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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Avon - Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Avon - Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
Primary Location

Avon - Richard E. Jacobs Health Center


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Birmingham Resurfacing Procedure of the Hip
  • Cartilage Transplantation
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Preserving Hip Surgery
  • Joint Replacement Of The Knee
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Ligament Reconstruction Of The Knee
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Non Operative Treatment Of Arthritis, Fractures, Sprains And General Orthopaedics
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Patello-femoral Knee Surgery
  • Peripheral Joint Injections
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Surgical Treatment Of Arthritis Of The Hips And Knees
  • Tendon Reconstruction
  • Trauma Treatment
View all 28 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankle Instability
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Broken Bones
  • Hip Labral Tears
  • Hip Pain
  • Internal Derangement of the Knee
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Medical Problems In Athletes
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
View all 13 Specialties +


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About Michael Scarcella, MD

Michael J. Scarcella, MD is an orthpaedic surgeon in the Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic and Rheumatological Institute in Cleveland, Ohio and Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine.

 Dr. Scarcella specializes in the non-operative and operative treatment of shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and sports related injuries in the athletes and active individuals of all ages. 

 Dr. Scarcella is a native of Northest Ohio having attended and graduated from Padua Franciscan High School.  After high school he completed his undergraduate studies at Baldwin-Wallace University.  He completed his orthopaedic surgical residency at Cleveland Clinic, training under world leaders in orthopaedic surgery.

 Following his residency, Dr. Scarcella served four years in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and Orthopaedic Surgeon.  He was stationed at Naval Hospital Bremerton Washington, and served a deployment in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Throughout his active duty career he provided operative and non-operative care for active duty Sailors and Marines, veterans, and their dependents.  He also completed training in Field Medical Service Officer training school.  Dr. Scarcella received several honors during his time in service including, Alfred award for overall military readiness,  Navy Achievement Medal in support of operation in Afghanistan, and Navy Commendation Medal for process improvement to total joint arthroplasty care paths and development of a multi-disciplinary Sports Medicine Clinic.

 Dr. Scarcella returned to the Cleveland area following completion of his service commitment and pursued specialized training at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic Sports Medicine fellowship.  During his training he was exposed to advanced arthroscopic and reconstructive techniques for the treatment of complex disorders of the shoulder, elbow, knee, hip and sports-related injuries.  Dr. Scarcella assisted in the care of athletes from the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Baldwin-Wallace University, as well as other collegiate, high school, and recreational athletes.  He participated in multiple clinical research projects, and was lead author on the project that won Best Research Presentation, Cleveland Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 30th annual research day.  Dr. Scarcella will be continuing to provide medical coverage as a Team Physician for Baldwin-Wallace University.  He is a Team Physician for Cleveland State University.  He is also the Head Team Physician for Bay High School.

 Dr. Scarcella is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), diplomate member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS), and fellow member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), as well as member of the Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons (SOMOS).

 Dr. Scarcella enjoys spending time with his wife Sofina, and they currently reside in Avon Lake.  He enjoys outdoor activities, fitness and cross training.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Northeast Ohio Medical University
Rootstown, OH USA

Undergraduate - Baldwin Wallace University
Berea, OH USA

Professional Highlights

  • Kandahar Role 3 Multi National Medical Unit, Train, Advise, Assist Command-South, surgical advisor to Kandahar Regional Hospital wounded warrior rehabilitation center.

    Naval Hospital Bremerton Orthopedic Surgery Interim Department Head.

    Naval Hospital Bremerton Quality/Process Improvement
    Total Join Arthroplasty Program: Improved care pathway and standard of care
  • Bangor Branch Health multi-disciplinary Sport Medicine Clinic: Implemented and developed clinic at remote Navy base.Clinical content creator JBJS clinical classroom.


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Navy Achievement Medal for service in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • Navy Commendation Medal for process improvement to total joint arthroplasty care paths and development of Bangor Sports Medicine Clinic.
  • Best Research Presentation, Cleveland Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 30th annual research day.


  • ABOS
  • AAOS
  • SOMOS   

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 7/12/2021, Dr. Scarcella 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

262 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 4.8
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Getting an appointment with any doctor is a long wait these days.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

I believe Dr. Scarcella is an excellent doctor however I always feel rushed out of he office.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

Excellent doctor and great bedside manners

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

Dr. Scarcella is very personable, easy to talk with, and professional. He showed me the latest x-rays on each visit and explained how to see my progress. He didn't, and hasn't, appeared to be rushed and made sure I had any paper work I needed for my employer when I left the office. He has been an excellent doctor with regards to my care!

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2021

dr scarcelli is always in a happy mood and answers all my questions and gives good advice

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

he was a very good doctor

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

what would you think if got the following x-rays below? it doesn't look good nor very understandable. doctor said hip is fine but I have pain that's goes between my right hip and SI joint. he stated this isn't in his wheelhouse and I needed to see a spine doctor. hopefully you don't charge me for this visit. when I do for a new hip I will not ask for this doctor. I felt that I wasted his time. Advanced osteoarthritis right hip with complete loss of the joint space,subchondral sclerosis and marginal osteophyte formation. Prominent jointbody noted lateral to the superior acetabulum.Moderate osteoarthritis left hip. Degenerative changes lower lumbarspine.

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

First visit to an orthopedic DR ever. All aspects very good.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

I appreciate that Dr. Scarcella was open to take on my case in such short notice.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Dr. Scarcella was very thorough in his explanation of my particular situation and listened to the questions that I had.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Both PA and physician Dr. Scarcella attentive and provided complete explanations of options and treatment.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

Dr. Scarcella is very knowledgeable, thorough and compassionate. He explains all tests and treatments, and is willing to answer any questions that I have.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Extremely happy I decided to see Dr. Scarcella for a second opinion for my left knee injury. He was very personable, knowledgeable and listened to all my concerns and answered all my questions completely.

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

very skilled orthopedic doctor

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

dr scarcella was very polite, introducing himself, asked me questions, I could tell he was thinking and planning how he should treat my knee. I didn't know there are so many different options to try. I'm glad he didn't suggest surgery right off the bat. very happy I found this doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

Dr Scarcella is top notch. He has a very calm demeanor and really takes time to listen. He and Dan are a great team.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2021

Dr. Scarcella is exceptional. He took the time to listen to my concerns and understand my goals as they relate to my knee health. I appreciate the time he took with me and his expertise. I will definitely recommend him to others for his attention, knowledge, kindness, and great care!

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

Dr was great

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

could not have been happier with this doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

Good experience - *Dr. Scarcella explained what happened to my shoulder and what we could do to fix - very nice & attentive.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

Great for _____ Family Hlth. Ctr. to have a orthopaedic team with VERY good doctors.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

We discussed future options on both knees. The Doctor was checking on a gel injection in the right knee and submitting to my insurance co. and if the procedure would be covered. I received a call from someone from the Dr's office that the procedure was denied. I personally called Medical Mutual to find out why. They had no record of the procedure request or denial. I did call the administrator at his office to advise. I feel we are taking positive steps to a quality of life issue with my knee and avoiding a knee replacement. My visit was also to have my left knee checked out because of pain. I am currently receiving therapy on both knees. I am a very active individual and trying to remain as physically active as possible. Thank you for your consideration.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

he is an awesome doctor

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

The doctor was thorough in explaining my x-rays as well as his examination of my knee. I felt comfortable with his positive approach to treatment options.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

After I requested a return to work slip, the doctor did not include it in my paper work. Also after describing low back and left leg pain which had very recently developed, Dr. Scarcella did not pursue any further comments.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2021

ER directed me to see doctor within two days but the earliest appointment available was 5 days later

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Dr was very understanding and down to earth!

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

great dr i will recommend to friends

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

great dr will recommend

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

it sucked I broke a bone in my foot but my doctor was outstanding. he was a god send .

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Dr Scarceli is always thorough, professional and informative. By far my favorite dr.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2020

Dr. Scarcella communicates so well and was very compassionate to my son. I feel very fortunate that he was my son's surgeon.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

I felt well cared for and listened to. Dr S was attentive and made me feel like he was truly caring for me

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr. Scarcella really listens. Excellent doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

doctor was very knowledgeable, cared a lot for my condition, showed expertise and empathy.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

over all a great experience especially when the doctor and his nurse comforted me that they will get me through the surgery and on my feet as soon as possible. Thank you for that AWESOME TEAM

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

Dr. Scarcella was very professional explained everything step by step what the surgery in tailed but also made me feel comfortable that I'm in good hands.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

Dr. Scarcella was very good and I would return again if needed.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

the doctor answered all my questions and was very knowledgeable of the situation

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

I really enjoyed my visit , the Dr. was very concerned about my pain he listed explained and took his time with me. he made sure I understood of all the my options. I really liked his patience and not in a hurry like other drs. I've been to. Thank you for seeing me.

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