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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
  • Arthroscopy
  • Birmingham Resurfacing Procedure of the Hip
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Fracture Care
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Preserving Hip Surgery
  • Joint Replacement
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • 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 Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Surgical Treatment of Arthritis of the Hip
  • Surgical Treatment of Arthritis of the Knee
  • Tendon Reconstruction
  • Trauma Treatment
View all 31 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankle Instability
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • 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 11 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

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH

Medical Education - Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine
Rootstown, OH

Undergraduate - Baldwin Wallace University
Berea, OH

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 - Sports Medicine
  • 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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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

167 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Mix up on reason for visit, was quickly fixed by Dan and Dr Scarcella.

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

So glad I saw Dr. Scarcella!

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2024

Always professional and detailed. Most knowledgeable doctor I have spoken with.

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2024

Both Dr Scarcella and his PA Cassandra Valentino (who I saw for a few follow up appointments) were great! I can't say enough about how grateful I am for Dr Scarcella's care and his obvious surgical abilities.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2024

Dr Scarcella was amazing, kind, respectful, and comforting!

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2024

Felt very optimistic about our time with Dr. Scarcella and his staff. They were all extremely helpful and heard us from beginning to end. We had a rare diagnosis and he set our minds at ease immediately! Excellent bedside manor!

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2024

Doctor was thorough in explaining condition and my treatment options

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr. Scarcella's team were amazing to work with.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2024

Dr. Scarcella is a very good doctor- extremely knowledgable and confident! I feel confident in his abilities and would definitely recommend him to others. He may be brief and to the point, but one of the best doctors I have seen nonetheless.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Everything in the process with Dr Scarcella was great! Him and his team are amazing and has made the whole process of visits and surgery and aftercare easy and stress free

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2024

Couldn't have asked for a better team! Dr Scarcella and his nurse Dan have been excellent and would highly recommend to anyone! Best ortho duo around!

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2024

Excellent. With help from our high school sports medicine guy, we got in to see the doctor the next day for a bad elbow. We were fit into his schedule.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

It was fantastic DR. Actually came out and got me from waiting room himself.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Cannot say enough positive things about our experience with Dr. Scarcella and his team.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Excellent discussion with the doctor on my condition and the surgical treatment and possible outcomes. Very warm reception that encouraged me to open up about my concerns and expectations. It was a very positive experience during a very trying time.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Was very impressed with communication between athletic trainer, nurse and doctor!

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2023

Dr. S is very personable and professional and thorough. I felt at ease seeing him and found him very helpful.

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!

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