Richard Kratche, MD


Richard Kratche, MD

Appointed: 1995

4.8 out of 5
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Richard Kratche, MD
Department: Family Medicine
Medical Director
Location: Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
Mail Code TW4-4
8701 Darrow Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Type of Doctor:
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

Richard P. Kratche, MD, is Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic's Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Kratche came to Cleveland Clinic in 1995 as an associate staff physician. Subsequent positions include acting chair of the Department of Family Medicine and vice chair of the Division of Regional Medical Practice. Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Kratche is particularly interested in leadership, sports medicine, wellness and electronic medical systems.

Dr. Kratche completed his medical degree at The Ohio State University in Columbus and then did a family practice residency at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. He returned to Ohio following a fellowship at Columbia University in New York City. He volunteered at the Cleveland Free Clinic for several years.

A fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Kratche has been selected for the “Best Doctors in America” list every year since 2000. He has been listed in “Who’s Who in America,” the Global Register’s “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals” and “America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals.” In addition to many teaching awards at Cleveland Clinic, he was named “International Health Professional of the Year” in 2005.

Professional Highlights

  • Acting Chair, Cleveland Clinic Department of Family Medicine,  April 1997-September 1999
  • Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Solon & Chagrin Falls Family Health Centers, 2002-2010
  • Chair, Regional Operations World Class Service Team, 2005-2008
  • Chair, Twinsburg Family Health Center Task Force, 2007-2009
  • Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg, 2009-Present

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Overlook Hospital
Family Practice
Summit, NJ USA
Internship - Overlook Hospital
Family Practice
Summit, NJ USA
Medical School - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA
Undergraduate - Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA


  • Family Medicine

Specialty Interests

Leadership, sports medicine, wellness

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians, 1996
  • Raymond A Kiwala Outstanding Teacher Award, Case Western Reserve University, 1994
  • Best Doctors in America, 2000-2011

Additional Training

  • National Institute for Program Director Fellowship, completed June 2000
  • Leading in Healthcare Course, Cleveland Clinic, completed 2004
  • American Academy of Family Physicians, Fundamentals of Management for Family Physicians, completed October 2004
  • Leadership Mentoring Program, Cleveland Clinic, completed January 2007
  • Distinguished Educator Program, Cleveland Clinic, completed March 2007

Innovations & Patents

  • Along with Dr. Eley, joined the Staff in 1995 and was the first family physicians to practice family medicine at Cleveland Clinic.
  • Pioneered Shared Medical Appointment physical exams at the Solon Family Health Center. Continues to offer these on a monthly basis in order to give patients access to highly educational physical exams in a timely fashion. Worked with Dr. Maxwell to teach this model to physicians from around the US via national conferences hosted by Cleveland Clinic.
  • Brought Walk with a Doc to Cleveland Clinic in 2009 and continues to lead this initiative which now boasts eight active Cleveland Clinic chapters.


  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Physician Executives
  • Christian Medical & Dental Association
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine

Treatment & Services

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/10/2015, Dr. Kratche 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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Languages Spoken

  • English

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