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Department Breast Services
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • 2nd Opinion Evaluations
  • Axillary lymph node dissection
  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer Prevention
  • Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Breast Cancer Surgery Program
  • Breast Conservation Surgery
  • Breast Diagnostics
  • Breast Exam
  • Breast Health
  • Breast Surgical Oncology
  • Cancer Center
  • Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Clinical Breast Examination
  • Excision of breast fistula
  • High Risk Breast Cancer
  • Lumpectomy for breast cancer
  • MammoSite Radiation Therapy System
  • Mastectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery
  • Nipple & Skin Sparing Mastectomy
  • Nipple-sparing mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic Surgery For Breast Cancer
  • Partial mastectomy for breast cancer
  • Placement of Balloon Catheter for Partial Breast Radiation
  • Second Opinion Breast Cancer
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Procedures
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Skin Sparing Mastectomy
  • Surgery for Abnormal Breast Biopsy
  • Surgery For Breast Cancer
  • Surgery for Diseases Of The Breast
View all 32 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abnormal Mammogram
  • Axillary Mass - Pain/Swelling
  • Benign Breast Disease
  • Breast
  • Breast - Malignant Neoplasm
  • Breast - Nodules
  • Breast Abscess
  • Breast atypia
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer - High Risk
  • Breast Cancer - Mass, Lump or Swelling
  • Breast Disease
  • Breast Infections
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Pain
  • Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
  • Family History of Breast Cancer
  • Fibrocystic Breast Changes
  • Gynecomastia
  • Lymphedema
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Mastitis
  • Nipple Discharge
  • Pediatric Breast Anomalies
  • Recurrent Breast Cancer
View all 25 Specialties +


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About Diane Radford, MD

Dr. Radford is Medical Director of the Breast Program at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.  She joined the Clinic in 2016, and has specialized in breast surgery since 1991. She has completed fellowships in Surgical Oncology (Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 1987), and Integrative Medicine (Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, 2015). Dr. Radford also completed the Integrative Health Coaching course from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

She is an expert in the surgical management of breast cancer, with a special interest in skin-sparing and nipple-sparing mastectomy. She also is interested in the rehabilitation of breast cancer patients. She is co-chair of the Selected Readings Committee of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Dr. Radford had lectured extensively nationally and internationally, and is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. She has been included among the Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly Top Doctors.

Dr. Radford is active on Twitter @dianeradfordmd, LinkedIn and Facebook (Diane Radford MD), and lectures on social media for healthcare professionals. She serves as Associate Section Editor of the Social Media Section, Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Integrative Medicine
Tucson, AZ USA

Graduate School - University of Glasgow

Residency - St. Louis University Hospital
General Surgery
St. Louis, MO USA

Fellowship - Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Medical Oncology
Buffalo, NY USA

Residency - Crosshouse Hospital
General Surgery
Kilmarnock, Aryshire,

Residency - The Royal Infirmary
Breast and General Surgery

Residency - Western Infirmary
Surgical Specialities- Orthopedics, Emergency Room, Neurosurgery

Residency - Gartnavel General Hospital
General Medicine

Residency - Monklands District General Hospital
General Surgery


Medical Education - University of Glasgow

Undergraduate - University of Glasgow


  • Surgery - General Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Honors and Awards

    University of Glasgow Medical School
    1975     Distinction, Medical Chemistry
    1975     Lorimer Bursary and John Hunter Medal, Physiology
    1975     Lorimer Bursary, Biophysics
    1976     Alexander Bryce Prize
    1976     Dr. Neil Arnott Prize, Clinical Physics
    1975     First Class Merit, Medical Chemistry
    1975     First Class Merit, Physiology and Pharmacology
    1976     First Class Merit, Practical Anatomy
    1976     First Class Merit, Theoretical Anatomy
    1976     First Class Merit, Biochemistry
    1979     First Class Merit, Ophthalmology
    1979     Merit, Psychological Medicine
    1975     Merit, Biology
    1976     Merit, Human Ecology
    1979     Merit, Clinical Medicine
    1979     Merit, Clinical Surgery
    1980     Merit, Clinical Surgery
    1981     Merit, Clinical Surgery
    1980     Merit, Orthopedic Surgery


    1987     Best Science Research Report: Roswell Park Cancer Institute
    1989     First Prize, Resident’s Competition, Missouri Chapter, American College of Surgeons


    1996 - 2018 Named on list of Best Doctors in America

    1996 - 2016 St. Louis Magazine Best Doctors                

    1996 - 2019 Named in Who’s Who in America

    1997 - 2019 Named in Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare

    10/2006        Fran Lefrak-Brown Illuminator Award, AMC BreastCancer Research Center (jointly with partners St. Louis Cancer & BreastInstitute). The award recognizes outstanding efforts by an individual or groupin focusing public attention on breast cancer issues, one award given annually.

    6/2010          Woman of Distinction in the Sciences,Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

    2012 - 2015 Named on list of Castle-Connolly Top Doctors in Surgery

    2012 - 2014 Patients’ Choice Award

    2012             STAR (Survivorship Training andRehab) certified clinician

    2014             Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award

    2015             Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Award

    2016             Cleveland Clinic Caregiver AppreciationAward: Innovation

    2017 - 2018 Cleveland Magazine Best Doctors

    2016             Marquis Who’s Who DistinguishedHumanitarian Award

    2017             Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime AchievementAward

    2017             Cleveland Clinic Caregiver AppreciationAward: Engagement Champion Caregiver Experience Survey

    2018             Named on list of Castle-ConnollyExceptional Women in Medicine, Breast Surgery

    2019             Cleveland Clinic Caregiver AppreciationAward: for reviewing over 80 fellowship applications

    2019             Cleveland Clinic Caregiver AppreciationAward: from a grateful patient who is a CCF co-worker

    2019             Vitals Patients’ Choice Award

    2019             Cleveland Clinic Caregiver AppreciationAward: Teamwork, for interviewing potential Breast Fellows

    2019            Named on list of Castle-ConnollyTop Doctors in Surgery

    2019             25 Years of American College of SurgeonsFellowship Medallion                                       

    2019             Named on list of Castle-ConnollyExceptional Women in Medicine, Breast Surgery

    2020             Named on list of Castle-Connolly TopDoctors in Surgery

    2020             Cleveland Clinic Caregiver AppreciationAward: Teamwork, for reviewing fellowship applications

    2020             Cleveland Clinic Caregiver AppreciationAward: from a grateful patient’s daughter (CCF co-worker)

    2020             Cleveland Clinic Caregiver AppreciationAward: Teamwork, for expediting patient care

    2020             ClevelandClinic Lerner COM Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to 3rdyear Medical Students   Teaching




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 10/26/2020, Dr. Radford 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

56 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 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

9 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

Was amazed at the expediency at which I was seen by Dr. Radford.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2021

Dr. Radford was incredibly thorough and explained everything in lay terms that I could understand. She pulled up images and drew diagrams about my condition. Her resident Raja was very personable and well informed.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Dr. radford is always so kind, considerate and gentle

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Dr. Radford is very informative and encouraging

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Dr. Radford is both caring and professional and concerned for my well being.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Dr Radford was thorough in her explanation of my required surgery, provided clear, easily understood information. She spent as much time as I needed and answered all questions.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

I love Dr. Radford..........She is a great surgeon

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Dr. Radford was very caring and professional.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

I owe a world of thanks to Dr. Radford. I felt very well informed of all pre and post operative procedures. I also appreciate her advice for my future care.

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