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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthritis Surgery
  • Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture Surgery
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Finger Joint Replacement
  • Fracture
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Nerve Transfers For Injury/tumor
  • Pediatric Fracture Treatment
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Wrist Surgery
View all 17 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries
  • Congenital Hand Differences
  • DeQuervain's Disease
  • Elbow Problems
  • Fractures Of The Hand
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Problems
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Trigger Finger and De Quervain's Disease
  • Upper Extremity Disorders
View all 17 Specialties +


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About Joseph Styron, MD, PhD

Joe Styron, MD, PhD grew up in Northern Virginia but first moved to Cleveland for college at Case Western Reserve University. Over the course of 11 years at Case Western, Dr. Styron earned his bachelor’s degree, PhD, and MD. He earned honors with each of his degrees and was inducted into national honor societies from the undergraduate and medical school levels.  After he completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Styron pursued two fellowships to hone his subspecialty training. He completed a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Styron then completed a second fellowship in Congenital & Pediatric Hand Surgery at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia where he treated a myriad of genetic, traumatic, and acquired conditions in children. After completing his advanced training, Dr. Styron returned to the Cleveland Clinic as a staff surgeon.

Dr. Styron has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on various issues in orthopaedic surgery. He has also given presentations of his work at national and international meetings. He is very active in research, in particular, studying ways to maximize patient outcomes within orthopaedic surgery. His PhD is in Health Services Research & Policy and he has a keen interest in optimizing patient experiences and outcomes within the health system. Dr. Styron’s specialty interests include surgery of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder in individuals from infants to the elderly. He has specialized training in nerve and tendon transfers in infants and children unable to move their hands or arms.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Shriner's Hospital for Children - Philadelphia
Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric and Congenital Upper Extremity Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA

Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Graduate School - Case Western Reserve University
Epidemiology and Biostatistics- Health Services Research and Policy
Cleveland, OH USA

Specialty Interests

Congenital & pediatric hand differences, nerve & tendon transfers, fracture fixation and tendon repair in the upper extremity, corrective osteotomies of the upper extremity, wrist, elbow & shoulder arthroscopy

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 5/9/2020, Dr. Styron 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

231 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

38 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 19, 2021

I was extremely happy with Dr Styron in all aspects of my visit with him.

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Dr styron is one fantastic orthopedic surgeon, his staff was very courteous and kind as was the doctor and really worried about my concerns very very happy

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

It's a pleasure working with Dr. Styron. he listens to why I am there. Very knowledgeable and helpful. I am glad I am working with him...

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2021

Dr.Styron is a great doctor!

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

great doctor

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

Dr Styron took the time to answer all my questions and discuss my progress

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2021

The doctor didn't actually administer my care. He let the assistant diagnose the problem and administer the injection. The doctor did not offer any advice during this procedure. He let the assistant handle everything. The injection has proven to be ineffective.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2021

very pleased with the care Dr Styron provided me. He actively listens to the patient.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

dr. seen me and explained that issues I will still have very pleased.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

My provider showed extreme care for me and my concerns, even taking extra time to look up previous x-rays to answer my questions.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Dr. Styron is a very caring surgeon and listens intently to his patients. I wouldn't have anyone else take care of my shoulders or thumbs!

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

I recommend Dr. Styron and his staff to all my family and friends! He is the Best Doctor Doctor (MD/PHD)EVER!

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2020

Dr. Styron was very helpful, answering questions we hadn't thought to ask, and giving personal examples to help with our decision-making. Very personable.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2020

Dr. Styron and Dr. Patel both helped me and both were fantastic! I wanted to stay and hang out with how comfortable they made me.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

Staff and Dr. Styron were very personable.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

Dr Styron treated me as his most important patient.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

Dr. Styron is excellent, listens, cheerful always, and does an excellent job

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

Dr. Styron's staff is very together and are on the same page.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

When I got into my appointment with Dr Styron he was very thorough and explained everything to my understanding took his time with me and answered all my questions, and so far so good the treatment he gave is working. I appreciate the help of all his staff and him.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Dr. Styron was carefully explained the options for treatment and was willing to repeat based on my questions.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

the doctor took his time with me to explain my issue. I found out information I was not aware of.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Dr Styron was very concerned and even asked person questions not related to my injury to make sure my mental state was good and gave me plenty of time to explain my medical problem without rushing me off the phone.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Very pleased with Dr. Styron's questions, professionalism and him personally.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

I was very impressed with my Appointment with Dr. Joseph Styron.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

I was very happy with the care I got from Dr. Styron, his Nurse, Brenda and Jo, my therapist.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

Dr styron seemed very concerned for me and my questions and was very attentive.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Dr. Styron was very professional, skilled and accommodating. So was his support staff.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

I would recommend this dr to anyone.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

Dr. Styron gets my vote for my best doctor for 2020 .... smart, articulate, and eager to do what is right for me!!! I forgot to order new thumb wrist straps, but I will do this when I get back from vacation.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

I was very happy that Dr. Styron was available to see me so soon after my accident. He and Lisa have treated me with great respect and concern and I consider myself lucky that I was under their care. I would highly recommend him to anyone. Thank you

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

The experience with Dr. Styron was above exceptional in giving us hope and seeing a plan how to help our daughter's arm for a missed dislocation diagnosis from when she was 5. Dr. Styron communicated with other physicians on how to best approach her problem after a few initial meetings he had with us due to the length of time it had been from the initial injury and repeated oversights of other doctors.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

I was overwhelmed as a parent with our daughter's problem with her arm due to repeated denials of anything being wrong over the years by several doctors. The doctors who identified the dislocation, stated nothing could be done to help her. It was Dr. Styron's concern and confidence in knowing my daughter needed help with her arm explaining possible ideas he was thinking about that brought comfort and hope. Even though Dr. Styron did not know exactly what plan would be the best to help her in the beginning, he continued thought and pursuit of ideas to help her until he was confident of the plan he eventually decided on. Dr. Styron showed a compassionate concern that was far and above anything I had experienced from prior physicians which is sadly unique and rare among my experiences.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

The doctors and nurses at the Strongsville facility were fantastic. It was the schedulers at main campus who all seem to be clueless and at times rude. I was told 2x I would be called back and never was by 2 different people. The next time I called the next scheduler admitted there were no notes from the previous calls I had made. I called 5 times before I was actually given the proper information on which doctors could perform needle aponeurotomy.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Dr Styron was excellent in listening to me and explaining the problem and gave me options for the treatment. He was and the resident were very attentive to my problem.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

doctors was very helpful

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

Dr. Styron is very thorough in his exams. I would highly recommend him to everyone!!

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr Styron is very kind and patient and a good listener

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

This was my second appointment with Dr. Styron and he does a fantastic job. He actually listens and addressed any question or concern I had. He actually makes you feel like a patient not just a number if that makes any sense. I was concerned that the surgeon who originally did my surgery was relocating but he 100% left me in great hands.

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