Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG, FASGE, AGAF is in practice at Akron Digestive Disease Consultants, in Akron, Ohio, since 2003. He practices general gastroenterology. He is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Northeast Ohio Medical University and is on the Active Medical Staff at Summa Health System in Akron, where he also serves as a Physician Director on the Summa Health Board of Directors.
Dr. Kefalas completed a combined BS/MD program in 1997, at the University of Akron, where he was a University Scholar in the Honors Program, and at Northeast Ohio Medical University. In 2000, he completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Summa Health System. He undertook a Gastroenterology Fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas from 2000-2003. In 2015, Dr. Kefalas obtained a Master of Medical Management (MMM) from Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Kefalas has served on numerous national and state professional society committees and boards. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors and on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). From 2008-2014, he was the ACG Governor for Northern Ohio. Since 2011, he has served as the ACG Representative to the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC). From 2014-2016, Dr. Kefalas was the DDNC President.
Dr. Kefalas is a member of both the Reimbursement Committee and MACRA Work Group of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. Kefalas co-founded the Ohio Gastroenterology Society in 2009 and served as its Founding President from 2011-2013. In 2015, he was appointed a Trustee of the Ohio Medical Quality Foundation Board by Ohio Governor John Kasich and served until 2017.
Through his service with professional societies, Dr. Kefalas has lectured on health policy and practice management and has advocated on behalf of patients and gastrointestinal disease, at both the federal and state levels.