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Department Colorectal Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Anal Cancer Surgery
  • Anorectal Fistula Treatment
  • Anorectal Physiology
  • Anorectal Surgery
  • Anoscopy
  • Appendectomy
  • Colectomy
  • Colon Resection Surgery
  • Colon Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal Cancer Prevention
  • Colorectal Cancer Research
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies
  • Colorectal Cancer Treatment
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Colostomy
  • Complex Pelvic Surgery
  • Consultation for Complicated Colon and Rectal Disease
  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection
  • Fecal Diversion
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Hemorrhoid Arterial Ligation
  • Hemorrhoidectomy
  • Ileoanal Pouch
  • Ileoscopy
  • Ileostomy
  • Inherited Colon Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Intestinal Stomas
  • Intestinal Surgery
  • J-Pouch Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Abdominal Perineal Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colectomy
  • Laparoscopic Colon Resection
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Fecal Diversion
  • Laparoscopic Ileocolectomy
  • Laparoscopic J-pouch Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Proctosigmoidectomy
  • Laparoscopic Rectopexy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Digestive Diseases
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laparoscopy of Pelvis
  • Minimally Invasive Cancer Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery
  • Pelvic Pouch Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Polypectomy
  • Pouchoscopy
  • Proctectomy
  • Rectal Cancer Surgery
  • Rectal Exam
  • Rectal Prolapse Surgery
  • Rectal Surgery
  • Rectal Ultrasound
  • Rectal-Sparing Operations for Carcinoma of the Rectum
  • Rectopexy
  • Rectourethral Fistula Repair
  • Rectum Reoperative Abdominopelvic Surgery
  • Re-Do Rectal Surgery
  • Reoperative Abdominal Surgery
  • Reoperative Pelvic Surgery
  • Resection of Rectal Diseases
  • Rigid Sigmoidoscopy
  • Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Robotic Colorectal Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopy
  • Rubber Band Ligation Of Hemorrhoids
  • Second Opinion
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Sphincter Sparing Surgery
  • Stoma Surgery
  • Strictureplasty
  • Surgery for Carcinoma of the Colon
  • Surgery for Crohn's Disease
  • Surgery for Fecal Incontinence
  • Surgery for Pilonidal Cyst
  • Surgery for Rectovaginal Fistula
  • Surgery for Ulcerative Colitis
  • Total Abdominal Colectomy
  • Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery (TEM)
  • Treatment for Anal Fissure
  • Treatment for Anal Fistula
  • Treatment of Constipation
  • Treatment of Fecal Incontinence
  • Ulcerative Colitis Medical Management
  • Watch and Wait for Rectal Cancer
View all 90 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Abscess
  • Adenomas
  • Adenomatous Polyps
  • Anal Abscesses
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anal Dysplasia
  • Anal Fissures
  • Anal Fistula
  • Anal Itching
  • Anal Pain
  • Anal Warts
  • Anorectal Disease
  • Anorectal Fistula
  • Benign Anorectal Disease
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Colon Diseases
  • Colon Polyps
  • Colonic Neoplasia
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Colovaginal Fistula
  • Colovesical Fistula
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Diverticulosis
  • Enterocutaneous Fistula
  • Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Fistula
  • Ischemic Colitis
  • Large Bowel (Intestinal) Obstruction
  • Large Bowel Cancer
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Perianal Ulcer
  • Pilonidal Cyst
  • Polyps of the Rectum
  • Rectal Abscess
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Pain
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Rectal Tumor
  • Rectovaginal Fistulas
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stoma Related Problems
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Volvulus
View all 52 Specialties +


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About Arielle Kanters, MD

Dr. Arielle Kanters is a colorectal surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Biology and Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She then completed her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University while also earning a Masters in Science in Applied Anatomy. She received her General Surgery training at University of Michigan and did a Colorectal Surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. 

Her research interests include identifying barriers to the delivery of high quality care in colon and rectal surgery. She has published peer-reviewed articles on colorectal surgery and serves as a reviewer for journals. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Colorectal Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - University of Michigan Hospitals
General Surgery
Ann Arbor, MI USA

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

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Applied Anatomy
Cleveland, OH USA


  • General Surgery
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery

Specialty Interests

Cancer of the colon, rectum and anus, Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Laparoscopic colorectal surgery, Minimally invasive surgery, Sphincter preservation surgery, J pouch creation, Ostomy reversal, Benign anorectal diseases

Awards & Honors

  • 2019 Diseases of Colon and Rectum Reviewer’s Guild, Inaugural Class Member
  • 2019 University of Michigan Department of Surgery Administrative Chief Resident
  • 2018 Evan Newport HOPE Award Nomination
  • 2017 Top resident educator – “Bronze Beeper Award” Winner, Awarded by Galen Medical Society, as voted upon by third and fourth year medical students, University of Michigan Medical School
  • 2017 University of Michigan Department of Surgery Leadership Development Program
  • 2016 Best resident educator – “Golden Beeper Award” Winner, Awarded by the Galen Medical Society, University of Michigan Medical School
  • 2015 Exceptional Physician Communicator Award, Trauma Burn Center at University of Michigan Health System
  • 2013 Alpha Omega Alpha, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2012 Academy of Medicine Education Foundation Scholarship Winner
  • 2009 Phi Beta Kappa, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2009 John Schoff Millis Award to Senior with the Best Academic Record, Case Western Reserve University
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 10/31/2023, Dr. Kanters 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

71 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2024

Friendly and knowledgeable. Explained what she was going to do

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

She did a great job answering questions and made me feel comfortable about the procedure.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2024

The doctor and nurses were the best.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2024

I wish I could give a score higher than "Very Good"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2024

First time. Very easy and respectful staff . Dr was great . Would highly recommend.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

If I could rate Dr. Kanters a higher number, I would. She sat with me, explained what I was going to experience, and she truly showed great care for me and my concerns. Her patient care should be a prime example of the care all doctors should have. She goes above and beyond for her patients! Plus her smile will make you smile too. Lovely inside and out!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

I had been followed by Anna Wortham NP and was sad to see that she was changing roles and anxious but made to feel very comfortable with the new Dr. And know I'm in good hands.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

Dr. Kanters and the staff were excellent!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr. Kanters is a wonderful doctor and extremely empathetic and a great listener. She is also very knowledgeable and explains things very thoroughly. I would highly recommend.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr. Ariel Canter KDr. Ariel Canter is excellent. She is a rockstar. She is totally informative to her patients and shows empathy to the family and the patient.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

Dr. Kanters and her staff are always amazing. She is the best. I recommend her to everyone.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2024

I absolutely love Dr Kanters. She is so caring, patient, and kind. Also down to earth and I feel like I can sit and talk to her and be comfortable.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

I really felt that my health was very important to the doctor. Dr Kanters is very professional who cares and will answer all your questions and concerns. She answer them at the best of her ability.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

I felt the care and concern of my health from the provider. Very caring and a great listener. She also went step by step to be sure that I knew everything she was doing. She also explained all treatment plans and made sure that I understood. She's a great provider

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2023

Provider was very thorough and informative.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2023

Excellent care by Dr Kanters. She was very personable and had an amazing bedside manner. She made me feel at ease before the procedure and during. I would 100% recommend her!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

All staff with hospital and Dr Kanters are great to work with

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Dr. Kanter's is the best! She was so encouraging and kind.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Dr. Layers exceeded my expectations as a physician in every way. She was a perfect doctor for my appointment/ medical issue. She was very candid and accommodating.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

In a word Dr. Kanters is Amazing

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

I love Dr.Kanters and staff. She is always very knowledgeable, and puts you at ease. She is always so caring.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

I appreciate Dr. Kanters and the entire Cleveland Clinic team!

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Dr. Kanters is an amazing person and provider! She has knowledge, empathy, and cares about her pts! Thank you!

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

LOVE my doctor! She spends so much time with me, answers all of my questions. She is AMAZING.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr Kanters was very thorough and put me at ease during exam. Took her time explaining my situation and suggesting remedies.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Best doctor I've ever met. She explains every thing that scares a person about the whole surgical process.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr Kanters is an exceptional physician. She provided great care and concern. She explained the diagnosis and treatment options and patiently answered my questions.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Dr was very nice. Would highly recommend

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Extremely happy I was referred to Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kanters and the entire staff are extremely professional and caring . I appreciate the way they treat their patients. Truly extraordinary.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Dr. Kanters is wonderful on all counts. She has a cheery confidence and backs it up with surgical skill.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Dr Kanters is the best

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr was very knowledgeable and friendly

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr. Kanters cared for the person first then my medical diagnosis. That approach built trust and confidence. Ive never experienced anything like it.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr. Kanters and her team were extremely compassionate and knowledgeable. They took the best care of me and I would absolutely recommend all of them to anyone who needed their expertise.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr A. Kanters was friendly,professional, caring and sympathetic to our needs and did an excellent job prior to the procedure, during and after . She came out and communicated the actions taken,results and follow up steps. Then a week later she sent us a message to let us know the test results. Great Dr please send her my appreciations. And I would recommend her to all my family and friends

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Dr. Kanters has always been, and was for this appointment, extremely helpful and I would recommend her to anyone.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

She is fantastic! She remembered me from a previous procedure.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

I liked her personality, knowledge, and expertise

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Dr. Kanters' and her team are amazing!

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

I would recommend Dr. Kanters' and her team to anyone that has colorectal Issues!

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Dr. Kanters is very good taking time to explain my condition and the options for treatment. Very professional and pleasant to work with.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Words can not express how wonderful of a physician Dr. Kanters is. The quality of time and care she provides is next to none. She treats you like you are her only patient of the day, is above and beyond professional and truly puts herself in her patients shoes. I was so incredibly impressed with Dr. Kanters... She is a gem!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Doctor was very kind and caring. Excellent bedside manner. She really put me at ease.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Dr Kanters is always excellent. I don't say that lightly. I have actually been extremely disappointed with some other doctors I have seen at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kanters is top notch and I would recommend her to anyone and everyone.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr Kanters is straight forward world class.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr. Kanters is the type of physician everyone deserves. She has a wealth of subject matter expertise, but never condescends. She is clear in her adherence to procedures, but never made me feel like "just another patient." She listened to me in a way that made me feel validated and affirmed and spoke to me in a way that was clear and mirrored my own language. I have had several interactions with physicians in my personal and professional life and Dr. Kanters and her care team are top tier.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2023

Provider Arielle Kanters was awesome. She was very professional, nice, funny, serious, knowledgeable, and caring. She treated me with utmost respect and courtesy and was serious about my concerns and the actual procedure, yet she was also extremely funny and made me feel completely comfortable about what to expect. I almost wish to have this procedure done every year instead of every 10 years!!!

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Dr K was exceptionalplease expedite her cloning.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Dr K possesses a rare blend of professional knowledge/competency, communicative skill, and sense of humor that puts her in the top tier of medical professionals I have interacted with in my 28 years of being a nurseI was very impressed.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

The doc was very funny with a good bedside manner - but very knowledgeable in everything I asked. I actually was awake during the procedure and asked questions about what was going on and she engaged and educated me on what was going on. Never thought I'd be that fascinated by a colonoscopy.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Dr. Kanters is extremely kind, very thorough and understanding

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Kanters is an extremely caring, kind, and brilliant doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

I loved how everyone cared especially Dr Kanters can't wait to see everyone in 3yrs!!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2023

Dr Kanters is a very upbeat, friendly, caring doctor. I would highly recommend her to friends and family. Can't say enough good things about Dr Kanters. From start to finish of my procedure she was informative, concerned and very good at making me feel comfortable throughout the procedure. Very, very satisfied with everything.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr Kanters was great!

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

You need to make sure you keep Dr. Kanters. She's one of your best.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr. Kanters is what every patient hopes for. 1st class!

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr.Kanters and her team are some of the best people around. Patient safety, knowledge of the surgery the patient needs, and bedside manner are all 10/10 with Dr. Kanters. Before surgery she explains how she's going to keep safe so you have the best possible outcome for your future. She's very sharp on her knowledge of what is best when surgery is taking place. After surgery she is there to make sure you're feeling good and to answer questions. Post-op, her nurse Meghan is very good at communicating help when you've gone home. She is always friendly and always calls back. Having Dr. Kanters do your surgery is a no brainer.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Doctor and staff truly special people. Professional, caring and very detailed

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr. Kanters is absolutely wonderful. She is an excellent physician and has great compassion for what I'm going thru

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

*Dr. Kanters is the bomb! All her staff is amazing.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

I had a great experience with Dr. Kanters. She answered all of my questions and did her very best to calm me down before the procedure.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

I really like & respect Dr.Kanters & her staff!!! They have been amazing. Megan has been a big help getting things lined up for me, I am so grateful I got lined up with Dr. Kanter office!! :)

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Dr Kanters is an outstanding physician in every aspect. Knowledgeable, caring, empathetic.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

She was very easy to talk to. Trying to find a new provider isn't always easy.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Loved Dr Kanter. Makes you feel at ease

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

2 hour delay , but staff and doctor excellent,

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

The doctor has no postoperative discussions. Left with no idea how it went.

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

Dr. Kanter is kind and thorough. She explains things well and is willing to go above and beyond to meet the needs of her patients.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

Dr. Kanter was very out going and not stuck on herself, which to me makes a good doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

She was very pleasant, explained clearly, her nurse was also very pleasant.

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