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James Sferra, MD


James Sferra, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A40
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
James Sferra, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Location: Independence Family Health Center
Mail Code A40
5001 Rockside Road
Independence, OH 44131
James Sferra, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Location: Beachwood Family Health Center
Mail Code A40
26900 Cedar Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

James Sferra, MD, has been on Staff in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic since 1993. Dr. Sferra’s practice is limited to pathology of the foot and ankle region. His interests include sports medicine, fractures, bunion and lesser toe deformities and occupational injuries.

Dr. Sferra is an active member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society along with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has served on AOFAS committees and has given graduate medical education courses on behalf of the AOFAS and AAOS.

Dr. Sferra has numerous publications in orthopaedic peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to a multitude of textbooks. He serves as a reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, and editor for Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery, Journal for Prosthetics and Orthotics and the American Journal of Orthopaedics.

Professional Highlights

Distinguished Orthopaedic Resident's Teaching Award, 2002-2003

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Medical College of Wisconsin
Foot & Ankle Surgery
Milwaukee, WI USA
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Surgical Internship
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - Medical College of Ohio at Toledo
Toledo, OH USA
Undergraduate - John Carroll University
University Heights, OH USA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Foot and ankle reconstructive surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Best Docs, Cleveland Magazine Top Docs


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • North American Foot and Ankle Association
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
  • Cleveland Orthopaedic Society

Treatment & Services

  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Bunion Surgery
  • Conservative Treatment of the Foot
  • Flatfoot Reconstruction
  • Foot And Ankle Fusions
  • Foot and Ankle Reconstruction
  • Foot Surgery
  • Forefoot Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Heel Injections
  • Reconstructive Foot And Ankle Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Surgery Foot And Ankle
  • Surgical Treatment of the Foot
  • Tendon Reconstruction
  • Viscosupplementation

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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. The 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, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 7/15/2014, Dr. Sferra 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 the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Sferra receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Acumed, LLC
  • Tornier, Inc.

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

  • Tornier, 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.

Languages Spoken

  • English