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

Treatment & Services

  • Blood Tests
  • Center for Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Dietary Management for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Children and Adults
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Evaluation for Caustic Ingestion
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Health Screening and Testing
  • Outpatient Care
  • Polypectomy
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue)
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Bleeding
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Ulcerative Colitis
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About Sandra Kim, MD

Sandra Kim, MD, a nationally recognized expert in pediatric and adolescent inflammatory bowel disease, is the chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Prior to this, she was Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center within the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Kim is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Inteflex (Integrated Pre-medical/Medical) Program, earning bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Psychology as well as her medical degree.

Dr. Kim’s clinical and research interests focus on pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases, including adolescent transitioning and quality improvement in pediatric IBD, advocacy for care access, and the impact of the gastrointestinal microbiota in IBD. As a reflection of her dedication to her profession, Dr. Kim was awarded the 2011 and 2018 Rosenthal Awards and a 2020 Uniting to Care and Cure Award for her leadership in patient education and advocacy by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Improve Care Now (ICN), a national pediatric IBD quality improvement network. She is the current co-chair of the DEI committee and a member of the Community Council for ICN. She is also a member of the Medical Advisory Board, Flying Horse Farms.

Dr. Kim has been an active member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation over the past 25 years. She was a past chair for the Government Affairs and Pediatric Affairs committees for the Foundation’s National Scientific Advisory Committee (NSAC) and has remained involved in the Foundation - funded pediatric research network, PROKIIDS. She was on the Board of Directors for the Central Ohio chapter of the Foundation and recently completed her term as board president for the Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia chapter of the Foundation (2021-2022). She currently is a member of the Northern Ohio Chapter Board of Directors for the Foundation.

Read an article: Meet Sandra Kim, MD, Chair of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Read an article: Managing Access and Making Advocacy Part of Your Pediatric Gastroenterology Practice

Listen to a podcast: IBD in Children

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Baylor College of Medicine
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Houston, TX United States

Residency - Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX United States

Medical Education - University of Michigan Medical School (Ann Arbor)
Ann Arbor, MI

Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Biomedical Sciences/Psychology
Ann Arbor, MI United States


  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics - Pediatric Gastroenterology

Awards & Honors

  • Rosenthal Award (Crohn's and Colitis Foundation): 2011 and 2018
  • Uniting to Care and Cure Award (Crohn's and Colitis Foundation): 2020
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 5/18/2023, Dr. Kim 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

35 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
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

9 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 2, 2024

The most thorough doctor I've ever seen. Very informative and concerned with Michael's issues.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

Dr. Kim is an excellent doctor and extremely knowledgable! She has a way of optimizing every minute of the appointment without making it feel rushed. I appreciate the way she listened to our questions and concerns. Dr. Kim clearly explained recommendations regarding medications and future care. She reassured us that she is committed to finding the root cause and not just treating symptoms. Finally, after several years of searching for answers, I feel we are on the right path. Thank you so much Dr. Kim!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2024

Dr Kim took her time, was very thorough and was willing to explain things in more everyday terms.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2023

Dr. Kim is the absolute best. She is thoughtful, thorough, always thinking two steps ahead. I could go on and go. Cleveland clinic is lucky to have her.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Dr. Kim is probably the best Doctor we've ever received care from! Her bedside manner was impeccable! She included our son in all conversation anyway try to get on his level and connect with him and make him feel at ease. She was WONDERFUL!!

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr. Kim spent nearly an hour with us and was so thorough! She also made me feel like she understood me as a mom not just a patient

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

The care from Dr Kim exceeded my expectations. She spent so much time educating us and learning about Addi I can't say enough good things. For the first time we felt heard and by the end of the visit we were certain we wanted to use her as primary care.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Very knowledgeable and kind doctor

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2023

Best customer service I have ever had for Aaron . Dr. Kim listens to me , and promptly coordinated care for Aaron to be admitted into the hospital . Aaron is in good hands !

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