Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Strongsville Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Strongsville Family Health Center
Primary Location

Strongsville Family Health Center

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Care of the Young Athlete
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • Concussion Center
  • Joint Injections
  • Management Of Sports Concussions
  • Medical Management of Early Osteoarthritis
  • Non Operative Treatment Of Arthritis, Fractures, Sprains And General Orthopaedics
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Orthopaedics
  • Prevention And Treatment Of Injuries In The Aging Athlete
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Safety
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Women's Sports Health
View all 15 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Bursitis
  • Concussion
  • Concussions
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • Hand Problems
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow
  • Medical Problems In Athletes
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries In Athletes
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
View all 32 Specialties +


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About Kelly Richter, MD

Kelly Richter, MD, became a Staff Physician in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2003. She sees patients at the Cleveland Clinic Strongsville Family Health & Surgery Center.

Before coming to Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Richter was Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics and Internal Medicine, and she was a team physician at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Additionally, she has served as team physician for Belmont University, Nasvhille, Tenn.

She is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics, and she has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine.

Dr. Richter is a member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Richter’s specialty interests include pediatric orthopaedics and sports medicine.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Sports Medicine
Nashville, TN USA

Fellowship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN USA

Residency - Indiana University School of Medicine
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
Indianapolis, IN USA

Medical Education - Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN USA

Undergraduate - Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL USA


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - Sports Medicine

Specialty Interests

Non-operative Sports Medicine, Acute and Chronic Sports Related Injuries

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 6/10/2019, Dr. Richter 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

341 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
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

92 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

I really like Dr. Richter. she was so personable as well as profession. a definite plus for Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

long wait to see dr.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

exceptional care provider.....

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Dr. Richter is a real likable she is very thorough and thoughtful..

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

The Clinic needs more providers like Dr Richter!

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

care provider was excellent

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Excellent appointment and doctor

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Excellent physician ans services.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr. Richter asked several questions and let me explain the issues I had with my hip. Personable and also very thorough during my exam. Also went over in detail the results of her exam and analysis of the x-ray. I have recommended her and the Clinic to others.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

this doctor takes time to really listen. She is very pleasant and caring, and knows what she is talking about. I wouldn't go to anyone else.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Dr. Richter is an outstanding doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Dr. Richter is the only doctor I consider when I have problems with my legs or feet.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Dr. Richter is phenomenal! Her bedside manner was unlike almost any other doctor I've encountered, as she took ample time to listen to my concerns and come up with a plan. She provided excellent care and help.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

one of my very best doctors. always puts your health concerns at such a caring and helpful level.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

doctor Richter and her office are always very helpful and courteous.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

Dr Richter went above and beyond to try and accommodate me regarding my treatment and the timeliness of my granddaughters wedding. she is my idea of a perfect to talk with and compassionate

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Dr. Richtner is a wonderful doctor. She is so sweet and always listens to your concerns. She explains any procedures in great detail. I feel so comfortable in asking her questions. She goes above and beyond with her patients, and I have recommended her to many friends.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

I have recommended Dr. Richter to several others, and they love the care she and her staff give them.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Very good experience. The doctor was vey thorough.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Really liked the doctor. very smart and personable!

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Dr. Richter's professionalism and warm personality is always evident.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

*Dr. Richter is the most caring doctor I have ever met.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

good doctor, pleased with her treatment

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

I felt Dr. Richter did an excellent job. And I Felt she took enough time with me which I find unusual. I enjoyed meeting her

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Kelly is one of my favorite doctors and one if my favorite people!

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Super impressed! Great Dr. very thorough!

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Excellent working relations between Dr. Richter and nurse.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

Dr. Richter is amazing! I have complete confidence in her. she has helped me so much!

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Dr Richter always takes time to listen to me and explain answers to questions I have.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Love Dr. Richter! Her attention to and knowledge of my problem set my mind at ease.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Dr. Richter listens to my concerns and responds to them. She thoroughly explains all procedures. She is very pleasant.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

experience with Dr. Richter is always a good one

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

unfortunately Dr Richter is very popular so getting an appointment when you want one is difficult, but I understand the reason and just go with what I can get.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Dr Richter actually asks which area of the knee you would prefer to have the shot. Amazing, never happened to me before and probably won't with any other doc.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019

I could tell he was working with Dr. Reichter, listened, explained everything. Exam was verbal, and hands on. Good eye contact.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

Dr. Richter is a wonderful physician. she made me feel comfortable from the start. She listened to my concerns and offered several techniques to lead to a resolution. She even took cost of these techniques into my concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

dr listened to my concerns & explained everything in a way I could understand

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

I would recommend Dr. Richter to anyone I know. She is an excellent Dr. who i feel cares for her patients like you rarely find anymore.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

Dr. Richter makes me feel confident that I am receiving the best care available.

Reviewed on May 31, 2019

Dr Richter is an outstanding care provider. Always listens. Takes the necessary time. Provides clear explanations.

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

I was very impressed with Dr Richter! She listened to my concerns, showed compassion and thoroughly explained a treatment plan.

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Dr. Richter is terrific. I should have listened to her and got the cortisone shot and maybe following up to schedule that. I will take her advice regarding Ueflexxa shots.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Good experience with Dr. Richter's assisting Doc. He examined my knee, explained the procedure, and administered the injection.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

I will recommend Dr. Richter.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

Dr.Richter is a comassionate, caring, knowledgeable, and friendly physician. She is a model for doctors.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

DR. Richter was very conscientious about cleanliness.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

she is an awesome Doctor. she takes her time to listen

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

My first visit with Dr Richter - she advised a course of treatment and the side effects that it may have on my blood sugars.

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

I actually thought I would have to go outside of Cleveland Clinic for my Ortho needs but after my visit with Dr. Richter I felt reassured of the service that can be provided. I recently had a fall where I injured my knee so if I continue with the discomfort I will schedule with Dr. Richter for a knee visit.

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

Dr Richter is always thoughtful and empathetic when treating my knee pain. always listens and never rushes me

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

if i could give a 10 to dr kelly richter, i would. she is wonderful!

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Ability of getting an appointment when wanted - Dr. Richter is a very good doctor and seems like a lot of folks need and like her. Appointments are not available for weeks.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

loved the Dr.. not the wait time without someone checking back with me.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

I will recommend the Dr. after I explain the other issues.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Dr Richter has always went above and beyond to assist me.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

doctor Richter is very thorough and personable. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Dr Richter is very professional and very concerned and helpful when I have had appts with her over the past several months for various orthopedic issues. she is very easy to talk with about my issues and does not rush thru the visit. in addition to actual face to face visits, she is accessible via email and she always replies as quickly as possible. I would recommend her highly .

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

Its was a good experience meeting Dr.Ritcher.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

Dr. Richter is the most compassionate doctor I have ever experienced.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2019

Dr Richter is the only doc who has EVER asked me where I wanted the shot placed. I was amazed and didn't know what to say, but I'm used to it now and have an answer for her.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Only giving Dr. Richter a 5 does her complete injustice. There really is no number that would accurately measure what a wonderful, caring physician she is.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

I usually expect a "brisk 15 minute let's get the job done" manner and was pleasantly surprised by the doctor's calm, competent, and yet very personable demeanor.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2019

Dr. Richter was instrumental in getting my injury diagnosed quickly and in making arrangements to set up an appointment with a surgeon. I am very pleased and grateful!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

Dr. Richter is always pleasant and offers information about my problem. She spends time and I feel is a caring doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

Kelly Richter and her resident were both great. Dr Richter was the perfect combination of professional/efficient and compassionate/friendly.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

Dr Richter is very informative, personable and professional!

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

Very pleased with everything Kelly is a very good doctor more than happy about everything about her excellent

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

Dr Richter is thorough and realistic and gets to the point. I don't need to be put thru unnecessary tests or other doctors.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

Dr Richter is a life saver. Her staff and rotating physician are great!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

Dr Richter is a wonderful physician a great communicator and very empathetic.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

Dr. Richter has very good bedside manner. She listened well. At one point she wasn't sure about something and went to consult with another Doctor. I appreciated her attention. I will definitely recommend her to others

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019

I have recommend *Dr. Richter to many, many friends!

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2019

Dr Richter was great! She explained everything very thoroughly and gave me different options.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019

Dr.Richter is a caring and kind physician who takes the time to listen to all concerns and questions and and fully answers any concerns and questions. She is so very easy to talk to.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019

Dr Richter and her assistant were wonderful. They put me at ease, answered all questions and explained all procedures very well. I would highly recommend her!

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019

very good, dr richter and staff always do a good job, attentive and efficient!

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

Dr Kelly is one of my favorite healthcare professionals that I deal with. She is totally down to earth and truly cares about me as a person as well as a patient. She takes the time to sit face to face (not staring at a screen) and discuss my condition, listens intently to my complaints and suggests treatment giving me the control of what treatment I choose.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2018

I have full confidence in Dr. Richter. Very caring and concerned.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2018

The doctor is friendly and caring and concerned about my condition.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

Dr Richter discussed several options with me and carefully explained each one.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2018

Dr. Richter was excellent. She took the time to thoroughly examine me and explain my diagnosis. She was very personable. I would recommend her to anyone I know.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2018

Dr. Richter is very thorough and takes time to answer questions, explain things, and address all of my concerns.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2018

The doctor always spends a lot of time with me explaining and and answering questions.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018

excellent visit!! Dr. Richter is always concerned and knowledgeable. A warm and friendly person.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018

Dr. Richter and her staff are always kind, caring and efficient.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018

depends on how long you have to wait, and I will wait for this provider since she is very good....some times only 15 minute wait and other times longer

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2018

Have been seeing Dr. Richter for a chronic condition. Over many years while I am quite bored with myself, she treats me with interest and concern for more than just my medical state everytime. I know she gives me more time than her schedule allows, because she really cares about me. So blessed to have had Dr. Richter and Amy her MA to take such good care of me over the years.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

loved Dr. Richter very caring!!!

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

I had an appointment at 9:00 a.m. and was taken into the exam room at 9:00 a.m. then proceeded to wait one half hour for the doctor. Upon opening the door and inquiring where Dr. Richter was I was told she was with another patient and indicated that if I couldn't wait I could always make another appointment. If that's the attitude of her staff or others within the Clinic then why should a patient make and appointment. An appointment to me mean for a specific time, understanding if one has to wait 10 minutes or so - fine. But, not a half hour simply sitting in the exam room waiting and not one having the decency to let the patient know. I like Dr. Richter very much and have recommended her to others and they too like her. But a half hour wait for a SCHEDULED appointment is not acceptable.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

Dr. Richter is the Best.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2018

Dr. Richter was the most personable doctor I have ever been to- so easy to talk to and displayed genuine concern about my issue.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2018

Dr. Ritcher takes the time to explain things, listens, makes you feel like a person not a number. she is a total professional, and more doctors should be like her. I have already referred other people to her.

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