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Richard Drake, PhD


Richard Drake, Ph.D.

Appointed: 2003

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Richard Drake, PhD
Department: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code NA24
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Richard L. Drake, PhD, is Director of Anatomy and Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.  He is responsible for designing and implementing the anatomy component of the medical school curriculum in this innovative program.

Prior to this appointment, he was a professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was Course Director of the Gross Anatomy course and responsible for coordinating the departments medical education programs.

He is Secretary/Treasurer of the American Association of Anatomists and a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists. He served five years as a member of the USMLE Step I Test Material Development Committee for Anatomy and is a member of several international committees.

Dr. Drake has presented numerous talks on educational topics at national and international meetings and has published many peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, multi-media materials and abstracts.  Currently, Dr. Drake is Co-Editor-in-Chief of a new journal, Anatomical Sciences Education, which published its first issue in January, 2008.  Finally, he is one of the authors of “Gray’s Anatomy for Students," “Gray’s Atlas of Anatomy” and “Gray’s Anatomy for Students Flash Cards."

Professional Highlights

  • Secretary/Treasurer-American Association of Anatomists (elected office)
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Anatomical Sciences Education

Education & Fellowships

Doctorate - Indiana University
Anatomy and Biochemistry
Indianapolis, IN USA
Undergraduate - Mount Union College
Alliance, OH USA

Awards & Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha - National Honor Medical Society
  • Distinguished Faculty Award - For Outstanding Contributions to Education (CCLCM)


  • American Association of Anatomists
  • American Association of Clinical Anatomists
  • Alpha Omega Alpha

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As of 9/30/2016, Dr. Drake 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about 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