Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Fracture Care
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Heel Injections
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Non Operative Treatment Of Arthritis, Fractures, Sprains And General Orthopaedics
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
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About Ronald Zipper, DO

Ronald Zipper, DO joined Cleveland Clinic as a staff physician in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2016. He practices general orthopaedics with special interests in occupational and sports medicine along with pain management.

He received his medical degree from University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City. Dr. Zipper completed his internship at Lakeside Hospital in Kansas City and was fellowship trained in arthroscopic surgery at Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital.

Dr. Zipper is certified in orthopaedics by the American Osteopathic Board of Orthpaedic Surgery.

He has given numerous national and international presentations and lectures. Dr. Zipper, DO has taken several leadership positions in the International Association of Independent Medical Examiners (IAIME), formerly the American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (AADEP) including serving as the Chairman of the Board, President and Chair for the Continuing Education Committee.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - UMKC Consortium for Health Ed Allopathic
Orthopedic Surgery
Kansas City, MO USA

Internship - Lakeside Osteopathic Hospital
Kansas City, MO USA

Medical Education - Kansas City Univ.of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kansas City, MO USA

Professional Highlights

  • -Assistant Professor Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve

    - ACOEM MDGuidelines "Independent Medical Examination", 2018 - Contributor

    - MDG Guidelines Advisory Committee

    - ACOEM Faculty "Annual Musculoskeletal Course" and 6th Edition Guidelines Course

    - Certification Exam Item Writer Committees AOBOS and AADEP CEDIR


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Non-operative Orthopaedics; Occupational; Sports; Expert Witness; Impairment; Disability; Expert Witness/Forensic; Spine; Pain


  • American Osteopathic Association, Ohio Medical Association, Ohio Osteopathic Association, American Association of Physicians and Surgeons
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 7/18/2018, Dr. Zipper 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.

Fiduciary Role. Dr. Zipper serves in a fiduciary capacity, such as an elected officer, director or chief medical officer, for the following companies or other entities:

  • Independent Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, P.A.

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

56 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

13 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

Had to wait over 21/2 hours past my appointment time to see Dr zipper.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

Waited close to 3 hours to see the Dr. Would have appreciated a phone call telling us he was running so far behind.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2018

Dr. Zippers nurse or medical assistant is excellent. Very sweet and considerate!

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2018

I was assigned to Dr Zipper as he had the 1st appointment open for my needs. I have been to several Hand specialists over the years, he was EXTRORDINARY!

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2018

Dr. Zipper was very thorough and took the time to explain things to me so that I felt comfortable about my plan of care. He did not rush me out of the office and was genuinely interested in my concerns.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2018

There was a longer wait for the doctor than I would have liked. However when it was my turn, the doctor spent quality time with me as well.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

I waited 45 minutes in the exam room, waiting to see the doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018

dr was very caring and thorough. very knowledgeable

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2018

arrived early and got in early to appointment. doctor and I had thoroughly discussed all issues- very generous with his time. superb technique and outcome.

Reviewed on May 22, 2018

Cleveland Clinic should have more doctors like Dr. Zipper! He did not rush through anything!! Most doc's do-- get them in, get to the next one- that is usually how you feel. This health issue is a chronic issue, and required much conversation and history. Dr. Zipper was a very good listener! Even though I had to drive down town, park 2 blocks away, this doctor was worth it.

Reviewed on May 21, 2018

Dr. Zipper repeated several times the importance of how to take the medication he prescribed.

Reviewed on May 21, 2018

This was my first time seeing Dr Zipper. He was excellent. He listened to me and understood my concerns. Dr Zipper explained why I had issues and pain. Dr.Zipper explained what can be done and what results can be expected. I recommended him highly.

Reviewed on May 14, 2018

Dr zipper was very helpful and I appreciated him explaining everything and being friendly. I have already recommended him to an older family member.

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