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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Sports Medicine Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Sports Medicine Center
Primary Location

Sports Medicine Center


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Orthopaedics
  • Exercise Compartment Pressure Testing
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
  • Foot Injection
  • Fracture Care
  • Heel Injections
  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
  • Joint Injections
  • Knee Injections
  • Management of Sports Concussions
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Prevention and Treatment of Injuries in the Aging Athlete
  • Shoulder Injection
  • Sports Cardiology Center
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Physicals
  • Ultrasound-Guided Procedures
View all 18 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Athletic Ankle Injury
  • Athletic Elbow Injury
  • Athletic Foot Injury
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Back Problems in Athletes
  • Cardiac Problems in Athletes
  • Dance Injuries
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Strain
  • Exercise-Induced Asthma
  • Exercise-Related Breathing Problems
  • Exercise-Related Medical Conditions
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement
  • Knee Injuries
  • Neck Problems in Athletes
  • Sever's Disease (Calcaneal Apophysitis)
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Strain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Sports Concussion
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Stress Fractures
  • Tendinitis of Rotator Cuff
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tennis Shoulder
  • Thigh Contusion
  • Turf Toe
View all 33 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - The Ohio State University Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
Primary Care Sports Medicine
Columbus, OH USA

Residency - University of Michigan Health System
Family Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Medical Education - Chicago Medical School (Illinois)
North Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA


  • Family Medicine - Sports Medicine
  • Family Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Sami Rifat, MD.

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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 7/17/2022, Dr. Rifat 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

184 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Doctor was good at fitting us in and understood the issue.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

I am very pleased with my doctor. He was very pleasant and listened to me very carefully and treated me with respect. He took care of my knee and I didn't need surgery after all.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2023

Dr. Rifat was very nice and explained everything about my knee. So glad he was available so quickly.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2023

O felt the Nurses and the Doctor were outstanding. Very efficient and caring. I would have no issues recommending the Doctor to others.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2023

Dr. Rifat was extremely helpful and caring with my sons care and injury. I would recommend him to anyone who is in need.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

Fabulous physician

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Rifat spent more time connecting with me than any other doctor I've had at the Clinic. I greatly appreciated how engaged he was with me and that it truly felt like we were having conversation, not just an exam/follow up.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Rifat is the best! Full stop. He does not rush. He listens. He is thoughtful. He is easy to understand. No medical jargon. Simple English. I would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr Rifat is very knowledgeable and his bedside manner is amazing!

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Absolutely amazing doctor and nurses

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr Rifat took such concern w my foot pain and felt as determined as I feel to get my foot back to running. I have an upcoming MRI and return visit. I recommended him to my brother n law, as he may be the best, most thorough physician I have worked with. I am in the medical profession and am very impressed.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

Dr. Rigatoni was quite simply the nicest Dr. I've ever dealt with. The whole visit was just so pleasant and everyone I came in contact with was delightful.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Rifat is amazing. Shows true concern

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Dr. Ricardo was awesome! Got to know me before the exam; knowledge about my sport (cycling) and its requirements. He spoke at my level and gave great direction. Great to see a Doctor vs a PA!!

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2023

I came in concerned about my condition and the care provider took time to explain in detail the cause of my condition and treatment. He addressed my concerns and I felt comfortable about the prognosis. He also showed interest and concern about a related and lingering condition I have and discussed the option of coming back to treat it. Overall, I got a good impression of the doctor which I saw for the first time.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

Dr. Rifat was very caring and gave the best care and practice I could have asked for.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Dr. Rifat was awesome!

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

Dr. Rifat was kind and most importantly he explained everything in layman's terms to my daughter and didn't just speak to me. I really appreciated that.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

Extremely impressed with Dr Rifat and his interactions with myself and my daughter

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Dr Rifat was great!

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Would make the drive if needed for Dr Rifat

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Dr. Rifat was amazing with my son. He really listened to his descriptions of pain and explained his injury and the proposed treatment plan in a way that he was able to understand. Looking forward to our next visit with him.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

It was a great experience. The office staff were courteous, and got us right in. The doctor was very kind. He explained things so well. We were able to get x-rays, and get right back in for a very thorough evaluation, and diagnosis. Both Elizabeth and I felt that the service was excellent!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

The Dr. Was excellent! He was truly interested in my health. The Cleveland Clinic is honored to have him.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2023

Excellent Dr.

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