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Title Section Head, Sports Medicine
Department Sports Medicine
Primary Location Patricia Lichtenberger Medical Plaza
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Primary Location

Patricia Lichtenberger Medical Plaza

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Fracture Care
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Joint Preserving Hip Surgery
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Patello-femoral Knee Surgery
  • Pediatric Fracture Treatment
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Tendon Reconstruction
  • Trauma Treatment
View all 22 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankle Instability
  • Hip Labral Tears
  • Internal Derangement of the Knee
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Sports Injuries
View all 10 Specialties +


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About Michael MacKechnie, MD

Dr. MacKechnie earned his medical degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Quebec. He completed the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program at University of Toronto. Dr. MacKechnie completed the Clinical Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine program at University of California – Los Angeles, where he worked as the assistant team physician to the Los Angeles Lakers and the UCLA Bruins football team. Dr. MacKechnie has a wide experience of working with athletes, from social to high school to college and professional.

From a teenager playing soccer to a senior who enjoys tennis, Dr. MacKechnie understands that everyone’s goals vary. He takes time to include patients in the decision-making process.

"I want to speak with patients and use my expertise to craft a treatment plan that works well for their lifestyle, while following the latest guidelines and research," he said.

It’s that ability to help people get back to the things they want to do that Dr. MacKechnie says he loves most about his job. Among the skills that help him do that is arthroscopic surgery, including hip arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive approach used to repair or reconstruct the hip joint. This newer surgery is typically only performed by surgeons with fellowship experience.

"The benefit to patients is that they have faster recovery, lower chance of infection, less pain, and overall better results," he said.

Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Dr. MacKechnie has practiced as an orthopaedic sports medicine surgery attending physician in Maine, and was a Clinical Instructor at Dartmouth College's Faculty of Medicine.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of California Los Angeles
Orthopedic Sports
Los Angeles, CA USA

Residency - University of Toronto
Orthopedic Surgery
Toronto, Canada

Medical Education - McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Medical Doctor
Montreal, Canada

Undergraduate - York University
Toronto, ON Canada


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Sports Medicine Hip Arthroscopy Knee Arthroscopy Shoulder Arthroscopy Ankle Arthroscopy Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Tendon and Ligament Repair and Reconstruction Pediatric Sports Medicine Surgery

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/7/2023, Dr. MacKechnie 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

88 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

4 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Michelle and Dr. MacKechnie both provided excellent care during the telehealth visit. Both are kind, compassionate and expert.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2023

I did ask for further explanation because I am more of a visual learner and the doctor was very good about explaining the problem with my knee.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2023

Excellent doctor. So happy to have found Dr. Mackechnie He took his time and I did not feel rushed. I thanked him for his attentiveness and possible solutions.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2023

Dr. MacKechnie has always explained things perfectly, taken his time to talk to me and I was never rushed.

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