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Matthew Kroh

Matthew Kroh
Associate Director

Matthew Kroh, MD, FACS, is the Director of Surgical Endoscopy in the Digestive Disease Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is the Program Director for the Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Flexible Surgical Endoscopy Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kroh also holds positions with the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute and the Simulation and Advanced Skills Center, located at the Cleveland Clinic main campus. He is the Surgery Clerkship Director in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and he is currently the Director for the Center for Advanced Skills Training (CAST). He is licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio and board-certified by the American Board of Surgery. His specialty interests include advanced laparoscopic surgery, bariatric surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, surgical endoscopy, single incision laparoscopic surgery, and robotic surgery.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Boston College and Master's degree from Boston University, Dr. Kroh received his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University.

Dr. Kroh has lectured widely on laparoscopic and bariatric surgery and related topics at medical conferences across the country and the world and he has co-authored many articles and book chapters that have appeared in leading medical journals, such as the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and Surgical Endoscopy . He has been involved in numerous research projects in his field, including fluoroscopy as an adjunct to laparoscopic gastric band adjustments for morbid obesity, predictors of advanced liver disease in patients undergoing bariatric surgery, development of a novel device for endoscopic management of Barrett's esophagus, and new methods of performing less invasive laparoscopic operations including Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, NOTES procedures, POEM and ESD procedures, and many more.

His professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Association of Surgical Educators, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopists, and the Central Surgical Association.
Sarah Petro

Sarah Petro
Department Manager

A graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, Sarah has worked in a teaching hospital for the past five years and is currently the manager for the Cleveland Clinic's Simulation and Advanced Skills Center. Her core responsibility in this role is advancing the Center's reputation and mission of providing world-class education and training for both in-house trainees and external clients. Sarah spends some of her time traveling locally and nationally in service to this goal.

The rest of her time is spent overseeing the daily operations of the Sim Center's various facilities, projects, programs and staff. She supervises the entire project lifecycle of department programs including budget development, solicitation of funds, resource allocation, information distribution, meeting facilitation and overall performance and outcome reporting to leadership. Sarah leads and develops all communication and marketing initiatives including print materials, websites and vignettes. She is also responsible for the department budget, forecasting anticipated costs and revenues while keeping her superiors informed of the Center's overall economic health.
Kristin Bower

Kristin Bower
Surgical Skills Training Coordinator