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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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 11/28/2018, 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

256 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Doctor was superb and very caring.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019

Excellent Dr., very professional.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

Dr Achkar has been helping with my care for over 20 years and I respect and appreciate his dedication and commitment to my health. He recently contacted me directly on a Saturday to review test results and encouragement.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

the dr. was helpful in every way.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

I absolutely love Dr Achkar. He is knowledgable, has a great bedside manner, and cares for his patients. I would recommend him to anyone with GI issues.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

I had a lot of questions and concerns about one of the treatment options. The doctor was very kind and took time to go over the side effects and risks. He gave me treatment options and I appreciated being a part of decision. I felt like the doctor was listening to me and understood my concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

Dr Achkar is very good. He shows respect and he's concerned for my well being. He adjusts his schedule to meet my needs when multiple appointments are scheduled due to my location and situation.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dr. Achkar is a excellent doctor but it's hard to get appointments with him because he is so good but I don't mind the wait. He explains everything so you understand and he is very pleasant in the office and the bedside. He is the type of doctor that makes the clinic an excellent place to obtain care.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Drove 4hrs to seek help for crohns. What amazing doctors and nurses. After 15yrs I'm finally getting some answers. Highly recommend

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

I come from out of state to see Dr Achkar. It is worth EVERY minute it takes to come to Cleveland!!

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

felt as if I am in very good hands with Dr Ashkar. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and explained everything so well. so appreciate the care and plan I received

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

The doctor listened intently, and I could tell that I wasn't just another patient to him. He truly wanted to help me!

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

Dr. Achkar was very professional, kind and caring.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Dr. Achkar was wonderful! He took so much time with me and carefully listened to my symptoms. I never felt rushed. He also introduced the fellow doctor that also had a suggestion. I left Dr. Achkar's office feeling hopeful!

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

He is an amazing doctor. I drive from NY just to see him. I like how much time he takes to listen to my questions and go over side effects of medicine. He is willing to go over multiple medicine options and make sure that I feel comfortable taking the medicine. I feel very comfortable with this doctor and I am glad that he sees me.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

Dr. Achkar is professional, knowledgeable,and provided me with a new understanding of Chrones. He and Padaval are outstanding.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

Both doctor and nurses were very attentive to my needs during the procedure. I felt very cared upon during my time at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

Dr. Ashkar is a specialist who takes time to listen about serious medical conditions. I expect to wait because he is in demand and is a great doctor. There are times other patients need more time because of their health condition. I have never felt that my doctor was intentionally ignoring me at my expense. If people with a serious medical condition can't understand that then, they shouldn't be seeing world class doctors at a world class facility.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2018

Doctor was very thorough, but talked very quickly and jump around in the conversation. This was due to him reading my chart at the same time we were talking.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2018

I switched my health care treatment to Dr. Achkar and the Cleveland Clinic. After our initial consultation I left feeling confident that I finally had a treatment plan with an experienced Dr. who cares.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018

I came to see Dr. Achkar for a 2nd opinion. I found him to be forthright, compassionate and thorough. He clearly had read in detail the 50+ pages of medical history. He had pointed questions for me regarding my understanding of my disease, and answered my question with detailed information, clearly presented so that I could fully understand why he made the recommendations he did. He is an amazing doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2018

Even though the staff rarely made eye contact, once I saw Dr. Achkar,The visit was outstanding. He has provided exceptional care for years,tweaking my medicines so I may function well,independently,despite my ulcerative colitis. His stellar listening skills enhance his awesome care.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

Dr Achkar has he best beside manner! He is prompt, compassionate and always puts my concerns first. He goes above and beyond the standard to give exceptional care.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

I have never had a bad experience at Cleveland Clinic at the main campus. Everyone is always polite and smiling when I see them. That's from the from talking to them on the phone, the staff at the registration area and the doctor Dr.Jean Paul Achkar who Cleveland Clinic should be so proud to have this doctor working for you. He is a real asset to your Clinic.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

Again I can't say enough about Dr. Jean Paul Achkar. He is very nice but to the point with you which he includes you in on decisions about your treatment. The doctor has always talked to me about the medication he has put me on. He has always given me the pros and cons of the medication. Yes he did give me instructions for after care following the colonoscopy and when to make an appointment on follow-up care. The doctor is truly an asset to Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

Again I have never had a bad experience when getting my colonoscopy. Yes sometimes you do have to wait. The staff is always courteous and explaining there is a delay. You must understand when getting this procedure done that the patient before you might have more problems and the doctor might have to spend more time with this patient. Dr. Jean Paul Achkar is worth waiting for if the patient before me has a problem.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

we did not even get set down in waiting room when they called my name. didn't wait even 5 mins in exam room before dr came in. very happy

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

Trust Dr. Achkar explictly.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2018

Dr. J.P. Achkar is awesome. He is whip quick smart and always gets back to me if I have a question between appointments. He is an engaged listener at my appointments Adams truly takes exceptional care of me. i am sad to see his admin. Lisa move to another opportunity at the clinic. i hope her replacement provides me with the quick responses and ability to reach Dr. Achkar if I need him.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2018

Dr Jean Paul Achkar is superb..thus this is why I drive 4 1/2 hrs from our of state to see him. He has improved my quality of life almost single handedly. I can't say enough about his care AND compassion!!!

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2018

i trust Dr Achkar completely!!

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