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John Bergfeld, MD


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John Bergfeld, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Location: Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center
Mail Code E21
5555 Transportation Blvd.
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
John Bergfeld, MD
Department: Medical Operations
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code E21
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

John Bergfeld, MD, is the Director of the Operating Room and Senior Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

He served as team physician for the Cleveland Browns from 1976 through 2003 and the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1982 through2003.  Presently, he is consultant surgeon for the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers and team physician for Baldwin Wallace College.

Dr. Bergfeld was elected to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame and designated "Mr. Sports Medicine" in 2009.

Professional Highlights

  • President, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • President, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • President, American College of Sports Medicine
  • President, International Anterior Cruciate Ligament Study Group
  • President, Herodicus Society

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA
Undergraduate - Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA USA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Sports medicine, knee joint disorders, traumatic injuries related to sports activity

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors in America
  • Connelly's America's Best Doctor
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame
  • "Mr. Sports Medicine" 2009
  • Academy of Medicine, Northeast Ohio, John Budd distinguished member award
  • NFL Foundation, distinguished professional career

Additional Training

  • U.S. Navy 1970-1973 (Rank: Commander)


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Orthopedic Association
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • International Anterior Cruciate Ligament Study Group
  • NFL Foundation, distinguished professional career

Treatment & Services

  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • Fracture Care
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Intratympanic Injection
  • Non Operative Treatment Of Arthritis, Fractures, Sprains And General Orthopaedics
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Orthopaedics
  • Prevention And Treatment Of Injuries In The Aging Athlete
  • Rotator Cuff Pathology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Safety
  • Viscosupplementation

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

  • Ankle Instability
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Knee
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Broken Bones
  • Hip Labral Tears
  • Internal Derangement of the Knee
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries In Athletes
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Sports Injuries
  • Upper Extremity Disorders

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 10/11/2016, Dr. Bergfeld 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.

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.

Languages Spoken

  • English