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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Care of GI Problems in Metabolic Disorders
  • Care of Liver Related Metabolic Problems
  • Care of Liver Transplant Patients
  • Center for Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Colonoscopy
  • Diagnostic Endoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Hydrogen Breath Test
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Lactose and Glucose Hydrogen Breath Test
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Motility Catheter Placement
  • Pediatric Liver Transplantation
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Small Bowel Rehabilitation In Children
  • Small Intestine Short Bowel Rehab
  • Therapeutic Endoscopy
  • Variceal Band Ligation
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Achalasia
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Avoiding Dehydration, Proper Hydration
  • Biliary Atresia
  • Bowel Incontinence
  • Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue)
  • Cirrhosis
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Diseases of the Liver Biliary Tract and Pancreas
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis
  • Failure To Thrive
  • Foreign Body Ingestion
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Gallstones
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • GI Bleeding
  • Giardiasis
  • Glycogen Storage Disease
  • Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in Children
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hirschsprung's Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Failure
  • Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Liver Disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Metabolic Diseases
  • Milk Allergy
  • Mitochondrial Disease
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • Pancreatic Disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Pediatric Crohn's Disease
  • Pediatric Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Pediatric Growth Failure In Children With Kidney Disease
  • Peptic Ulcer Disease
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Radiation Enteritis
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Ulcerative Colitis
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About Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, MD

Dr. Kadakkal Radhakrishnan, MBBS, MD (Peds), DCH, MRCP (UK), MRCPCH, FAAP, is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Cleveland Clinic. He was born in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Dr. Radhakrishnan has been on Faculty in the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Cleveland Clinic since June 2006. He also has  joint appointment as Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Radhakrishnan's areas of interest involve liver disorders in children, care of children after liver transplantation and small-bowel transplantation. He also has an interest in metabolic disorders involving the liver and care of gastrointestinal manifestations in children with metabolic disorders. Dr. Radhakrishnan, however, follows all types of pediatric gastroenterology problems in his clinic. He also performs upper and lower endoscopy and endoscopically places gastrostomy feeding tubes. In conjunction with Dr. Sumit Parikh from Pediatric Neurology, he runs the Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Clinic for children.

Dr. Radhakrishnan completed his basic medical training at Medical College Trivandrum, Kerala, India, in 1992. He subsequently trained in pediatrics at S.A.T Hospital affiliated with the Medical College Trivandrum, India. Dr. Radhakrishnan underwent further training in pediatrics in the United Kingdom for over 4 years, and after passing his Pediatrics Board was made a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and Member of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (MRCPCH). Dr. Radhakrishnan is board-certified in pediatrics in the United States after completing his residency at Cleveland Clinic. He completed fellowship training in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology at Cleveland Clinic and is also board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology and in Pediatric Transplant Hepatology. His pediatric experience spans over 19 years, and he has over 8 years of pediatric gastroenterology experience.

Dr. Radhakrishnan is a keen teacher involved in the teaching of medical students, residents and fellows. He was voted by the pediatric residents at Cleveland Clinic as Staff Teacher of the Year for 2007. Dr. Radhakrishnan's research areas include liver disorders and inflammatory bowel disease.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Leicester General Hospital
Neonatal Intensive Care/General Pediatrics

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Northampton General Hospital
Specialist Registrar in Pediatrics

Medical Education - Wexham Park Hospital
Senior House Officer in Pediatrics
Slough, Berkshire,

Medical Education - Rotary Clinic & Hospital
Registrar in Pediatrics
Poojappura, Trivandrum,

Medical Education - Medical College, University of Kerala

Residency - Medical College, University of Kerala

Medical Education - Medical College, University of Kerala

Undergraduate - Government Arts College
Trivandrum, India,

Additional Training

  • Pediatric Residency, S.A.T. Hospital, Trivandrum, Kerala, India, 1992-1995
  • Pediatric Training, Royal College of Physicians, U.K; Training at Leicester Teaching Hospital Rotation, 3 years, and at Slough District Hospital,1 year; 1996-2000

Professional Highlights

  • Medical Director, Nutritional Support and Intestinal Rehabilitation, Children's Hospital, Cleveland Clinic
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
  • Cyclic Vomiting Clinic, Cleveland Clinic; third clinic in the nation for this disorder for children. Dr. Radhakrishnan runs clinic in conjunction with Dr. Sumit Parikh, Pediatric Neurology, Cleveland Clinic.


  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics - Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics - Pediatric Transplant Hepatology

Specialty Interests

Chronic pancreatitis, cyclic vomiting, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, Intestinal failure and small bowel rehabilitation in children, liver disorders in children and care of liver transplant patients, metabolic disorders - GI problems in metabolic disorders and liver related metabolic problems, including Glycogen Storage Disease

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctor, Pediatric Gastroenterology, 2009 onwards
  • America's Top Gastroenterologists, Consumers' Research Council of America, 2006 onwards
  • Staff Teacher of the Year, voted by pediatric residents, Cleveland Clinic, 2007


  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Gastroenterological Association
  • American Association for Study of Liver Disease
  • Permanent Registration, State Medical Board of Ohio
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/8/2020, Dr. Radhakrishnan 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

64 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

13 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Krishnan is literally one of the best providers my son has ever had and we just met him! He has already shown such knowledge and compassion that it is my favorite!

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Krishnan is amazing. He goes above and beyond to explain each detail.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

if I had the option to select excellent, I would have. Dr Radhakrishnan always goes above and beyond in providing his services. if he was a family physician my whole family would be ready to travel from Columbus to Cleveland in a heartbeat for his services.

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Dr. Radhakrishnan is just as caring during a virtual visit as he is in person.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

Dr. Radhakrishnan is the most empathetic and compassionate provider my son sees. Always takes time to connect with Michael and ensures he understands.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

It was great to see Dr. Radhakrishan. My son smiled so big. I was able to ask my questions concerning the last MRI and Dr. Radhadkrishan was able to see Shamus and check his eyes and belly. All while being safe at home away from germs. Thank you so much for doing this.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Nobody better than *Dr. Radhakrishnan. His care, attention and ability to explain is superior.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

my son is special needs and been seeing dr Radhakrishna for about 15 yrs and in my opinion the dr and the staff are the greatest thing since sliced bread, we are so thankful to have him

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

My sons care provider has always showed a care of family (not as a dr./medical personal). Always enjoy coming to see him. Very pleasant!

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

He is THE BEST doctor my daughter has ever seen! He is so caring, understanding, patient t, and really talks to her at every appointment. He amazes me with his memory of things without looking at her chart, he just knows her entire story. He is a dedicated and loving person and physician. He truly is a special person to our family.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2019

Dr. Krishnan and Dr. Hilow are amazing. They are both very thorough and answered all of my and my husband's questions. They take their time and do not rush us through the appointment. I highly recommend them both.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

Dr. Krishnan ALWAYS takes the time he needs with our child and to answer questions or simply put our minds at ease. One of the best.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2019

Dr Krishnan is the absolute best! Thank God for such a wonderful doctor who saved our daughter's life.

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