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Department Family Medicine
Primary Location Akron General
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations 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
  • 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
  • Mental Retardation in Adults
  • 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

127 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

16 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2020

*Dr. Plate and *Dr. Passero are great!

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

I've been with Dr. Plate since she her practice began, almost 30 years ago. She is a rare gem. I hope the hospital knows how amazing she is!

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Plate has been my doctor for about 30 years! I trust her judgement because she has found health issues when others could not. Her caring ways and enthusiasm has not waned in all these years! All docs should be like her!

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