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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 12/13/2020, 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

45 Patient Comments

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 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.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Dr. Achkar exceeded my high expectations.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

It took some patience to get an appointment with Dr. Achkar. When you are the best, you are in demand.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

He is a great doctor! I like that he gives me several options and we decide together.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

I've been a patient of Dr. Achkar for 20+ years and he's always done an excellent job. He cares about his patients .

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

I love dr. Achkar. he has been my gastroenterologist for 18 yrs now (since 2003)

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Dr. Achkar is the best. I have been with him for twenty years and would never think of going anywhere else. He has been right on top of my disease, Ulcerative Colitis. I can't say enough good things about him.

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Dr Acharya is the best, that's why I drive 4 house one way to see him.

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

I have always found Dr. Achkar to be concerned with me as a person. He listens to what I say, and we make medical decisions jointly.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Dr. Jean Paul Aschcar is an excellent doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Dr Achkar is very knowledgeable, was patient with addressing my concerns. He was detailed in presenting to me what my next options are with hopes of getting better.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

I appreciate How Dr Achkar made me feel apart of my medical decisions and care.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Dr Achkar is always very thorough. He also takes the time to explain. things and informs me of possible treatments so I can look into them more. I feel like we are working together to find what's best for my illness.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Dr. Achkar responded almost immediately to my inquiry. I was very pleased.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Dr. Achkar is an excellent communicator.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Dr. Achkar is top notch! He is the reason I drive in from out of state (4.5 hour drive) LOVE HIM

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

I've already recommended him to others. he's a wonderful doctor

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

Dr. Achkar spent over an hour and a half with me. we covered every part of my history. I've never had a doctor so invested into my health history!

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

I felt Dr. Achkar took his time and reviewed my medical records that were sent to him from my Dr in Youngstown. Dr Achkar made very good suggestions for my treatment.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

Dr Achkar is the "best". he has true concern and his willingness to accommodate me, as I live out of State, is second to none. he is kind and compassionate and keeps always keep me fully informed. as usual, this visit was no different. as stated: "He truly is the best."

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Dr. Achkar is very personable. He makes me feel special. I know that sounds trite, but it is very true.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

one of the most thoughtful physicians I've met. always takes time. always has the facts speak

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

my wife and I drive 3 hours to main campus and we've never had a bad experience at the Clinic. Dr. Achkar was our first relationship and that resulted in us deciding to make the Clinic the center for our medical care.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

have always liked Dr achkar. doesn't rush u

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

amazing doctor and fellow. wish then both an enriched life

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Dr Ashkar was very good and concerning to come up with a solution to my medical issue.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Dr. Achkar is excellent

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

So thankful for the exceptional care that I receive from Dr Achkar. He is knowledgable, caring, and has a good sense of humor too which we all need more of these days.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

The best doctor experience that I have ever had.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

Excellent care, from both the fellow and the doctor

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Dr. Achkar was very considerate and answered questions that I asked. Also, he gave me options for my issues. I appreciate his interest and the time he took to explain them.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

Possibly the best interaction I've ever had with a physician.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

The staff who support Dr. Achkar are fabulous. They are friendly, respond to both voice mail and My Chart messages promptly.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Dr. Achkar is always caring and answered my questions. We have annual discussions re MRE or colonoscopy. He listens to my reasons for one or the other as well as makes recommendations. We mutually respect another which has developed over the 10+years he has been my Gastroenterologist and 15+ years we have known one another thru the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr. Achkar was terrific. Within 30 minutes he had all relevant facts and understood my situation and the severity of my problem with diarrhea. After 5 years, I finally believe that I am seeing the right guy, and if anyone can figure out the solution, it will be Dr. Achkar. An excellent performance.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

Dr. Jean Achkar is just fantastic!

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Dr. Achkar is the best.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

I requested Dr. Achkar by name. As a result I understand this can increase the span between initial contact and the initial appointment. Recognizing a large percentage of people wait until care is imperative rather than preventive spans need to be compressed. After initial contact and an appointment is scheduled a direct line is necessary for those of us with tight phone screening security parameters.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

I like and respect Dr J P Achar.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Doctor had great bedside manners very nice caring

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