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


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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 at Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital.

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

He has given numerous presentations and lectures. Dr. Zipper, DO has taken several leadership position in 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 School - Kansas City Univ.of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kansas City, MO USA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Non-operative Orthopaedics; Occupational; Sports; Expert Witness; PRP and Dupuytrens Injections; Impairment; Disability; Expert Witness/Forensic; Spine; Pain

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 5/23/2017, 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

98 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.5
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

6 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2017

all can say is...everything was fine...introduced himself, let me know the results he saw on my tests, and what he wad going to do about it with my permission. A good experience.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2017

All good follow-up appt March 24th to go over next steps.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2017

I like how Dr. Zipper responded to my treatment concerns, and considered options.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2017

I was very pleased with the doctor and staff! Making my appointment and overall visit A+.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2017

Dr. Zipper explained everything about the medication I was to take as well as the frequency. Dr. Zipper also told me when to return as well as to call if I had any problems or concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2017

Very thorough & clearly explained all ortho issues in layman's terms. Prompt referral for xrays, etc. One of best docs I have ever seen at CCF! Have referred family to him.

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