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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

See publications for Michael Scarcella, MD.

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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 7/1/2022, 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

164 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 4.7
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

27 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

I am always treated great when I have an appointment, Dr Scarcella and his staff are very friendly and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

I am very happy with the Doctor and his staff.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2022

I have recommended Dr. Scarcella to several persons.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Once established with middleburg and Avon ortho everything was organized and easy to access appointments. From injury to having a plan of care for finding a Provider to help with diagnostics and surgery took 4 weeks . I was 5 weeks out before having a surgical repair .

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Dr. Scarcella is very professional and personable every time I see him. He stays aware of my condition and progress and has made this experience better than I could have hoped.

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Everything following my surgery exceeded my expectations. Iv had no pain, the communication between the provider and I are great. The communication between my provider and physical therapy is also outstanding

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Dr Scarcella is excellent. Even though I usually go to UH, I would go back to Dr Scarcella if I needed any other type of orthopedic surgery

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2022

Dr Scarcella is thorough and explains everything in a manner I understand.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

Was an informational appt. The doctor told me about my options for my knee (arthritis). Will contact in the future when I need him.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2022

Dr. Scarcella spent time educating us regarding my surgery and care. He was thorough and professional, yet kind.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

I was very pleased with Dr. Scarcella as my orthapedic surgeon

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

I would recommend Dr. Scarcella for orthapedic concerns

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

Dr. Scarcella was excellent and compassionate, as was his nurse, Dan.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

Very pleased and impressed with Dr. Scarcella's manner and expertise.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Dr. Scarcella was outstanding. He was very courteous and professional. My experience overall was excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Dr. Scarcella is excellent! I highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Loved my doctor and his assistant !!!! They were so nice to me and took the time to explain everything to me in complete detail and compassion for my feelings !!!! I highly recommend them for anyone who is afraid and worried like I was !!! I WISH I COULD GIVE THEM A GOLD MEDAL !!!!!!

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

The Dr. And his assistant were helpful in providing information and answering my questions.

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Super personable doctor who made sure I knew I was going to be taken care of and I look forward to continuing my treatments with him going forward as well.

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