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Department Primary Care Pediatrics
Primary Location Independence Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Health
  • Adolescent Issues
  • Child Development
  • Concussion Center
  • General Pediatric And Adolescent Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Treatment For Joint Pain
  • Newborn Care
  • Nonsurgical Orthopedics
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Pediatrician
  • Pediatrics
  • Preventive Pediatrics
  • Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Safety
View all 15 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acanthosis Nigricans
  • Achalasia
  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Anemia
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Birth Defects
  • Bronchitis
  • Burns
  • Cellulitis
  • Chickenpox
  • Cold Sores
  • Colic
  • Common Cold
  • Concussion
  • Concussions
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • Constipation
  • Croup
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis - Contact
  • Diaper Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry Skin/Itchy Skin
  • Ear Infections (Otitis Media)
  • Eczema
  • Egg Allergy
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Fish Allergy
  • Flatfoot in Children
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Hay Fever
  • Head Lice
  • Headaches, Children
  • Hemorrhoids
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hives (Urticaria)
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Insect Sting Allergies
  • Latex Allergy
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Liver Disease
  • Malrotation
  • Measles
  • Medication Allergies
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Microcephaly in Children
  • Middle Ear Infection
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Milk Allergies
  • Nausea
  • Nosebleed
  • Obesity
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Pediatric Allergies
  • Pediatric Bronchiolitis
  • Pediatric Cellulitis
  • Pediatric Constipation
  • Pediatric Croup
  • Pediatric Dehydration
  • Pediatric Disorders
  • Pediatric Hearing Loss
  • Pediatric Hydrocele | Hernia
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Neonatal Disorders
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
  • Pinworms
  • Pneumonia
  • Pubic Lice (Crabs)
  • Respiratory Illness
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
  • Ringworm
  • Rotavirus
  • Scabies
  • Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
  • Skin Problems in Children
  • Sore Throat (Pharyngitis)
  • Strep Throat
  • Sunburn
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Tension Headaches
  • The Poison Plants: Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Poison Sumac
  • Tick Bites
  • Tonsillitis
  • Treating Heartburn with Surgery
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Warts
  • Yeast Infections
View all 100 Specialties +


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About Richard So, MD

Richard R. So, MD, is a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. He sees patients at the Independence Family Health Center and Broadview Heights Medical Center.

Dr. So is board certified in general pediatrics. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology at The Ohio State University, and he earned his medical degree from University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Medicine & Surgery in Manila, Philippines. His post-graduate training includes an internal medicine/pediatrics internship at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University, followed by a three-year pediatric residency at Rainbow, Babies & Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals of Cleveland. He also completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas at Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, SC.

Dr. So has contributed abstracts and presentations at a number of professional association meetings. He also has been a lecturer, course instructor and invited speaker for a number of institutions and media outlets

His specialty interests include newborn care, pediatric sports medicine, pediatric orthopedics, concussion management and exercise-induced asthma.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Greenville Hospital System
Sports Medicine
Greenville, SC USA

Residency - Rainbow, Babies & Childrens University Hospitals
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine & Surgery
Manila, Philippines

Undergraduate - The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH USA


  • Pediatrics - Sports Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 11/7/2022, Dr. So 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.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

144 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

Dr. So is an awesome peds doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

Dr. So is the best! He's always willing to explain the situation and our options for treatment. Plus you can tell he just gets a kick out of kids. I'm always glad when he has an appointment open because I know we'll get answers and a plan.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

Always good. *Dr. So is the best! His... is amazing!

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr. So was very pleasant and patient when assessing my son during his annual visit. He answered all of my questions and provided resources to help encourage milestones and healthy habits. My youngest will DEFINITELY be seeing him as well. I recommend him 5/5

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2023

*Dr. So is an excellent doctor & person. He relates to our son and our son, him.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Dr So is Awesome!!

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

He (*Dr. So) is hard to get into - but really is a great resource for all things pediatric & parenting. He is very direct. Which works for me.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2023

I have gone to *Dr. So for 8 years or so. He knows me and vice versa. Having that relationship helps. It is why I stay w/the Cleve. Clinic.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr. So was very helpful. Made sure all our questions were answered before we left.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Dr. So is amazing as always. From day 1, we've always been overly impressed with his promptness, how personable he is and how he never makes us feel rushed through our appointments.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Dr So was very knowledgeable and considerate of their needs.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2023

Dr. So always listens to the children and ask great questions. He is helpful at every mild stone. We is fantastic and we are so lucky to have his as our provider

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr. So is wonderful!!!

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Best doctor's visit in the 14 years of my daughter

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Dr.So is the best!!!

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2022

We love Dr. So

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2022

Dr. So is always so approachable, thorough, and thoughtful at our visits. He gives helpful, practical advice, and we trust his care of our kids. So grateful!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Love Dr So! He's treats with a great combination of doctor and fellow parent. He tells it like it is.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2022

Dr. So is extremely knowledgeable and kind. Helped easy our first time parent worries.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

Overall, the experience was great! Dr. So always makes my child and myself at ease

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Richard So MD is AWESOME. He is the BEST pediatrician, we are blessed to be his patient's.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2022

Dr So and his office are exceptional in the car for my kids

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2022

Dr. So is amazing. I wish we could clone him because he is great. My child respects him and listens to him, and takes the advice given. We couldn't ask for better care by Dr. So and his team. They are all amazing!

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

I appreciated all of Dr. So's tips and wisdom!

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2022

We have been with *Dr. So for 13 years. He does a wonderful job engaging with our kids at their will visit appointments.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Dr. So has been a great physician to all of our children and think he is the best! He always answers our questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

I feel like Dr So truly cares about my child. He is a huge asset to the Cleveland clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

I always recommend Dr So to my family and friends looking for a pediatrician.

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