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

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 Education - 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:

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

334 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 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

67 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

excellent doctor. excellent medical care

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Dr. Shen is the best GI doctor I've seen. He explained everything and had a plan to try to fix the issue. Listened to my concerns and seemed to genuinely care. Even illustrated with drawings to help understand.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Dr Shen is great. Very kind and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Dr. Shen is outstanding!

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

The doctor is always on my side and explains what's going on and the results.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Dr. Shen is the best.. Very caring!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Dr Shen is wonderful! what would I do without him! I have seen 26 doctors in 14 years and he is the Only one I trust!!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Dr. Shen and his team are wonderful!!

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr. Shen is the best. Tests were explained in detail and interaction was seamless.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr. Bo Shen was "Great." He was friendly and courteous. His expertise was readily apparent. He was patient and willing to address my questions & concerns. I was pleased with my decision to work with him.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr Shen is the best.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

I would recommend Dr Shen, absolutely. I truly feel he is so kind and dedicated to helping his patients, which is surprisingly rare with doctors.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Dr. Bo Shen is world class! He gave me my life back at this apt!!

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Dr Shen is exceptional in his attention to detail and his manner of explaining.... Its worth it for me to have the expense & travel from Texas to see Dr Shen.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2019

Dr Shen is the best. Despite scheduling issues with office, he is an incredible physician.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2019

provider is very busy and seems to have too large of a caseload so I would not recommend, but as a physician he is very knowledgeable and I trust him with my care.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

I have always been able to have my procedure in the morning and then see Dr Shen in the afternoon In his clinic. they said you would not allow that now. that was bad as I had to stay an extra day. all else was great. Dr Shen is wonderful.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

very pleased with the excellent service and support I get from Dr Shen and the Cleveland Clinic Staff. keep up the good work.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Cannot say enough good things about Dr Shen. He has treated me for the last 14 years. I do not know where I would be without him and Dr Fazio taking care of me. Thank you for all that you do Dr Shen. You are the Best.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

Doctor Bo Shen is the most caring doctor I've seen at the Clinic. He needs some help so he doesn't get so backed up. I do understand it difficult to find another like him.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

Dr. Bo Shen is amazing! I finally found a doctor who was able to explain why I have particular problems which he may be able to correct. I loved how he drew diagrams to help me understand what is probably going on. He goes above and beyond in analyzing contributing factors in my anatomy. Was extremely impressed and will eventually see him for the procedures he recommends.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Dr Bo Shen and staff are extremely professional and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

very good provider

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

I can't imagine any doctor being more knowledgeable than Bo Shen. He really listens and thinks through every problem, often knowing more solutions by the next visit. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be his patient

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

I really appreciate Dr. Shen's expertise and his interest in addressing my medical needs.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

Dr Kessler and Dr Shen are the best gave me so much hope

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

great doctor

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

This was the third time I have seen Dr Shen and I have had the same experience every time. He regularly interrupts me. He does not listen to what I have to say or my concerns. I had a new concern at my most recent visit and he didn't even do a physical exam. I told him that I have severe perianal itching. He prescribed a treatment without examining me. I have not started the treatment as I have made an appointment with another gastroenterologist for a physical exam and second opinion before starting any treatment. Dr Shen is always very rushed. Will definitely not return to him.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

Bo Shen is the most wonderful provider I've ever had. He is thoughtful and caring.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Doctor Bo Shen is excellent. I appreciate his expertise and would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

the team is truly outstanding and supportive. Doctor Bo Shen is amazing and offers the very best each and every day.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

strongly recommend Doctor Bo Shen. he listens, supports you, asked questions and explains information in ways you can understand. his bed side manner is fabulous. he takes the time for you and has compassion for life and the events in your life you are going through.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Dr Shen is absolutely amazing! He has a great bedside manner, he actively listens to his patients and no matter how busy he is, he always makes me feel important! Theresa his secretary and Abby his nurse are the best of the best!!! what a great team !!

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

dr shen is a peach. my health and well-being is his first priority. I'm blessed to have him for a doctor.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Doctor was running behind and was in a hurry. This wasn't the case in my prior visit with him.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Regardless of time and scheduling, I know that my doctor is the absolute best and would recommend CC to anyone. In fact, I have sent another patient here front Kentucky who avoided losing his colon because of it.

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Dr Shen's NP did not seem to have baseline knowledge outside of the actual JPouch. She didn't listen to questions asked & gave information that did not pertain to my visit.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

wow, I had a super positive experience with Dr Shen. He seems to be everything I have hoped for so far, great skills and experience and a good heart too

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

The wait time was longer than expected but I understand that things happen and the doctor had gotten behind with appointments. Over all my experience was excellent.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

Dr. Shen is exceptional, I am very fortunate that he is taking care of me.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

Dr. Shen did an excellent job as always.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

Dr Shen is wonderful!

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Dr Bo Shen is the kindest and most caring doctor I have ever met.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

i don't know how to rate Dr Shen. I know he is a great doctor, but, no one ever went over my medical history, medicines/supplements i was taking, how the past year had been. Dr Shen scoped me, my husband was handed a print out with pictures and what he saw and no explanation of the findings. Bye, see you next year. Definitely not what we are used to.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

My only concern is that Dr. Shen walked away to quickly I didn't get a chance to ask him when I should return.

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


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