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 5/7/2020, 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.

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* 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

293 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 5

82 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

The Doc is the best

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Dr Richter is the most empathetic and professional doctors at the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

Good job Dr. Richter!

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

I always look forward to my appointments with Dr. Richter

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

The doctor was knowledgeable and also very personable!

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

I liked the Doctor, they listened and were very helpful

Reviewed on May 7, 2020

Dr Richter is a wonderful doctor. Realistic, down to earth/approachable and easily explains things, treats efficiently but in caring manner

Reviewed on May 7, 2020

Dr. Richter is just an all around great doctor! She's genuine and engaging! AND SHE DOESN'T RUSH THROUGH THE APPOINTMENT!!! I just really like her!

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2020

Great Doctor, listens and advises well.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2020

Dr even on vacation gets back to you quickly with any concerns and recommendations she has for you!

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

I observed a tight connection between Physical Therapy, Doctors, and Nurses within the Orthopedic area. The PT called the doctor for me, and the nurse came over in person to talk with me. I was shocked at the extent of their professionalism and caring. They were all very busy, but they still made time for me. I could tell this was their normal way of operating and caring for patients.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Dr.Richter is wonderful! Great bedside manner, very knowledgeable, truly cares! I wouldn't want to see anyone else. She goes the extra mile.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Dr. Reitcher is a wonderful caring physician. she is thorough and professional. She is a first rate doctor. I would give her an A+++++

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Dr Richter and her MA, Amy, make an excellent team! They made me feel at ease and confident in their care.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Dr. Richter is by far one of the best doctor I have seen at the Cleveland Clinic. She advised me on one of my first visit if I could not get any early appointment to email. Which I did because I was in so much pain. She could have been any more professional and patient with me as a patience. Cleveland Clinic is very lucky to have her on their staff. And us as patients are lucky that we have her.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

great doctor, great staff.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

She is one of the most caring Doctors that I have had in your organization!

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

Dr. Richter is wonderful. She takes all the time you need to discuss your problem. I will definitely keep Dr. Richter for any future needs that I might have.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Dr. Richter always takes the time necessary to meet with the patient.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

I felt my concerns and care received by the doctor was professionally handled and enough information was given to give me a very good overview on my condition.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

I found Dr. Kelly Richter to be personable, sincere and informative.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Dr. Richter was awesome. I felt she really cared.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

So appreciative to *Dr. Harhay for recommending to *Dr. Richter for my orthopaedic needs - a very thorough doctor, covering all bases and very easy to talk to. Very concerned for my well being. GREAT DOCTOR!!

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

provider was easy to talk to and so friendly. she didn't rush me at all and took her time with me

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

my visit with Dr. Richter was one of the best experiences with the position she is an excellent very professional. Patient. Great communicator. Understood my needs and my expectations.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Dr. Kelly Richter is an exceptional doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr. Richter is easy to talk to and is a concerned doctor for her patients. Always feel better when I walk out of her office.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr Richter is terrific. she explains everything in terms I can understand and is very patient.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Dr. Richter was excellent and helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Amy is very friendly. Dr. Richter is a wonderful doctor. Takes time to explain, answer my questions, and make me feel at ease.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

I would recommend Dr Richter to all my family and friends. She is professional, as well personable, friendly, and funny. Dr Richer definitely enjoys what she does. Give her a raise!

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Dr Richter is one of a kind she puts you at ease and takes the time to explain everything. Her nurse is courteous and also makes you feel at ease

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Richter spent a lot of time examing me and discussing the results and treatment options. she did an outstanding job. the Clinic is fortunate ti have a person of her caliber on staff. I would not hesitate to recommend her.

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