone else for my IBD.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

great experience. dr achkar had read all my EMR notes prior to the appointment for establishing care.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Love Dr. Achkar.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

excellent physician

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Dr. Achkar is brilliant. He goes out of his way to give you a comprehensive plan to address health needs not limited to GI issues.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

I have known Dr. Achkar for 30 years and as his patient for the last ten years. He is the best IBD specialist I have known. He knows I will always have questions, and will look up options. Dr Achkar always comes through. If I do not hear from him I will hear Aja.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

I feel that the doctor really looks after me. Thats a great feeling.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

Dr. Achkar was excellent

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Dr. Achkar has been my gastroenterologist for 21 years and he was instrumental in saving my life when I first got sick with Crohn's. He is always respectful , professional, knowledgeable, and humane . My interactions with him have always been consistently excellent. It hope the Clinic knows and appreciates the good work he does .

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

He's been a great Dr for me

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

I live out of State. Dr Achkar went way above and beyond to accommodate 3 separate procedures including a visit with me in person. He was more than accommodating. I am so appreciative.

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

I'm so happy and appreciative to Dr Achkar and the entire Staff. He always seems to make magic happen. I couldn't ask for a better Doctor. he is truly the greatest.

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Dr Achkar has always been open to my concerns and takes his time during our appointments

Reviewed on May 15, 2020

I feel that my health is in good care with my doctor

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

i always enjoy seeing dr. achkar. He has a great personality which makes it very comfortable to talk to him

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2020

Dr. Achkar does a great job!

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

very relaxed in communicating with Dr Achkar.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

dr achkar and his staff are always 1st class and professional

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

I have a hard time understanding sometimes which I understand can be anoying but if the Doctor would explain in more detail and easier to understand and maybe ask me if I can repeat back what they tell me... I feel that after I leave I don't understand or remember what they said... But thats my problem I guess...

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

my experience as a while with the Cleveland Clinic has been exceptional. all staff operate with a high level of professionalism and efficiency. Dr Achkar has been incredibly thorough and thoughtful. I have utmost confidence with my care with the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

I called Sunday and talked to The Fellow on call , and he contacted Dr Achkar the next morning and , and placed a appointment for that Monday for 3:30 . THANK YOU .

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

I have seen Dr. Achkar on servral occasions since 2016 and he has been a pleasure to work with . Caring , listens to your concerns , and makes sure you understand what he is saying , and what he will be doing to solve my problems .

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

great doctor

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

providers were great

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

staff and providers were great to help me get seen by the right type of provider

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

doctor JP acktar is the best.

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2019

Dr Achkar is amazing! He got me in quickly, was kind and very complete with his informed consent. He's one of the best doctors I have seen and I would highly recommend him to any family or friend.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Responses to email via mychart were very speedy and sometimes by phone, which was nice. There were no moring appt times for colonoscopies with Dr. Achkar until spring, not because they were booked, but because he doesnt schedule morning colonoscopies right now. I think morning procedures should be available more frequently.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Loved Dr. Achkar. will use him again if needed.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Dr. Achkar and his team were absolutely fantastic.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

I have been sick for years. I have been misdiagnosed over and over again and haphazardly given a medicine that made me sicker many times. I was so happy that Dr. Achkar actually listened to me. I had lost all hope until this appointment. I have a long road ahead but I am so hopeful for an answer or at least a treatment that works.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2019

Dr. Achkar is awesome. It may take a while to be able to get in to see him because he is booked up so far in advance but he is well worth the wait.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

Long wait period for appointment. Dr. is worth the wait though.

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