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Rick Figler, MD
Dr. Figler was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. He attended Case Western Reserve University where he lettered in both basketball and football and was deeply involved in the school’s athletic training program. After graduating from Case Western Reserve’s Medical school, he moved to North Carolina to complete his residency in family medicine at East Carolina University. After residency he was hired on as Staff at East Carolina and subsequently completed his Sports Medicine fellowship in 2003. He stayed on as faculty and was named the Director of Procedural Skills for the Family Medicine Residency, was the Assistant Fellowship Director for Primary Care Sports Medicine and also served as one of East Carolina University’s team physicians until 2006 when he was lured back to Cleveland, Ohio and joined the Primary Care Sports Medicine Staff at Cleveland Clinic in the Department of Orthopedics. Shortly after his return to Cleveland, he became the Primary Care Sports Medicine physician for the Cleveland Browns for three seasons.
Dr. Figler currently is the Team Physician for Solon High School and John Carroll University and the Assistant Fellowship Director for Primary Care Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. He also serves as a consultant to the Cleveland Cavaliers. His practice currently includes evaluation and management of acute and chronic sports related injuries in athletes and active individuals both young and old, and is heavily weighted in the evaluation and management of concussions. He has been involved in concussion management in a variety of sports, including the recreational, high school, college, and professional levels, for thirteen years.
Dr. Figler has given numerous educational lectures on concussions, as well as a variety of other topics, at the local, regional, and national levels. He is actively involved in research with colleagues at the Lerner Research Institute and Neurological Institute in implementing new technological advances in concussion diagnosis and treatment. The most recent research includes the development and employment of an application for the Apple Ipad which collects data at the point of injury and subsequent follow up visits to assure the safe return of the athlete back to play. As part of his lead clinical position at the Cleveland Clinic Concussion Center, he has been working with colleagues from multiple subspecialties to implement a concussion care pathway which will improve the evaluation, education, and management of the concussed athlete.
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