Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English, French, Tamil
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Amputation
  • Arthritis, Surgical And Non Surgical Treatment
  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Benign Soft Tissue Tumor Surgery
  • Biopsy, Musculoskeletal System
  • Bone Grafting
  • Clinical Trials
  • Deformity Correction
  • Elbow Joint Replacement
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Hand and Arm Reconstruction
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Joint Replacement
  • Ligament Reconstruction Of The Knee
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Non Operative Treatment Of Arthritis, Fractures, Sprains And General Orthopaedics
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Fracture Treatment
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Shoulder Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Sports Safety
  • Steroid Injections
  • Surgery
  • Tendon Reconstruction
  • Trauma Treatment
View all 41 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • ACL Injury
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Arthritis
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome
  • Biceps Tendon Injuries
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Broken Bones
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Concussions, Pediatric
  • Congenital Hand Differences
  • DeQuervain's Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Elbow Arthritis
  • Elbow Instability
  • Elbow Pain & Injury
  • Elbow Problems
  • Fractures
  • Fractures Of The Hand
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Problems
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Internal Derangement of the Knee
  • Joint Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries In Athletes
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Nerve Compression of the Hand
  • Neuropathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Repetitive Stress Disorders of the Hand and Arm
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Deformity
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Fractures
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Infection
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Intra-Articular Injury
  • Shoulder Osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Paralysis
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Shoulder Sprain/Strain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Fractures
  • Swimmer's Shoulder
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Upper Extremity Disorders
View all 71 Specialties +


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About Vani Sabesan, MD

Dr. Vani J Sabesan is a distinguished orthopedic surgeon with a strong academiccareer.   She came to us here in Florida from Detroit, Michigan whereshe served as program director for the Orthopaedic Surgery resident program atBeaumont/Wayne State University.  She is an associate professor inOrthopaedic Surgery with a subspecialty in Sports Medicine andShoulder/Elbow& Upper Extremity surgery. Dr. Sabesan recently joined the Cleveland Clinic but previously served as fulltime faculty at Wayne State University, Western Michigan University School ofMedicine and Michigan State University. She is a board certified by ABOS.

Dr. Vani J. Sabesan received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicineand completed her orthopaedic surgery residency training at Duke UniversityMedical Center. She received her fellowship training in Shoulder and ElbowSurgery at the Cleveland Clinic, in addition to completing a Doris DukeClinical Research Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University ofIowa.

Dr. Sabesan was a founding member of WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine where she servedas the chair of the musculoskeletal course at the medical school and co-chairof the next US Bone and Joint Initiative program to improve musculoskeletaleducation in medical schools. Dr. Sabesan is a young female leader inOrthopaedics and has served on a number of regional and national committeesincluding the Michigan Orthopedic Society, Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society(RJOS), Mid America Orthopaedic Society, and American Orthopedic Association(AOA) Emerging Leader’s program. Dr. Sabesan’s commitment to service extendsbeyond her role as female faculty member through her national work with Women’sLeadership programs, RJOS, and medical mission work. Dr. Sabesan’scontributions to the peer reviewed literature with over 40 publications demonstratesher continued commitment to excellence in clinical and biomechanical researchspecifically in the area of shoulder arthroplasty. She lectures both nationally and internationally in herarea of expertise. Dr. Sabesan has received numerous honorsincluding the RJOS travelling fellowship, MidAmerica Orthopaedic Associationtraveling fellowship, OREF Clinician Scientist grant, American OrthopaedicAssociation’s Leadership Fellows Program and awarded the Doris Duke ClinicalResearch Fellowship. Outside of her academic activities, Dr. Sabesan has runover 20 marathons and completed an Ironman.

Dr. Sabesan’s clinical practice is focused on shoulder, elbow, hand andsports medicine problems, and her primary interest is in the management ofcomplex shoulder and elbow problems in joint replacement, rotator cuff tears,elbow trauma, sports injuries and revision shoulder surgeries. Her practicealso focuses on the female athletes and women’s bone health.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Duke University Medical Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
Durham, NC USA

Medical School - Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN USA

Undergraduate - Duke University
Durham, NC USA

Professional Highlights

  • Program Director, Associate Professor. Faculty at Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University.
  • Dr. Vani J. Sabesan received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her orthopaedic surgery residency training at Duke University Medical Center. She received her fellowship training in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, in addition to completing a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Iowa.
  • Dr. Sabesan’s contribution to the peer reviewed literature, with over 40 publications, demonstrates her continued commitment to excellence in clinical and biomechanical research and innovation specifically in the area of shoulder arthroplasty, cost and patient outcomes.  Dr. lectures both nationally and internationally in her area of expertise.


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Shoulder, Elbow, Hand problems and injuries, Upper extremity sport or trauma, Shoulder and elbow arthritis, Fractures, Sports-related Injuries, Innovative Technology and Computer Simulation, Women's Sports Medicine, Bone Health, Fractures of the Hand, Hand and Arm Reconstruction, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Hand and Wrist Arthritis, Hand Related Sports Injuries, Nerve Compression of the Hand, Repetitive Stress Disorders of the Hand and Arm, Upper extremity, Wrist Disorders, and Distal Radius

Awards & Honors

  • Numerous honors and awards - Fellow of American Shoulder and Elbow Society, RJOS traveling fellowship, MidAmerica Orthopaedic Association traveling fellowship, OREF Clinician Scientist grant, OREF Rockwood Shoulder Grant, AMA Young Leadership Fellow, American Orthopaedic Association’s Leadership Fellows Program and the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship.

Innovations & Patents

  • Shoulder simulation software


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Shoulder and Elbow Society, American Orthopaedic Association, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, FORUM (Orthopaedic Sports Medicine/UE) Fellowship Trained Women Surgeons). Midamerica Orthopaedic Association, Michigan Orthopaedic Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons- Political Ambassador, US Bone and Joint Initiative, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Piedmont Society,  AMA.

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 4/25/2017, Dr. Sabesan 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.

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

  • Exactech, 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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

225 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.3
Time Spent with Patient 4.5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

16 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2018

Not a pleasant experience. Dr Sabesan walked in the room whom I had never met before and asked me which finger is the problem. she didn't introduce herself and pretty abrupt. Not impressed with the care provided by her. Her PA John was better than the doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2018

Dr Sabesan performed Surgery on my elbow and did a radial head replacement. She is an Outstanding Dr and has a Excellent Staff... She is Very "One on One" with her Patient's and their Care. Thank you Dr Sabesan for All you did for me....

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018

The doctor seemed very rushed. I didn't think she spent enough time talking with me. I had to ask her to repeat the information twice because she was speeding through everything. Not the kind of care I'm used to having at Cleveland Clinic. She seemed knowledgeable, just overwhelmed with patients.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

Dr Sabesan very very good. Great job

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2018

I felt the doctor didn't think my injury was a big deal.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

Dr. and her staff were siper good with me and always very professional. The surgery process was easy and simple, I am still under her care.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2018

The way the Doctor explained things with regard what was going on with my shoulder/ upper arm was easily understood from a laymen's' point of view { mine]. She was helpful and answered all of my questions. Personally would give The Doctor the highest compliments I can.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2018

Dr. Sabesan is wonderful. I was first seen by one of the fellows and then Dr. Sabesan came in and was very knowledgeable and caring. She was able to diagnose the cause of my hand pain and saw the inflammation and arthritis What I love is she didn't insist on Xrays or MRI which would have given me radiation and been expensive. Another thing hat impressed me was she said she heard turmeric would be good. Turmeric is well researched as an anti inflammatory. She gave me a script for an anti inflammatory med - which so far hasn't made me sick - suggested a splint brace which I am in the process of getting and physical therapy - the soonest I could get was this coming Tuesday for the initial consultation. She will be my new orthopedic surgeon.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2018

I had another question after Dr left, she came back to me when she was done with her next patient

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2018

Very impressed with how this place operates. Obviously the process was well thought out and to make it work, the right staff was brought in. The Dr was very professional and approachable, listened and immediately conveyed a planned approach to resolving my issue.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2018

she is an amazing doctor and

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2018

*Dr. Sabesan was very friendly, professional and always kept me informed.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

Dr Sabesian's incisive appraisal of my condition provided a non-surgical approach that seems to be resolving significant pain and movement limitations to within functional and tolerable levels. I am optimistic about continued improvement.

Reviewed on May 25, 2018

Doctor and nurse were both great, took time, listened.

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

my 1st Cleveland Clinic experience ... although I hope it is to be the last for quite some time I am not sorry for choosing you over other care providers in my plantation area ... definitely I made the right choice

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2018

I would like to have discussed follow-up care more thoroughly. I still don't know how I'm going to manage many aspects of post operative care for myself.

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