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Department Family Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
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About Donald Ford, MD, MBA

Donald Ford, MD, MBA, FAAFP is a Board-Certified Family Physician and is Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. He is also a member of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors. He recently stepped down from his roles as Medical Director for Community Health Public Health Strategy and as Chief Medical Officer for Better Health Partnership.

He has served as Vice President of Medical Operations and Interim President at Hillcrest Hospital. Previously he served as Chief Medical Officer and CEO of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. While in Abu Dhabi he was the Course Director for the Second Annual Primary Care Conference as part of the Abu Dhabi Medical Congress and has served the same role for the Cleveland Clinic Primary Care Evidence-Based Medicine Conference 2013 - 2016. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. His original research has been published in journals such as Family Medicine, The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, and the Journal of Addictive Diseases.

Dr. Ford joined Cleveland Clinic in 1999 as a Family Physician at the Solon Family Health Center. He has been the Section Head for Family Medicine, Liaison to the Division of Pediatrics, Medical Director of the Solon and Chagrin Falls Family Health Centers, and the founding Medical Director of Access to Care, Cleveland Clinic's Appointment Center. Dr. Ford graduated from the CWRU School of Medicine with Distinction in Family Medicine, completing the Accelerated Residency Program at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He has been awarded the Ed & Diane White Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching at CWRU. In 2007, he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

He received his MBA in Health Care from Baldwin Wallace University in May of 2015, achieving membership in the Baldwin Wallace Business Honors Society.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Baldwin Wallace College
Health Care
Berea, OH USA

Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Family Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - State University of New York at Purchase
Purchase, NY USA

Professional Highlights

  • House Doctor - Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater Festival


  • Family Medicine

Specialty Interests

Performing Arts Medicine, Substance Abuse

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Ed & Diane White Award for excellence and innovation in clinical teaching


  • American Academy of Family Medicine
  • Ohio Academy of Family Medicine
  • Cleveland Academy of Family Medicine
  • Performing Arts Medical Alliance
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 5/24/2022, Dr. Ford 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

80 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

I have been Dr Ford a long time he always is very concerned about my health to bad you can not clone him

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Doctor Ford is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Dr Ford is an excellent physician and afine human being

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Does a great job at integrating the findings and recommendations of other ccf providers

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr. Ford was and is excellent with his analysis and care. We love him. He's the best.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr Ford is the most compassionate and understanding person I know.He listens to all your concerns with interest like you are the only patience he has.I have complete faith in all he recommends. His follow through is excellent as well.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Dr. Ford is a caring and compassionate physician, who listens well, and invites participation in shared decisions treatment plans. He is organized, punctual, and innovative. He is a superb communicator. I am very fortunate to have Dr. Ford as my Family Physician.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

I can always get a convenient and timely appointment with my primary doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Good Doctor and good man

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dr. Ford is a great doctor and person, but the greatest compliment I can give him, is that I trust him!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2022

Dr Ford is the best doctor I've ever had. A true assets to the clinic.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Dr. Ford is the most caring and considerate doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Doc is a pro. I like him and his style

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2022

Dr. Ford was extremely caring. Gave me expert advice

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

Dr Donald Ford is a Doctors DoctorHe can capably care of everyone In the FamilyBeyond anyone's expectation A Friend too

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Dr Ford is always the best.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

Dr. Ford is the man!! Love him!!

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Dr. Ford is a great listener and provides detailed information and great care

Reviewed on May 21, 2022

Dr. Ford is an outstanding Doctor, professional and attentive.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

The physician attending to me is professional, caring, and extends time to me for my questions and discussion.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2022

*Dr. Ford is professional, knowledgeable, warm and caring, he has taken time to call me at home to follow up. He takes time to answer questions. He never rushes you through an office visit. I feel fortunate to have *Dr. Ford.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2022

Dr. Ford is Awesome

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