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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
  • 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

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

327 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

89 Patient Comments

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

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 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 3, 2020

Dr Star is always kind and considerate

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

good experience with Dr Michael Starr thank you

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