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Ruth Imrie, MD


Ruth Imrie, MD
Department: Community Pediatrics
Location: Solon Family Health Center
Mail Code SO20
29800 Bainbridge Road
Solon, OH 44139
Type of Doctor:
Children & Adolescents Only

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Imrie joined Cleveland Clinic as a pediatrician in 1978. She earned her medical degree from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and completed her residency training – first in internal medicine, then in pediatrics – at the Royal Victoria group of hospitals in Belfast. She performed fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and, after emigration to the United States in 1976, at Cleveland Clinic.

In addition to her longstanding pediatric practice, Dr. Imrie has shared her knowledge of pediatric and adolescent medicine with countless residents and medical students in the inpatient and outpatient settings. She has organized and spoken at numerous conferences for healthcare providers, including “Health and Disease in the School,” an annual conference for school nurses, for which she was responsible for 15 years.

Long an advocate for children’s community health, protection and safety, Dr. Imrie has served on many related committees, several city-wide.

Dr. Imrie has particularly enjoyed working with medical students at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, where she has served as a Physician Advisor and a teacher of physical diagnosis since the inception of the college in 2004. She was appointed a Clinical Professor of pediatrics there in 2006.

Dr. Imrie continues her work in pediatric and adolescent medicine at Cleveland Clinic Solon, where she served as Medical Director from 1996 to 2002, overseeing the growth and development of the facility. She has served as a Vice Chair in Community Pediatrics, has contributed to several research articles and was named one of the “Best Doctors in America.” In 1996, she was appointed a Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. In 2001, Dr. Imrie received the Outstanding Educator Award from the Division of Regional Medical Practice, and from 2002 to 2003 she served as President of Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Staff. In 2004, she was the recipient of Cleveland Clinic’s Bruce Hubbard Stewart Award for all-around excellence. Dr. Imrie was the recipient of the Maria and Sam Miller Master Educator Award in 2015.

Professional Highlights

  • Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, 2006
  • Physician Advisor to medical students at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Primary Care
Cleveland, OH USA
Fellowship - Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Ontario Canada
Residency - Royal Victoria Hospital
Anes, Ped, IM
Belfast Ireland
Internship - Royal Victoria Hospital
Medical Internship
Belfast Ireland
Medical School - Queens University of Belfast Faculty of Medicine
Belfast Ireland


  • Royal College of Physicians of London- Internal Medicine
  • Royal College of Physicians of London- Fellowship of the College
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow- Child Health

Specialty Interests

adolescence, adolescent health care, adolescent issues, adolescent medicine, adolescents, Asthma, asthma care, attention deficit disorder, breastfeeding, child development, eating disorders, general pediatric health, General Pediatric preventive care, General pediatrics, general pediatrics and adolescent medicine, Healthy newborn care, Menstrual Disorders, Newborn Care, newborns, pediatric infectious disease, pediatrics, preventive pediatrics, respiratory illness, young child care

Awards & Honors

  • Maria and Sam Miller Master Educator Award, 2015
  • Best Doctors, 1996 - present
  • Bruce Hubbard Stewart Award for All Around Excellence, Cleveland Clinic, 2004
  • Outstanding Educator Award, Division of Regional Medical Practice, Cleveland Clinic, 2001
  • Fellow of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 1996
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London, England, 1998


  • Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio
  • Royal College of Physicians of London
  • Society for Adolescent Medicine
  • Irish/American Paediatric Society

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Health
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Child Development
  • Childrens Primary Care
  • General Adolescent Care
  • General Pediatric And Adolescent Medicine
  • Newborn Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Preventive Pediatrics
  • Primary Care Pediatrics

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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