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
  • Orthobiologics
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 11 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

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As of 7/6/2020, 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.

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* 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

338 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

87 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

Doctor Star was very honest about my situation and his opinion was thoroughly explained along with his options going forward.

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

Very courteous, professional and helpful. My appointment didn't take any time and I was ahead of schedule. I really enjoyed Dr. Star and appreciated him.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Dr Star exceeded my expectations. This was my first time with him as a patient and not only was he recommended from people I know, but he was extremely friendly and took time to listen to my concerns and was compassionate in his answers. 10 out of 10.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

dr. star is an amazing doctor he has never done talk to me despite my disability I will go to no other doctor but him for my specific needs concerning my disability thank you for all he does

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

I think Dr. Star is outstanding!!

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Tim and Dr Star are wonderful!

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

I received Excellent care at Euclid Orthopaedics with Dr Star.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

I love Dr Starr! I would highly recommend him!

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Dr Star was very professional and informative. I would highly recommend him to other patients

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Doctor Star is a class act.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

great provider, addressed allmy concerns, gave clear plan of treatment

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

I had all good experiences. Each Dr. was thoughtful and informative.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Dr. Star gave me great options regarding my condition and how he will be keeping up with my progress. He was very concern and professional. Great experience.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Dr. Star is awesome!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

I have a very good Doctor I would recommend him to everyone I know

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Dr Star always listen to you and help you make the best decision for your treatment

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

I'm Very Grateful for the quality care that I recieve from DR Michael Star

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

Dr Starr accessibility and communication has been nothing short of Excellent.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Dr Start is excellent in every way,he treated me as always in such a warm and professional way that makes me feel great when I'm leaving.Thanks for Dr Start.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

I've seen dr star before, I would definitely go to him again and again

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Dr. Star was friendly yet very professional and was able to help with my knee problem.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

All the staff at the Cleveland Clinic that helped me get approval from my insurance company and get additional information from my referring doctor was very nice, helpful and returned my calls very promptly.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

I was referred to the CC for shoulder surgery consult. After meeting with Dr. Star he realized that shoulder surgery would be devastating for me given that I'm an incomplete paraplegic. He's being very thorough in diagnosing the true cause of my pain and developing a treatment plan that will provide me relief without drastically impacting my daily living.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Dr. Star and his assistant was very good.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

dr Michael star is amazing

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

as I told Dr Starr the day of my visit, my husband and I have had excellent, efficient, and very very competent care by the medical staff at Euclid Hospital since we started coming there over the last several years.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2020

I was very pleased with Dr. Star. He did not rush me through the visit and he was very clear with his assessment of my problem.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2020

Dr. Star is a very caring and compassionate doctor who truly has a listening ear for his patient and their concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

I had an excellent experience, I found Dr Star to be comforting and very pleasant. His professional demeanor made a great impression as a first time patient.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

I was extremely impressed by Dr Star's bedside manner

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Dr.was very concerned for me

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Dr. Star and staff was the best I've ever had. love them

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

My husband has dementia and was addressed directly by Dr Star through the whole appointment. Very much appreciated his respect.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

great doctor, made a very accurate diagnosis and recommendations

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

My experience was very good. This was not the first time I was seen by Dr. Star.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Every thing goes very smoothly with Dr. Star

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

Dr. Star was prompt,caring,concerned and knowledgeable regarding my injury.I was able to schedule an office visit the day after I first called.At that consultation I was able to schedule an appointment with a surgeon.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

dr. Star is a very nice, caring, helpful doctor

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2020

Dr Star is a very compassionate and excellent physician!!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Dr. Star is exceptional in the are and compassion he shows. Highly recommend him to friends and family.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Med ordered needed pre-authorization. Rather than wait for the pharmacy to call the physician telling physician to start the process, why doesn't the physician start the process while he is ordering the drug? Or at least his MA to start the process. This all causes longer delays on getting the drug. Be more efficient.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2020

Hearing that I needed a hip replacement was certainly not the news I was hoping for, however, Dr. Star took the time to go through all of the options and explain the pros and cons of each. At the end of the visit, I felt very confident that doing the surgery was the right decision for me (and I believe he agreed)!

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

I've never had any problems with Dr. Michael Star . Highly recommend him, excellent service & dictor

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Dr Star is always kind and considerate

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Dr. Star is very invested in the care and treatment of his patients. He is very thorough with his explanation of diagnosis and plan of care. Most importantly, he is easy to understand.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

good experience with Dr Michael Starr thank you

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

Dr. Star is exactly that a Star. Kind, empathic and understanding. He is an asset to the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

I Feel Very Comfortable Coming To The Cleveland Clinic and Dr Starr as My Dr. He is very thuro o M his diagnosis

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Dr. Starr and his assistant, Tim, are professional, friendly, and helpful.

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give Dr. Star a 15; a very caring physician!

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

Dr. Star is a very caring and competent physician who explains procedures, considers your input and willingly answers all your questions

Reviewed on May 7, 2020

very satisfied with knowledge and expertise of service provider

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

All was good. Dr. Star was very friendly and easy to talk with. No complaints on this end.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020

Exemplary Dr. Star his staff, Euclid General is an amazing hospital.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2020

Dr. Star was amazing, I was extremely satisfied with my experience.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2020

Dr Star listened to me and responded thoughtfully

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2020

Dr. Star is professional, caring,compassionate. he listened to me and discussed all information. I recommend him highly

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2020

Dr Starr office is very professional

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2020

Dr. Star was very pleasant and listened to my concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Dr. Star was very informative and personable. I will return to see him if needed.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Positive from Sean Harrison through to Dr. Star and everyone in between.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Dr Star was excellent. Very satisfied with the entire experience.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

My doctor was absolutely phenomenal! He took the time to listen to my concerns as well as answer my questions. He showed great empathy for my situation and provided a quick solution for my situation. I would recommend this doctor without hesitation to anyone needing these same services!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

I heard Dr. Starr at a seminar. I liked how he approached conditions like mine. He was spot on, listened, and let me make decisions. I am VERY comfortable with him and the treatment plan we came up with.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Intake people at time of our getting our concerns for what treatment we needed should be a doctor or ar at least a nurse practitioner Our referring doctor was a pain specialist and none of our appointments were with a pain specialist until Dr Hashmi was able to get us one at the last moment. Have a non medical person doing the intake calls makes no sense since we're traveling for miles away and can't arrange for another visit

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Dr. Star was BEYOND BELIEF WONDERFUL! He was very courteous and respectful. He answered all my questions, was very thorough, and explained everything in details and the treatment plan. He stressed to me that I should contact him by phone or MyChart if I have any questions. He was so genuine and caring that I wanted to "hug" him after the visit (did not know if it would be appropriate). I will definitely recommend him to anyone and everyone that will need absolutely the BEST CARE they can get! Thank you so much Dr. Star for being the Greatest doctor that you are... I would rate Dr. Star as a 10 and not only 5.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

It was a good experience for me I LOVE MY DR.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

I have recommended Dr. Star and will continue to do so. A friend is also seeing him and agrees he is excellent.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Dr. Star was compassionate and highly attentive when we discussed my injury and experiences since it occurred. I felt safe in his keen ability to treat my condition and comforted by his interest in my overcoming the injury. He was courteous, supportive and highly professional.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Dr Starr took his time with me and listened to my concerns

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Dr. Star is a very kind and caring doctor, and makes you feel comfortable enough to talk to. He's very professional and helpful too.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

I've not had any bad experiences with Dr. Star or his office, I have not needed phone calls or contacting him outside of face to face visits.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

I chose to travel to Cleveland from Birmingham, AL to see Dr. Star -- I continue to improve under his care -- Enough said!

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

My visits with Dr. Star are not complete bu so far all is going well.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

dr. Starr was very pleasant and Khairi and explained things well about my knee x-ray and the possibility of complications with a replacement. He spoke a little softly so it was a little difficult to sometimes catch everything he said the first time. But I was v ery pleased with his care.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

my experience at Cleveland Clinic was extremely pleasant and encouraging From the shuttle drivers to the support staff and information people in the red coats and the doctors. The doctors were all extremely caring and thorough and personable. I am not cured of coarse but I know they are putting together a good plan for me. I saw for doctors and was pleased with all of them.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020

I have seen many physicians in my 76 years. My experience with Dr. Star was without question one of the best. He was thorough, unhurried, affable, and clear in his explanations. Excellent experience.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Dr Star is an awesome doctor he is very pleasant, knowledgeable and has made everyone of my appointments pleasant and easy. He makes me feel comfortable that i can ask questions and he will take his time and explain what and why he is doing something and doesn't make me feel like he is rushing to get me out.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

I would definitely recommend he is a very caring doctor you don't see that alot

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

MD answers all my questions. Maintained sterile technique during injection procedure. clearly instructed for follow up with hand surgeon if pain/mobility issues unresolved.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Referring doctor's office scheduled for me. Very convenient. I appreciate the convenience.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Dr. Star was great! Was able to explain the problem quickly and explained options thoroughly. I appreciated his suggestions for addressing the problems.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

I like my doctor very nice person

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