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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Orthobiologics
  • Orthopaedics
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • ACL Injury
  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Meniscal Tears
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries In Athletes
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sports Injuries
View all 10 Specialties +
Insurance

Insurance

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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2014

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Sports Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
1991

Residency - University of Pennsylvania
Orthopaedic Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA
1990

Medical Education - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA
1985

Undergraduate - Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ USA
1981

Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Specialty Interests

Sports medicine, knee ligament (ACL) reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery of the knee, evaluation and treatment of sports musculoskeletal injuries

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 6/12/2020, Dr. Spindler 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. Spindler receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • NovoPedics, Inc.
  • Other

Royalty Payments. Dr. Spindler receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • nPhase, Inc.

Right to Future Distribution of Cleveland Clinic Financial Interest. Dr. Spindler may receive future financial benefits from the Cleveland Clinic for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • nPhase, 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

150 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 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

The doctor I saw initially did not realize I had prior major surgery to same knee. Dr. Spindler was very aware of the fact.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Doctor and Assistant both excellent in addressing my issues.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Dr. Spindler is outstanding!

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Dr.Spindler is excellent, very personable

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Dr. Spindler is excellent. He is an excellent surgeon

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

excellent care! I feel very well informed about my injury. Dr. Spindler and his team was very helpful and extremely courteous thus far regarding treatment. First class care!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

From my previous experience with Dr. Spindler in Nashvile, TN back in the 90s, I was very happy to learn that he has brought his skill set and bedside manner to Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Dr Spindler is the absolute best. He is very thorough in his exam and shows the upmost professionalism. He took his time and answered all of my questions. I would recommend him to everyone! His nurse, Dan, also was a pleasure to work with. They both worked together to go above and beyond to make sure I was well taken care of. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

I had a bad experience with my 6-15-20 doctor visit. My knee issues haven't improved since my last visit. I come to visit and tells him how my knee is feeling. He doesnt a physical examination of my left knee. He can tell my knee is still weak and unstable with pain. He gives me a signed letter stating I can return to work on 6/22. The following restrictions apply: he can stand and sit unlimited, limit walking to 1 h per day in 15 mins shifts. This is rite after I informed him that when I stand for 30 mins my knee swells up and I have really terrible pain. I told him with or without the knee brase on I have pain after about 30 mins of standing upright. yes the goal is for me to get healthy so I can return back to work. He seems to not care about my current physical well being. I told him about the sharp pain I experience with every twist or even small movements. I gave them a ca17 form to fill out and they didnt that incorrectly. I call to ask her about it and inform her that I can not stand for 7 hours on a left knee that requires surgery. she told me she has to contact the doctor, all with a attitude with me because I was asking about the paper being filled out incorrectly. she told me" I'm stopping her from contacting him by being on the phone with you". I have the conversation recorded as well. customer service should be better and treated with such.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

Dr.Spindler did not listen to what I told him at all. I explained to him my physical condition. he checked my knee out and told me yes I still have weakness in my left knee along with pain and it being unstable. He gives me a letter stating I can return to work on 6/22. He writes the following restrictions apply: he can stand and sit unlimited, limit walking to 1h per day in 15 min shifts. I informed him my knee swells after 30 mins of standing upright and nothing but pain after from left knee. I will need surgery to fix the issue with my left knee and cant return to work with he stated on January 6th letter I recieved from him. I have not had surgery anywhere else since January 6th till current day. The pain, unstableness and weakness has left my left knee. I'd like to return to work but i dont want to injury my left knee even more by return early when it's not stable enough to do so. its nothing but pain after I stand for 30 mins

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

Dr.Spindler did not listen to me when it comes to my current stat of health. he even told me my knee still had weakness, he did a physical test as well. he noticed pain as well.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

I have highly recommend it will continue to highly recommend Cleveland Clinic and I just have to keep saying especially Dr. Spinnler or even when I had to have the surgery on my breast Cleveland Clinic has been there for me God bless you all!!!

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

Dr. Spindler takes time to answer questions and doesn't make me feel like I'm being rushed out of the office.

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

respectful communication between doctor and other staff members.

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

I have been a patient of Dr Spindler for a few years now. He is a professional and has always treated me well.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2020

dr spindler is great, and I recommend him to many

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Dr. Spindler is awesome

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Dr Spindler is TOP NOTCH and should be teaching a class on bedside manner! not only is he brilliant, but he is caring and supportive AND friendly... a RARE combination to find!!

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

Dr Kurt was wonderful when he was talking me through what he believed was going on with my knee. I immediately got the MRI but we are now a week out and I have yet to hear from him or his nurse to get results and have to wait another week for the follow up which is disheartening since I'm in alot of pain.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

i love this dr...amazing.caring..concerned..very good

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Dr Spindler's excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

I love Dr. Spindler. He always gives me plenty of time, answers my questions, and takes care of my issues while encouraging me. I've referred him to several people.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Since this was an injury we were shocked that it took a week to get in to see the doctor. We trusted the school trainers assessment and therefore did not push for an earlier appointment

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

I have recommended Dr. Spindler to several people. He is one of the best!

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

The Clinic makes it so easy to schedule appointments and tests. Dr. Spindler is WONDERFUL!!

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Dr. Spindler is wonderful!!! He was so compassionate and reassuring!!!

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Dr. Spindler was just amazing. His first concern was to try to alleviate some of my pain. He was very gentle and put me at ease.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Dr Spindler was very caring and compassionate and explained the management of the knee condition very well to me

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