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

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Chest X-Ray/CT
  • 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 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 serves as the Director for Medical Compliance, Billing and Reimbursement for the Respiratory Institute.

Dr. Nicolacakis has practiced general pulmonary and critical care medicine in the Cleveland area for more than 20 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 USA

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

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

Undergraduate - Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN USA

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

See publications for Kathrin Nicolacakis, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 2/9/2023, 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

124 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

I would highly recommend Dr. Nicolacakis to any one with pulmonary concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

This Dr. Is very caring

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

All my visits go very well.. Dr Nick is wonderful

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr. Nicokacakis is an excellent physician, answering all my concerns and questions.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Doctor was great. Very knowledgeable and willing to explain everything to my satisfaction. Great visit

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

1st visit with this doc - delightful lady!

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

Very caring provider. Showed concern for my well-being

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

Dr is the best of the best so concerning wonderful listener really caring

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2023

Dr. Nikolacakis was very thorough and explained issues to me. She posed several questions that made me re-evaluate my current treatment.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

She's very caring and compassionate

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2023

Dr. Niicolacakis is the best Pulmonary medicine doctor I have ever had. She listens to me, she explains things & she seems to genuinely care about me as a patient.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Pam does my testing for Dr she is fabulous! So kind , understanding and great to work with! And I can't say enough nice things about Dr Nick!!!

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Dr was great as usual

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Dr Nic was very thorough in her explanation of the options to treat my symptoms. She is always concerned about me as a person and not just about pulmonary issues.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

Dr Nic is just plain outstanding!

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2022

Very comforting and real/honest. Glad to have a good doctor patient relationship.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

I like her.... Hopefully she finds a miracle for me

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Dr Nicolacakis, took the time to ask me a great many questions. She really listened and reviewed other parts of my history via my chart to be able to help me. I was extremely impressed with how thorough she was during my appointment. I would not hesitate to recommend her and the pulmonary services at the Twinsburg location. She is amazing.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Very polite and helpful staff at the lung desk. Dr was wonderful very caring and explained everything

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2022

Dr Nick is absolutely the best!!! I have been a bit of a difficult patient but she has worked well with me very understanding

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Dr Nic is an outstanding physician. She listens, puts patients at ease, diagnoses accurately and invariably prescribes solutions that work. She has been very instrumental in improving my quality of life over the years.

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