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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

  • 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 11 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
  • Broken Bones
  • 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 31 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 4/9/2023, 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

339 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 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

Doctor Star is a dream doctor , real STAR!

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 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

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

Dr Star is amazing. He listens and helps with a plan to make sure I feel better.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2023

Pleased with Dr. Star

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2023

Dr Star is outstanding.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2023

This was a phone consult to discuss test results. Dr Star is the best!

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2023

I have referred Dr Starr to many of my friends with similar Knee issues

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

No issues. Dr Starr was very thoughtful and caring

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Excellent doctor; very caring and did not rush through my visit.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2023

My doctor is a very good communicator and did an excellent job explaining my options.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Dr. Starr has seen a number of my friends. All of us think he's a wonderful doctor - attentive, caring, discusses options for treatments and testing, explains procedures as he's doing them so you know what to expect.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Dr. Star is knowledgeable and really takes her time to listen to his patients. His staff is good at scheduling..I would recommend Dr. Star to anyone looking for a new doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Great experience nice to have a doctor that listens

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

He was the best doctor I ever had in the world

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Dr. Star is one of the kindest doctors I have. He explains "everything" in detail and I appreciate that.

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

Dr Star made me feel very comfortable. He mad me feel like was truly concerned about my issues

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2023

Dr. Star did a wonderful job listening to my concerns. He clearly stated the treatment plan and made sure to address any concerns or questions I had. Fantastic physician!

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Dr. Star always does a great job & very caring!

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Very Professional workers and Awesome Doctor Star ,Also Tim is the Greatest

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

I was very very satisfied with this new to me Dr.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

I returned to Dr. Star because I knew there was no surgical solution for my inability to walk. I trust him explicitly and just needed him to tell me what I already anticipated. I needed his kindness and understanding words. I left reassured.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Dr. Michael star was phenomenal.!!caring, very thorough.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2023

Dr. Starr recommended a specific ultrasound of my shoulder. Could not get an appointment until the end of March. That does not seem very practical for good care.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Tim and Dr Star were both incredibly informative, patient centric and made me feel very confident

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Great Care and Service from Dr Star, Tim, and Debbie

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Outstanding Care, Professional, Friendly. Dr Star is a Terrific Dr. I greatly Appreciate the Wonderful Care he provide every time I visit the office for the Synvic Injections.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr Star has done an Amazing job

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Dr. Michael Star is with out a doubt one of CCF's FINEST!

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Extremely pleased with Dr. Star's thoroughness, compassion, and expertise when dealing with my issue.

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 29, 2022

I felt like I was in very good hands with Dr. Star. Very professional and I would recommend him to my family and friends!

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

I was in a tremendous amount of pain, and I can't thank him enough for helping me with my pain!

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 Dec 22, 2022

Dr Star n Tim are the best! They both take great pride in the care that they give!!

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2022

recommend Dr Star!! He's the best!!

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dr. Star is awesome and personable....

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dr. Star is an amazing physician. He shows compassion and empathy for his patients. I would recommend him to everyone.

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,

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