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

Treatment & Services

  • General Orthopaedics
  • Hyaluronic acid (HA)
  • Hyaluronic acid injections
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Non Operative Treatment Of Arthritis, Fractures, Sprains And General Orthopaedics
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 9 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Broken Bones
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Elbow Pain & Injury
  • Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue (Tenex)
  • Foot & Ankle Injuries
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Problems
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow
  • Ligament Strains/Tears
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Muscle Aches/Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Scars
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenex
View all 28 Specialties +


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About Michael Star, MD

Michael J. Star, M.D. is a member of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Star graduated from the six-year Medical Program at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his residency at the State University of New York Kings County/Downstate in New York City. He furthered his training with fellowships in total joint replacement and spinal disorders at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California.

Dr. Star joined Cleveland Clinic in 2016, relocating from the San Francisco Bay area, where he practiced operative orthopaedic surgery for 25 years. While there, he was a long standing chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. He was also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco.

Since joining the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Star has worked at the Main Campus and Euclid Hospital. He practices general orthopaedic surgery, also working within the Arthritis Center at the Main Campus. Dr. Star practices general orthopedic surgery, his main interests include arthritis and complex orthopaedic cases.

He is Assistant Clinical Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is actively involved in teaching residents and fellows. Dr. Star also serves as the Institute Experience Officer for the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute.

Dr. Star is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of many national and regional Orthopaedic Societies and has published scientific papers in various orthopedic journals.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation
Orthopedic Surgery
La Jolla, CA USA

Fellowship - Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation
Orthopaedic Surgery
La Jolla, CA USA

Residency - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Orthopedic Surgery
Brooklyn, NY USA

Residency - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
Brooklyn, NY USA

Medical Education - Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA USA

Undergraduate - Boston University
Boston, MA USA


  • Orthopaedic 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 4/21/2021, Dr. Star 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.

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

316 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

72 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Dr. Star was caring and very informative regarding my health.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Excellent doctor. He cares very much about his patients and very supportive also

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

It took a month to get an appointment. I live on Madison and did not want to go to the main campus But I am glad I waited to see Dr Starr

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Dr Starr was very thorough and explained his plan of treatment very well.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

I feel very confident with Dr Star. I believe he cares and will do what he can to support my health.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Dr Star really wants to help me. I will continue to see him.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr. Star is a Star, he's awesome!!

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Dr. Star listened to all my concerns, asked probing questions, took time to evaluate the issue, and asked me directly if I felt further evaluation (x-rays) were needed. I always feel like a partner in the process with him. He explained clearly the issue and next steps to be taken.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Doctor was very nice. I was nervous when I got there but he was kind. Explained things to me. I was immediately at ease.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Couldn't ask for a better Dr.pertaining to his willingness to listen to and care about his patients.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

First time I have had a doctor explain to me in detail the results of my tests. Very pleased with the service.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

I have a great experience every time I have an appointment, from the front desk to the nurse's to the Doctor. Will always be #1 in my book.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

Dr Star has been fabulous!!

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Great bedside manner. Very good doctor. He's the best.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Awesome Doctor and team!!

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Dr. M Star is great ! He cares for his pts concerns and listens, doesn't rush you out of the appt -- He explains his plan of care and wants to make sure the pt understands what's happening or his recommendations.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

I am very grateful for the patients that all staff had Including my doctor when I was there as I was having some difficulty because I do not have my scooter that is not working right so thank you again to all of you you are very much appreciated

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

If I asked I will highly recommend my doctor he was very patient with me and he is very well appreciated for his understanding with my difficulty I had transferring to the chair and dealing with my wheelchair because I did not have my scooter it is not working properly. He was courteous and patient and I trust his expertise during his examination.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021


Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

I'm not good with doctor's. Only been in the hospital once and never had surgery so very reluctant but Dr. Starr was very easy to talk to and understood my feelings. Actually looked me in the eye and explained in layman's terms.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Dr Star was amazing . He listened to my concerns and explained what had happened to me and how to treat it.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Dr. Star has a wonderful sense of caring for his patients. I had been almost avoiding coming to see the doctor for my wrist pain as I was nervous they would just tell me to "rest". But Dr. Star really worked with me to understand my lifestyle (very active) and instead making tweaks and recommendations to adjust instead of tell me to all out not work out. He also has a great sense of humor and is thorough and incredibly kind.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Excellent experience! Dr is a class Dr.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

I would recommend Dr Star to my friends!

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Very good experience. Dr. Star was very helpful, accurate, excellent explanation of the problem, very courteous and kind. Very happy of my visit. Staff at the office was helpful and kind.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

CC as always exceptional, Dr. Michael Star as always above and beyond exceptional.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

I was deeply impressed by Dr. Starr's professionalism, competence and courteous manner. He was thorough and precise in his diagnosis of my knee and provided an easy-to-understand evaluation of my x-rays. I was also impressed by the attentiveness and professional manner of Dr. Starr's medical intern. I was very pleased by my visit to the Clinic

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr Star was terrific.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

All Dr. Star here

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

like Dr. Star- recommended him to a close friend

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

dr starr is a very kind n compassionate dr -- I just love him n would recommend him 2 everyone

Reviewed on May 14, 2021

Dr Star was kind, professional and proficient

Reviewed on May 12, 2021

Overall Dr. has been exceptionally attentive. He listens to my concerns and he explains what needs to be done.

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

I didn't like that Dr. Star made up my mind for me. I had no say so!

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Dr. Staff is never in a rush (at least it doesn't seem like it), listens, and discusses with you what the options are. Great physician.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

I was in pain that affected my ability to function normally but had to wait a month to see the doctor. It would be better if cortisone shots could be scheduled within a week of a phone call.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

Dr Star is outstanding. He exhibits the best in patient care.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Dr. Starr was awesome

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Dr. Michael Star is incredible. He is so skilled (those cortisone shots are a walk in the park when he does it) and he is such a caring, classy person. Completely satisfied.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

l like away he advices, very kindly, frindly, and also very very good Doctor, he is historien Doctor at Cleveland clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

I am very pleased with Dr Starr

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Stisfactory i guess. Got better relief from my family doctor in the firm of VOLTAREN. Knee brace from Dr. Star didn't help. i am much better now for the last 3 days. Hardly use cane at all. 3 options he gave were PT, injections or ultimately knee replacement which is out of the question in my opinion.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

Dr. listened to my concerns, was very professional

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

A very caring doctor Who goes above expectations to help you.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

dr. Star is amazing!

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

Dr. Star was excellent. Very understanding, provided some immediate solutions and implemented a plan for further treatment. Great experience!

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Dr. Star is always very accomadating

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Dr. Starr attentive and extremely helpful in addressing my issues.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

Dr. Starr is excellent

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

I wish all doctors could be more like Dr Starr he is extremely kind and efficient

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

I am so glad I picked the doctor I got he's very nice to me all the time

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

This was my first experience with Dr Starr and it was outstanding. Very little wait time, thorough examination, cautious approach, didn't jump to a surgical solution.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

dr. Star is a super dr. he is professional, and caring.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

I really Dr. Star!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

I received an injection of cortisone for my knee, the last time I received a cortisone shot from another doctor, the injection hurt so bad I vowed I never get another one. Dr. Star talked me through it and he did a great job!!!!

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

dr star was able to get me in really quick !

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

I will come back to dr star if I have any other issues with my dx. he was amazing !!

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Dr. Star is a fantastic doctor and such an outstanding person. He truly cares for your well-being and it is evident how concerned he is.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

I already referred several family members to Dr. Star, most recently my sister in law.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2021

Dr. Star is a gentle man when he puts my shot in. He is professional and warm hearted to his patient

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

very pleased with Dr. Star and all of the staff. I think I did this survery previously.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Dr.Star is awesome the assistant nurse is awesome the ladies at the front desk is awesome even the greeter is awesome

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Dr. Starr was very professional and informative. He took the time to explain things. I was not rushed through the appointment. I appreciated him educating me on my condition and how to stay healthy. Dr. Starr has a great caring personality. Very pleased. Glad he is my physician.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Dr. Star is an excellent clinician..professional, personable,caring. He did not rush through the exam and spoke with me personally in regard to the results of the CT scan and making arrangements for a referral to a specialist.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

Very good on time , pleasant, best doctor ever

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2020

The doctor did his job well.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

The folks in the ER set up visit and when PA Tony I had appt with got sick, office offered me alternative with Dr. Star

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

Dr. Star listened, prompted me for questions and attended to my concerns via phone the day after appt. He offered to cast my leg because of comfort problems with the air cast boot.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2020

I feel confident in Dr. Star's ability to help me

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Dr. Star, is very concerned/caring about his patients, he always have a plan...

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2020

The provider showed empathy and understanding of my feelings regarding the outcome of the visit.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

dr Michael star is very nice doctor very respectable

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