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 7/3/2018, 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

257 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
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

34 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019

I very much appreciate Dr.Williams's attentiveness, concern and care for my health.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019

Fantastic experience. I would recommend this provider to my own family.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

Doctor Williams took the time to answer all my questions and a very friendly and thorough manner.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

Dr Williams is the BEST! He's personable, quick and accurate too! Gave me an injection into shoulder that would hurt if not done just right. It did not hurt and he is one good doctor!

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

Dr Williams is an amazing person and doctor and empathetic to what patients going through. expert advice and knowledge. He fantasic!

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

I felt that Dr. Williams was probably having a bad day when I saw him. I have seen him in the past and he has taken as much time as necessary to thoroughly explain and answer any questions I had. On this day, he seemed to be in a hurry, and never gave a good answer to my questions. I left feeling that he had not listened to me at all. However, I followed the visit with an email a week later and was pleased to receive a phone call directly from Dr. Williams where he answered my questions quite completely and left me feeling that he was genuinely concerned for my future health. Overall, I have been VERY please with Dr. Williams, with the exception of this one office visit.

Reviewed on May 10, 2019

Over the course of treatment for this particular medical concern, I have been very pleased with Dr. Williams and his staff. I felt everyone was polite, respected me as a person, and professional. Each staff member that I dealt with was very helpful and friendly.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr Williams is a caring and kind man. He goes the distance to make sure that you are being taken care of. I wish there were more doctors like him.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr Williams is an Outstanding Dr. He always provides the Care and Treatment I need for my knees!He supports my choices, he listens to my concerns, and gives great medical advice for as long as he has been my medical / treatment provider. Thank You for Always taking Good Care of Me!!!

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

Dr Williams is the best doctor and surgeon I've ever had! I can't tell you enough that he's changed my life! The only doctor that knew what was wrong with my legs and knees. His staff as well are wonderful! His PA Alan has taken care of me as well and they both are a perfect team! I have a long recovery but with all of there help I know I will be better just takes time.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

I would not ever go to this Dr again. He was rude, insulting and degrading, He misdiagnosed my problem and was going to send me to PT for bursitis. I am now seeing a UH physician who took his time, listened and gave me a diagnosis which was not arm/shoulder related but it is my neck. Was treated in a hurry and I felt like he was dismissing me and my concerns, questions and worries. Never again!!

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

The provider was very kind, courteous and thorough. He seemed to genuinely care about my care and comfort.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

Dr. James Williams was the one who cared the most and went out of his way to help me when I needed him on short notice.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

Dr. Williams is an exemplary surgeon and he is also very caring.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

Dr. Williams is a very highly respected doctor, and cares a lot about getting his patients together!

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

Dr Williams exceeded any expectation I had of an Ortho provider.He is skilled, knowledgeable, relatable, with a warm yet professional demeanor.I trust his advice and will comply with his advice in hopes of best outcome for my R shoulder.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2019

Dr. Williams seems to care about his patients, and is attentive to their descriptions.....I wish more doctors would take the time to listen to the patient.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

If Dr. Williams had listened to me and my concerns sooner, I could have avoided a year of pain and suffering and an unnecessary surgery. If not for his PA Alan, I doubt he would have taken me or my input seriously.

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2019

Dr Williams and his staff was very professional and kind.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

Dr Williams is a great Doctor. He is always very concerned, spends lots of time explaining and takes a real interest in your care and you as a person. There are not alot of Drs who give such wonderful care. I highly recommend him and will continue to see him my care.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2018

Dr. Williams and his staff are always very polite, and respectful, very thorough. I have recommended Dr. Williams, to many friends and co workers.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

Dr. Williams is excellent

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2018

Dr. Williams listened to what I had to say and answered my questions directly and to the point. He did so with a sense of humor as well as what seemed to be a genuine concern for me as a person.There was ample opportunity to ask for clarification of things I didn't understand and additional questions.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

I highly recommend Dr. Williams to anyone, and the staff at Euclid Hospital has always treated me with respect and they care about people too!

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

Dr. Williams is one of the best doctors I have ever dealt with! He listens and explains and takes the time to answer all my questions. His office staff go above and beyond. A pleasure to deal with.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018

I arrived early and it was very good timing from the time I Checked in tell the time I seen my doctor

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2018

Dr. Williams seemed genuinely concerned about my care in the future

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2018

I have been a patient of Dr. Williams for about 15 years. He has performed 3 separate sports surgeries on me, and in my opinion is one of the best doctors/surgeons in his field in the country. Through the years his staff has always been extremely helpful and professional to me. I can't say enough good things about his whole team.!!

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018

Dr. Williams gave me good information and expert advise. He was so caring and positive. He is a wonderful surgeon and caregiver.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018

The wait times in Dr. Williams office were minimal. The office is beautiful and calming. the staff is friendly and efficient. The Doctor and medical staff are outstanding!

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018

Doctor Williams is the best. I will recommend him to everyone that needs an opinion or surgeon.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2018

I would recommend this doctor to anyone! He's well educated in his field, highly respected,and the staff in the office are very kind and respectful.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2018

waiting time great. not long to see a doctor, especially when you like him, respects, answers concerns, takes his time. love the view.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2018

waiting time is wonderful. great to go see doctor and not have to wait over hour. waiting time is super fast. love it

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