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Department Pulmonary Medicine
Primary Location Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, Greek
Surgeon No
Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
Primary Location

Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Chest CT
  • Abnormal Chest X-Ray
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Cough
  • Emphysema
  • Histoplasmosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
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About Kathrin Nicolacakis, MD

Dr. Nicolacakis is a Staff physician in the Pulmonary Department of the Respiratory Institute since early 2010. She completed her medical training at The Ohio State University as well as her Internal Medicine Residency there.  She completed further training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University.   She is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine and a diplomat in pulmonary medicine of the American Board of Internal Medicine.  

She has served as the Director for Medical Compliance, Billing and Reimbursement for the Respiratory Institute and the new Integrated Hospital-Care Institute.  She also serves as Chair of the Corporate Compliance Committee, which supports the Office of Corporate Compliance. Additionally, she has served as an enterprise Associate Champion for Documentation Excellence. 

Dr. Nicolacakis has practiced general pulmonary and critical care medicine in the Cleveland area for more than 25 years.  Her interests include general pulmonary medicine, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, and lung cancer, evaluation of cough and abnormal X-rays or Chest CT findings.   She has also been elected by her peers to the Best Doctors in America since 2011. 
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Residency - The Ohio State University Hospitals
Internal Medicine
Columbus, OH

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH

Undergraduate - Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN

Additional Training

  • Certifications:Internal Medicine- Critical Care Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Pulmonary Disease

Professional Highlights

  • Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland/MetroHealth Medical Center  Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Cleveland, OH USA,1995
  • Residency - The Ohio State University Hospitals,Internal Medicine,Columbus, OH USA,1992
  • Medical School - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health,Columbus, OH USA,1989
  • Undergraduate - Purdue University,West Lafayette, IN USA,1985


  • Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Disease

Specialty Interests

Asthma, bronchitis, COPD, cough, emphysema, histoplasmosis, lung cancer, pulmonary disease

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors in America since 2011


  • American Thoracic Society
  • American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow
  • American Medical Association
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 1/22/2024, Dr. Nicolacakis 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

170 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 3.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 15, 2024

My Dr.Nicolakakis is fabulous! I'm extremely grateful to her and all her staff. I have seen Dr. Wassif and Nikeyia also. Excellent care from all.

Reviewed on May 7, 2024

Delightful interface with the Doctor who relieved my anxiety about a lung nodule. Excellent follow up and report of my Xray.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2024

Dr. Nicolakakis is ecellent.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

She is the best of the best

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2024

She is very thorough, kind and thoughtful. She is not in a hurry and listens to your concerns. A keeper.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2024

When my health condition began to change she arranged for a surgical consult and discussed the results in great depth with me.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Appreciate Dr Nick to continue to see Kirk virtually even tho he is now on Home Health Care

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr Nicolacakis is an exceptional provider that listens well, is empathic, and yet is able to give you the hard truths about your health. I know that Dr Nicolacakis cares about my being successful in improving my overall health.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2024

Dr. Nicolacakis is one of the best physicians I have seen at the Cleveland Clinic! She is excellent - caring, smart, and concerned. I have seen her for years and I know she has been instrumental in keeping me well and healthy.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

My appointment was with the dr she always listens to you and makes recommendations based on your concerns

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

Great doctor. Always explains and listens

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

She was very thorough, showed concern for what I had to say and she didn't rush me,

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Dr.Nicolacakis ALWAYS listens, makes suggestion and is willing to work with you on the best medications that my insurance will cover. She is friendly and caring.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr. Nikolacakis is a great doctor. She is very informative.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Loved the doctor

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Excellent Doctor visit! With multiple historical issues the doctor listened carefully, asked questions and discussed care! I'm very fortunate to be a patient of hers!!

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2023

She is exceptional, very caring.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

I love Dr Nikolakakis. She's amazing and kind respectful and really cares about me.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr. Nick is first class. Very knowledgeable and very thorough.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Dr Nik and her staff are all very courteous and thorough. I'm so glad she is my Dr!

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

I'd have to say this was the very best visit I had with Dr. Nicolacakis. She listened carefully and answered all my concerns and questions.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

My first time with this doctor. She wasn't "warm and fuzzy" but I felt she was listening carefully to me and making adjustments to my symptoms, concerns and (medical) complaints.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Dr always very thorough and explains conditions well.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

First time with this doctor and was really pleased with her care of me.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

She is my most preferred provider of many at the Cleveland Clinic. Over the years, we've built a very comfortable relationship so we can discuss issues back and forth a reach agreement how to proceed.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Doctor is a good listener and caring person.

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