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Title President, Hillcrest Hospital
Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Sports Medicine Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthroscopy
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • Joint Replacement
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Partial Knee Replacement
  • Sports Medicine
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 12 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Meniscal Tears
  • Sports Injuries
View all 10 Specialties +
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Biography

About Richard Parker, MD

Richard D. Parker, MD, is President of Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest and Eastern Region Hospitals. He has dedicated his practice to the field of sports medicine, sports-related injuries and arthroscopic knee surgery.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopic Association of North America and the International Society of Arthroscopic, Knee and Sports Medicine.

Dr. Parker is Head Team Physician for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. Dr. Parker is a national and international presenter and has written more than 200 publications.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
1993

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Orthopaedic Specialty Hospital
Sports Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT USA
1987

Residency - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1986

Internship - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Flexible
Cleveland, OH USA
1982

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA
1981

Undergraduate - Walsh University
Chemistry
North Canton, OH USA
1978

Professional Highlights

  • Recipient of the Kappa Delta Donor Vaugh Award 2013
  • Head Team Physician, Cleveland Cavaliers, 2000-Present

Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Specialty Interests

Sports medicine, athletic knee injury, knee surgery, knee arthroscopic surgery, knee cartilage injuries, knee ligament injuries

Awards & Honors

  • Cleveland's Best Doctors, 2008-2015
  • Certificate of Subspecialization is Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Surgery, 2007-Present

Innovations & Patents

  • Recipient of the Cleveland Clinic Innovations Award 2012-2013

Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
  • American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
  • Herodicus Society
  • Cleveland Academy of Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Richard Parker, 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 11/19/2023, Dr. Parker has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Parker serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Miach Medical Innovation, Inc. 

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

84 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
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

15 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

Dr Parker has been an excellent provider from pre to post surgery. He took the time to listen to my questions and educate me on what to expect. I also received excellent care at hillcrest.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2024

Dr. Parker did a great job with my knee replacement. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of his orthopedic specialty. Five stars across the board!!

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Doctor Parker and he team have directed me on many occasions.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Dr Parker gave very thorough explanations. He listened and responded to all our questions. He made us feel very comfortable and cared for.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Best Doctor ever! Cleveland Clinic is so lucky to have him

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

Dr Parker is the best

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2023

I am fortunate to have such a professional, elite care and concern as Dr. Parker and Bridget. Cleveland clinic is the gold standard of health care and Dr. Parker and Bridget are their crown jewels.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Dr. Parker is an outstanding physician. He is knowledgeable, attentive, thorough, and easily accessible.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr.Parker, being the "head" of CC's Orthopedics, was kind enough to see me on two visits. Understanding his demanding schedule, his time was greatly appreciated.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

I am lucky to have Dr. Parker as my physician. His PA is excellent also.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2023

Dr Parker is an amazing!

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

I am fortunate to have such a caring and skilled physician Cleveland clinic is the gold standard of health care

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Dr Parker has always provided me with the highest level of care and concern during the 20+ years he has attended to my knee problems. He always gives me his undivided attention and straight answers to my questions. His level of care is the highest I could ever ask for.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

From checking in at front desk thru meeting with Dr Parker I was treated with the greatest level of concern for my issue.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

I found Dr. Parker to be one of the most educative, respectful, engaged, responsive positions that I have had at the clinic. He's calm manner and willingness to educate thoroughly and respond to all questions is fabulous. He is a gem..

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