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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Beachwood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Beachwood Family Health Center
Primary Location

Beachwood Family Health Center


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Ankle Reconstructive Surgery
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Arthritis Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery
  • Bunion Surgery
  • Flatfoot Reconstruction
  • Foot and Ankle Fusions
  • Foot Reconstructive Surgery
  • Foot Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Joint Replacement
  • Nonsurgical Treatment of Arthritis
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Tendon Reconstruction
  • Total Ankle Replacement
View all 16 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Ankle Fractures
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Ankle Pain
  • Ankle Ulcers
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Foot and Ankle
  • Athletic Ankle Injury
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Bone Infection
  • Bunions (Hallux Valgus)
  • Calcaneal Bursitis
  • Calcaneus (Heel Bone) Fractures
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)
  • Clawtoes
  • Club Feet
  • Common Foot Problems
  • Dance Injuries
  • Foot and Ankle Deformities
  • Foot and Ankle Fractures Malunion
  • Foot and Ankle Fractures Nonunion
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Foot Benign Tumors
  • Foot Deformities
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Injuries
  • Foot Pain
  • Foot Trauma
  • Foot Ulcers
  • Gout Arthritis
  • Hallux Rigidus
  • Hammertoes
  • Heel Spurs
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Joint Infection
  • Mallet Toes
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries in Athletes
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Painful Deformities
  • Painful Joints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fibromatosis
  • Posterior Tibial Tendonitis / Dysfunction
  • Proper Footwear
  • Sever's Disease (Calcaneal Apophysitis)
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendon Tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Toe Pain
  • Turf Toe
View all 60 Specialties +


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About Sara Lyn Miniaci-Coxhead, MD

Sara Lyn Miniaci-Coxhead, MD joined the Orthopaedic Department at the Cleveland Clinic in 2016. She holds a joint appointment in the Foot and Ankle Center as well as the Center for Sports Health.

She completed her medical school at Case Western Reserve University. From there, Dr. Miniaci-Coxhead completed her residency at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She completed her Fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

She specializes in all disorders of the foot and ankle, including fractures, arthritis, sports injuries, and deformities. Her research interest are in the clinical outcomes of foot and ankle surgery.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Cleveland State
Health Professions Education
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - University of Toronto
Orthopedics Foot and Ankle
Toronto, ON Canada

Residency - University of Rochester
Rochester, NY USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario,


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Foot and Ankle Surgery

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 9/8/2023, Dr. Miniaci-Coxhead 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. Miniaci-Coxhead receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Exactech, Inc.

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

  • Avitus Orthopaedics, Inc.

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

  • Avitus Orthopaedics, 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

286 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 3.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

35 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Was so happy I came to see her I wish I would have sooner... She and her fellow was great. He really listened to me and helped with my questions it made it easier for her she was able to get right to the point and help me

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Absolutely love Dr. Miniaci. Have recommended her to several people.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

I am very impressed with Dr. Minacci and I have already referred several people to her! She is very friendly, professional, and explained my procedure in great detail! I am very happy with my experience with Dr. Minacci !

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Every time I have ever sent a message or had a concern with healing her staff and doctor execute a fast response with a good solution

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Highly recommend this office and this doctor to any of my friends. Theo will go far in medicine.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

I had seen another doctor elsewhere and was disappointed in the care and concern for my ankle issue. Sara miniaci was excellent in discussing my ankle issue and provided good options to try to help me continue my active lifestyle.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr. Miniaci-Coxhead is amazing. I would recommend her to anyone in need of her specialty. Her work literally changed my life.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

I like and trust the doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

I have been extremely pleased with my entire experience with Dr. Miniaci and her entire staff!! I think Dr. Miniaci is a very skilled surgeon who did an excellent job of repairing my foot problem.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Doctor was recommended to me by two of her patients. I would recommend Doctor Miniachi-Cox-head too based on what I know at this point in the process.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

My care provider suggested a compromise for my treatment which was very acceptable to me.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr. Miniaci-Coxhead is one of the best doctors at CCF. She is an exceptional surgeon, with amazing people skills!! She has now successfully repaired both of my feet, & I will now be able to walk without pain! Highly recommend her!

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr Sara Lynn Miniaci excellent surgeon

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

The doctor seemed very rushed, she is proposing a different approach to my surgery and I don't really understand how that it's going to work. She didn't review any imaging with me.I feel a bit uninformed, I am going to try to contact her office withy questions.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Really enjoyed the experience from the whole team of Dr.'s and Nurses!

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Dr Sara Miniaci is an excellent doctor ; she tells you the truth and not sugar coating it , she loves her patient and takes care of them . She knows what she is doing , has done many ankle surgery .She took time and responded to all my questions in person and also by e-mail. But, she is very focused on her job and productivity , so she is not a chatty person ....I wonder why she keep using the same equipment for total ankle replacement , while there are other more established choices .....but she did tell me she would put any equipment that I prefer; but I prefer the same doctor to have more experience with the same equipment ...My only advice to her is to take her time even that she knows what she Is doing. Thank you Dr. Sara Miniaci

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

She seemed very disinterested in me being a patient now or in the future. She didn't even say to schedule a follow up visit or any course of action for me to take

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

The doctor finally gave me the answers that I needed.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Very positive experience with Dr M-Coxhead and her staff.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

I felt very confident that the procedure the dr. Woud do was the one I would choose.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Dr. Mueller (fellow) saw me first. He was thorough, very nice, and has a great sense of humor. Ditto for Dr. Miniaci - I really liked her down-to-earth attitude. She explained my options (surgery or not) very clearly, and I agreed with her recommendation that surgery was not necessary at this time. Most of all, I appreciated the fact that Drs. Mueller and Miniaci treated me like a partner who had a voice in the care and management of my problem.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

She listens. You don't have to give you yes or no answers. She answers and then explains why. This is very, very important to someone going through this type of procedure.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

I felt more comfortable with the resident then the Doctor. The Doctor was very rushed.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr. Minnaci-Coxhead was very attentive, friendly and informative regarding my visit! She took time exam in my foot and thoroughly explained my condition . She explained in detail the procedure she would do yo correct my condition! She was very friendly and kind! I was impressed with her and my total experience!

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

I love this doctor, but felt felt rushed this visit

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

Dr. Miniaci-Coxhead was so kind and caring toward my daughter. She explained her diagnosis and upcoming testing/treatment in an easy way to understand ways and gave us a chance to ask questions- and then took the time to answer them thoroughly. I am very thankful to have been referred to her.

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

The physician was very empathetic and had an excellent and clear plan for going forward.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2023

Dr Minniacci Coxhead was wonderful she explained everything very well and gave me great confidence in having her as my physician

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

My care was primarily by the PA which was very good, not sure why the doctor had to come in unless the PA doesn't have all the credentials to see patients without the doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

Love Dr. M and her staff always friendly, helpful, great at listening and especially appreciate how through summary and notes are!

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

Allison, Sara, all of Dr. M.'s staff are excellent!

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2023

Dr. Miniaci-Coxhead is the most fabulous physician! She is THE best surgeon for an ankle replacement (arthroplasty)! She is professional, kind, compassionate, thoughtful, and the epitome of technical achievement. It was well worth the trips from Dayton to the Cleveland Clinic. Everyone there is so kind and helped me so very much from beginning to end. I look forward to coming back next year for my annual evaluation!

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2023

Dr. Miniaci-Coxhead was business-like, but she appeared stressed and too rushed. She didn't appear to be very sympathetic, and she was too brief in explaining her assessment.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2023

Dr. Miniacci-Coxhead has been most kind to me during the last sixteen months.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

The Dr was very thoughtful, attentive, and informative answering my questions.

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