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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

See publications for Kelly Richter, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 5/19/2021, 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

296 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

93 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

I recommend Dr Richter all the time

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Dr. Richter is Marvelous. While very professional, she was also very personable, caring and obviously knows what she is doing and does it well. I came to her on the recommendation of a family member and I will recommend Dr. Richter to others. She is an excellent orthopedic doctor. She made me feel my care was important to her and so was I.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

awesome dr. she was very gentle and caring about my foot pain. my sisters have made appts with her now. she is great

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

I will definitely go back to Dr. Richter if I have a problem. She was great!!!

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Dr. Richter was thorough, professional, respectful as well as kind and compassionate. I had heard very positive things about her prior to my appointment and she met all expectations.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Dr. Richter is outstanding. she spent extended time with realizing the seriousness of our situation. she is caring, understanding, and extremely professional. I would highly recommend her to others.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Love Dr Richter

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Dr. Richter is wonderful!

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

DR Kelly Richter was AWESOME !!!!. took time to explain all pros/cons of treatment . would Highly recommend to others . Very knowledgeable , Very Kind . My whole experience with Dr Richter was very very good !!!!

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

appts with Dr Richter are always a good experience

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

Always receive excellent care from Dr Richter and her assistant!

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

excellent doctor

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

Dr. Richter was excellent. She listened to my concerns and issues and addressed them accordingly. She was pleasant and professional, and I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of an orthopedic doctor. I was impressed by her communication skills and ability to put me at ease during the appointment. She definitely gets an A+ rating from me.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

I'm very pleased with my care provider never had a complaint.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Dr. Richter always takes the time to address my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Always a comforting and great experience with Dr. Richter. She takes the time to answer my questions even if they are repetitive.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

For Dr Richter's practice.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

No doctor has more understanding and empathy.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

Dr Richter was patient with all my questions and thoroughly explained options available to me. I look forward to our partnership in my health journey.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

The only bad experience was trying to get into the Doctor earlier than my scheduled appointment. Which turned out to be okay due to the medicine I was taking at the time I had to wait anyways.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

One of the most informative health experiences and visits to a health provider that I have had.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2021

Dr. Richter is one of the best doctors I've ever had at the Clinic. She cares. She listens. She understands. She explains. She is always able to provide results I need. She's just wonderful!!!

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

My physician was EXCELLENT! Her entire staff were EXCELLENT! It was a very good experience.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

Dr was very compassionate & listened to my description of problem with my shoulder. She never made me feel rushed & took the time to answer all of my questions and gave me options. I'm definitely returning here if the need arises again.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2021

very impressed with how you can get X-rays & they are immediately sent to Dr before you arrive at appointment same day, and LOVE the MyChart.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Dr. Richter is an excellent asset to Cleveland Clinic. knowledgeable, personable, attentive and a true professional.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

My initial appointment with Dr. Richter was scheduled through the Avon Otho Express department and subsequent appointments have been done with ease at the Ortho desk at Strongsville CC, which is a very accommodating and courteous group.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Dr. Richter is one of the best medical people I have ever encountered, and is a caring, interested human being and a brilliant doctor. She obviously enjoys her work and her patients and makes sure we are in contact between appointments when needed. She gives the kind of care and caring that makes her one of the best at one of the world's best hospital systems. I am part of an extended family of medical people, doctors, nurses, even a couple of veterinary professors, and know what good medical care should entail. Dr. Richter is a star.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Dr. Richter is a caring professional doctor who was very helpful to me. She discussed my concerns with me at length and gave me a treatment plan. She is wonderful!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

I'm so blessed Dr. Richter is my Dr. She's such a great Doctor!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Love the care I receive from dr Richter

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Amy and Dr. Richter are so caring and easy to talk to about my concerns. I have recommended her to others.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

Dr Richter is one of the nicest and best doctors I have ever visited.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr Richter is pragmatic and very helpful. I enjoy having her as a doctor

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Dr Richter was an excellent listener and made me feel comfortable

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

I have recommended Dr. Richter to many of my friends!

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

dr richter and her medical assistant Amy. are just the greatest!!!!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Dr. Richter is the BEST! Knowledge, caring, concern for her patients!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

I've already recommended Dr Richter to everyone!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

I like my doctor there. she takes her time with you and is very through

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Dr. Richter and the nurse Amy were both great and I would recommend them to others.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

she is an excellent and caring doctor!

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Dr. Richter is outstanding

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Dr. Richter is a Dr. I would recommend to ALL of my friends and family. She listens and explains our problem so we can understand it. Good Dr,

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Dr Richter is a clinically excellent doctor while also being very compassionate. I truly feel that she cares about me and my well being

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Dr. Richter is a wonderful example of a physician who has truly followed her calling. I'm so grateful for her expertise and great care.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr. Richter's are always an excellent experience with the Clinic. She spends time to explain and never makes you feel like you are taking up her time.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

I wish Dr. R.'s was universal.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

Dr Richter and her assistant Amy are caring, knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. Highly recommend.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

have a very good rapport with Dr Richter. she listens and provides excellent care

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr Richter listened to me! She offered to review an MRI disk I had taken at another facility and called me back that same evening with her analysis. Im so appreciative of her compassion, prompt response back to me and referral to a surgeon. She is wonderful, and I wish to keep her on my CCF Care Team as my Ortho Doctor fior future.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Dr. Richter was excellent and took time necessary to gather information and explain them recommend treatment options.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

great Dr and staff

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

I see Dr. Richter for a chronic condition and each visit she is interested in how I am doing and helpful in improving my quality of life . Offers options and respects my input regarding next steps.

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

All good here. Dr. Richter spent a good deal of time with me, she seemed to listen carefully and demonstrated genuine concern. We also discussed the medical issues and treatment options in detail before settling upon a treatment course of action/plan.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2020

Dr. Richter is one of my very best doctors. She is compassionate, listens, explains any questions, gives me options of carewhen needed. I've had some lung issues and during COVID she has helped me get my injections mostly as first I am not around so many people. I so appreciate her in every way.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Dr Richter is the best!

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

The doctor provided me with multiple treatment options and we discussed each of them. Great!

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Dr. Richter is very good.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

I rated ease of getting care as fair since it is hard to get an appointment with Dr. Richter. Her schedule is full but she is worth the wait.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Dr Richter was very attentive and listened to all my questions and very pleasant.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

Dr. Richter is a very caring individual and understands how to discuss problems with patients.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Dr. Richter is the best! Understanding, caring, goes the extra mile to help!

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

I wouldn't see anyone else! Doctor and her staff are top notch!

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Dr, Richter and her resident were very professional and courteous as well and am glad she was the doctor I chose out of multiple options.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Dr Richter is the best! I came to get shots in my knees and she's the only doctor I've ever seen who can do that without causing pain!! Shes genuinely concerned about her patients!

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Dr. Richter is someone I have referred many of friends to and will always do.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Dr Richter is an excellent, caring and knowledgeable doctor. Options were discussed and she will research more

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

Dr Richter and staff have always been great to work with. Dr Richter has really good patient rapport

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

I recommend Dr. Richter on several occasions. Family members and friends now see her, and all have had the same wonderful, caring experience that she and her staff provide every patient.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Dr Kelly Richter is outstanding

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2020

Dr. Richter has always been respectful, concern with my questions so she at times uses the x-ray or CT to explain an area. She involves me in the discussion of the treatment options but we make the decision together. She will always check that it is my decision. I have recommended her to others. When she enters the exam room she always has a smile on her face & then that little laugh, she brightens my day & probably all her other patients. She is an asset to the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Dr Richter is always attentive, empathetic and professional. she is very approachable and caring

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Dr. Richter is one of my favorite doctors at the Clinic. Everyone is friendly and helpful.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2020

Dr. Richter was very knowledgeable and explained things to me in great detail that I was able to understand. She gave me the best advice regarding my care. It was a pleasure meeting her.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr.Richter is the best! She is very caring, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to you. She truly cares for her patients.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2020

Dr. Richter was too busy to engage in talk. She did exactly what was needed and has saved me from pain.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Dr. Richter is the best!

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

Dr. Richter is an excellent physician and diagnostician. She is thorough in her examination and clearly articulates your issues and the options available. Dr. Richter's approach is friendly and affable. I would rate her as a people person with well honed listening skills which communicate personal interest in the patient's well being. I would highly recommend Dr. Richter to others.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Dr. Richter is amazing. I have recommended her several times to friends and family and will continue to do so. She takes her time and discusses all possible care/treatment options. I never feel rushed and always leave with all my questions answered, concerns addressed and a plan for managing my care.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Great provider. Took lots of time to talk about the reason I sought care.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Dr Richter & Amy are the best!!

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Dr Richter always listens & asks questions about why I came to see her... best Doctor st Strongsville CC!!

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Dr Richter is tremendous. I'd recommend her to all my friends.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr. Richter is the absolute best dr ever. she listens . she is attentive. she is genuine. best dr of any I have ever gone too and that is a few.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr. Richter thoroughly explains my health issues and options for treatment.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

I find Dr. Richter a knowledgeable and caring physician.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr Richter is a very caring person,not just a doctor

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

DR. RICHTER is an excellent provider. WE have had a patient-doctor relationship for over 2+years. She is always willing to listen to my concerns, questions, and values my input. She is always willing to discuss the cause of my problems and the options of treatment available and what option is best for me at present time.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Dr. Richter is the best. Strongsville is not convenient for me, but I go there for Dr. Richter. She's worth it.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

*Dr. Richter is excellent inn every way. She never seems rushed. She listens carefully. She explains things clearly.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

All my doctors are Cleve. Clinic doctors. I do not have complaints about any of them or their staff members.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

the dr is very good very pleasant and very thorough

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