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Robert Kelly, MD


Robert Kelly, MD
Department: Family Medicine
Location: Fairview Hospital
Mail Code Frvw
18101 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44111
Type of Doctor:
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

Robert Kelly, MD, has been practicing and teaching family medicine to residents and students for 25 years. Since 2001, he has been the Associate Director and Curriculum Coordinator for the Fairview Hospital/Cleveland Clinic Family Medicine Residency Program. Family medicine originally attracted his interest because it involves care for everyone in the family, regardless of age or health status. He has a longstanding academic and practical interest in health promotion, disease prevention and patient education; his medical research over the years has also focused in these topic areas.

Dr. Kelly has a unique role as “Patient Education Medical Editor” for the American Academy of Family Physicians. This began modestly with involvement in the creation of a series of educational pamphlets, though there have been many other projects over the years. When the AAFP developed an educational web site for patients,, Dr. Kelly was asked to serve as the Medical Editor. now gets more than a million uses each month and has received numerous awards for excellence as an internet resource.

Most recently, Dr. Kelly has pursued an interest in complimentary and alternative medicine by receiving training in medical acupuncture in 2004 through the Helms Medical Institute “Medical Acupuncture for Physicians” course, affiliated with UCLA School of Medicine. In his first three years of acupuncture practice, he has done more than 1,000 treatments and has received certification from the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. While he still maintains an active traditional family practice, one-third of his clinical time is now devoted to medical acupuncture.

Professional Highlights

  • Medical Editor,
  • Board-certified, American Board of Medical Acupuncture

Education & Fellowships

Other - University of California Los Angeles Medical Center (UCLA)
Los Angeles, CA USA
Graduate - Case Western Reserve University
Family Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Brown University / Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
Family Practice
Providence, RI USA
Internship - Brown University / Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
Family Practice
Providence, RI USA
Medical School - University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA USA
Undergraduate - Georgetown University
Washington, DC USA


  • Family Medicine

Specialty Interests

Integrative Medicine, Acupuncture, Family Medicine

Additional Training

  • Medical Acupuncture Course for Physicians, Helms Medical Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, 2005 (300 hours)

Innovations & Patents


  • Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

Treatment & Services

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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