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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 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 23 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 Cholesterol
  • Hypertension - High Blood Pressure
  • 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


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

139 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 4.1
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

43 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

Dr Plate and her staff are fantastic.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Dr. Plate is very thorough and spends time getting to know you, not rushing out the door. Very genuine, caring physician.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Dr Plate is always a joy

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Dr Plate is an excellent provider. I appreciate how she listens to my concerns. She is knowledgeable and thorough.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

In many years of seeing Dr Deborah Plate I have had nothing but positive experiences. Although I have positive experiences from most other CC Doctors goes above and beyond expectations.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2023

Dr. Plate is the absolute best!!!

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Deborah Plate is an amazing, caring doctor as well as human being. She has been part of my support team for a very long time, which makes me appreciate her that much more. She has cared for multiple family members which I think has impacted her understanding of my needs over the years.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Difficult getting appointments with Dr. Plate unless I make them 4-6 months ahead (which I do). Understandable. She is in high demand.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Dr. Plate is excellent and provides excellent service.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2023

Dr. Plate is exceptional in her care, her bedside manner, her recommendations, her compassion and her knowledge. I think very highly of her and would not want any other doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2023

Dr Plate always takes time to answer questions, listens to concerns and together we select a plan of care. She Is the epitome If an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Dr Plate is amazing

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

Dr Plate is a very caring, thorough honest physician. I am very lucky to be a patient of hers.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

We need to clone her! If all providers cared as much as Dr Plate and listened to their patients like she does, we would have a better healing process mentally and physically.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Dr. Plate is wonderful, always showing genuine concern for me and issues I am having.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2022

Love Dr plate

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2022

Dr Plate spent extra time with us making sure our wellness check was complete and I appreciate that very much

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2022

Dr is a very good listener, very good at including the patient in the medical plan, very considerate and concerned, and very proactive at addressing health issues. Can't imagine a better doctor.

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!

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