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Barbara Messinger-Rapport, MD, PhD


Barbara Messinger-Rapport, MD, PhD
Department: Center for Geriatric Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code X10
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Barbara Messinger-Rapport, MD, PhD
Department: Center for Geriatric Medicine
Location: Beachwood Family Health Center
Mail Code x10
26900 Cedar Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Barbara Messinger-Rapport, MD, PhD, is a Geriatrician with a special interest in cardiovascular risk reduction in older adults, polypharmacy and older drivers, osteoporosis and women’s health, the role of evidence-based medicine in frail elders and quality of life in dementia. She has been a medical advisor to the American Medical Association Older Drivers Project, resulting in the publication of the Physician’s Guide to Assessing and Counseling Older Drivers in 2003 and in 2008. She has presented research on older driver risks and driving cessation at the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society of Aging, and the International Conference on Aging, Disability and Independence (ICADI).

Dr. Messinger-Rapport is  Director of the Center for Geriatric Medicine of the Medicine Institute at Cleveland Clinic. She is also Associate Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, teaching and supervising medical students, residents and fellows, and mentoring them in research and other scholarly projects. She has completed training in internal medicine residency and geriatric medicine fellowship.

She is a recent Past President of the Ohio Geriatric Society and the Ohio Medical Directors Association. She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. Out of the office, she enjoys tennis, cross-country skiing and cycling.

Professional Highlights

  • Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship 2006 - 2011
  • Director of the Center for Geriatric Medicine since 2008
  • Member, Quality and Performance Measurement Committee, 2008 - 2011
  • Program Director, Advanced Core/ Evidence Based Medicine, American Medical Directors Association, 2008 - 2011
  • Education Committee of the American Medicine Directors Association since 2008; Chair of the Education Committee since 2014 

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Geriatric Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Wilford Hall Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Lackland AFB, TX USA
Internship - Wilford Hall Medical Center
Internal Medicine
Lackland AFB, TX USA
Medical School - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Doctorate - Case Western Reserve University
Biomedical Engineering
Cleveland, OH USA
Undergraduate - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Geriatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Specialty Interests

aging body and aging brain, geriatrics, older women's health, optimizing function in older adults, palliative care for older adults, quality of life in dementia

Awards & Honors

America's Who's Who


  • American Geriatrics Society
  • American Medical Directors Association
  • Ohio Geriatrics Society
  • Ohio Medical Directors Association
  • American College of Physicians

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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As of 3/18/2014, Dr. Messinger-Rapport 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