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Department Family Medicine
Primary Location Akron General
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
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 Medicine
  • General Dermatology
  • General Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • General Pediatric Medicine
  • Health and Wellness
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Men's Health
  • Pediatric Urgent Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Prevention and Wellness
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Skin Care
  • Sports Safety
  • Student Health
  • Traveler's Health
  • Women's Health
View all 22 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acne
  • Adults with Developmental Disabilities
  • Alzheimer's
  • 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
  • Heartburn
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Mood Disorder
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Shingles (Varicella-Zoster Virus)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Warts
View all 33 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. “Be the exception” and “Because nice matters” are words displayed in her office that she lives by day to day.

She was a familiar voice on the radio locally as she promoted safety and wellness over the air waves on weekly on WAKR for 11 years and continues to serve on many community forums 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.

As Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, she is dedicated to promoting family medicine as an important specialty to improve the health and lives of the communities and patients we serve.

Dr Plate is married and has two grown children and one grandchild.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Akron General Medical Center
Family Practice
Akron, OH

Internship - Doctor's Hospital -Columbus
Rotating Internship
Columbus, OH

Medical Education - Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens, OH


  • Family 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 1/1/2024, 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

151 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
5 out of 5
Explains 5
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

62 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

I wish we could clone Dr Plate and everyone could see her!

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

The support staff did call and alert us when Dr Plate was running late. Worked out very well.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2024

Best doctor you all have

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2024

Dr Plate is one of the best human beings on this planet! Her staff is pretty darn great as well

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Dr Plate and Dr Diangila Jones were very thorough in this appt. They explained all that was being done and we discussed further bloodwork (and I received prompt results). Excellent, caring doctors.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2024

Dr. Plate is the best!!!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

I could not ask for another as good as Dr. Plate is; I have been going to her for over 20 years. She always listens & has never steered me wrong with other doctors, surgeons etc. I am very lucky she is my doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr Plate is a Wonderful Caring doctor!

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr. Plate is the best. I am grateful for her. She listens, takes her time, and she is so compassionate and caring.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

Dr. Plate has been my doctor for years. She is absolutely the best. She listens and we make informed decisions together on my health care.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr. Plate is top of the line professionally, and is extremely compassionate and caring.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

Considering Dr. Plate has such a busy schedule, I was still able to get in when I needed for my care.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

Dr. Plate took the time to care for me.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

Excellent Physician. Great listening and diagnostic skills. Always willing to work with patients and get a buy in for medications and future actions. Concern is for overall patient health asking insightful Questions.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Dr Plate is an exceptional person and physician.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2024

Jackie at front desk is exceptional. She went above and beyond to find a date and time for the doctor to see me

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr. Plate is so extremely knowledgeable and doesn't miss anything. Very thorough. And she is very personable, caring and kind.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

Dr Plate spends ample time with us and is very thorough with our wellness checks and answering our concerns

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2023

Dr Plate is the best!!

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2023

Dr Plate is the most caring, positive, kind physician. She shows empathy and I trust her with my care.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2023

Dr Plate is the best.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

Dr Plate is the Best!

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2023

Love Dr. Plate!

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Dr. Plate is an is an excellent person and physician I appreciate her.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

If I am I'll & need medical attention, I go to cvs HUB, because unabl to get into my Dr. No open appointment

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2023

Dr. Plate is one of the most ethical and compassionate providers I've ever worked with. She is passionate about helping her patients and she never "cuts corners". She is a rare gem in the world of healthcare these days.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Dr was thorough and compassionate

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

I felt complete confidence in the Dr and truly appreciate the care she provides

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Plate is one of the best Doctors I've ever had. She is attentive, compassionate, personable and truly cares about the well being of her patients. She should be a role model for other Doctors.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr Plate is the most caring, informed, attentive Dr. She listens to me and discusses treatment so together we can make informed decisions.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

I was very grateful to get Dr. Plate for the Telemedicine visit.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

I would recommend Dr. Plate if I lived closer. I live near Cleveland Hopkins Airport.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

She is the best doctor I have ever had.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

Dr Plate is the best. Always explains pros and cons and asks if everything was understood or needs clarification then works with patient as a team towards goals that are medically sound and appropriate but respect patient autonomy and right to choose

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2023

Dr Deborah Plate is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Because Dr Plate is the best doctor, she is very busy and hard to get to see

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Dr. Plate is excellent.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Everything about this visit was excellent. Every person I had interaction with was great. I love Dr. Plate, she never disappoints.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

I would recommend her, but she is not accepting new patients.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Dr Plate had two other people with hershe made sure to introduce them and made sure I was comfortable with them She had a plan for me to follow and wants me to check in with her in a week tk be sure our plan is working. Dr Plate is "the total package""concerned, caring, very thorough, thinks ahead, puts me at ease, and I have ALWAYS been thankful she is my doctor (for 30 yrs).

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Dr. plate is the best doctor the clinic has

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

Just saw a report on TV for some people problems finding good primary care physicians, I feel so blessed to have Dr. Plate who is the best physician in the world!!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

I'm very thankful to have the team working with Dr. Plate caring for me

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

I have known Dr Plate for along time. Love my doctor

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr Plate is the best. Very attentive and encourages discussion

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Dr. D. Plate provides exceptional care in every regard. A great source of confidence for her medical expertise and knowledge of my circumstances, I am most grateful.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Plate is awesome .. Vey professional and always dresses nice

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr Plate always shows respect and concern and we work as a team to develop a plan of care.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr Plate is an amazing doctor. Her medical knowledge is surpassed only by her compassion and kindness.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Dr Plate is the quintessential physician. I am dead serious. No one comes close. I have been a patient of hers for 30+ years. She has seen me through numerous health challenges with professionalism, compassion and deep knowledge. Some specialists have said to me "Go with whatever Dr Plate says." She is so kind, patient and smart. Her energy is amazing and she uses it to heal her patients. She was also my husband and mother's doctor. They loved her too. I am very grateful she is my doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

I would love to recommend her to all of my family, unfortunately due to her schedule and being so busy she does not accept new patients. It's a shame that not everyone can experience her. She's an amazing physician.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

I have seen Dr. Plate for many years. I never feel rushed, she is so thorough, and I know she cares about me and my well being. I can't say enough about the care I receive from her. As I have said in the past, I am blessed to have her as my doctor, and AGMC is blessed to have her on staff.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Dr. Plate is the best!

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

I have gone to Dr. Plate for 40 years. I'm not about to change now she's great.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2023

Dr Plate is the best.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

AGMC Doctor Plate is the best. I know she has my best health in mine. I trust her and thank her for the kindness she gives to me.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Dr Plate is excellent caring for patients, listening, offering suggestions and recommendations. The scope of care that she works with patients is vast. Covers all avenues of phusical, mental and emotional care. Rating 5+++++++++++++++++++++

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

Dr. Plate is the best!!!

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Dr. Plate is always wonderful and caring

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Dr Plate is awesome. She has been my doctor for over 30 years.

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

Dr. Plate is the BEST!!!

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

Dr. Plate is one of the best care providers I've ever had. She is knowledgeable, compassionate, and listens to understand. With Dr. Plate as my Primary Care Physician, I know I am in good hands.

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