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Kim L. Stearns M.D. is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon.
He specializes in Sports Medicine and Adult Reconstruction. Dr. Stearns is a
1985 graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. He has been employed by the
Cleveland Clinic since 2006. He is Board Certified by the American Board of
Dr. Stearns is a Team
Orthopedic Surgeon for the Cleveland Indians and Head Team Physician for the
Lake County Captains. He is a consultant for the World Wrestling Entertainment,
Cleveland Playhouse, Live Nation Entertainment and the Rockettes. He is a
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Northeast Ohio Medical University as
well as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of
Joint Replacement of the hip and knee, reconstructive surgery of the knee, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder; sports medicine
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