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

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Fracture Care
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
  • Hyaluronic Acid Injections
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Non-Operative Treatment of Fractures
  • Non-Operative Treatment of Sprains
  • Nonsurgical Treatment of Arthritis
  • Nonsurgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 12 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Elbow Injury
  • Elbow Pain
  • Focused Aspiration of Scar Tissue (Tenex)
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Problems
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Ligament Strains
  • Ligament Tears
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Muscle Aches/Pain
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Scars
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tenex
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
View all 30 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 4/9/2023, 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

360 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 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

97 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2024

I very much appreciate Dr. Star's willingness to understand my concerns and to direct the treatment according to my request and needs.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2024

The doctor was very helpful

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2024

Dr. Star is a wonderful doctor. I have already recommended him to others.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2024

Dr. Star and his staff were wonderful.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2024

Dr. Star is great to speak with and reassuring as it related to my condition.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

Dr Star was considerate and spent time explaining options, etc

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

Great having my primary health doctor, orthopedics, etc. I appreciate everyone in Cleveland Clinic that makes my visits successful.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2024

Excellent care from Dr Starr .

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2024

Dr. Star is an excellent and caring physician and he LiSTENS too!

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2024

Dr Star is a great doctor. He explains your problem in words you can understand. He show care and compassion for your medical condition

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2024

Dr Star listens. He is the best.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2024

Dr Michael Star was great he explained everything in away so that I understood what he was talking about

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

Dr. Star is very professional and takes great care of his patients.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2024

Was such a pleasure meeting Dr Starr. One hundred percent confident being in his care

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr. Star was a VERY nice doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Dr Star is an excellent Doctor and I'm honored that he is one of my Physicians at The Cleveland Clinic. 5.0 out of 5.0 in every category.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Excellent, prompt service within two days! Thank you Dr Star and The Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

Dr Star is the best!!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2023

Dr Star is the best. He is very personable, explains everything, very thorough and hip injection only hurt a little.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

I have told others about Dr. Starr

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Dr. Carter was very good. He spent time listening to me and answered all my questions.he was funny and made me feelAt ease. Would definitely recommend him.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Grateful for Dr Star! Always welcoming and a wonderful listener. Really makes me feel like he cares about my wellbeing and health.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

I cannot say enough positive things about doctor Star. He puts in time and effort and care for his patients. He never makes you feel like a number.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Dr Star is a very knowledgeable and caring person.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

My initial appointment with Dr. Star and his Physician Assistant were excellent.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

I really enjoyed meeting Dr. Star and his Physician Assistant. Dr. Star engaged me the conversation about my knees. He gave me a thorough examination and provided me with sold advice which I am following. I will be meeting with Dr. Star at the Euclid location for a follow up appointment in January. I would give Dr. Star a 10 out of 10. I trust Dr. Star. This was an excellent initial appointment. Very easy to talk to. Highly recommend Dr. Star to anyone who needs a consultation or second opinion.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Was very pleased with Dr.Star

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

I love DR Star he's a nice doctor makes sure you're okay with everything

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

All I have to say I would recommend anyone who has the problem I have to see DR Star he's the best

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

Like I said I would prefer anyone to see DR Star if you need him he's there to help anyone and everyone he can

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2023

Dr Star is a great doctor

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Awesome Doctor

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Both Dr. Star and assistant Timothy were punctual, kind and professional.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

Amazing provider and completely understood my medical status and understood my goals

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

Dr. Star had wonderful bedside manners, very thorough and knowledgeable. Was one of the only doctors that actually looked in my chart to make sure I couldn't take certain medications. I have recommended him to others and I will continue. His staff was wonderful as well. Great job Dr. Star

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

Dr Star really put me at ease and explained what happened to my thumb very well.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Dr Star does a great job working with me to get my health to be first.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr Star is an Outstanding, Caring, and Knowledgeable Physician.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Great visit!! Dr. Star was thorough with explanation of what was happening, could happen, as well as options to take.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Dr. Starr was thorough and generous with his time. A remarkable visit.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr Star is a true gem. His caring demeanor is what healthcare should be about

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Dr Star and T are an excellent team!

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr Star is very easy to relate to !

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Excellent doctor. Got right to the knee injections and I appreciate the professional manner he uses.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr. Star is a kind and caring physician.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr. Star listened well and provided medical information In a caring and professional manner. He also provided me with tips to alleviate my arthritic pain and stiffness.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

Good doctor to see

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

This experience with Dr. Starr only the rest of my surgery and treatment at Cleveland clinic was excellent

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

Dr Starr did an exceptional job. I had instant relief

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Excellent care from Dr Star

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

I would highly recommend Dr. Star to anyone that needs to be seen in Orthopedics.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Dr Starr was very nice and compassionate person and helped me considerably understand my shoulder problem.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2023

Very nice Doctor wonderful bedside manners

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2023

Dr. Star is knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately with my ongoing knee problem after surgery I cannot do anything more that I have been doing for pain.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

Dr. Star was excellent as he took the time and interest to work through my issue. Really appreciate his approach

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr. Star listens to what you have to say and never rushes you in the visit. He takes his time and very patient with questions.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Excellent doctor and staff. As well as the location.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

First appt with doctor, very impressed by professionalism and concerns for me

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

My visit with Dr. Michael Star was informative, thorough, patient with my questions and straightforward. I very much appreciated, enjoyed and benefitted from my visit.

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Doctor Star is a dream doctor , real STAR!

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2023

I know he was probably doing what was required of him but he asked me repeatedly if I understood what procedures I was receiving and location of procedures. It seemed strange to me since both knees needed the shot and I only have two knees and I had to afirm that my right knee and my left knee were the locations for the procedures. And then be asked again.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2023

Dr. Starr is one of the best. He listened to me and answered all of my questions. We worked together on the plan of action for the problem that I was experiencing.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023

Dr. Starr was very concerned and caring for me and my predicament. He helped me understand my situation very well. He's an awesome doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Dr. Star is personable, professional and a great listener. Extremely pleased with his demeanor.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

Dr. M.Star was the best. Very patient and kind. Glad he's my provider at Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

Love love love Dr. M. Star. Best Doctor ever

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

The doctor was very friendly, and made me feel comfortable

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

Dr Star a wonderful clinician. Thx

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2023

BEST doctor in the place

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

I have great respect for *Dr. Star. I feel he is an excellent physician!

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2023

One of my best experience with the doctor I liked him very much, very professional and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr. Star went far and above with trying to help me. He listened attentively and took my concerns seriously. By the time my appointment was concluded, he had mapped out a plan in order for my care. I have never had a physician go so much out of their way for me. It was touching. I have had pain for a couple years and felt like I will be able to find out what is causing it. He was wonderful. I wish everyone had his manner, what a great world it would be.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Dr Star got me in to see him early

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

One of the very finest doctors around !! Dr Star was great. Really great.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2023

My visit with Dr. Star was excellent

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Dr Starr is wonderful!

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

Dr. Star treats me with respect, shows concern for my issues. He is patient and explains things clearly. Always makes me feel comfortable.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

Dr. Starr was a kind person

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Wow! Very impressed by Dr. Star. Hang on to this doctor Cleveland Clinic. He spent time with me and thoroughly answered all my questions. Very nice person and very knowledgeable. Very glad my primary doc made this referral.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

Dr Star was very thorough and congenial.

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

Dr Star knew immediately what the issue was , explained it to me and outlined a course of treatment and then asked if that was agreeable to me . I agreed . Dr Star is very kind , made me feel at ease . It was a very good visit

Reviewed on May 1, 2023

It was great talking with Dr. Star. I was impressed that he spent time talking about the injured area and possible solutions even though I'm from Pittsburgh PA. Super guy.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

Dr. Star communicates extremely well. A very caring physician.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2023

Dr. Star is very caring, personable, and I trust his advise and judgment in regards to my health.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

Dr.Star always takes the time to listen to my needs.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Dr Starr is very compassionate, easy to speak with and very thorough in answering questions.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

Dr Star has been helped me so very much!

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2023

I would highly recommend Dr. Star to my family and friends.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2023

Always recommend Dr.Star

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Dr star and his assistant are awesome.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

I already am already recommend Dr Star

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Great visit! Appreciate the time with Dr Star, in addition to the x-rsy images he also reviewed MRI images with me ordered by another MD/specialty.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

Dr. Star was excellent. He listened to me and even reviewed other tests results before discussing treatment options. I felt heard and cared about.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr. Star is simply perfect!

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

I feel very fortunate to have been directed to Dr. Star by the schedulers at the Clinic. He has provided me with excellent care.

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr. Starr has always been easy to talk with and he is concerned with my issues.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr. Star sent the order for my physical therapy and I had my appointment the same day

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