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Department Family Medicine
Primary Location Akron General
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Akron General
Primary Location

Akron General

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Adolescent Health
  • Challenges and Choices of Aging
  • Family Medicine
  • General Adolescent Care
  • General Dermatology
  • General Obstetrics And Gynecology
  • General Pediatric And Adolescent Medicine
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Men's Health
  • Pediatric Urgent Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Prevention And Wellness
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Skin Care
  • Sports Safety
  • Student Health
  • Traveler's Health
  • Women's Health
View all 20 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acne
  • Adults with Developmental Disabilities
  • Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Amenorrhea
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Cellulitis
  • Chronic Illness
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Down Syndrome
  • Fatigue
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Headaches
  • Health and Wellness
  • Heartburn
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Mood Disorder
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Primary Care
  • Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Warts
View all 35 Specialties +


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About Deborah Plate, DO

Dr. Deb Plate is a Clinical Associate Director at the Center for Family Medicine where she trains future family physicians. She is the Family Medicine Undergraduate Site Director coordinating and challenging all students that come through the Center inspiring many to choose family medicine as their specialty. 

Dr. Plate completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toledo. She earned her medical degree at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine where she was selected to complete a pre-doctoral family medicine fellowship that included a 5th year of research, teaching and running a rural clinic in return for tuition support. Dr. Plate completed her residency training at Cleveland Clinic Akron General in Family Medicine. She served as chief resident during her third year of residency and was in private practice for 11 years before returning to the place where it all began for her at the Center for Family Medicine Residency program. She is board certified and has earned Fellow status through the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Plate was named Ohio Academy Physician of the Year Award in 2008. Her communication skills have been recognized as some of the highest amongst her colleagues in her department. “Be the exception” and “Because nice matters” are words displayed in her office that she lives by day to day.

You can hear her familiar voice on the radio locally as she promotes safety and wellness over the air waves on WAKR weekly or at a community forum educating the public on various health concerns. Her passion for serving the underserved is best defined by her long term involvement at the ACCESS, Inc. homeless shelter and clinic where she now serves as a board member.

Her leadership most recently as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine has been a natural next step for her as a seasoned, passionate family physician who cares about her colleagues and the future direction of family medicine and healthcare in general.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 10/24/2021, Dr. Plate 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

137 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 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

27 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

Love Dr Plate. I have been a patient of her's for 29 years. She is a great person and a great Doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

I have always had good experience. Dr Plate is a very caring doctor and all her staff is friendly

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Dr. Plate has been my foctor for 30 years and hss always been excellent in all ways.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Dr Plate made time in her busy schedule to get me in to see her and was very attentive to my needs.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Dr plate is exceptional in her perception of ones's problem and how one can work through it.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

Dr. Plate is the best. I've known her since I was a child and she's never let me down.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2021

Dr. Plate listens. She makes you feel like you're her only priority for the day. Always kind, respectful, and professional.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

I love my doctor. I've been her patient for over 20 years. She knows my family and I trust her implicitly.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

I've been a patient of Dr Plates for over 30 years. She's always very kind compassionate and listens to her patients she's a excellent Dr and I always receive the best of care from her. She's irreplaceable!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Dr. Plate is the greatest, I am very pleased with her.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Dr. Plate always treats me with kindness, concern, respect and smiles. Shows she loves her job. The student was very nice too.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

The very best doctor of them all. Love Dr. Plate, she really is like family.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

Dr Deborah Plate is the best!!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Dr. Plate is excellent in all ways (knowledge, concrrn. thoroughness, etc.)

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

she is an amazing doctor!

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Dr. Plate is a class act. She gives her all for the patient's health! I am blessed that she is my PCP!

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Dr. Plate is absolutely one of the best doctors in the Akron/Cleveland Area.

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Dr Plate is a very caring physician. I am very lucky to have.

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Dr. Plate is in my opinion the best doctor I have ever encountered. She was my parents doctor and is my entire families doctor. She goes above and beyond for her patients. She is extremely thorough and very caring and concerned. She genuinely cares about her patients.

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

Best physician in my lifetime. Professional, caring, offers suggestions to involve patient, good listener, very thorough.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

in my opinion, Dr. Plate has been my family doctor since she was practicing in Stow, and she is without a doubt, "the best". Most Professional fantastic bed side manner, and very caring, I personally feel that she is the best example as a.Doctor, and as a person. the her office are great, They listen to the patience concerns. and questions, they do everything that they can to accommodate their patience

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Dr. Plate is the best. She has cared for our family for two generations and we believe that she is the top doctor that we have ever had. She has literally saved the lives of my brother and my best friend. She is incredible.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

always good experience with Dr Plate and her office. I have been a patient a long time

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Dr. Plate is an excellent physician. I have utmost confidence in her care for me.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Dr. Plate is an amazing doctor! I am so lucky to have her as my PCP. I can't say enough great things about her!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Dr Plate and staff are excellent. Very professional and caring. Dr. Plate is an excellent doctor and provides exceptional care to her patients.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

Dr Plate is the best doctor I have ever seen. She is caring and very comforting when you discuss issues with her. She always is professional.

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