Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Euclid Medical Office
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Euclid Medical Office
Primary Location

Euclid Medical Office

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Care of the Young Athlete
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Cartilage Transplantation
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Ligament Reconstruction Of The Knee
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Patello-femoral Knee Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Pathology
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 23 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • ACL Injury
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis and the Golfer
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Broken Bones
  • Bursitis
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries In Athletes
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Sports Injuries
View all 19 Specialties +


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About James Williams, Jr., MD

James Williams, MD, joined Cleveland Clinic in 1995. He is a member of the Center for Sports Health. Dr. Williams is the Assistant Chief of Surgery at Euclid Hospital and the Director of Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic Surgery at Euclid Hospital.

Dr. Williams has specialized expertise in the diagnosis and management of sports injuries, arthroscopic shoulder, elbow and knee surgery, cartilage restoration, and patello-femoral surgery.

Dr. Williams’ research focus has been on shoulder instability, the development of new techniques for the treatment of knee injuries and the prevention of sports injuries.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Residency - Rhode Island Hospital
Orthopaedic Surgery
Providence, RI USA

Internship - Rhode Island Hospital
Providence, RI USA

Medical Education - University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Rochester, NY USA

Graduate School - University of Massachusetts
Sports Management
Amherst, MA USA

Undergraduate - Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT USA

Professional Highlights

  • Assistant Team Physician, Cleveland Indians
  • Consultant, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Team Physician, John Carroll University


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Specialty Interests

Sports Medicine, Surgery of the Knee, Shoulder and Elbow, Arthroscopy, Cartilage Repair and Transplantation


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/7/2020, Dr. Williams, Jr. 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

179 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

that's my guy great doctor really for his patients

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

The office is managed very proficiently. Dr Williams is caring and professional. I was seen when my appointment was scheduled. Very pleased with this Dr and office

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

I have recommended Dr Williams to many friends and family

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Dr. Williams was wonderful from our initial meeting, to the surgery, to the follow up. I am extremely pleased with the way I was treated, explained things, and with the surgery and follow up. I give him 6 stars out of 5.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2020

I would recommend Dr. Williams, his team and my physical therapy team 1,000%

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Dr Williams is the best surgeon ever. a wonderful combination of skill and kindness. you don't get that too often. thanks

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

Dr. Williams and his staff are amazing. He walked me through everything and I felt as though i was his only patient.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Dr. Williams made time to see me very quickly. He understood my concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

dr Williams is fantastic in every respect - he is knowledgeable, communicative, caring and puts patient and parents at ease

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Dr. Williams always explains every step and listens to what your concerns are.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Dr. Williams took the time to thoroughly explain my MRI and X-ray results to me and examine BOTH of my knees! He listened to my concerns, answered my questions, did a pretty thorough exam, and asked what I think were very pertinent questions. He provided exceptional care!

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Dr William's was AWESOME as usual. I'm concerned that my knee injections might be scheduled with his PA from now on. I wouldn't be happy with that and would most likely change providers. I drive 5 hrs one way to to see my MD, not his PA.

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Dr. williams is awesome

Reviewed on May 15, 2020

Dr. williams was very professional and pleasant to talk with, as he has been every time I have consulted him for the past 10 years.

Reviewed on May 6, 2020

DR Williams was up to date on all my PT therapy & provided info on next steps to take.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Dr. Williams and his nurse are great. Other than the two of them my entire experience with the orthopedic area of Cleveland Clinic - at all facilities has been not good. That includes all the other doctors, physician assistants and some of the PT.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

*Dr. Williams is awesome.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

doc Williams is great!

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

I enjoyed Dr. Williams very much! Straight and to the point!!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Dr. Williams is the best. He inspired a lot of confidence by being very detailed about what he planned to do in the surgery. He was so gentle when handling my son's painful knee.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

I truly respect Dr. Williams and his staff. He is very personal and shows genuine concern.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

I had very good experience with Dr. Williams and his staff. They took a lot of time with me and made me feel very comfortable.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

Dr. Williams was fantastic. He was very detailed, caring and provided a lot of information and support to me.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

I have recommended Dr. Williams to other patients.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

I have confidence in Dr. Williams.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

I have been a patient of Dr. Williams for many years. He is one of my favorite Care Providers.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

dr Williams seemed to not be prepared for my appointment and I believe was under the impression that I just had surgery recently when in fact it has been almost 5 years since surgery so my current complaint of pain in shoulder was not addressed properly

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2019

Very happy with Dr.Williams and his staff

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

dr Williams is a great surgeon and care provider, but the front desk receptionists could care less, I feel.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2019

Dr Williams was excellent

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

Dr. Williams is an amazing doctor, I am so blessed to have had him do my shoulder surgery!!

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