Donald Ford, MD

440.312.8294

Donald Ford, MD

Appointed: 1999

Donald Ford, MD
Department: Family Medicine
Vice President, Medical Operations/Hillcrest Hospital
Location: Hillcrest Medical Building 2
Mail Code Hillcrest STE 140
6801 Mayfield Road
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
WorkAppointment:440.312.8294
WorkFax:440.312.8224
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Donald Ford, MD, FAAFP is a Board-Certified Family Physician and Vice President of Medical Operations at Hillcrest Hospital.  Previously he served as Chief Medical Officer and CEO of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.  While in Abu Dhabi he was the Course Director for the Second Annual Primary Care Conference as part of the Abu Dhabi Medical Congress and currently serves the same role for the Cleveland Clinic Primary Care Evidence-Based Medicine Conference.  He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University.  His original research has been published in journals such as Family Medicine, The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, and the Journal of Addictive Diseases.

Dr. Ford joined Cleveland Clinic in 1999 as a Family Doctor at the Solon Family Health Center. He has been the Section Head for Family Medicine, Liaison to the Division of Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Solon and Chagrin Falls Family Health Centers, and the founding Medical Director of Access to Care, Cleveland Clinic’s Appointment Center.

Dr. Ford graduated from the CWRU School of Medicine with Distinction in Family Medicine, completing the Accelerated Residency Program at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He has been awarded the Ed & Diane White Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at CWRU. In 2007, he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

In addition to his clinical and administrative roles, he is pursuing a Masters of Business Administration in Health Care from Baldwin Wallace University.

Professional Highlights

  • House Doctor - Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater Festival

Education & Fellowships

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Family Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1999
Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1997
Undergraduate - State University of New York at Purchase
Purchase, NY USA
1982

Certifications

  • Family Medicine

Specialty Interests

Performing Arts Medicine, Substance Abuse

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Ed & Diane White Award for excellence and innovation in clinical teaching

Memberships

  • American Academy of Family Medicine
  • Ohio Academy of Family Medicine
  • Cleveland Academy of Family Medicine
  • Performing Arts Medical Alliance

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/2/2013, Dr. Ford 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 the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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  • English
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