Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Mentor Medical Office Building
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Hip & Knee Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Replacement
  • Joint Replacement Of The Knee
  • Knee Arthroplasty
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Total Hip And Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
View all 15 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Problems
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
View all 10 Specialties +


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About Robert Nickodem, MD

Robert J. Nickodem, Jr., MD has a staff physician appointment in the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic since 2012.

Dr. Nickodem graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.  He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Illinois. He is certified in orthopaedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  He serves on the Medical Executive Committee at Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital and the Local Advisory Board for Breckenridge Village.

He practices general orthopaedics with special interests in adult primary total hip and total knee replacement and knee arthroscopy.  He sees patients at both the Cleveland Clinic Mentor Medical Office Building and the Cleveland Clinic Euclid Medical Office Building.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Loyola University Affiliated Hospitals
Orthopaedic Surgery
Chicago, IL USA

Medical Education - Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC USA

Undergraduate - Georgetown University
Washington, DC USA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/11/2019, Dr. Nickodem 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

304 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
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

I can't say enough good things about Dr Nickodem and his team.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

cared about me as a person. The doctor and his team were outstanding.

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

Dr. Nickodern addressed all my questions and concern. He took the time to explain my condition and answer all my questions. I would highly recommend him - the whole experience was very positive. He went above and beyond - I'm grateful there are Doctors such as him!

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

I was very pleased to get an appointment, within 2 days of asking for one. Dr. Nickodem, presented options to me, that I was not aware of, from my previous provider. RESURFACING. It is an option that I will agree to, when the time comes to resolve my hip pain. Also, PT was offered, which I signed up for, to assist me in keeping the surrounding mucles in shape and to help with my range of motion and leg rotation.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

The nurse and Dr. were very attentive to my concerns and diagnosis.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

i always have a good experience when i see dr.nickodem jr. hes a very good surgeon.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

Dr. Nickodem always makes you feel comfortable and at ease.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

Dr Nickodem is always caring and respectful whenever I see him. He explains things very well, and listens well to my concerns

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

Dr. was very pleasant and helpful in my decisionmaking. He explained things no one else had ever told me. Very pleased with my visit.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

The services provided are always timely, staff is courteous and professional. Dr. Nicodem and his staff are always derailed, professional and takes the time to explain things to me.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

Dr. Nicodem is always very good at explaining what's going on with my condition and explains my treatment options and always leaves the final decision to me.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Staff is pleasant and efficient. Dr. Nickodem is professional and caring.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

Dr. is the BEST!

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2019

I have already recommended Dr. Nickodem and his staff to others needing joint replacement.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr. Nickodem for 3 or 4 years and have found him and his team to be very capable and responsive.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2018

Good experience for a doctor's visit

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2018

The doctor did not choose to follow standard protocol for my condition and gave me two options for care, both of which were not possible as I cannot take an extended leave from my work. He did not listen to any questions or concerns that I had. It was a take it or leave it option with him...he has a GOD complex and should not be allowed anywhere near live patients.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

I am very happy with the progress I have made with the help of Dr. Nickodem.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

Moved from NC to Ohio in March and my knee was greatly bothering me on and off. I saw Dr Nickodem 20+ years ago and knew he was a good doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2018

I waited in line to ask a question and the desk assistant was quite Kurt about saying "standing over there" . coming from the provider care part of the building, it was not clear where I was supposed to stand?

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

Staff does work to accommodate scheduling. They are courteous and take the time to find the time that works for the doctor as well as my schedule. I am having a difficult time scheduling with RA doctor since my doctor left the clinic. There seems to be a shortage of RA doctors in Lake County. I can't travel to Cleveland so it is difficult. Finally found an appointment in December that will be at Hillcrest. Thank you

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

The doctor provided excellent care and advice.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2018

When I visited this physician office, he spoke to me in a manner in which I did not feel important. After my test was completed, I had to call the office twice after a week of waiting for the results to post under my chart. It was not until a wait period of 4 days after the phone call that my results were posted. Not one person from the office nor the doctor tried to reach me regarding the results of my result test.

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