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Title Medical Director
Department Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Primary Location Avon - Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acute Care Medicine
  • Adult Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Comprehensive Care of the Adult Patient
  • Diagnosing Asthma
  • Estrogen Replacement Therapy
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Heart Failure Management
  • Home Nebulizer
  • Internal Medicine
  • Mammogram
  • Men's Health
  • Osteopathic Manipulation
  • Outpatient Care
  • Pap Test
  • Peak Flow Meter
  • Physical Examinations
  • Presurgical Testing and Assessment
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Reproductive Health
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Treating Asthma with Bronchodilators
  • Women's Health
  • X-Ray
View all 25 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Addison's Disease
  • Alcoholism
  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer's
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Bronchitis
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Kidney Infections
  • Menopause
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Urinary Tract Infection
View all 27 Specialties +


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About Joseph Knapp, MD

Dr. Joseph Knapp is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician currently practicing at the Richard E. Jacobs Health Center and Elyria Chestnut Commons Health Center. He attended Medical School at the St. Louis University School of Medicine followed by residency at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the Cleveland Clinic staff in the Department of Community Internal Medicine in 1999 after 2 years in private practice. He became the Medical Director of the Westlake Family Health Center in 2009 and then the Medical Director of the Richard E. Jacobs Family Health Center when that building opened in 2011. In 2015, Dr. Knapp helped to establish a unique on-site health and wellness clinic at ShurTech Technologies in Avon, better known as the Duck Tape Factory. In 2016, he was also became Medical Director of the Elyria Family Health Center at Chestnut Commons in addition to Richard E. Jacobs Health Center. In 2019, he became the Medical Director of the West Region encompassing nine extremely busy locations in Lorain County. 

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Saint John's Mercy Medical Center
Internal Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA

Medical Education - Saint Louis University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA

Undergraduate - Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO USA


  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

General Internal Medicine, Lipid Disorders, men's preventive health

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 10/10/2023, Dr. Knapp 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

337 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

66 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2023

Dr. Knapp is the best, period.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2023

Dr Knapp and his staff are the best!

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2023

Dr Knapp is the best!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Very hood experience with Dr Knapp.....lvery pleased to have him .

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Excellent service by Dr.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Very confident with Dr and Staff

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Dr.Knapp is a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Dr. Knapp was very attentive to my concerns and questions.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

Dr. Knapp and I can communicate easily and openly.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2023

Best doctor at the Clinic

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr Knapp is the standard that all Doctors should use. Personable and knowledgeable very caring.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Dr. Knapp is very easy to talk to He listens to my concerns

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Knapp has been our primary doctor since 2006. He is amazing!

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Dr Knapp should get a 10 star rating!

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr Knapp always listens and gives me good advice and reassures me whatever my problem is very good

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr. Knapp always listens to my concerns. As soon as he walks into the room I immediately feel better no matter whether I am there for a minor problem or something very serious. I would recommend him highly. He is a wonderful doctor. He really cares about the people he treats. He is well respected by everyone I know who knows him.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

I am very satisfied with the care I get from Dr. Knapp.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Dr. Knapp has been my PCP for almost 20 years. After living in Avon Lake for 23 years we moved to GA. I continue to see Dr. Knapp twice per year travelling from GA to Avon, OH. That says it all. I trust Dr. Knapp and he has always been there for me even when I am 700 miles away. He is very important to my well being even more so as I get older.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Dr. Knapp is the best doctor I have ever had. He takes his time to listen and make sure I understand everything. He's knowledgeable and prompt when I reach out to him via MyChart. I couldn't be happier and feel very lucky to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Outstanding individual. I have been cared for by Dr Knapp for going on 10 years. He has always been clear and direct in his assessments and treatments. An excellent representative of Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

I could not be happier with Dr. Knapp. He is the best and I feel blessed to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Dr. Knapp is awesome, one of the best I have seen.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Dr. Knapp is " THE BEST" !!!!!!

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

I have reamended Dr. Kapp and his staff to many of my friends.There is ONLY good things I can say about Dr.Knapp and his staff!!!

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

Dr. Knapp is by far the best physician that I have ever worked with. He is smart and very intuitive.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2023

Dr. Knapp is always concerned about my well being and general health.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

Joe Knapp has been my PCP for over 30 years. He has always responded to my health concerns and I consider him a trusted medical advisor.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

I was so happy to get to see Dr. Knapp. He is always so up to date on any type of problem I have encountered between visits. He is so personably and professional.

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Dr Knapp is an outstanding PCP. This man cares. He is thorough in his questioning and excellent in treatment. AND a true gentleman.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Been with Clinic since high school, now 81. Several health issues covered this date. Once again, my visit with Dr. Knapp was comprehensive, professional and pleasant. All issues were addressed with appropriate follow-up.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Dr. Knapp and his team are great!

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Dr Knapp makes you feel like the most important patient to him

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

Dr. Knapp always listens to me and tends to my concerns. He explains everything in terms I understand He really cares for his patients as people, not just another patient. I feel very comfortable trusting my health to Dr. Knapp. As soon as he enters he room, I feel better. I have gone to him for around 20 years and he is the best!

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

Dr Knapp is the best!

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

Dr Knapp is the best doctor out of those I have every seen. He is prompt, courtesy, caring, and of course, well educated on internal medicine.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Dr. Knapp is the best!

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Have Dr Knapp for almost 20 years, great doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

The best. A true professional. The doctor's, doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

Dr.Knapp is an excellent doctor who listens to my concerns and helps me a lot in decision making about my care. I trust him a lot.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

I have been a patiennt of Dr. Knapp for 20 years and feel fortunate to have him as my primary care doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Dr Joseph Knapp is excellent. Thorough, helpful, very knowledgeable, excellent communicator, always on time, effective, efficient and very personable. We discuss some very personal issues at my age and he lends a lot of comfort to the discussion.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Always a thorough visit with Dr. Knapp.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

I can rely on timely response on an issue from Dr. Knapp and his staff

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

Dr. Knapp is the best.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2023

Dr. Knapp is a consummate professional.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Dr. Knapp has been mypcp for quite a few years and very much like being under his care. I believe his judgment is spot on and he is extremely prompt in responding to concerns via My Chart

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

I was pleased that Dr. Knapp could spend time with me since it has been about (2) years since my last in office exam. And I was pleased with my health report.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Dr. Knapp is always prepared for my appointment. He knows my medical history thoroughly upon meeting with him. Also thoroughly discusses lab test results & any action required and necessary follow up. Answers any questions I may have (I bring notes); however he generally answers them before I have to ask. In my opinion he is an excellent physician & I have recommended him to friends & family.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

We feel very lucky to have Dr. Knapp as our pcp.He's the best, very kind and caring and always points us in the right direction if we need another type of doctor

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2023

Dr. Knapp was very reassuring and thoughtful. I left the appointment feeling better/happier, knowing I had him in my corner.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2023

Excellent physician and staff

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2023

Dr. Knapp is the most compassionate,caring physician. He takes the time to listen and is open to questions and discussion regarding health concerns. I feel blessed to have him asy primary care physician and would definitely recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Dr. Knapp is wonderful and listens to all my problems. I would highly recommend him. Very thorough and I feel comfortable around him.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

Dr. Knapp is one of the finest physicians I have ever met!! Caring, a good listener and an excellent problem solver! The Clinic is very lucky to have a provider of his caliber!In a scale of 1-10, he is a 20!!

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2023

Due to Covid I needed to switch an in person to virtual same day of appointment. Staff and doctor was very accommodating

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Dr. Knapp is the best.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

I feel blessed that Dr. Joseph Knapp is my primary physician.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

Dr. Knapp is an outstanding physician, who has provided top-notch care to me and my family for decades. His examinations are thorough. I am impressed by his ability to diagnose my ailments and to set forth specific plans to address them. Through the years, he has been a fantastic coach, making recommendations that always pay off with objective results. The older I get, the more I have come to appreciate the preventative care Dr. Knapp has provided through his genuine care and concern. Although he is obviously very intelligent, he has the ability to explain complicated matters in an easy to understand fashion. Most importantly, Dr. Knapp cares about his patients. That care is what sets him apart and what makes him the phenomenal physician he has always been. I could go on and on because there are not enough good things I can say about this outstanding caregiver. I am certainly glad he is on my team!

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Dr Knapp is a great doctor. He goes above and beyond to help

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Dr Knapp took time with me and answered all my questions. We had a productive visit.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

I was worried and stressed about my condition. Dr Knapp's responses and course of action were appropriate to my condition. He acted to remove stress.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

The visit with Dr Knapp went smoothly. There was not much interaction with Staff -- except to schedule a "scan" for the next day. That went well.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

Dr. Knapp listened and addressed all issues with courtesy and kindness.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Dr. Knapp is a great clinician and a wonderful human-being.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

You can't get better Doctor than Dr.knapp..he is the best

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2022

Dr.knapp one of the finest Doctor I ever see.He is the best.

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