Department Family Medicine
Primary Location Hillcrest Medical Building 2
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No


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About Donald Ford, MD, MBA

Donald Ford, MD, FAAFP is a Board-Certified Family Physician. 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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As of 6/3/2020, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

142 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

33 Patient Comments

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!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Dr. Ford is a wonderful doctor and human. He is the primary care physician for me, my two sons, and my parents.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Dr. Ford is superb

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Dr. Ford is exceptionally compassionate and has a gift for being able to explain things in a clear and concise manner.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2020

Dr. Ford is Outstanding!

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

I love how quickly Dr. Ford returnd messages on mu chart

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Dr. Ford, as always, would respectful, listened to my questions, and gave thorough explanations.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

dr ford made follow up calls to inform me of my results and is always very professional and helpful

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Dr Ford is an outstanding physician, however, I believe when having a yearly physical, this should be in-person in order to have a hands on exam to assess the body.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Dr. Ford always provides excellent care. He is very attentive & answers my questions. I never feel rushed. I have recommended him to friends who have also become his patients.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Dr Ford always returns calls and My Chart messages quickly

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

I think that Dr. Ford is an excellent physician and is very knowledgeable. He was very open to questions and was sincerely try to provide what is best for me

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Dr. Ford is simply the best!

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Dr Ford is a very personable and does a great job listening to the patient.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Doctor was a good listener and I was happy to meet him. Dr. Ford was open to any concerns and suggestions I had. I am glad that he'll be my new doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Dr Ford is very professional and caring

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

From day 1, Dr. Ford has been very responsive and helpful with anything I've needed.

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Dr. Ford is the BEST! Super compassionate, thoughtful, and I feel like he always cares about what's best for me. There needs to be more doctors like him! I always feel respected and heard.

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

Dr Ford was great. Attentive, listen to my problem asked the right questions and came up with treatment plan and follow up.

Reviewed on May 14, 2020

Dr. Ford was very professional and comfortable to talk to.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2020

Dr. Ford was very thorough and personable. I relocated from my he west coast to Ohio. I am happy that Dr. Ford is my primary care physician!!!

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

Dr Ford replaced my retired physician Dr Taylor. I was very pleased with the personal and knowledgeable way he interfaced with me, concerning my health needs.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2020

Blessed to have Dr Ford & his staff in my life. They have been wonderful to me.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Fantastic Doctor

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

I am fortunate to have Dr. Ford as my PCP! He takes his time, answers all questions, and is very knowledgeable. He truly cares for his patients and it is very easy to see!

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Dr. Ford did wonderful in looking into my history and listening to my needs and responding appropriately.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Dr. Ford takes care of my extended family , he is always compassionate as well as brilliant.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Doctor is very busy.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Ford is a very good doctor who takes time to listen to me and always gets back to me quickly when I have a question.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2019

Dr. Ford has been way beyond awesome in being a care provider for me. Listens to any concerns I have about proposed medications and won't shove them down my throat as others may have.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2019

Will be very pleased with having Dr Ford as my primary physician

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Dr. Ford is great

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

dr. Ford is a fantastic doctor and true cares about his patients.

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