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Susan Joy, MD


Susan Joy, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Location: Independence Family Health Center
Mail Code IN10
5001 Rockside Road
Independence, OH 44131
Susan Joy, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Location: Marymount Hospital
12300 McCracken Road
Garfield Heights, OH 44125
Susan Joy, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Location: Lutheran Hospital
Mail Code 6E
1730 W. 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Type of Doctor:
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

Susan Joy, MD, is a sports and exercise medicine physician with Cleveland Clinic Sports Health and is the director of Community Sports Health Network.  She also serves as the Head Team Physician for Cleveland State University and was a recent member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Joy is also a consultant for the Cleveland Cavaliers and is a member of the Cleveland Clinc Concussion Center and the Asthma Center.

Dr. Joy attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine after earning a BA in Chemistry from Amherst College. She completed her residency training in the Department of Family Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland/Case Western Reserve University and received her specialty training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Joy is board-certified in family medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in sports medicine.

Her special interests include sports health for young women and young athletes, comprehensive evaluation and management of stress fractures, medical issues in the athletic population, running injuries, injury prevention, musculoskeletal ultrasound, image-guided injections and medical treatment of osteoarthritis in the athlete's knee.

Professional Highlights

  • Director, Cleveland Clinic Women's Sports Health
  • Member, American Board of Family Medicine, Sports Medicine Examination Committee
  • Member, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Practice and Policy Committee
  • Board of Directors, 2004 – 2008, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • Head Team Physician for Cleveland State University
  • Team Physician for Independence High School
  • Consultant for the Cleveland Cavaliers 

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Primary Care Sports Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Family Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Farmington, CT USA
Undergraduate - Amherst College
Amherst, MA USA


  • Family Medicine
  • Family Medicine- Sports Medicine

Specialty Interests

Sports medicine, women's sports health, comprehensive stress fracture management, medical problems in athletes, pediatric/adolescent athletic injuries, knee osteoarthritis

Awards & Honors

  • Cleveland Magazine, "Best Doctors", 2010-2013
  • Crain's Cleveland Business "40 Under 40", 2006
  • Kiwala Outstanding Clinical Teaching Practice Award, Case Western Reserve University Medical School, 2001
  • Resident Teaching Award, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, 1999


  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Women in Sports and Events, Cleveland

Treatment & Services

  • Care of the Young Athlete
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • Concussion Center
  • Medical Management of Early Osteoarthritis
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Orthopaedics
  • Prevention And Treatment Of Injuries In The Aging Athlete
  • Shock Wave Treatment
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Safety
  • Ultrasound-guided Procedures
  • Viscosupplementation
  • Women's Sports Health

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

  • ACL Injury
  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Instability
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Bursitis
  • Care of the Female Athlete
  • Concussion
  • Concussions
  • Exercise-induced Asthma
  • Foot Injuries
  • Hand Problems
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Leg Pain
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender LGBT Health
  • Medical Problems In Athletes
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries In Athletes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Proper Footwear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tendonitis

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 6/25/2015, Dr. Joy 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

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