Department General 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
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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
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Biography

About Richard So, MD

Richard R. So, MD, is a Staff Pediatrician with Cleveland Clinic Children’s Department of Community Pediatrics. 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, S.C.

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, Exercise-induced Asthma

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2009

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Greenville Hospital System
Sports Medicine
Greenville, SC USA
2007

Residency - Rainbow, Babies & Childrens University Hospitals
Pediatrics
Cleveland, OH USA
2006

Internship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
2002

Medical Education - University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine & Surgery
MD
Manila, Philippines
1999

Undergraduate - The Ohio State University
Biology
Columbus, OH USA
1994

Certifications

  • 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 11/29/2018, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

57 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
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 5
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

14 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Dr So is the best! He is so accommodating. we enjoy our visits with him. He also gives good advice, cares about the safety and well-being of the children and gives us the time and attention needed.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Dr So is always thorough and takes his time. I don't feel rushed through the appointment and I am able to ask the questions I need to ask. He's very knowledgeable and I always seek his advice whenever I need to. I trust him fully with the care of my children.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

First time meeting Dr. So and was not disappointed! Great guy!

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Dr. so addressed all of our concerns and made us feel comfortable and we did not feel at all rushed. It was extremely beneficial to feel like what we were concerned about was not brushed off. Doctor uses humor and has a down to earth personality which makes the appointment as fun as it could be!

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

*Dr. So was highly recommended to us and I now know why. He was kind, extremely informative, and spent all the time we needed with us.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

*Dr. So is very attentive & asks great questions.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

I feel like *Dr. So really cares about my kids & takes a personal interest in them.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

*Dr. So is THE BEST!!! I highly recommend him to all my family & friends. He is calm, caring & compassionate. He always listens to & respects my worries/concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

I never have to wait to see the doctor. They are very timely.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2019

Dr. So is always respectful and courteous of my concerns and does exceptional at explaining what to do and expect of/for my children.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

*Dr. So is always wonderful! He's honest & down to earth - My kids think he's great too! Very personable & funny.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019

Since we have started seeing *Dr. So (w/our first child), we have recommended him to friends who are first time parents. They have now made him their doctor of choice too. He is the best. *Dr. So listens to concerns & offers the best advice.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019

I feel like Dr. So comes into every appointment with a script. He's highly recommended so a lot of people go to him. I think because of that he has script laid out which makes him not personable. Also, he doesn't take the time to listen to you. he's quick to jump to what you're about to say which is different from what he spits out. I feel like he has conflicting messages as well. at my appointments I feel like he's too busy for me and rushes out. he makes me feel uncomfortable in that he doesn't care to spend the time to truly listen and talk to me. he's too busy giving his speech.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2019

We trust *Dr. So to care for our children! He is knowledgeable and kind. Not only does he provide medical care, but he supports parents and offers great tips and advice on child development.

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