Department Subspecialty Care for Women’s Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
  • Bone Density Testing
  • Breast Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Cervical Polypectomy
  • Endometrial Biopsy
  • Interdisciplinary Women's Health
  • IV Reclast Infusion For Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
  • Menopausal Risk Assessment
  • Specialty Women's Health
  • Vertebral Fracture Assessment
  • Women's Health
View all 11 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Menopause
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Vaginal Atrophy
View all 4 Specialties +


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About Holly L. Thacker, MD

Holly L. Thacker MD, FACP, director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Specialized Women’s Health and Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She published her second women’s health book “Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause.”  Dr. Thacker is the Executive Director of national Speaking of Women's Health and directs the digital platform and directs CustomFit Physicals for women.

She was honored by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and the Journal of Women’s Health with the "Lila Wallis Women’s Health Award" in recognition of Dr. Thacker’s lifetime achievements, accomplishments, motivation, mentorship, energy and enthusiasm for women’s health, education, and research during the AMWA annual meeting and Women’s Health 2009: The 17th Annual Congress, in Williamsburg, VA.

In the Center for Specialized Women’s Health, we pursue leading edge and interdisciplinary therapies for women with a focus on menopausal and hormone risk assessment and therapies. We have started CustomFit Physicals for women to provide a uniquely personalized healthcare service that combines convenience and comprehensiveness in a one day visit with the service of a nurse navigator.  In addition, there are several new FDA approved pelvic floor stimulators that are available for women with urine leakage and pelvic muscle weakness as well as fecal incontinence and mild degrees of pelvic organ prolapse. These new pelvic floor stimulation devices are custom-fit and use stimulation to strengthen pelvic floor muscles and inhibit overactive bladder muscles while giving visual biofeedback and audible guidance. Precise adjustments can be made to ensure effective muscle training. Some women, who have only stress urinary leakage, and/or are 6 weeks post partum from vaginal delivery, may need simpler devices and all therapies can be done in the comfort and privacy of ones home. These devices can compliment, or in many cases be used instead of surgery or medications.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Medical Internship
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical School - University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Kansas City, MO USA

Undergraduate - University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Kansas City, MO USA

Professional Highlights

  • Author of the book, The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause, a Cleveland Clinic Guide, © 2009
  • Author of the book, Women's Health: Your Body, Your Hormones, Your Choices, a Cleveland Clinic Guide, © 2007
  • Founder and Director of Women's Health Fellowship


  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

Breast cancer risk assessment, hormone therapy, menopause and related medical problems, menstrual disorders and interdisciplinary women's health, osteoporosis, menopause, women's health, bioidentical hormone therapy, pelvic electrical stimulation device therapy for urinary leakage and female sexual dysfunction. Breast cancer risk assessment, hormone therapy, menopause and related medical problems, menstrual disorders and interdisciplinary women's health, osteoporosis, menopause and women's health

Awards & Honors

  • Healthnetwork Service Excellence Award, 2010
  • Best Doctors, Cleveland magazine, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006-2014
  • Best Doctors in America, 1998, 2000-2002, 2007, 2008
  • Cleveland Clinic Women's Health Center Top Executive, Women's Health Services, 2007
  • Legal Resolution from Cuyahoga County Commissioners on Local and National Leadership in Women’s Health, 2006
  • Research Program of the Year. Bone Disease Program. Thacker HL et al. Recognized for multidisciplinary work. Notations newsletter of Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute,, 7/21/2005
  • Who's Who in Health, Crain's Cleveland Business, 2002$0$0Distinguished Women in Health Care, first annual listing from the Visiting Nurse Association, 2000
  • Top 40 Under Age 40, Crain's Cleveland Business, 1998$0$0Achievement in Health/Medicine, Northern Ohio Live magazine, "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the quality of life in this region,” 1998


  • Ohio State Medical Association elected Councilor 2014-2016
    North American Menopause Society
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 3/20/2019, Dr. Thacker has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Thacker receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • TherapeuticsMD, Inc.

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

257 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

dr. was easy to talk to. very knowledgeable. answered all my question

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

Dr. Thacker was like talking to a caring encyclopedia with a wealth of experience and knowledge. She was able to explain in language that I could understand.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

I have already recommended Dr Thacker to my sister and several girl friends.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Dr. Thacker and her team made me feel very comfortable and explained everything thoroughly.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2019

I have a lot of faith in Dr. Thacker. She has help me a lot with my overall health.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2019

Dr. Thacker and her staff are fabulous. professional, very kind, accommodating and knowledgeable. Rhonda Jackson and Lillie are SUPER, too!

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2019

Dr Thacker is an excellent doctor. I recommend her to other patients. She is trustworthy n very competent. I know that she has read my file, listen to my concerns, n makes the best recommendation. I am grateful for her. She is ready to answer all my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

Both the Resident and the Physician were very thorough, and answered all of my questions to my satisfaction. They did emphasize that the care decision was mine, and gave me more than enough information to make an informed decision.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

i recommend dr thacker constantly

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Dr. Thacker is the best health care provider I have ever had! She honestly cares for her patients hence my reason for returning to her. She covers every single concern that you have and the leader in women's health. She has provided me with superb care when other medical physicians in my local area have disregarded. Dr. Thacker has a passion for what she does and yes, I have recommended her numerous times!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

Dr. Holly Thacker took her time, went over all of my health concerns, listened, and assisted me with the answers I needed and referred me to other specialists where she could not give me the answers. She was kind and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2019

I was impressed with the level of service received from Doctor Thacker. I did not feel like a number with a stop watch ticking to complete the appointment. Holly took the time to truly provide options and solutions for my health concerns. She truly seemed to care!

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

Dr.Thacker is very thorough and listened to my concerns & addressed them. It's evident she genuinely cares. Dr. Sikka who assisted her is equally as fantastic.Also the staff is amazing. From Rhonda at the front desk to Lilly the RN who brought me back. Excellent care from start to finish!

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019

*Dr. Thacker is terrific. She is the first OB/GYN dr. who listened & gave me a real solution. I just moved here from MI & very happy I found her. Her on line presence is a win for women & Cle. Clinic!

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

Dr Holly Thacker is easy to talk with and only has my well being in mind when I see her.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2018

Dr Thacker is not only a forward thinker and expert in her field but she is also very personable, caring, and thorough with her work. I know that I am being well cared for when I see her and that is she trustworthy....She has the best intentions for me.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2018

The appointment moved very quickly and a lot was covered in a short of amount of time. Definitely worth the effort to see Dr Thacker.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

waited in exam room, I think an hour. Dr.Thacker then said "we" got to get things moving here. I did not appreciate her not asking if it was okay for her assistant to prep me or do internal biopsy, when I specifically asked if she would do it. It was part of a very confusing and uncomfortable appointment.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

Dr. Smth had a very nice demeanor and listened well to my answers to her questions. I felt at ease with her, as she didn't cause me to feel any alarm, even though there seemed to be a problem

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2018

Love Dr Thacker, she has helped me thru a very rough patch in my life. She's the best.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2018

Dr. Thacker is a great clinician who listens, explains and treats you very well!

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018

Dr. Holly Thacker is just the BEST, she listens and acknowledges all my concerns. I am so happy I was able to become her patient. She is one of my favorites.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018

The fact I was able to meet with Dr. Thacker very quickly was great. I look forward to future visits.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2018

very positive atmosphere. from the front office to the lab technician, intern and doctor. spent quality time with me and was very thorough.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2018

Dr Thacker was very good at making me comfortable and made it easy to understand my medical treatments that were available to me.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

Dr. Thacker is the quintessential women's health physician. She is thorough, innovative, highly experienced, respectful & provides important information at every visit. I always feel I am in the best "hands" possible. I have referred family & friends to her, as well, who share my enthusiasm for the care she provides. I especially appreciate that she ALWAYS has a resident and/or fellow in with her-how marvelous that she is training the next group of women's health specialists.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

Rhonda, Dr. Thacker's schedule, is fantastic. I am set for next year already! And she even scheduled an appt with another provider whom Dr. Thacker referred me to. Unbeatable service!

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2018

I felt that Dr Thacker was in a rush. Did not listen to me or treat me as an individual

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2018

my doctor and her staff are very good a d patient with me

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2018

I saw Dr Thacker to get a second opinion and a clearer understanding of my medical concerns. She was very through and covered everything plus other issues I was not aware of.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

Dr. Thacker is a true asset to the Cleve Clinic team. In all my years in visiting doctors, I have never experienced a more knowledgeable, thorough doctor. Very patient and informative about issues relating to my personal care. She helped to instill my trust in doctors. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Thacker.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

Good experience as always. Clinic is organized, efficient, attentive to patient needs & Dr Thacker is the best.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

I completely trust & respect Dr. Thacker. She clearly is an expert in her field.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2018

doctor was early.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2018

Dr. Thacker was most informative and considerate of my issues . Her team was most professional, just lovely people. Dr T gave me information and more information to educate myself on the menapausal issues that I am dealing with at this time.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2018

Dr. Thacker was explicit on how to take the med. Good info on how to get prescriptions and where. Informed me on the reason for the med and our goals.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2018

Dr. Holly Thacker listens to my concerns and respects my opinion while also offering her professional recommendations. She is the best GYN that I've ever seen in 40 years!

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2018

Dr. Thacker does pump a lot of information into a short period of time. I feel like I should have brought in a recorder to catch it all - she is a real bucket full of information!

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2018

I live @ 45 minute drive to main campus where I see Dr Thacker. I have been her patient for more than 10 years and I am pleased to make the effort/time of the drive knowing how excellent her care of me has been. I recommend her frequently to my female friends.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2018

Dr Thacker's check-out person, Rhonda, is excellent. She is very very courteous and has great knowledge of procedures and how to schedule appts and tests, etc. Her expertise assures me that I will receive the services requested by Dr Thacker.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2018

Dr. Thacker moved really fast in her thinking and decision making. I felt somewhat behind, had a hard time keeping up with her ideas and suggestions.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2018

Dr. Thacker substituted a pain pill with a vitamin. That was a good experience.

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

First visit to Crile Bldg & Dr. Thacker. Was unaware of all of the construction in the area & valet. Was seen despite being 25 mins late. Valet, receptionist, nurse, Doctor who did initial intake and Dr. Thacker were all professional, compassionate. Dr. Thacker & staff are very knowledgeable, thorough & worked well together. I was pleased with this office visit w Dr. Thacker and am confident that I will feel better soon.

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