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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

  • Care of the Young Athlete
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • Concussion Center
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Joint Injections
  • Management of Sports Concussions
  • Medical Management of Early Osteoarthritis
  • Non-Operative Treatment of Fractures
  • Non-Operative Treatment of Sprains
  • Nonsurgical Treatment of Arthritis
  • Nonsurgical 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 17 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Bursitis
  • Concussion
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • Hand Problems
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Medical Problems in Athletes
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries in Athletes
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
View all 30 Specialties +


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About Kelly Richter, MD

Kelly Richter, MD, became a Staff Physician 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, Nashville, 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

Fellowship - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

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

Medical Education - Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

Undergraduate - Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL


  • 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 7/5/2023, 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

406 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

105 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 20, 2024

Dr. Listens and provides support!

Reviewed on May 16, 2024

Dr. Richter spent a lot of time, talking through the evaluation, needed testing and any questions I had!

Reviewed on May 9, 2024

Exceptional service. The Doctor took the time to discuss possible treatments.

Reviewed on May 7, 2024

Friendly, helpful, informative. One of the best doctors on staff

Reviewed on May 2, 2024

I have again, always been treated very well by the Dr. Very friendly, cheerful and very concerned. Easy to talk to about by aches and pains and comes up with a solution, or at least to lessen the pain issues. Very professional!

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2024

Amazing experience with doctor Richter, she was fun to talk to outside of medical and she took good care of me.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

I highly recommend Dr Richter to anyone I know needing orthopedic services. She is extremely personable and provides excellent treatment to resolve and eliminate my knee pain

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

Dr. Richter has an interest in her patients beyond merely a diagnosis. She cares for the whole person and offers optiions to address whatever problem you have. Personable and easy to talk to, I recommend Dr. Richter highly.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

Amy, Dr Richter's MA facilitated all of my appointment scheduling. She made it super easy & convenient for me

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

Dr Richter is THE BEST!She is compassionate, kind, personal while also efficient, thorough and clinically excellent

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2024

Dr Richter is an outstanding doctor

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2024

Dr. Richter was great!

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2024

Dr Richter is the absolute best!!!!!

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2024

The doctor was excellent.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2024

Dr richter and Amy are always helpful and caring in their delivery . Dr. Was so helpful in helping understand how to select a surgeon for my knee replacements.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2024

Dr. Richter always shows the highest level of professionalism when treating her patients. I believe she Is a great role model for health care providers everywhere, but particularly for Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

I really like Dr. Richter. She is straight to the point and has always got me out of pain.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2024

Dr Kelly Richter is only one of few doctors who I look forward to seeing. She ALWAYS spends time with her patients and I never feel like I'm being rushed out the door.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

Dr. Richter took her time with me and asked questions and researched my health issues as she sat there. Was not in a rush.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2024

Dr Richter is an excellent doctor. She listens, explains things, takes time. I don't feel rushed.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2024

Awesome doctor from every respect!

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2024

Felt very at ease and I was impressed that everything was explained to me in great detail with options available. Dr. Richter is wonderful

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024

Dr. Richter is outstanding. For my health issue, I only trust Dr Richter because I know she will gove me the best care.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

Dr. Richter has always shown great concern for my comfort and mobility with my issues.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

Have always had great service and professional medical care from Dr. Richter and her team.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

Excellent experience. She not only listened to what my concerns were but also educated me about the situation.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Dr Richter ALWAYS takes the time to listen to her patients and, in my experience, never tries to rush through her patients.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

I look forward to going to her because of how she Interacts with me but she is an excellent doctor. She is an asset for Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

Dr Richter listens and hears what you are telling her. She takes the time needed to understand your symptoms and examine you. She is an excellent practitioner. Very happy with her care.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr. Richter was extremely thorough. Never felt rushed, listened to me, took time with me to discuss my Xrays and diagnosis to come up with a treatment plan. Would 100% recommend her to anyone needing an orthopedic physician!

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2024

Dr Richter is the best doctor I've had. Very patient oriented.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

She is excellent

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Dr. Richter and her nurse Amy are excellent providers and an excellent team! Highly recommended.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Once I got in to talk to the doctor, she was wonderful and took her time and explained everything.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Always pleased with my visits to Dr Richter. She was recommended by a neighbor. I travel 50 minutes to go to her even though I live close to CCF Willoughby Hills.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2024

Dr. Richter is Always professional, knowledgeable and caring

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr Richter is very good at explaining what could be done to help me. I feel that she really cares about her patients

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr. Richter is an excellent diagnostician who offers a range of opportunities for addressing a problem. She LISTENS well and ASKS relevant questions. Her methodology offers a comprehensiveness which allows the patient to feel comfortable with a chosen approach to healing. Personally, she is a delightful Individual who cares about her patients.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2023

A very caring doctor and listens and advises. I have been more than satisfied with Dr. Richter over the years.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2023

I hv recommended Dr. Richter to friends & they agree!

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2023

Dr. Richter and Amy are amazing.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2023

Dr Richter is an amazing physician. Always very concerned about my wellbeing.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2023

Love seeing Dr Richter.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2023

Dr. Richter spent some quality time with me discussing my situation, so we could determine the best next steps.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr. Richter is a caring, compassionate and well trained physician. I am very lucky to be her patient. She listened, respected and gave me good advice.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2023

Dr Richter has been really helpful!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr. Richter is knowledgeable and personable. The visit was worth my 35 minute drive from the east side.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

I have recommended Dr Richter to others who now see her as well.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr. Richter called me with feedback information. She is highly professional and personable as well as knowledgable regarding her profession. Just love her!!

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023


Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Dr. Richter is excellent. I recommend her all the time.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Rickter explains everything on my visit! I'm very pleased!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Good, I understood all that Dr. Explained

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

My appointment took a little longer than planned due to have another doctor's fellowship. Regardless, both were thorough and helped me get the care I needed.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

I love Dr. Richter. She is very upbeat, friendly and explains everything very thoroughly. She takes her time with me, answering all my questions. I couldn't ask for morel

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Very satisfied with provider approach and professionalism. Attentive and respectful to listen to my concerns.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Dr.Richter is fabulous

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr Richter provided professional, compassionate, exceptional care for me and my injured knee. She was innovative in searching for a solution to this problem. Excellent care!

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

I will tell everyone I know about Dr Richter and the Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Dr. Richter is an asset to the CCF, if she ever leaves, I will find another ortho at another facility/ She is kind and gentle with these old bones!

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Dr Richter provides excellent care and insightful discussion

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Dr Richter takes the time needed to understand my concerns. I don't feel rushed.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr Richter is an excellent physician. She is professional, knowledgeable and very personable. She's plain speaking, patient and explains things well. The cortisone injection I received from her has alleviated most of my pain. I am so pleased.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Again, Dr Richter is top- notch. So pleased and grateful for her care.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

I would highly recommend Dr. Richter. She really cares about her patient's needs.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Dr. Richter always professional and thorough. She recalls previous treatment, outcome and together determines appropriate treatment. Patient always part of final decision making and no particular procedure, etc. Is pushed upon patient. Patient understands all available treatments and results thus, able to make Informative decision regarding treatment.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

I have referred others to Dr. Richter because she is brilliant in her field, extremely caring about the patient, listens, and presents all options for care. She is also just a very kind and nice human being.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr. Kelly went above and beyond. She was wonderful, it's a shame she works so far away from where I live.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr. Richter is an excellent physician. She is caring, professional and provides a full explanation of the treatment. I would recommend her highly.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

Excellent provider!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

My Dr is wonderful

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr Kelly Richter sets the standard for insightful and compassionate care

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr. Richter is caring, compassionate, professional and knowledgable. I would recommend her to anyone seeking Orthopedic services.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr Richter is amazing. She is very knowledgeable about my knee pain and orthopedic issues. She is a great listener and is very supportive. She was very Informative about my situation and had great recommendations for my care. I highly recommend Dr Richter

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr. Richter is by far one of the best medical practitioners I've ever seen in 69 years. She spent more than adequate time with me, wasn't rushed, made eye-contact instead of only looking at the computer screen, was thorough about asking me questions about my symptoms, listened and heard what I was saying, and followed up with a phone call when I had another questions after the appointment. She was creative with coming up with solutions to my problems.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Actually listened to my babbling. Most doctors just pooh pooh me, which is why I don't go to doctors if at all possible

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Dr Richter is amazing. Always looking out for my best interests.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr. Richter listens and cares about the patient and their problem. I recommend her to everyone.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr Richter is one of the best doctors at Cleveland Clinic--gives excellent care

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2023

Great doctor

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Dr Richter was thorough in getting my background and genuinely concerned about me and my care. Was very impressed with her knowledge, professionalism and caring attitude .

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

I literally walked out of the appointment so optimistic about returning to my usual daily exercise. The doctor explained my condition very well and gave me several suggestions of things I can do to further improve my mobility!

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Dr. Richter is an excellent, thoughtful and kind professional. I'm grateful for her care!

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

I liked Dr. Richter very much. She and her student were very respectful and spent time figuring out my issue.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr Richter is an outstanding physician

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

Dr. Richter is the most empathetic doctor I have ever met. She is extremely patient and takes her time to decide what plan might be best for you, but with your input. She takes into consideration that the patient knows their body and illnesses and she listens. Dr. Richter has helped me so much so that I'm out of pain and able to walk. I've only had two visits, last one being an emergency, and I truly wish all of my doctors and specialists could have her personality, empathy, understanding and knowledge. Thank you Dr. Richter for all you have already done for me.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Dr. Richter and her assistant Amy are always highly courteous & very professional. I couldn't possibly ask for better.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

I always feel that Dr.Richter cares about me as a whole person.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

The doctor was very knowledgeable And professional Answered all of questions I felt relaxed and sure of her knowledge.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr. Richert was wonderful. She spent a lot of time with me. She explained results of my test and answered many questions in-depth so I understood each one. I highly recommend her. Her kindness and personality are extraordinary.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

I have recommended my doctor and Cleveland Clinic because of the concern they show and the excellent care they provide

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Staff works extremely well together. I have recommended the Cleveland Clinic and my doctor

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

I would highly recommend Dr. Richter to anyone who needs a Dr. For their Orthopedic needs!

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

I have recommended Dr Richter several times because of the outstanding Care prover that she is. Always listens to my concerns and gives honest and helpful options for treatment and what to expect. If she felt I needed to see another Doctor for treatment she has always made very good recommendations.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

Dr Richter really listened to me and explain everything thoroughly. She was wonderful at alleviating my worries!

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

I highly recommend Dr. Richter. She's a human doctor with a lot of knowledge and the skills to make you understand what is wrong and your options for treatment.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2023

Dr. Richter is an outstanding doctor! She listens!

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2023

Kelly was fantastic in checking out my injury and made me feel much better with the information she provided.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2023

I have referred her. She is the best!

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2023

Dr. Richter is an extremely caring and explains my situation and alternatives extremely well. At some point I will need to go to a surgeon form the knee replacements. Leaving Dr. Richter will be hard for me. She is an incredibly physician.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Dr. Richter was professional, personable and took the time to listen and explained things thoroughly. I felt like I was in exceptional hands with her.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr Richter is always very thorough and responsive to my questions and concerns

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr. Richter and Amy(nurse) are true professionals! Excellent bed side manner. Couldn't be happier with the service. Not just with the last visit but the previous 3 years too!

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

I would strongly recommend Dr. Richter to anyone needing orthopedic care.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr. Richter is one of my favorite Doctors, she is very professional but at the same time very personable. She provides all the time necessary to address my medical issues and explains everything very well. I feel very comfortable in her hands for my physical well being.

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