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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

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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 4/12/2022, 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

224 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

46 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

Wonderful. Couldn't ask for any better. I called Dr. Star since my appt. He called back quickly and answered all my questions. My whole experience went very well. My only regret is I should have done it 6 months ago.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2022

Love Dr. Star !!!

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2022

Dr. Star was attentive, courteous and nice. I am scared to DEATH of physicians but he calmed me down.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

He is a good Doctor

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2022

Dr. Star is one of the kindest individuals I have met in my time seeing doctors at the Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Very good PSR's /Ma's doctor was very nice walk us through the steps of what the problem could be and how we can get it to be better during the process excellent service

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

Both Dr. Corwin and Dr. Mc Bride exhibited excellent, empathic, and clear communication, and allowed me to feel comfortable to ask any questions throughout the procedure,

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2022

Dr Star was very informative and listened to my issues and provided plenty of time for questions. Very pleasant and compassionate!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

This was my first time meeting Dr. Star. He was very personable, reviewed my X-rays with me, offered treatment options and explained them, and addressed my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

I am always grateful for Dr. Star's kind honesty, willingness to talk through different treatment options with me, and his warm care (I love his dry sense of humor!). He has taken care of a few of my issues now and I can't imagine going to someone else!

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2022

I would honestly give Dr Starr 100 points on each. He listens and remembers from past appointments . I feel very fortunate to be his patient

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Dr. Starr is very kind. His concern is refreshing because caregivers are so busy these days. Yea

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

Dr. Star is an amazing doctor. He really listens when you tell him your concerns. He is one of the best doctors I have seen at CCF

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2022

Dr Star greatly impressed me!

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

Dr. Star is very caring!

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

Dr. Star exceeded all of my expectations. He listened intently, explained thoroughly, and gave me solid information so that I could make my own decisions about my care.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

Dr. Star is very caring and professional.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Dr was very Helpful.

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

Dr Star truly cares about his patients.

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

I cannot possibly say enough good things about the care and attention I have received from Dr. Star and his staff. Beyond professional, beyond caring.

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Excellent. Dr. Starr answered my question and began a different treatment. Never rushed and very caring.

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Dr. Star cares about his patients!

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Dr. Star is so personable and truly concerned with my issue. He advised sometimes only one injection is needed but he would like me to contact him via MyChart of how I am doing in 2-3 weeks.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

This doctor has an excellent way of relating to patients. I trust him 100%.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

Dr. Michel Star was amazing . He answered all my questions (something the doctors in Naples did not have time to do) Never once did I feel rushed He truly cares, is attentive, listens and is extremely knowledgeable. I would recommend Dr. Star without hesitation.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2022

I hold Dr. Star In the highest regard as a physician!

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Love *Dr. Star! He shows compassion and is ready to help with my concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2022

Mr. Star is a great doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

Dr.Star is a wonderful physician ! He is a STAR!

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

Everything went good and Dr Star and his Assistant were very helpful and very informative. I MADE ANOTHER APPOINTMENT

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2022

Great experience with the Doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2022

Dr. Michael Star is absolutely the most amazing doctor I've ever had. He still makes you feel like you are his only patient and not just a number! He is thorough while being extremely kind and caring! He is one in 1 million! He should be an example to new doctors on how to treat patients.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2022

Dr Star is the best

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2022

Paid attention to my questions and explained my problem and at end of visit had me tell him what he just had explained to me.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2022

Dr. Star is AMAZING! He listens, he truly cares, and takes the time to discuss my options, and situation. He is the BEST!

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

Very professional staff. Dr. Star took the time with me to answer questions, and very gentle with examining knee.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

My only wish is to live near Cleveland Clinic so that Dr. Star could follow up with my knee injury. I went to 2 orthopedic specialists, and both groups did not come close to Dr. Star.

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2022

Dr Star was very professional, polite and listened to me.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2022

Outstanding physician care, empathy and follow up.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2022

Dr. Star is very good - pleasant, listens, explains and repeats which is good to hear it a couple of times!

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2022

Dr. Starr is a patient kind in considerate physician who listens in is an excellent doctor. I feel seen and heard when I have to go to him

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2022

Dr. Star is extremely professional and very responsive to my needs.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2022

Dr. Star saw me for a follow up visit. He diagnosed tendinitis in my left knee and I will start PT today. He is very thorough and methodical in ruling out arthritis as the cause of my knee pain.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Love him! He's a very caring doctor!

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Dr Starr was very thorough in his explanations for my treatments needed for carpel tunnel surgery as well as shoulder replacement.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

He is one of the best doctors I have had for my shoulder and hand will always go back to him if and when needed

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