Department Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Argon Plasma Coagulation (APC)
  • Colonoscopy
  • Egd
  • Endoscopy
  • Gastrointestinal Exams
  • Gi Endoscopy
  • Hydrogen Breath Test
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Pouch Center
  • Pouchoscopy
View all 11 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Crohn's Disease
  • Esophageal Varices
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Pouch Diseases
  • Pouchitis
  • Ulcerative Colitis
View all 6 Specialties +


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About Bo Shen, MD

Bo Shen, MD, is a Staff Member of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. His specialty interests include inflammatory bowel disease, GI endoscopy and imaging technology, and pouchitis and pouch diseases.

Dr. Shen earned his medical degree from Nantong Medical College in Jiangsu, China. He completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Nantong Medical College Hospital in China, a residency in internal medicine at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Urbana, Ill. He also completed a fellowship in the Department of Gastroenterology at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

He holds a general certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine, as well as a specialized certification in gastroenterology.

He has secured grants for multiple research projects including an investigation of blood-brain barrier in acute hepatic failure, clinical approach to ileal pouch dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic lymphoid leukemia subtypes, among others. He has also published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals on gastrointestinal bleeding, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, malignant lymphoproliferative disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome, among many others.

Dr. Shen is a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the American College of Gastroenterology.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - University of Illinois Hospital at Urbana-Champaign
Internal Medicine
Urbana, IL USA

Medical School - Nan-tong Medical College
Jiangsu, China

Additional Training

  • Nantong Medical College, China, 1982
  • Nantong Medical College Graduate School, 1987
  • Nantong Medical College Hospital, Medical Residency, Chief Residency, 1984-1987
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana, Medical Residency, 1995-1998
  • Cleveland Clinic, Gastroenterology Fellowship, Chief Fellowship, 1998-2001

Professional Highlights

  • Premier Physician Award, CCFA Northeast Ohio Chapter
  • Physician of the Year Award, Department of Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic
  • NIH R03 Award for studying pouch disorders
  • Broad Foundation-BMRP Grant
  • ACG Career Development Award

Specialty Interests

Crohn's Disease, GI endoscopy and imaging technology, IBD including ulcerative colitis and crohn's, inflammatory bowel disease, Pouchitis and Pouch Diseases

Awards & Honors

  • Graduated with honors, Nantong Medical College, China, 1982
  •  Graduated with honors from graduate school, Nantong Medical College, China, 1987
  •  Chinese Academy of Science Research Award, 1987
  •  Intern of the Year Award, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana, 1996
  •  Secretary and Treasurer, House-Staff Association, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1996-1997
  •  American College of Gastroenterology Clinical Research Award, 2000
  •  American College of Gastroenterology/Astra-Zeneca Senior Fellow Award, New York, N.Y., 2000
  •  Multiple President Poster Awards, Annual ACG meetings, 2000-
  • Multiple Best Poster Awards, DDW, 2000-
  •  American College of Gastroenterology/Astra-Zeneca Senior Fellow Award, Las Vegas, Nev., 2001
  •  American College of Gastroenterology/Centocor IBD Abstract Award, Las Vegas, Nev., 2001
  •  American College of Gastroenterology Junior Faculty Career Development Award, 2003
  •  American College of Gastroenterology Clinical Research Award, 2003
  •  REGAL Award for research excellence in gastroenterology and hepatology, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2003
  •  Cleveland Clinic Quest for Quality Award, 2004
  •  Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology, 2004
  •  Co-Chair, Research Forum-IBD, DDW, Chicago, Ill., 2005
  •  Outstanding Reviewer Award, American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005
  •  Section editor, Journal of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, 2006-
     Editorial board, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 2006-
  •  Emerging Leaders in Gastroenterology, Sweden, 2007
  •  Premier Physician Award, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Northeast Ohio Chapter, 2008
  •  Physician of the Year Award, Department of Gastroenterology/Hepatology/Nutrition, Cleveland Clinic, 2007


  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
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 11/27/2018, Dr. Shen has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Shen receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • AbbVie, Inc.
  • Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc.

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

275 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr. Shen is incredible!

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

A superb, talented, caring doctor in all respects.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2019

One of the few GI docs that I found whom I felt compassion, understanding, affirmation and openness to my on going issues and did not just sit impassively listening nor telling me to live with it. A rare find.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Dr. Shen has a wonderful manner with patients. He is very thorough, listens to my concerns, answers my questions and has a great sense of humor - which really helps when dealing with difficult issues.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

I felt like Dr Bo Shen really cared about my welfare and provided excellent care.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019

ALWAYS A GOOD EXPERIENCE!!! I must have outpatient procedures done every 4-5months for life. I feel so at ease when I see the staff, the friendly faces, many I recognize, the true care and the humor we share during a not so pleasant procedure helps make my appointments so much easier. The staff always shows the utmost care and personal touch. They inject positivity into their cate and teamed with Dr. Shen I wouldn't think of going anywhere else.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019

In addition to the scheduling component which was outstanding, the procedure room nurses and Dr. Schen were impeccable. Professional, informative and made me feel at ease. Thank you.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

wait time was long,but Dr. Shen is very thorough with his patients and I expected this.Not a problem.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

I love Dr. Shen and highly recommend him and CCF frequently.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2018

may have to wait , but this provider is very busy and always pays attention to his patients and is worth waiting for!!

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2018

The purpose of my visit with Dr. Bo Shen was a 2nd opinion. Dr. Bo Shen provided a very thorough and detailed plan based on the findings from the tests. It was good to have answers and a plan by the end of the appointment. My trip to Cleveland Clinic was very worthwhile. It was worth my time and money.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2018

Dr. Bo Shen and Abigail were a great team, and it was very evident! They made my Cleveland Clinic experience incredible!

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2018

Dr Shen provided more insight and hope in 15 minutes than 3 other physicians were able to in the past year.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2018

I had to wait 1 hr. 15 minutes, BUT I understand for the Dr. to spend time with each patient and answer questions, taking personal interest in the patient, the domino effect bounces the time spent. I really didn't mind the wait, but would have liked to have been informed Dr. Shen was running late. He gave me all the time I needed so I'm glad he does this with his patients.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018

Dr. Shen really took his time with me and we went over many options.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

I have gone to Dr Shen for years for my annual colonoscopy, I have Crohn's disease. He has been more more helpful then any other Dr I've seen. I will continue to travel to the Cleveland clinic from NY as long as he is there.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

Dr. Bo.. Schen... is amazing.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

Dr very rushed. Answers were curt. Did not Did not seem present during visit. Seemed hurried to get somewhere else. I know he is an excellent Dr but I wish I felt I had his attention to my medical needs more.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2018

Dr. Shen always runs behind but it's because he takes his time with his patients. So at least you understand it's because he's providing quality care.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2018

after the j-pouch scope Dr Shen did for me I developed a serious gut bleed that caused a hospital stay over a weekend in Dayton. my Dr in Dayton needed to speak with Shen over that weekend and we were able to get him on the phone which was awesome. Dr Shen then called me personally to see how I was doing. Dr. Shen is a super-hero in my mind and I'll always sing his praise se. the CC is most fortunate to have him on staff.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2018

Doctor Shen is fantastic & takes the time to listen!!

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2018


Reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

My appointment was early in the day so there was no delay. I have had long waits in the past. That doesn't upset me because I know Dr. Shen takes the time needed for each patient. Some take longer than others.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

Was in and out of the clinic prior to my scheduled appt time. This was fantastic. Dr. Shen is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

this doctor was very good, treated me great!!soleved my problem and made me a appointment very quickly.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

Dr. Shen is by far one the best gastroenterologists I have ever seen and have been treated by (and I have seen a lot of gastroenterologists in the 22 years I've been dealing with inflammatory bowel disease). He is extremely knowledgeable and informative. When all other gastroenterologists at other facilities have failed to properly diagnose my problem(s), Dr. Shen has always been able solve the mystery and develop a solid treatment plan.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

I'm from out of town, and i think the staff did a good job accommodating my visit. I understand my doctor is very busy - i can see why - he's doing great work.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2018

See previous comments. My actual time with Dr. Shen is always very positive. I always leave with a clear understanding and positive about a game plan.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

dr. Shen is the best GI in the country. he has given me back my health and quality of life. Feeling 100% better since my visit.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2018

Dealt with this provider after an emergency admit, made no appointment saw in a inpatient setting for Colonoscopy. Did reach out to the Dr. after procedure and received timely response.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2018

Dr. Shen was great, but the wait time was nearly 3x my next worst experience in 70!years. from the time I was told to report, it was 2 hours 45 minutes before I saw the Dr. talking to another patient in one of the waiting areas I realized their appt. was ten minutes after mine, meaning you allowed me ten minutes as a new patient. Your scheduling was awful, especially as I sat reading things bragging about "World class patient experiences". This after a 2-hour drive one way for the appt. Thankfully Dr. Shen was great.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2018

see above. my only complaint was the wait time, which I understand is not the fault of a physician who spends enough time with each patient. Your schedulers should understand how much time is needed per patient.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2018

Dr. Shen is amazing and I know he is very busy. I do not mind waiting for him most times as I understand he is giving me excellent healthcare and service when I see him. This time however, the wait was much longer than it's ever been. My appointment was for 11:30 and I wasn't seen until 4:30. I usually wait an hour or two...but not five.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2018

I waited over 3 hours past my appt time to even get prepared for my endoscopy and then laid in the procedure room an hour waiting for the doctor to return from seeing patients. I was there from 11:30 to 7pm for an 11:30 and 1:30 pm appointment and had a hour and a half drive home. unacceptable

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2018

the doctor was very rushed as it was 7pm on a Friday night

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2018

Dr. Shen, Is great and always makes sure I understand everything i need to know about my medical condition before i leave his office.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018

My former doctor left my hospital in Charleston, SC. Dr Shen is so in tune with his patients that I decided to come back to him. Now I will fly to my appointments,

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2018

This provider is always over booked and late for my appointments. (I've seen him yearly for approximately 10 years.) This time, he had an early morning emergency, so my 9:30 a.m. pouchoscopy occurred at 11:30, and my 2:30 p.m. office visit occurred at 4.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2018

Appointment was at 2:40. Did not get out until 5:40. Saw doctor for maybe 20 minutes.

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

Outstanding physician. He was kind, smart, and discussed my health issues thoroughly. He provided a plan of what to do and where to go next. I feel comfortable that we will find the root of my problem.

Reviewed on May 23, 2018

Great Doctor!!

Reviewed on May 23, 2018

doc was pleased with my pouchoscopy and said see you in a year

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

almost an hour wait to be taken to an exam room and then another two hour wait to see the doctor.

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