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
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Wrist Surgery
View all 15 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

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

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University
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

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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 7/2/2019, 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

190 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
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

29 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019

Dr. Styron was very thorough in his evaluation of my surgery recovery.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Dr. Styron is an excellent doctor. He's very kind and caring. Couldn't ask for a better doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Dr Styron is one of my very favorite doctors! So easy to talk to! I'm comfortable asking questions and I felt confident with his answers. He certainly is a genuine friendly doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

Oh yes! Amy and another staff member asked me how I was feeling...the doctor did too.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019

Dr. Styron is an awesome surgeon who has a passion for his work and help his pts anyway he can to find relief.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

In my experience with Dr. Styron he seems to be very personable, down to earth and friendly.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019

On this follow up visit to see Dr. Styron I was only informed that he was running behind after asking. After his explaining the reason, I understood; however, I would have appreciated being informed of his delay prior to asking.

Reviewed on May 29, 2019

*Dr. Styron was wonderful to deal with on this day and throughout my sons whele process of surgery through recovery.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

Very grateful for the appointment, care I received and time spent with me explaining my issue. Cannot day enough great things about Dr. Styron, very highly recommend.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Dr. Styron explained everything to me about my upcoming surgery-different options and such. Very good experience

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019

The doctors actually listen and take note of your concerns. so many times I was dismissed in Buffalo at great expense to my health.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

Dr. Styron is one of the best doctors I have seen at that facility. I appreciate his calm demeanor and humor. He is easy to communicate with.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019

I waited a LONG time in the exam room, no one mentioned delays. The doctor did apologize for the wait which was nice.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2019

Can't say enough positive comments about Dr. Styron!

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2019

Dr Styron took his time to thoroughly explain my wrist fracture and pros and cons of surgical and non surgical options.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

dr Styron is very knowledgeable and concerned, took time to discuss issues and treatment

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

Very positive experience with Dr. Styron and staff. Took the time to listen and evaluate without any rush. thank you!

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

great Doctor! very professional & easy going, great listener & takes time with you!

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

Dr. Styron was very good and very professional. He was caring, kind and respectful.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019

I absolutely love Dr. Styron. he always takes his time to listen to me and my issues, which st this time there are several. I never feel rushed in my appointments. Dr. Styron is so laid back it is calming to me. My husband attends all of my appointments and he feels the same way about Dr. Styron. We always have a positive feeling when we leave my appointments. I actually look forward to my appointments with Dr. Styron.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

The doctor answered all my questions and made it very clear to me that surgery was an option and the causes of not having surgery versus having surgery

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Liked Dr. Styron very much. Very open and took care of my problem. There is still a possibility of it returning. If it does there are other options.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

after waiting approx 20 to 25 minutes in the room after initial interview with tech, a fellow came in and did a very detailed workup. he apologized for the wait. waited then for the MD to come in. he again apoligized for the wait and then completed a very complete exam and detailed explanation of the needed surgery.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2018

Dr. Styron always takes the time needed and thoroughly explains the diagnosis, treatment options, and when the follow up. Dr. Styron is an exceptional doctor doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

the Dr came in to talk to me then when his helper came in to give me the cortisone shots she did them in different spots than the first time I got them and they hurt and did not work. painful. unhappy.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2018

Dr. Styron identified the problem in detail and scheduled me for surgery but after reflecting, decided to wait. Issue is not as urgennt as other problems I am having with neck/back

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2018

My doctors were in surgery so I got discharged abt. 6 p.m. - it's OK.. but it happened any surgery is important! Thank you.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2018

Excellent medical doctor. Interested in patient. Explained in detail. Highly competent. Personable. Good communicator.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

The provider spent less than 5 minutes with me

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