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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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Biography

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

Appointed
2016

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation
Orthopedic Surgery
La Jolla, CA USA
1991

Fellowship - Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation
Orthopaedic Surgery
La Jolla, CA USA
1990

Residency - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Orthopedic Surgery
Brooklyn, NY USA
1989

Residency - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
Brooklyn, NY USA
1985

Medical Education - Boston University School of Medicine
Boston, MA USA
1984

Undergraduate - Boston University
Boston, MA USA
1980

Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Michael Star, MD.

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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.

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

270 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

71 Patient Comments

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 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

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Dr. Star is outstanding if only most had his care & concern

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2021

Dr. Star was very thorough, friendly and I felt he out the patient interest first.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

Dr. Star is a gem - rare in this age. He listens & is deliberate in his thinking process. He doesn't go with just the first classic textbook symptom = a diagnosis. I'm beyond that; he analyzes & searches for a more specific diagnosis.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Dr. Star is thorough, professional, and personable.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

I have given Dr. Star's name to multiple people. He is excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Exactly what I want in a doctor's appointment.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Both doctor and PA listened, understood, and communicated clearly and efficiently.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

I always refer persons to Dr Star

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Dr. Star treats you as a person, not a number

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Dr. Starr is a very caring, empathetic person, truly concerned about your medical problem. Love hm!

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2021

Dr Star is a Terrific Orthopedic Doctor! I am very Happy with the Care/ Treatment I have received from Him since he replaced Dr Williams.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2021

Dr Star was very thorough and answered all our questions well. We never felt rushed. The need for further testing was well explained.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Very good. I would recommend Dr. Star to others.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

The appointment process for Dr. Star was easy.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Dr. Starr Was very patient and kind. He answered all of my questions in depth and didn't marginalize my concerns or talk down to me. I did not feel rushed at all. He validated my concerns and made me feel as though he cared about me as a patient. We set up another visit in January and I appreciate the follow up.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2021

Dr. Star was caring and very informative regarding my health.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Excellent doctor. He cares very much about his patients and very supportive also

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

It took a month to get an appointment. I live on Madison and did not want to go to the main campus But I am glad I waited to see Dr Starr

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Dr Starr was very thorough and explained his plan of treatment very well.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

I feel very confident with Dr Star. I believe he cares and will do what he can to support my health.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Dr Star really wants to help me. I will continue to see him.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr. Star is a Star, he's awesome!!

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Dr. Star listened to all my concerns, asked probing questions, took time to evaluate the issue, and asked me directly if I felt further evaluation (x-rays) were needed. I always feel like a partner in the process with him. He explained clearly the issue and next steps to be taken.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

Doctor was very nice. I was nervous when I got there but he was kind. Explained things to me. I was immediately at ease.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Couldn't ask for a better Dr.pertaining to his willingness to listen to and care about his patients.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

First time I have had a doctor explain to me in detail the results of my tests. Very pleased with the service.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

I have a great experience every time I have an appointment, from the front desk to the nurse's to the Doctor. Will always be #1 in my book.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

Dr Star has been fabulous!!

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Great bedside manner. Very good doctor. He's the best.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Awesome Doctor and team!!

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Dr. M Star is great ! He cares for his pts concerns and listens, doesn't rush you out of the appt -- He explains his plan of care and wants to make sure the pt understands what's happening or his recommendations.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

I am very grateful for the patients that all staff had Including my doctor when I was there as I was having some difficulty because I do not have my scooter that is not working right so thank you again to all of you you are very much appreciated

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

If I asked I will highly recommend my doctor he was very patient with me and he is very well appreciated for his understanding with my difficulty I had transferring to the chair and dealing with my wheelchair because I did not have my scooter it is not working properly. He was courteous and patient and I trust his expertise during his examination.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

DR. STAR IS OUTSTANDING

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

I'm not good with doctor's. Only been in the hospital once and never had surgery so very reluctant but Dr. Starr was very easy to talk to and understood my feelings. Actually looked me in the eye and explained in layman's terms.

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2021

Dr Star was amazing . He listened to my concerns and explained what had happened to me and how to treat it.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2021

Dr. Star has a wonderful sense of caring for his patients. I had been almost avoiding coming to see the doctor for my wrist pain as I was nervous they would just tell me to "rest". But Dr. Star really worked with me to understand my lifestyle (very active) and instead making tweaks and recommendations to adjust instead of tell me to all out not work out. He also has a great sense of humor and is thorough and incredibly kind.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Excellent experience! Dr is a class Dr.

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

I would recommend Dr Star to my friends!

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

Very good experience. Dr. Star was very helpful, accurate, excellent explanation of the problem, very courteous and kind. Very happy of my visit. Staff at the office was helpful and kind.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2021

CC as always exceptional, Dr. Michael Star as always above and beyond exceptional.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

I was deeply impressed by Dr. Starr's professionalism, competence and courteous manner. He was thorough and precise in his diagnosis of my knee and provided an easy-to-understand evaluation of my x-rays. I was also impressed by the attentiveness and professional manner of Dr. Starr's medical intern. I was very pleased by my visit to the Clinic

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr Star was terrific.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

All Dr. Star here

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