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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
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About Donald Ford, MD, MBA

Donald Ford, MD, MBA, FAAFP is a Board-Certified Family Physician. He has been elected to serve on the Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors starting in 2021.  Currently he serves as the Medical Director for Professional staff Wellness and the Medical Director for Community Health Public Health Strategy. He is also the 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 Doctor 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 5/14/2021, 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

96 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

27 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Doc Ford is the best

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Dr. Ford is a wonderful doctor - he is very attentive and kind.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

The staff and Dr. Ford at the Hillcrest Family Clinic are some of the very best medical personnel that we deal with.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Dr. Ford has been or family doctor for more than 15 years now is and always has been top notch.. He takes time and cares for our needs and wants. Prescriptions are re ordered as needed and adjusted according to his expertise, We feel very lucky to have him as our doctor and friend.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

We drive over an hour to get to our docs at Hillcrest and the main campus, We feel blessed and fortunate as senior patients to have the quality of doctors and care available to us.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

*Dr. Ford is fantastic! Very caring. Listens to issues and comes up with solutions. Plus he always responds promptly to email concerns.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

I had not had a physical in over 2 years due to COVID. *Dr. Ford was great! He spent enough time with me and showed concern!

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Dr Ford is the best and I should know as I trained at CCF as a Doc. He is very thorough, knowledgeable & compassionate

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Dr. Ford was attentive as always as far as my concerns go.

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

DR Ford is the BEAT!

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

I continue to receive care above and beyond my expectations from Dr. Ford and his colleagues! I am very grateful!

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

The video option is a great option as my Doctor is watching my recovery process closely!

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2021

As excellent as I expected it to be -- thank you Dr. Ford

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

best doctor in the house

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

Dr. Ford holds the values of CCF perfectly. He cares about every patient and treats us as he would treat himself.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

I have recommended patients to *Dr. Ford again, no room for improvement.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2021

dr Ford always goes above and beyond very caring and concerned doctor

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

all good----dr ford keeps me in good hands--- very happy

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

Dr. Ford is excellent

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

Dr. Ford always responds to My Chart messages. very appreciated

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

Dr. Ford is an excellent care provider. always attentive and willing to listen.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr. Ford has been very proactive and my best primary care provider I have ever had!

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Dr. Ford is a very kind person and a great doctor who listens and follows thru with what he tells you.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

Dr. Ford is a great doctor. Very attentive, great bedside manor. Very respectful.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Dr. Ford is a pragmatic,knowledgeable professional with exceptional interpersonal skills. He is the definition of the term'caregiver'.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2020

Dr. fords visit was great covered all my questions.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

This doctor is OUTSTANDING!!!!! So detailed in his treatment and assessment!!! He really gets to the bottom of everything! Love his demeanor!Great treatment and attention to detail!

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