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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 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. “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


Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Deborah Plate, DO.

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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 1/2/2023, 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

136 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 4.3
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

39 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Dr. Plate is beyond amazing. Her compassion, concern, and care is priceless. She is a dying breed in this society of assembly line health care. I can't say enough about the care I have always received from her. She listens, explains, respects my choices, and I feel she cares about me as a person. You are blessed to have her on staff.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Debbie Plate is always pleasant, thorough and caring. Recommend her often

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

I understand Dr. Plate's availability being restricted. She's a busy person.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

Dr. Plate is very compassionate and caring.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

Dr Plate is always interested in my life beyond just any medical issues. I feel that she really cares about me.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Dr. Plate is the best.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Dr. Plate is the best!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2022

Dr Plate is so busy it is difficult to schedule timely appointments.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

This is a known given. Dr. Plate is so in demand that it is hard to get an appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2022

Dr. Plate is the best!

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

Dr Plate is the best

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Dr. Plate is always very knowledgeable and proactive when it comes to patient care.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

Dr. Plate is an exceptional doctor. She is very good at including my feelings and opinions regarding my care.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Dr. Deborah Plate is by far the most outstanding primary physician I've had over the years. Her demeanor, compassion, and follow-thru are truly outstanding.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Dr. Plate is the best. She's very thorough and very informative. She responds effectively to my questions with explanations that answer my question and then provides information for reference Into the future. I feel VERY fortunate, being her patient, and I admire that she works so well with interns/students - - they are observing a pro!!!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

I've always had a good experience visiting my primary care physician

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Doctor Plate is a very very good

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

I would definitely recommend the practice and I love my physician and her office. The institution gives me pause.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Dr. Plate is the BEST, ever!

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Dr. Plate is the best.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Dr. Plate always listens and you never feel rushed by her.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

Dr. Plate has been my physician for many years and I trust her. She and I work TOGETHER on plans for my wellness. As I age, Dr. Plate has given me several options for changes that I am experiencing. It is a scary time for me, but I couldn't do this without her.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

She is Great! She gave me so much good information about my health. Took her time to explain all to me. Thank you Dr Plate today I feel great.

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Dr. Plate is amazing. I have seen her for years and feel she cares about me as a person and my health. You all are blessed to have her as a physician on staff!

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Dr. Plate is tone of the best

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Debbie is a caring, compassionate, and knowledge physician. I appreciate her.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Dr Plate has been my doctor for a long time. Everything is good

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Love Dr Plate

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2022

Dr Plate is awesome! She has been my doctor about about 25 years or so!!

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2022

Dr. Plate is awesome. I can't imagine seeing anyone else.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

Dr Plate is the absolute best!!

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

Ratings of Dr Plate reflect why I have chosen and recommend Dr Plate to others

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2022

Dr Plate is the Best !!!

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2022

I have been a patient for many years. Dr. Plate is excellent!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

Dr Plate is the best!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Hands downvery knowledgeable and personable. Excellent doctor and teacher. Thanks for your service!

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

Dr. Plate was phenomenal as always.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

Dr Plate has been my Dr for many decades and she's always very kind and always has a listening ear I just love her

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2022

Love Dr Plate. Very attentive to my concerns and extremely patient and knowledgeable.

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