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Department Infectious Disease
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Infectious Disease Consultation
  • Infectious Disease Treatment
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Bone Infection
  • General Infectious Diseases
  • Joint Infection
  • Prosthetic Joint Infections
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About Steven Schmitt, MD

Steven K. Schmitt, MD, FIDSA, FACP is a Staff Physician in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Schmitt was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Haverford College in 1982 and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1988. He completed his specialty training in internal medicine and his subspecialty training in infectious diseases at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Schmitt subsequently joined the staff of the Department of Infectious Disease at Cleveland Clinic. He is the Head of the Section of Bone and Joint Infections and Vice Chair of the Medicine Institute for Professional Staff Affairs.  He is physician lead for physician onboarding at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Schmitt is a Past President of the Infectious Diseases Society of Ohio. He was elected as a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2007. He has served on the Board of State and Regional Infectious Diseases Societies and currently serves as Chair of the Clinical Affairs Committee and the Value of Infectious Diseases Specialists Task Force of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He serves in an advisory capacity for the Ohio Department of Health on infection-related hospital quality measures, emerging infections, and bioterrorism preparedness.

Dr Schmitt’s clinical and research interests rest in bone and joint infections and healthcare value.  In addition, he is frequently invited to lecture on infections of bones and joints and community-acquired pneumonia.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Infectious Disease
Cleveland, OH

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH

Medical Education - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate - Haverford College
Haverford, PA

Additional Training

  • Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America Training Course in Hospital Epidemiology.
  • AMA Basic Disaster Life Support Course
  • Comet Human Research Training Course
  • Leading in Health Care Course

Professional Highlights

  • President, Infectious Diseases Society of Ohio, 2002-2004
  • Board of State and Regional Societies, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2004-2007
  • Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2006
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2010
  • Chair, Clinical Affairs Committee, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2011-present.
  • Vice president, Musculoskeletal Infection Society, 2013-present.


  • Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine

Specialty Interests

prosthetic joint infectionsseptic arthritisosteomyelitis

Awards & Honors

  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation Quest for Quality Award, 2003
  • Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2006
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2010
  • Best Doctors in Cleveland, Cleveland Magazine, 2008-13


  • American Medical Association
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Infectious Diseases Society of Ohio
  • Academy of Medicine of Cleveland/Northeast Ohio Medical Association
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

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 6/30/2024, Dr. Schmitt 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Schmitt serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America

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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

41 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

5 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 31, 2024

Dr Schmitt is fantastic

Reviewed on May 3, 2024

Dr Schmitt's office personnel is top notch, they are very aware when I call the office of what I need answers about anything

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2024

Dr Schmitt and the CC staff are phenomenal!

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr. Schmitt was very cordial and asked several questions about my general health and discussed all relevant issues pertaining to my upcoming surgery. Very good visit

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

All of the people with whom I come into contact when I visit the Cleveland Clinic are very courteous and helpful. Dr. Schmitt is a wonderful physician. He is an attentive listener and a good communicator in general. I am confident that I am receiving the very best medical care from him.

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