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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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 3/12/2020, 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.

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

368 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

98 Patient Comments

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

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Dr star. is an amazing dr wish all Dt's were like him

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

dr. star, is an amazing doctor he is very thorough he is very friendly he is a perfect example of what Dr should be. I wish more doctors were like Dr. Starr

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

*Dr. Michael Star even asked me to call him in a few weeks to let him know how the procedure went! He did a great job.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Dr. Star was excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2019

Dr.Starr is a gem. So kind and helpful in helping me with my shoulder pain

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

Dr Star took the time to listen to my knee issues and he explained the course of treatment

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

Dr. Star is a wonderful physician. During our appointment his entire focus was on me. He listened carefully to my concerns. He explained my options and let me decide what options to exercise. He focused on a conservative approach to get me back active again. Highly recommend this physician.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

Tim, Dr. Stars assistant is terrific. He listened carefully, has a nice sense of humor and was very helpful.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Dr. Star is excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

Dr. star was very good provider he away listen to me and respect my concern i will recommend him to all my friends

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2019

I love the service i have been receiving and most of Dr. Star is very caring, he listens, has patience with you, etc I could go on and on he is above and beyond

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2019

Dr. Star's name fits him perfectly; and I expect that his admiring colleagues awarded it.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Dr. Star was so nice - he even listened to my diagnosis of myself with patience and kindness.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Dr Michael Starr really listened to me and took a thorough history. His assistants were efficient and thorough. The students in the room were attentive and helpful. The students did not get in the way.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

The medical staff interacted seamlessly and my medical history and pain information taken by Dr. Starr's assistant flowed quickly and accurately to Dr. Starr.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Dr. was awesome, very attentive, thorough, explained options well, compassionate, gentle

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

job very well done please keep up the good work Michael Starr is a good doctor and I hope he goes far keep up the good work thank you

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

Dr. Michael Star is amazing. He connected with me and made me feel comfort and assured with his advice and service. Dr. Star advised me to lose some weight in order for me to be able to walk and fix the quality of my life ( I was on a walker). The calmness and reassurance of his voice helped me to make the best decision of my life. Because of Dr. Star, my life has changed for the better. I am forever grateful for him and what he has done for me. His professionalism outweighs words.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

Dr. Star is an amazing doctor. The world is a better place with him in it.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Dr Star is an amazing profession Specialist I'm very thankful for the opportunity to spend time with him. I look forward to a follow up appointment.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Dr. Star was excellent with me.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019


Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Doctor spoke exceedingly quickly, as though he was very rushed.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Dr. Star was concerned and gave me his opinion of injury it was helpful in knowing what treatment will be to be able to return to normal.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

I like Dr Star very much.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

I am totally satisfied with Dr. Star

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Dr. Star was kind, attentive, and he explained everything, Excellent!

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Was so pleased with the office visit with Dr. Star. Would recommend him to anyone needing orthopedic help.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Dr Star was really easy to talk to about my issues, he listened to my concerns and explained in ways I could understand any and all answers to my questions. I felt completely at ease with him and satisfied with the solutions he proposed and performed for my problems.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

He is a very Excellent, Super and Unique Doctor that cares about his patient. Dr.Starr comes with Pride, Respect And Dignity. He is one of the greatest doctor that I ever meet.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

Dr. Star, and his staff and the front desk people all were very kind and considerate

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

I would absolutely recommend Dr. Star. He is professional, along with kindness and concern about your condition.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

what a great doctor and a compassionate human being

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Dr. Star was very helpful, he was kind and was happy to answer all my questions

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

I wish my provider would have spoken to me more about another concern I had mentioned to him.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2019

Enjoyed Dr. star very much was very thorough

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

Dr Michael Star was very helpful and told me what we needed to do

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

doctor was very good.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

I am a physician and was quite impressed with Dr. Star's level on concern and attention during my visit. Excellent patient experience.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

*Dr. Starr is a fabulous doctor. Loved his bedside manners! (That is in his office.)

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Dr. needs to speak up he talks very soft I have a hard time hearing him at times.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Wonderful Doctor

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

Dr. Star is excellent! He conducted a top shelf office visit. Connecting with patients is a strong attribute for Dr. Star. He immediately puts you at ease! Dr. Star listens with incredible grace, quickly grasping the big picture, and guides you to understand what he hypothesizes to be the dynamics at play in your circumstances. Dr. Star encourages you to ask any questions you might have.The intervention strategies recommended were spot on!!! I wish that all of my physicians were so gifted with this well oiled medical model for patient treatment!!I am so blessed to have met and been treated by Dr. Star

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

I'm just getting to know Dr. Star

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

I will update Dr. Star in a couple of weeks of effectiveness of treatment as he requested

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

I would return to this doctor and his team for foot/ankle orthopedic care

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

Dr. Star is a great doctor. he knows his craft very well. his bedside manner is excellent. he listens and is honesty in his discussions. He makes you feel included and considered in your health and treatment plans.

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

I did return to Dr Star because the last time I visited him at The Euclid hospital he was very nice and I was returning to him this time as well!

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

I will recommend Dr Star and Cleveland Clinic to my friends and family!

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

Good service Good doctor smiled as I walked away

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

great experience! dr. star was very thorough, really listened and spent a lot of time with me. staff was kind.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

My X ray and appointment with Dr. Star were held on schedule. I appreciate the concern and help from Dr. Star.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

I marked Fair because it was a few week delay to be seen. but I actually take that as a good thing. it lets me know that Dr. Star us good at what he does!

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Favorable visit with Dr Star

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

This is the first doctor that listen to me about my problems about my knees and how much pain I was in . He took the time to listen and he did good. No more pain like I had . I will go back to him in a heart beat

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

good doctor I like the same again when I come back

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Dr. Star is excellent. I am very lucky to be his patient!

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

Dr Star was friendly and easy to talk to. I felt he had my best interests and concerns in mind.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

my appointment was good. Dr. Star has helped me tremendously with my shoulder pain.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2019

Dr. Star is a good listener and he asked probing follow up questions. I felt as though he really understood my injury issues before he thought about treatment options. Very thorough.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

never had met Dr Star since he came after I retired from Clinic. I thought his care and professionalism were great

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr. Starr was very professional and listened my concerns and explained how we should address them at this time.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

had to wait to see dr star but that was to be expected

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

dr star spent time and explained

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

Dr Star is always thorough and a wonderful provider. I always leave feeling satisfied with a good next step plan . I don't feel he would be happy regarding scheduling issues because he really cares about his patients

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019

I had seen an orthopedic doctor locally prior to seeing Dr. Star. The local doctor was very dismissive, so I was nervous about being treated the same way again. However, I had absolutely nothing to worry about. Dr. Star and his resident both took there time and listened to my concerns. They were extremely thorough in their assessment and we formulated a treatment plan together. Dr. Star is very caring and demonstrates genuine concern. I will definitely recommend him to family and friends.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2019

Dr. Star was incredible. His professional expertise packaged in relatable dialogue created the perfect Dr./patient dynamic.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

Dr. Star is a wonderful physician. Was very thorough and in tune with my concerns.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

I was comfortable with Dr Michael Star and look forward to working with him in the future

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Dr. Star, listened to my concerns, reassured me that he understood my health questions and concerns, examined me and gave me results and a plan of action he'd take to resolve my problems.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

The doctor spoke softly so sometimes it was a little difficult to hear him.

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2019

the only issue I have with this department is when consults were made or tests ordered by the physician there is a significant wait time that should not exist.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Dr. Star was very nice and very informative.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

I would recommend Dr. Star.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

Dr. star was very thorough and informative on what was going on with my knee and how we were going to go about

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

I highly recommend Dr Star to everyone. Heis kind caring gentle and very concerned that he did not cause me pain during my injection. the office staff and xray staff were friendly.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

Dr. Star is amazing. He obviously loves his job, he was practically whistling with good cheer. He is a good listener and explained options very well. He is very courteous and kind, from how he assisted me with getting on a table to how he helped me put on my coat. I wish all my doctors were this pleasant!

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2019

Dr. Star is a very nice man and made me feel very comfortable. He was very informative regarding my rotator cuff. Thank you for your help Dr. Star.

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