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

Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Care of the Young Athlete
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • Concussion Center
  • Concussion Evaluation & Testing
  • Concussion Evaluation and Testing
  • Fracture Care
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Injections
  • Medical Orthopaedics
  • Musculoskeletal Treatment For Joint Pain
  • Nonsurgical Orthopedics
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatric Fracture Treatment
  • Prevention And Treatment Of Injuries In The Aging Athlete
  • Second Opinion
  • Shock Wave Treatment
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Safety
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 21 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Bursitis
  • Concussion
  • Concussions
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • Hand Problems
  • Heel Spurs
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow
  • Medical Problems In Athletes
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries In Athletes
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains
  • Stress Fractures
  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
View all 41 Specialties +


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About Richard Figler, MD

Richard A. Figler, MD, is a staff physician in the Center for Sports Health and Co-Medical Director of the Concussion Center. He is also Team Physician for Solon High School and John Carroll University. Dr. Figler is board-certified in family medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Sports Medicine
Greenville, NC USA

Residency - Pitt County Memorial Hospital
Family Medicine
Greenville, NC USA

Internship - Pitt County Memorial Hospital
Family Medicine
Greenville, NC USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA


  • Family Medicine
  • Family Medicine - Sports Medicine

Specialty Interests

Sports medicine, acute and chronic sports related injuries, pediatric and adolescent sports-related injuries, medical problems in athletes

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/18/2018, Dr. Figler 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

203 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

52 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

dr Figler is the best

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Dr. Figler was the greatest doctor I have ever seen. He was extremely attentive and helpful with all my questions. I am so grateful!

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Dr. Figler is so good with people! He explains everything he is saying/doing thoroughly.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

first time seeing Dr. Figler and he reviewed x-rays with me and explained options. Great experience.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

my family has been going to Dr Figler for the past 11 years. He is our first choice for anything orthopedic/sports medicine.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Dr Figler is just wonderful. gets to the heart of the diagnosis and orders appropriate treatment. that is why we come from Dayton to see him.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2020

Dr. Figer genuinely cares about my well-being, appreciates that I face daily thigh pain/knee discoloration and occupational/recreational challenges, is highly detail-oriented and is clearly a seasoned expert in his field. Most importantly, he looks at patients on a case-by-case basis and never generalizes. I'm grateful to have found him!

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr. Figler is great, wonderful caring Dr. I would never go to anyone else. I would recommend him to anyone who would need his services.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

i have been seeing Dr Figler for a year and a half about my right knee pain. X-rays were ordered at first but no other test was taken until last week. i have complained about pain the entire time, Dr Figler suggested Physical Theraphy over and over even though it wasnt helping. i tried to get a 2nd cortisone shot earlier this month and he refused and tried to get me to go back to physical therapy. i refused so he finally said i could get an MRI. When my results came back i had a partial tear in my ACL, a partial tear in my meniscus, no cartilage between my bones with significant bone bruising. He said he was surprised that i had so many issues in the knee. i think his care was substandard to make me wait a year and a half before more tests were taken and only then because i refused more physical therapy. He is now hand picking my surgeon and i have misgivings on his recommendation since he was so wrong on my diagnosis.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

My son, a physician, recommended Dr. Figler to me, and I have recommended Dr. Figler to many people, all of whom were very pleased with his treatment.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr Figlar is amazing! and he talked to a 16 year old in a way he understood

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

dr Figler is an amazing compassionate physician! he's kept me in one piece for years

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Admen Staff, Health Care and Dr Figler.... highly Professional.Dr Figler talks to me long enough.. to help me understood... not to push the envelope at this time for Knee injection sad I just received a Kidney Transplant 5/5/20.

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

the phone conversation was good...dr FIGLER is a very warm & friendly & caring doctor!!!

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

excellent, caring doctor. informative snd helpful

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

The concussion specialist and the doctor both are amazing. We will recommend them to everyone

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2020

it's about trust, demeanor, and experience when it comes to the care of the patient's perception of their care provider. I respect Dr Figler's treatment plan!

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2020

Dr Figler reached out to me by phone after i was not able to connect with clinic

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Dr. Figler was very patient in explaining things to me and his knowledge was incredible! I felt very reassured that I was being well taken care of. Thank you!

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Dr Figler is a true professional in his work but also a caring person. I would recommend him to all my friends and family

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Dr. Figler is one of the best doctors I have encountered in my 5+ decades of life. He is a great diagnostician who is kind and thorough in explanations, answering questions, and offering options.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

I will continue to recommend Dr. Figler!

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Dr Figler and his nursing staff are excellent care givers one large reason of my continued engagement w CLE Clinic

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

have often recommended Dr Figler to friends

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Dr. Figler has always been amazing!

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

the doctors assistant was particularly helpful. I very much appreciate her suggesting I shop for shoes at Second Sole. They helped me tremendously

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

phenomenal doctor and team! I would recommend him over any other concussion doctor out there. He took an amazing amount of time with my daughter and was very thorough along with us making sure we understood the care plan.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

Dr Figler is always attentive. His office does get behind sometimes because he takes his time to explain diagnosis and treatment options. i will always come to him for care

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Dr. Figler is a great doctor. He's good-humored, honest, and highly recommended.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Dr.Figler is great

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

Excellent doctor, already recommended to another family member.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

Already recommended doctor and PT staff as well

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Dr. Figler is a phenomenal doctor and I know I'm in the best hands . He explains things very well and doesn't make me feel like we have to rush so he can get to his next patient. Im very hopeful that Dr. Figler is going to help me more than any other doctor has.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

*Dr. Figler was excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

We were very thankful to see *Dr. Figler.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Dr. Figler is amazing in his knowledge as a doctor! He listens well. I only had problem sometimes hearing him as he is rather soft spoken and speaks quite quickly. But he got me to thee best PT person I've ever worked with and insisted I see one before he would even consider giving me an injection for my hip! turns out after months in therapy, i don't feel the need for either injection or surgery at this time! amazing. Dr. figler mentions using My Chart but he doesn't seem to respond very quickly. my question isn't terribly important and i felt badly writing to him but he'd told me to anytime. I'm sure i'll hear from him at some time. He is a good doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Dr. Figler was kind, thorough and spent a lot of time asking questions and really listening to me. He is really trying to help me become pain free. I really appreciate the time and effort he has exhibited to my care.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

I understand Dr Figler is head of concussion & as such felt fortunate to schedule with him. but my sons appt was at 8:40 & he was NOT seen by Figler until 11:20! that is completely unacceptable & shows no respect or concert or others time. I had to leave for a meeting that I had already pushed back bc of his delay & was unable to stay for remainder of visit. my son said Figler literally gave him 5min, cleared him & walked out. at no point did he apologize nor did anyone come to tell us of a delay & or give us the option to reschedule had we known of a 3hoyr delay. let me also mention my son missed a futhe entire am of school, an exam that needed to be made up & I do NOT see why 2 nurses & an assistant had to come in take vitals & ask same questions. completely disappointed with this last visit. waited 3 hours for nothing

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Dr. Figler is a wonderful doctor. He is very concerned about his patient and is so kind to each one. He takes time and explains what the problem is and what needs to be done. I am very pleased with him and his staff.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

we have recommended dr Figler to friends

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Dr. Figler was excellent as usual! I have recommended him to several friends!

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Dr. Figler's assistant scheduled our appointment promptly

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Dr. Figler is the best. He his patience is beyond amazing and he makes every patient feel understood and cared for.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Dr. Figler is very busy - that's not his fault - however when the earliest date for a painful condition is over a month away, it makes for a very painful long month of waiting.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

dr. figler really understood the problem

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

never return phone calls. could not talk to a doctor for 5 weeks

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

provider apologized for the mess up and was very nice

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

excellent experience with Dr Figler although II have known him for about a year I have found him to be caring and insightful - fully trust him with my care and recommend him to others

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

have recommended Dr Figler to several friends

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

the intern spent the most time with me. Dr Figler spent 15 minutes with me. I was in waiting room from 1:00 to 2:00. Appointment was 1:25. Didn't get out of clinic until 3:30.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

dr. figler is an excellent doctor. he has treated my son for concussions and me for shoulder injury. he always provides the best of care.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Dr. Figler was excellent.

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