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Rita Pappas, MD

Rita Pappas, MD
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Department Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
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Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


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Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Pediatric Asthma
  • Pediatric Bronchiolitis
  • Pediatric Cellulitis
  • Pediatric Dehydration
  • Pediatric Diabetes Mellitus
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Urinary Tract Infection
  • Skin Problems in Children
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About Rita Pappas, MD

Rita M. Pappas, MD, FAAP, FHM is the Medical Director, Hospital Operations within the Division of Medical Operations at the Cleveland Clinic. She has direct oversight of the following areas within Hospital Operations: Admission and Transfer Center (Main Campus, 9 regional hospitals, and Florida) and Bed Management. Dr. Rita Pappas is a Staff physician in the Department of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine, located on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. She was appointed in 2004.

Dr. Rita Pappas has been appointed as a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and Society of Hospital Medicine. She is board-certified in Pediatrics. She currently serves as a member of the Corporate Compliance Committee, and Strategic Space Committee. Her specialty interests include medical operations, patient flow, pediatric hospitalist medicine, residency education, patient safety, and care paths.

She is committed to family-centered care and is a physician leader in family-centered rounds - listed as a "Best Practice" by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Since 2007, she has been awarded the recognition as a physician recognized in Best Doctors in America. Dr. Rita Pappas participates readily in resident education and medical education at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She is a co-investigator of the 4 year grant from the Macy Foundation (Interprofessional Learning Exchange in Practice) to refine, implement and test a scalable model for interprofessional clinical education. She is also the coach for the ACGME Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments Grant for the Cleveland Clinic.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Rainbow, Babies & Childrens University Hospitals
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Wright State University School of Medicine
Dayton, OH USA

Undergraduate - Ursuline College
Pepper Pike, OH USA

Additional Training

  • Distinguished Educator Level 1 Certificate
  • "Certificate of Distinguished Development" Graduate Medical Education Program Directors

Professional Highlights

  • Best Doctors in America, 2007-present
  • America's Top Pediatricians, 2007-present
  • Cambridge Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals in Pediatrics, 2007- present
  • Leading in Health Care Participant 2008-2009
  • Chairman's Recognition for Safety Award 2009
  • Scholarship in Teaching Award 2010


  • Pediatrics - Pediatric Hospital Medicine
  • Pediatrics

Specialty Interests

pediatric hospitalist medicine, residency education, patient safety, care paths

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors in America, 2007-present
  • America's Top Pediatricians, 2007 -present
  • Cambridge Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals in Pediatrics, 2007- present
  • REALL Resident Development Award 2008
  • Scholarship in Teaching Award 2010
  • Award of Excellence, World Class Ideas, Cleveland Clinic
  • Children's Hospital No Hit Zone Wish List for Pediatric Patients, Cleveland ClinicResidencyOutstanding Resident Teaching Award, 2003-2004
  • Neonatology Clinical Excellence Award, 2003-2004
  • Science Day Research Project Award, 2004Medical SchoolDepartment of Pediatrics Award, 2001
  • Dr. Roy Arm Scholarship, 1998
  • Chester E. Finn Scholarship, 1997 Undergraduate SchoolSumma Cum Laude, Graduate of Ursuline College
  • National Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau
  • National Collegiate Nursing Award Winner
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation Nursing Education Grant
  • Archbishop Hoban Scholarship
  • Beaumont-Seymour Scholarship


  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Academic Pediatric Association
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors
  • Society of Hospital Medicine
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 10/2/2023, Dr. Pappas 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.

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