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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

Orthopaedic Surgery

Fairview Hospital

18101 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44111

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopy
  • Birmingham Resurfacing Procedure of the Hip
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Fracture Care
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Preserving Hip Surgery
  • Joint Replacement of the Knee
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Ligament Reconstruction of the Knee
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Musculoskeletal Evaluation
  • Non-Operative Treatment of Fractures
  • Non-Operative Treatment of Sprains
  • Nonsurgical Treatment of Arthritis
  • Nonsurgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Patello-femoral Knee Surgery
  • Peripheral Joint Injections
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Surgical Treatment of Arthritis of the Hips and Knees
  • Tendon Reconstruction
  • Trauma Treatment
View all 30 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 Dislocation
View all 12 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.  He continues to educate Navy Hospital Corpsman through the Cleveland Clinic IDC training program.

 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.  Upon completion of his fellowship he earned a Certificate of Added Qualification for the subspecialty of Sports Medicine Surgery through the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.  Dr. Scarcella is a Team Physician for the NBA G-League Cleveland Charge, as well as the Team Physician for Cleveland State University.  He is also the Head Team Physician for St. Edward High School and 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 subspecialty certified in Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgery, 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

Additional Training

  • Sports Medicine with Certificate of Added Qualification from American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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.
  • AOSSM self-examination content reviwer
  • Subspecialty Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgery


  • 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

See publications for Michael Scarcella, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/27/2023, 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.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

239 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 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

10 out of 10! Dr. Scarcella & his nurse & staff!!

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

We are very pleased with the care we have received from Dr. Scarcella and his staff

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

I respected Dr. Scarcella's honesty about my situation. He told me that my knee problems were beyond the type of surgery he did. Some doctors might want to try to treat you anyway.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

Dr. Scarella and Dan go above and beyond for their patients.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Scheduling my appointment with Dr. Michael Scarcella was a smooth and easy experience. The schedulers were very easy to work with and they went above and beyond my expectations.

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr. Michael Scarcella, RN Dan, and MA James were excellent. They all seemed to communicate very well and the entire atmosphere felt light, fun, and professional all at the same time. They all appeared to be truly enjoying their duties and provided a truly exceptional experience and I highly recommend their team for not only their ability to care for an injury but also the patient and family!

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Amazing doctor, took time, explained everything to both my teen dtr. and myself.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Dr. Scarcella and his team were very professional and explained things so my daughter understood.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

This Dr was the nicest and very informative Dr. I have been to. I would highly recommend him!

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Dr. Was very kind, honest and knowledgeable!

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Everyone was absolutely fantastic outpatient!!! Dr. Scarcella has an amazing team! I am thankful for them!

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

Dr. Scarcella was very thorough in his explanation and answered any questions that I had very patiently.

Reviewed on May 12, 2023

Dr. Scarcella was very attentive to my concerns - Listened to my complex medical history, showed the areas of concern on my imaging, did a thorough exam, provided all treatment options, and spent time answering all my questions. I was very impressed!

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

I have enjoyed working with Dr. Scarcella from the start, he is a great surgeon and has good bed side manner.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Can't say enough good things about Dr Scarcella. He is fantastic

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2023

Was very pleased how I was treated and cared for by Doctor Scarcella and his team.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

He is an excellent doctor. Very confident, knowledgeable and personable. He gained our trust from the first time we met him, making surgery and recovery time less worrisome. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

The doctor was great as well as his assistant Dan. We highly recommend them to all of our friends in need of a good orthopedic surgeon.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Very good doctor quick response in my chart for any needs and so cooperative.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Dr. Scarcella was great. Explained things in detail but in a layman type way so it was easily understood.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Dr. Scacellla is the best. Expert compassionate care. I recommend him often to the patients I see at work.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Dr. Scarcella is an excellent communicator. He answered my many questions with clearly and patiently.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2022

Dr Michael Scarcella is hands down one of the best surgeon/doctor I've ever come across.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022

Dr SCARCELLA listens and is very passionate with his patients. He takes his time to truly understand patients concerns and provide resolutions. I would definitely recommend him to other orthopedic patients.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Good experience with the doctor

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

Dr. Scarcella spoke not only to me but directly to my son. He took the time to explain everything thoroughly and in a way that was easy for both myself and my son to understand. He spent the time needed with us and did not appear rushed or in a hurry. We had an excellent experience at this appointment.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2022

I would definitely recommend this doctor to others!

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

Very impressed with the Doctor.Very good with children

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2022

My child may not have had a great turn out if it wasn't for Dr. SCARCELLA

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

Dr. Scarcella and his staff are wonderful. The visits are always helpful and informative.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2022

All my questions were answered, Dr. Scarcella gave me the time I needed.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Excellent exam consultation with Dr. Scarcella.

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