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Title Department Chair
Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Acute Fracture Care
  • Deformity Correction
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Osteotomy
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Surgery
  • Ingrown Toenail Removal
  • Joint Replacement
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Leg Lengthening
  • Management of Early Hip Disease
  • Orthopaedics
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Revision Hip Arthroplasty
  • Revision Hip Joint Replacement
  • Revision Joint Replacement
  • Revision Knee Arthroplasty
  • Revision Total Hip Replacement
  • Revision Total Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Hip Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Partial Knee Replacement
  • Surgical Treatment of Arthritis of the Hip
  • Surgical Treatment of Arthritis of the Knee
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Trauma Treatment
View all 29 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Ankle Instability
  • Arthritis of the Hip
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Brachymetatarsia
  • Foot Injuries
  • Foot Pain
  • Foot Trauma
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pain
  • Leg Length Inequality
  • Lower Extremity Deformity
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of the Hips in the Elderly
  • Osteoarthritis of the Knees in the Elderly
  • Osteonecrosis
View all 20 Specialties +


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About Brendan M. Patterson, MD

Brendan M. Patterson, MD, has taken the helm of the Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute’s 325-person Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. An experienced leader in orthopaedic surgery whose specialty areas include limb salvage, complex fractures, adult reconstruction, hip and knee replacements, Dr. Patterson joined Cleveland Clinic in 2017. 

Dr. Patterson joined the professional staff at the Cleveland Clinic after 25 plus years of service at MetroHealth Medical Center. He joined the faculty of MetroHealth in 1992 following an orthopaedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. He served as Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery in the MetroHealth System for over 10 years, was promoted to Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2012, and was Executive Director of Surgical Services for the MetroHealth System for nearly five years. His areas of expertise include limb salvage, complex fractures and adult reconstruction.

Dr. Patterson graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1981 majoring in economics and chemistry. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha and was elected as President of AOA in his fourth year. He received his Masters in Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in 2000.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and an active member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. His academic contributions are related to limb salvage and complex lower extremity fractures. He was site principal investigator for the LEAP Study, funded by NIH. Dr. Patterson is a past at-large member of the Board of Directors of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and is currently its Chief Financial Officer. In 2009 he led the establishment of the Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Advancement, a 501(c3) organization whose primary mission is to develop funding for the education of orthopaedic trauma fellows. In 2010 he helped to orchestrate the development of the Northern Ohio Trauma System and served as its Chair for three years during which time trauma mortality in the region was lowered by 40%. He is also a member of Twentieth Century Orthopaedic Association and is an instrument rated pilot.

Dr. Patterson is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The MetroHealth Foundation and serves on the Boards of NewBridge and Apollo’s Fire. He is married to Dr. Elizabeth Patterson, a math educator and they have two grown daughters.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA USA

Residency - Hospital for Special Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
New York, NY USA

Residency - Case Medical Center
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Amherst College
Amherst, MA USA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/22/2023, Dr. Patterson 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

41 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Dr. Patterson is AMAZING!

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

Dr Patterson was nothing but professional and courteous during my visit. All questions were addressed and explained fully. I never felt rushed, and had sufficient time for any clarification I needed.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

Dr Patterson was very knowledgeable and professional with great concern for my needs

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr Patterson cares. He engages as opposed to just being focused on the screen.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2023

Dr. Patterson is fantastic and explains everything well

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Had both hip surgeries within the past two years with Dr. Patterson and both experiences went so well. His professionalism, knowledge and expertise enabled me to feel very confident and positive In preparing for surgery, after surgery and during rehab. He and his office staff, especially Nurse Joanne were always there for questions and guidance. I am so grateful to have had them there for me. They were the best!!!!!

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Excellent doctor! Give him a raise!!

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Dr. Patterson is a wonderful surgeon. I am one year out from TKR and feel great. He is a good listener, very professional and kind.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Dr. Patterson & team made me feel confident in him and comfortable.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Dr Patterson was so great! Im more than pleased with him and his nurse!

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Dr.Patterson whole team is AWESOME

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Exceptional care. I've recommended Dr. Patterson numerous times. He's the best!!

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2023

Dr. Patterson is awesome. When you leave his office you feel like you know as much about you care as he does.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

I'm a physician and I always recommend Dr. Patterson to my patients

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Doctor Patterson was very truthful and honest about what should not be done because I am too high risk with all my health problems. Wish it could have been a better outcome but I really appreciated doctor Patterson caring enough about be to be honest.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Doctor and all staff were very courteous and kindly towards my affliction of my right groin and leg. I cannot explain how pleased I felt with all of them.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr. Patterson was outstanding. His knowledge was only superseded by his caring and warmth. He patiently listened to my questions, answered them in a way that I understood surgery process along with possible problems. He gave me the feeling that he is in full control of the procedure, reducing my anxiety.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

I had the best experience yet getting my knee revision surgery with Dr. Patterson. My over 2 were way more painful.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

I needed to be seen quickly as I had a surgery overseas and needed advice. I was able to see Dr.James Patterson and was relieved with his advice.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2023

Dr. Patterson did an excellent job explaining my knee's condition to me and going through the treatment options and what they would entail. I am very appreciative of his thoroughness, patience and empathy.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2023

Dr. Patterson and Joanne are both very professional as well as making you feel so comfortable when discussing your medical problems, concerns and options for treatment. Always feel confident with the plan of action we arrive at for me after clear answers to my questions. It's refreshing to leave his office and staff knowing you are in the best of care. Cleveland Clinic is the place to be!

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Dr Patterson's office has always been a good experience!

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Dr. Patterson was very kind. He fully answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2023

Awesome doctor and everyone in that office was fabulous helpful they explained everything he showed me took his time. He's a wonderful doctor and a man with a great sense of humor and great knowledge

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

Really like this physician and his staff. Did not rush my visit. Answered all of my questions. Very professional. He showed kindness and genuine concern for my knee issue.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

Doctor Patterson was very good

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Very professional from Dr. Patterson and from his staff

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr. Patterson was on top from the very start until literally now

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2023

Doctor Patterson is the best. He saved my life.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2023

Dr Patterson was easy to understand, thorough and caring. Due to the physical trauma from my accident over 35 years ago, my case is complicated. I have confidence in Dr Patterson and will be scheduling a hip replacement in the near future. My prior orthopedic surgeon, Dr Michael Joyce, was a Blessing. I feel Dr Patterson will continue to provide quality surgery and care.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Dr Patterson was very kind and a good listener. We are fortunate to have had his attention

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2023

Dr. Patterson and Joanne were so informative and kin. Dr. Patterson explained my X-rays and potential treatment better than the 3 Orthopaedic Surgeons I saw in the past. I so appreciate understanding what's going on with my care.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

I'm an out of state patient and my PCP and Dr Patterson's nurse did a fantastic job working together.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Dr. Patterson and Joanne are the absolute best

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023


Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Dr Patterson and his staff are simply amazing!!We need more Drs like Dr Patterson

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

I have recommended Dr Patterson to several people in my area

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

Doctor Patterson's office was exceptional at expediting my appointment around my time in the Cleveland area.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2023

Dr. Patterson was most accommodating & totally reassuring!!!

Reviewed on May 27, 2023

I love my dr. I know his time is extremely limited. No real interaction with any other dr.

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

One of the most informative meetings I've ever had with a physician.

Reviewed on May 19, 2023

Dr.Patterson is a really great doctor and knows his stuff.

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

Dr Patterson is a true professional in all aspects.

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