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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 7/8/2021, 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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* 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

236 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 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Dr. Nickodem did NOT rush through the appt.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

This was my first appointment to a Dr for my knee. Dr. Nickodem Was very helpful explaining my X-rays and explaining the potions that I can take.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Doctor was pleasant.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Outstanding Dr.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

I am still amazed at the great job Dr. Nickodem did with my posterior approach left hip replacement. I had been afraid my recovery would be long and painful because I wasn't getting the anterior approach, but everything has been great. Never a great amount of pain. And progress has been rapid.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

I have all ready recommended my dr to a few friends

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

I have been a patient of Dr. Nickodem for many years. He has always treated me with respect and listens to my inquiries with an open mind. He has always offered me alternative solutions to my knee problems. He truly wants the best for my health.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Not the experience I wanted. I felt rushed. Dr. Did not do a complete exams of my knee, was condescending, and short.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

I felt that this caregiver was condescending, not interested in providing me with options, bothered by my questions and concerns, and I felt rushed that he was trying tonget me out as fast as he could. Caregiver did not even examine my knee or do any side of exam on it to try investigate what the problem might be.only looked at an X-ray. I decided after visit to switch to university hospital to an orthopedic doctor because I did not feel I was going to receive adequate care under this caregiver.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

I have given up using your phone appointment process. I have superior results contacting the doctors office direct using My chart

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

Dr. Nikodem was very friendly and answered all of my questions. He also gave me options on how I could proceed.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Since the x-ray didn't show anything serious and diagonastic result. And I am referred to MRI and then referring the case to Dr. Kamport is an excellent step by Dr. Nickodem. Now I am feeling better and have trust on CLEVELAND CLINIC

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

I was very impressed with Dr Nickodem and grateful that I went to him for second opinion. He Is an excellent doctor and would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Very good doctor

Reviewed on May 26, 2021

Dr. Nickodem was terrific. I really liked him and felt confident in choosing him for my care. He is responsive to questions and spoke to me with courtesy.

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Dr. Nickodem was extremely helpful in explaining the different options I have regarding my hip. He answered all my questions, and even addressed concerns I had that I had not mentioned yet. He set out a plan in a clear and concise way. I would highly recommend his care to anyone needing orthopedic care.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Dr. Nickodem and his team always give me their undivided attention and listen to any of my concerns. Great experience on a very rough procedure.

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

The quality of his care is why I have stayed with Dr. Nickodem for more than 25 yrs..

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Dr. Nickodem gives information at a fast pace. I appeeciate his analogies with his medical findings. I have a valued trust in his experience and Ortho knowledge.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

I'm proud of Dr. Nickodem's skills and conceens.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Dr. Nicodem explains things very well. Different options, pros and cons.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Found the doctor and his staff very friendly and professional.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

I felt Dr. Nickodem listened to my concerns regarding current treatment and options down the road.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Dr. Nickodem as well as his nurse, Dan, are very understanding and take the time to answer all questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

I am very pleased with the care I received fir Dr. Nickodem.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2021

I always recommend this Doctor to my friend and family

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

Great doctor. very sincere and thorough. However, he talks fast, and you get the distinct feeling that you should NOT interrupt to ask questions.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Everything went perfectly from making appointment to seeing the doctor. Dr. Nickodem was courteous and professional.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

Getting ready to have a knee replacement, Dr Nickodems team did a great job, Really don,t know how it could be improved..Keep up the good work.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

Dr. Nickodem took the time needed to evaluate my knee problem.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

Scheduling went amazingly well. I was able to see Dr. Nickodem just 24 hours after I sustained my knee injury (torn distal quadriceps tendon).

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

Unfamiliar with Dr. Nickodem personally before this visit, both my wife and I left very impressed with him as a doctor and a person. In the days since that first visit, we've already recommended him to friends with knee ailments.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Dr. Nickodem met me at my level as an intelligent PT and discussed my care approptriately. I think he is AWESOME!

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