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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
  • Perimenopause Symptoms
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sexual Hormone disorders
  • Vaginal Atrophy
View all 7 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 Education - 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 2/21/2022, Dr. Thacker 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

176 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

53 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

I absolutely love Dr. Thacker. She really takes the time to listen and then explain her recommendations. She obviously enjoys seeking continuous information for her patients and shares that information so I can continually seek to make my health a priority.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

I've never had such great attentiveness in every way anywhere else! Truly thankful for Dr Thacker and her staff!

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

My experience in the office of Dr. Thucker Was always excellent Thank you

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

Thank you Dr. Thucker! I received the best care, the best explanation of my hormonal imbalances, the most helpful prescription medications and the relief from my worries

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Outstanding physician!

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Everyone I encountered was wonderful!! Dr.thatcher is so kind and listens

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

Dr. Thacker is exceptional!

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2022

I always have a FABULOUS EXPERIENCE with Dr. Thacker! She introduced me to a FANTASTIC OB/GYN also on this visit!

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2022

Both Rhonda In scheduling and Dr. Thacker make me feel heard and cared for.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

All staff and including Dr. Thacker are always friendly, helpful and professional. I have been a patient a long time and they have always been outstanding!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

Dr. Thacker has always been easy to talk with and express concerns. She is kind considerate and professional.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2022

I was so glad to get in to see Dr. Thacker. I've been seeing her for about 15 yrs. She's terrific!

Reviewed on May 24, 2022

I have always had a very good experience with Dr Holly Thacker in the many years I have been seeing her. My last appointment was no different. She is caring and always has my best interests at heart. I appreciate everything she has done for me. She's THE BEST !!!!

Reviewed on May 24, 2022

I adore Dr Holly Thacker!

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2022

Dr. Thacker was very caring, super knowledgeable, and helpful.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2022

I enjoy talking with Dr. Thacker and she is very thorough

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

I would have appreciated the chance to meet Dr.Thacker and the Fellow separately.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

Dr Thacker is absolutely amazing. She is one of the most knowledgeable physicians I've ever met. She truly is an asset to the Cleveland Clinic. I was blown away with the amount of time she spent going over my family history and truly seems to care about her patients. The nurse Lily was also one of a kind.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

I would recommend Dr. Thacker and her staff to any woman, just the best experience!

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2022

Dr. Thacker is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2022

I love Dr Thacker and her staff!!

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

Dr. Thacker is the ONLY physician who has helped my post menopausal symptoms (which were very bad).She really listens and understands. I absolutely love her!!!! Mary E. Suchetka RN MSN

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

Again, Dr. Thacker is wonderful. You are VERY lucky to have her

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Already have recommended others see Dr Thacker

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Dr. Thacker and her staff have been excellent, it is my opinion that Dr Thacker has been instrumental in my care not just in her speciality but helping me connect to other Drs in the clinic that can also help.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2022

Dr Thacker has been life changing for me. I am 55 years old. I went into menopause at age 35. She is the only dr. I have seen that addressed every aspect of my physical state. She is caring, she listens and she does not rush through the appointment. It is truly a pleasure to be in her care.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Dr. Thacker always provides me with the best care and professionalism.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Holly Thacker is an excellent doctor in terms of both concern for her patients and her knowledge. She is honest and forthright about finding the best solutions to patient's problems. She inspires confidence and hope.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

She is a great, caring, very intelligent doctor. Her fellow was very good as well. I would go to her as well.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

I was surprised when Dr. Thacker gave me very positive bone density comparisons from 2 year scan to current scan. Explained results thoroughly and told me I could go to primary physician and could come back in 2 years to see her instead of annually. I really respect her innovative treatment of my osteoporosis to gain back bone density and her concern that I maintain my gains and prescription and vitamin dosages to accomplish that.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Always a pleasure to see Dr. Thacker every year! She's extremely knowledgeable and answers all my questions. Other staff in her office are always kind and helpful.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2021

Dr Thacker is knowledgeable caring and up to date on treatment

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

I see Dr Thacker every 2 years to follow osteopenia.She is interested in my total care and asks good questions.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Dr Thacker is such a great physician, I would recommend her to everyone!

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2021

Dr Thacker is amazing- she listens And is very smart and knows so much. One amazing doctor who has helped me so much through menopause- above incredible person and doctor- she cares and is kind and positive and just a a delight to visit. She works so very hard- top doctor at the clinic without a doubt!

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

My drive time is at least 6 hours.I try to see both doctors the same day.It's changeling.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

My doctors always see me.I've been a patient since 1980.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

My doctors Dr. Thacker and Dr. Poulson are the best!

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Dr. Cochrane was wonderful, patient and listened. Dr. Thacker I felt was in a rush to get through the routine questions and prescribe. Me, being new to this part of my life needed a little more patience and attention. I also felt she spoke down to the fellow regarding the fellow's diagnosis with me as well. I understand she is in demand but I left feeling confused.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2021

Dr Thacker seemed rushed and I thought I was there for an exam and was told she doesn't do that. I got what I came fir you start back in hormones, but many ??? Left unanswered.

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2021

Dr thackers fellow spent time with me, but again unanswered ??? I asked three times for a referral to a dermatologist for hair loss and did not get one.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Thought I was getting a Pap smear by Dr. Thacker. Things changed. I have the book another day for that.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

I think she was very good as a doctor she was concerned and knew exactly what she is doing ,only thing is I did not get to ask any questions because I think she is very busy and my appointment felt rushed . But I will definitely co.e back to her because she is very good at her research. I just hope next visit I get more time to ask questions to her.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

I went in because I was confused about continuing medications or not. Please tell Dr Thacker that the information she shared with me was very helpful, she took away my worries, and she has made my life better. I plan to have follow-ups with telehealth.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

Rhonda, who schedules for Dr. Thacker is exceptional. She huddled the patients' schedules with multiple CCF appointmentsAnd makes it seem easy. She is polite, caring and always smiling.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

All physicians should aspire to practice like Dr. Thacker. She has prevented and stopped a negative clinical outcome for me. She is a great listener, explains things well, and then jumps into action. She monitored me along the way. And I am in awe of how thorough she is.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

Awesome doctor and staff in their office

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Dr. Thacker is an excellent Doctor. I really trust her as a professional.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2021

Dr Thacker took so much time with me and explained her concerns. Very kind and compassionate

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Love this doctor

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr. Thacker was very relaxed, listened and provided feedback, insight and information. She helped more with Hashimoto's than my internist and endocrinologist ever have.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Could not connect virtually with Dr. Thacker. Not her fault though. Service late in the day? We both tried, but she ended up calling me back after we lost the connection.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Both Doctors were kind and thorough, it was refreshing that they took the time needed to help with my symptoms and diagnosis. They came highly recommended and did not disappoint

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