John Jelovsek, MD

John Jelovsek, MD
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John Jelovsek, MD

Department Obstetrics and Gynecology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Advanced Robotics
  • Clinical Trials
  • Cystectomy
  • Incontinence Therapy
  • Laparoscopic and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopy
  • Laparoscopic Gynecological Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery for Prolapse
  • Laparoscopy
  • Neuromodulation
  • Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
  • Robotic assisted gynecologic surgery
  • Robotic Pelvic Floor Surgery
  • Section of Urogynecology
  • Urodynamic Studies
  • Urodynamic Testing
  • Urogynecology
  • Vaginal Surgery for Incontinence
  • Vaginal Surgery for Prolapse
View all 19 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Cystocele
  • Defecatory Dysfunction
  • Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis
  • Female Incontinence
  • Fistulas
  • Pelvic Disorders
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Rectocele
  • Urethral Diverticulum
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Uterine Prolapse
  • Vaginal Hernia
  • Vaginal Prolapse
View all 15 Specialties +


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About John Jelovsek, MD

J. Eric Jelovsek, MD MMEd is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Multidisciplinary Simulation and Residency Program Director in the Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is a practices Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery specializing in treating women with a variety of pelvic floor disorders such as urinary and fecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse.

Dr. Jelovsek received his BS degree in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University in 1995, and MD degree from East Tennessee State University in 1999. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University in 2003 and an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology/American Board of Urology-approved fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in 2006 at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Jelovsek has also received specialized training in minimally invasive surgery which involves vaginal surgery, laparoscopy, and robotic surgery. Additionally, he completed a fellowship in Medical Education in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and holds a Master's Degree in Medical Education (MMEd) from the University of Dundee, Scotland.

Dr. Jelovsek is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of numerous scientific and surgical societies and serves as co-principle investigator for the Cleveland Clinic in the Pelvic Floor Disorders Research Network; a network sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Foundation in the NICCHD of the National Institute of Health in the United States. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and three children, Morgan, Mason, and Madeline.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate - University of Dundee
Diploma in Medical Education

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Duke University Medical Center
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Durham, NC USA

Internship - Duke University Medical Center
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Durham, NC USA

Medical School - East Tennessee State University-James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Johnson City, TN USA

Undergraduate - North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC USA

Additional Training

  • Medical Education Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic
  • Essential Skills in Medical Education Certificate, Association for Medical Educators in Europe
  • Best Practices in Medical Education, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
  • Intuitive Surgical Robotics Training Course

Professional Highlights

  • Best Research on Clinical/Non-surgical, 1st place, AUGS Annual Meeting
  • Best Research Paper, 2nd place, Fellow, SGS Annual Meeting 2011
  • Best Research on Quality of Life/Epidemiology, AUGS Annual Meeting 2010
  • Best Research on Clinical/Surgical, AUGS Annual Meeting 2010
  • 2008 Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) National Faculty Award
  • 2008 Scholarship in Teaching Award, Case Western Reserve University
  • Astellas Research Grant Award 2008
  • District V ACOG Clinical Research Award 2008
  • District V ACOG Clinical Research Award 2006
  • Fellow 1st Prize Paper: American Urogynecologic Society Annual Meeting 2005
  • Golden Trocar Award: Duke University Medical Center, 2003


  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology - Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery

Specialty Interests

Advanced laparoscopy and robotics, defecatory dysfunction, fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, surgical education, urinary incontinence, pelvic reconstructive surgery, urogynecology.

Awards & Honors

  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICCHD) PFDNJelovsek (PI)

    18P01 CAPABLe. Controlling Anal incontinence by Performing Anal Exercises with Biofeedback or Loperamide (CAPABLe): a randomized placebo controlled trial

    Jelovsek (PI)
    16S01 E-OPTIMAL.
    Long-term Effectiveness of Sacrospinous Ligament Fixation (SSLF) versus Uterosacral Ligament Suspension (ULS) with and without Perioperative Behavioral Therapy/Pelvic Muscle Training: The Extended Operations and Pelvic Muscle Training in the Management of Apical Support Loss (E-OPTIMAL) Trial

    Jelovsek (PI)
    IA29 CARE/OPUS SUI Nomogram. A Nomogram for Predicting Postoperative Stress Urinary Incontinence after Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse.

    Jelovsek (PI)
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICCHD) Sponsored PFDNIJ06- Clinically Meaningful Change of Patient Reported Outcomes in Women Receiving Treatment for Fecal Incontinence: an Ancillary Study of Adaptive Behaviors Among Women with Fecal Incontinence (ABBI)

    Jelovsek (PI)
    ACOG District V Clinical Research Award
    American Urogynecologic Society Multi-Center Educational Research Grant
    Assessment of Intra-operative Decision Making in Gynecologic Surgery using the Script Concordance Test. This study involves assessment of a surgeon's judgment during difficult intraoperative scenarios.

    Jelovsek (PI) ACOG District V Clinical Research Award
    (VQOL): A new condition-specific quality of life scale for vulvovaginal pain disorders. This study involves developing a valid, reliable, and responsive condition-specific quality of life scale for women suffering from vulvovaginal pain disorders.

    Markland AD, Richter HE (Co-PI?s) Co-investigator
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICCHD) Sponsored PFDNIJ06-FI Patient Initiated Adaptive Behaviors Among Women with Fecal Incontinence (ABBI)

    WE Whitehead (Writing Committee) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) of Stool Frequency and Consistency in U.S. Adults. [NHANES-defecatory] Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICCHD)

    Barber (PI) Role: Co-investigator.
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) NIH Sponsor PFDN: Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.

    Barber (PI) Co-investigator
    Foundation for Female Health Awareness (FFHA). A randomized trial comparing tension free vaginal tape (TVT) to the TVT-Secure for the surgical treatment for stress urinary incontinence

    Paraiso (PI) Co-investigator
    Cleveland Clinic RPC. Conventional laparoscopic versus robotic assisted laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy: a randomized trial

    Park (PI) Co-investigator
    Cleveland Clinic RPC. A prospective randomized trial comparing conventional vs. robotic assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy


  • American Urogynecologic Society
  • Society of Gynecologic Surgeons
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association of Surgical Education
  • American Association for Gynecologic Laparoscopists
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/7/2017, Dr. Jelovsek 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.

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