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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
  • 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 13 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

See publications for Richard Parker, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 10/10/2022, 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 4.9

22 Patient Comments

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..

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

I understand the complexity of Dr. Parker's schedule and truly appreciate the fact that he had the availability in his schedule to see me.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Dr. Parker and his team have gone above and beyond in their efforts to see and hear' me as a patient.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Dr Parker is excellent, my only hesitation in recommending him would be the wait time for scheduling appointments and follow-ups.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Overall good, hoping the referral Dr doesn't have as much of a delay in scheduling appointments.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Dr Parker is very familiar with my medical history. He has always been concerned and caring and done a magnificent job on my knee replacements!

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2023

I have highly recommended Dr. Parker to everyone I know since he was my son's surgeon in 2017.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr. Parker and his staff are the best the clinic has to offer.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

Dr. Parker and I also communicated by text messaging which aided in setting up the appointment.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2023

Dr Parker is one of the Best!

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2023

Dr. Parker is exceptional. He repaired my ACL in 2006 and has helped me through my present difficulties with kindness and appropriate direction... As my current problems include wanting to remain active, while aging.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

Dr. Parker was excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

Went to Dr Parker for a second opinion, he was excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

I thought Dr. Parker was remarkable. The detail of explanation and willingness to answer all questions, calmly and thoroughly. Providing all possible options. I felt like he was one of the first doctors. I have been to in a while who I felt really made contact with me as a person not just as a patient I would highly recommend Dr. Parker He's exceptional I hope he is bringing along the next generation of healing physicians

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2022

Dr. Parker went above and beyond the call of a physician to help schedule me and see my right away for a sudden onset knee pain. He was so caring and thorough in his exam and work up. I look forward to seeing him again as we work through my issue.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2022

It really was an amazing experience working with Dr. Parker and his office staff.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Excellent with Dr. Parker, very instructive and helpful.

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