Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Partial Knee Replacement
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • 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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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


Education & Fellowships

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

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

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

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

Undergraduate - Walsh University
North Canton, OH USA

Professional Highlights

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


  • 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


  • 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

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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 10/9/2018, 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.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Parker receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Zimmer, 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

131 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 5
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Dr Parker was very attentive and listened and explained issues and options very well

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

*Dr. Parker is a true professional & a very kind, considerate physician. I would recommend him to everyone I know who needs an orthopedic physician.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Dr. Parker went above and beyond taking outstanding care of me throughout my pre- and post-surgical experience!

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

Dr. Parker and all of his staff were very informative and professional.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

doctor Parker is a great doctor

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

Dr Parker and his team are excellent!

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

I love Dr Parker--he gets t0 the truth

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

DR Parker gave me back my years in Law Enforcement, twice. DR Parker also restored my mobility and made it possible to live an active life. DR Parker has been my "go to guy" since 2004. He is up front with all aspects before and after my surgeries. I trust DR Parker, a great surgeon, and a super person !

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Dr Parker is excellent.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Dr. Parker went out of his way to accommodate my appointment, which was VERY much appreciated!

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

Dr. Parker is a kind and brilliant clinician who listens to all concerns and answers all questions thoroughly.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

This is my 3rd time for an ACL surgery with Dr. Parker and his team. They are some of the best health care specialists I have ever had.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Dr. Parker as always was wonderful and apologized repeatedly for the long delay I experienced in seeing him. I assume somehow I was lost in the "process" for 3 hours.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Dr. Parker and Bridget are the top very very best I cannot say enough about either

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Dr. parker is very down to earth and kind! His PA, Bridget Mansel is amazing too!!!!!

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Dr. Parker did an excellent job explaining everything throughout the entire process

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

I always have a great experience when I see Dr. Parker

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

I have recommended dr. parker to others.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Dr Parker is an amazing practitioner! skilled, personable, funny, brilliant

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

I wasn't scheduled till August 29, Dr Parker personally fitted me into his schedule July 8. he is a very busy man and a gifted doctor and surgeon but he did this for me. it would have been a problem with workers Comp but he did it

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

I keep pushing very good but there is no other answer I can give u than that. Dr Parker, his PA Bridget and staff r great

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr. Parker and his assistant were excellent in their approach to determine what is wrong with my knee after my surgery a 1 1/2 performed by Morgan Jones he was referred to me as a second opinion doctor. I am looking forward to get better with him.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr. Parker and his assistant were very concerned about my situation and order an MRI to better determine his approach as of what is the best treatment for my knee.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

i have recommended CC and Dr Parker to several friends.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr. Parker asked questions to better understand my ailment. He completed an exam, reviewed my MRI notes and notes from referring physician. He laced out options asked how I would like to proceed. He was deliberate in not over promising. He instilled confidence

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Dr. Parker is an excellent doctor with extraordinary bedside manner.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

Dr.Parker and his entire team listened to all of my concerns before my knee replacement surgery especially about my reactions to the medications given during surgery. I believe that my excellent recovery had a lot to do with their active listen to my concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

I felt respected and listened to with Dr. Parker. Greatly appreciated his time and feel confident in care

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

Rick Parker is an incredible physician and care giver. the Cleveland Clinic is fortunate to have him

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Dr. Parker and staff went out their way to get me a quick appointment and treatment as I was at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Therapy Center that day.I very much appreciated the timely immediate care.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Dr Parker is professional, thorough, and kind. He always made sure I understood my plan of care. He explained my postoperative progress, and plans completely.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Wonderful team work between all staff, Doctor Parker, Bridgette the Physician Assistant, and nurses always worked together for my care.

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