Department Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Falls Prevention In The Elderly
  • Neuro Rehabilitation
  • Neuromuscular Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation Of Neuromuscular And Orthopedic Disorders
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Gait Dysfunction
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
View all 3 Specialties +


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About Frederick Frost, MD

Frederick Frost is a board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation and spinal cord injury medicine. He holds a degree in English from the University of Illinois, and a medical degree from Northwestern University. After postgraduate training at Cook County Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, he was named the Julius N. Frankel Fellow in Spinal Cord Neurotrauma at the Midwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Leading the development of the Northeast Ohio Regional Spinal System at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, he authored the system’s first successful Model Systems grant in 1995 and served as its principal investigator and project director for the National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Frost has published extensively in the field of spinal cord injury, and authored the chapter on spinal cord injury medicine in Braddom's "Textbook of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation," the leading reference worldwide in the field of PM&R. He has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters in the field of rehabilitation. Dr. Frost conceived and created the 6-Clicks capability measurement tool -- now licensed by over 1000 hospitals across the United States, assembling and directing the team responsible for validation and clinical integration of this tool.  He has served over ten years on the boards of the American Spinal Injury Association and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals, culminating in election as President of the American Paraplegia Society.  In 2016 he received the Estin Comarr Award, the most prestigious North American honor in the field of spinal cord medicine.   He has authored multimillion dollar grants targeted for rehabilitation research. A Professor of Medicine of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Dr. Frost has been honored with the Sidney Licht Lectureship at Ohio State University, the Prince Visiting Professorship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and the Charles Gibson Visiting Professorship at the University of Rochester. Since joining Cleveland Clinic he has held several department, institute and enterprise leadership roles in rehabilitation, home care, hospice and post-acute clinical domains.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Spinal Cord Injury Center
Chicago, IL USA

Residency - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Rehabilitation Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Internship - Cook County Hospital
Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Medical School - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - University of Illinois Hospital at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL USA

Professional Highlights

  • ACGME Subspecialty Certification: Spinal Cord Medicine 2008
  • Associate Editor: PM&R
  • Editor: "Lin's Textbook of Spinal Cord Medicine"
  • Resident Teaching Award: Case Western Reserve University 2005
  • Project Director & PI: Northeast Ohio Regional SCI System: 1995-1997
  • President: American Paraplegia Society 2013 - 2015
  • Professor of Medicine: Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine 


  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Specialty Interests

falls prevention, geriatrics, rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, Stroke

Awards & Honors

  • "Top Docs," Cleveland Magazine, 2000-2012
  • Prince Visiting Professor: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2006
  • Sidney Licht Lectureship Ohio State University, 2000
  • Julius N. Frankel Fellow in Spinal Cord Injury  Northwestern University 1987-1988

Innovations & Patents

  • Dr. Frost conceived and created the 6-Clicks capability measurement tool– now licensed by over 1000 hospitals in the United States. He assembled and directed the team responsible for the validation and clinical integration of the tool, a short form of Boston University's AmPAC, which allows rapid measurement of physical function and performance of patients in acute care hospitals.  Similar to the Case Mix Index, the 6-Clicks tool was designed as an overlay to conventional electronic medical records systems, and allows hospitals to measure and manage rehabilitation and post-acute resource utilization.  In addition, the tool allows for rational decision-making to direct appropriate planning for post-discharge care in patients with physical disability.


  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Paraplegia Society (President)
  • American Spinal Injury Association (Board of Directors)
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • International Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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 10/19/2018, Dr. Frost has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Frost receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Adeo, LLC

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

66 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

6 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2018

the doc was very kind and caring, although there was no answer for my issues.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2018

Dr. Frost is an excellent physician and gentleman who listens to my concerns and advises me on my medical choices. I have great respect for him as a doctor and a human being..

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

Dr. Frost and staff were terrific every time I went there

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2018

The Doctor explain to me about therapy.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2018

Excellent, caring, informative doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2018

Dr. Frost is excellent! He knows so much about the range of concerns regarding PMR; I use him as my specialist a number of areas.

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