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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthritis Surgery
  • Arthroplasty
  • Complex Primary Hip Arthroplasty
  • Complex Primary Knee Arthroplasty
  • Fracture Non-union
  • Fracture Reconstruction
  • Hip & Knee Surgery
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Revision
  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Joint Replacement Of The Knee
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Management Of Early Hip Disease
  • Minimally Invasive Hip Joint Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Joint Replacement
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Primary And Revision Joint Replacements
  • Primary And Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty
  • Primary And Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Hip
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Knee
  • Revision Hip Arthroplasty
  • Revision Hip Joint Replacement
  • Revision Joint Replacement
  • Revision Knee Arthroplasty
  • Revision Knee Joint Replacement
  • Revision Total Hip Replacement
  • Revision Total Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Partial Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Knee and Hip Arthroplasty
  • Surgical Treatment Of Arthritis Of The Hips And Knees
  • Therapeutic Injections
  • Total Hip And Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
View all 40 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Hip
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Knee
  • Bursitis
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Disorders
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
View all 16 Specialties +


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About Viktor Krebs, MD

Viktor E. Krebs, MD received his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1992, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He went on to finish his general surgery and orthopaedic surgery residency training at Cleveland Clinic in 1997. Dr. Krebs returned to Cleveland Clinic in 1998, having completed advanced studies in Adult Reconstructive Surgery and Total Joint Surgery as an Otto E. Aufranc Fellow at the New England Baptist Hospital Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. There, Dr. Krebs became a founding member of the Otto E. Aufranc Society. 

Dr. Krebs is an active member of the American Medical Association, the Ohio State Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
He is the author of a number of publications and has given numerous presentations at several local and national conferences. His specialty interests include hip and knee replacement, revision of painful or failed total joint replacements, hip arthroscopy and complex hip and knee problems in the elderly.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - New England Baptist Hospital
Adult Reconstructive Surgery
Boston, MA USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA

Undergraduate - The Ohio State University
Biological Science/Zoology
Columbus, OH USA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Hip and knee joint replacement, Hip & Knee arthroplasty revision surgery

Awards & Honors

  • Best of the United States, Orthopaedic Surgery, Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Surgery, 2006, 2007
  • America's Top Physicians, Orthopaedic Surgery, Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Surgery, 2004-2008
  • Cleveland Clinic Innovators Award,Cleveland Clinic Innovations, 2004-2008
  • Resident Research Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, 1997
  • Graduate Level One Award, Cleveland Clinic, 1993
  • Zollinger Scholar, Award for Excellence in Surgical Training, Department of Surgery, Ohio State University, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health,1992
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, 1992
  • Cleveland Magazine "Top Doctor" 2007-2009
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Viktor Krebs, MD.

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 6/23/2022, Dr. Krebs has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Krebs receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Stryker Corporation

Royalty Payments. Dr. Krebs receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Stryker Corporation

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

190 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

54 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2022

Both Dr. Green and Dr. Krebs showed great concern for me. I especially appreciate Dr. Krebs spending time with me. I know how busy he is. He treats you like a person. He puts you at ease and really listens. I love that man!

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2022

Dr. Krebs is the best!

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Dr Krebs was great!! Since Dr George and his PA left the clinic I have pretty much left a drift on my ortho care and primary care hasn't been able to assist. I finally feel there is hope and a plan to move forward withe my ortho and overall care.

Reviewed on May 23, 2022

Both the fellow and Dr. Krebs were terrific in all these categories. Once he arrived, I spent almost 45 minutes with him (much more than I expected). He is a terrific communicator and I have a lot of trust in him.

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Dr. Krebs was very detailed & took his time to explain everything to me r/t my upcoming surgery.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Dr V. Krebs is awesome, great, fantastic, I owe him everything, both knees r pain free, an my lifestyle is great

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

Dr. Krebs has done knee replacements on my husband and the results were nothing short of miraculous. He is the best in his field in my opinion.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

I have been recommending Dr. Krebs to anyone I know.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

Coordination across the provider team is one of the strongest features of care at CCF

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2022

I was very impressed with his physician assistant Michael Dombrowski. Listen and explain things completely for me to understand. And he was very professional.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2022

DR Krebs is an excellent physician

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2022

Dr KREBS is an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

Making appointment was easy. Had to wait awhile, but to see Dr. Krebs was well worth the wait.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2022

The PA was great. Asked questions and answered mine. Great visit. Visit with Dr. Krebs was great. Explained my condition using x-rays and compared past and current x-rays. Explained everything and answered all my questions in plain language. Very easy to talk to. Like Dr. Krebs very much. Replaced both my knees and one hip already. Dr. Krebs is a great doctor and a tribute to the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2022

Would recommend the doctor and Clinic to others

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2022

Both the fellow and physician are excellent. The fellow (Alan Green?) listened very carefully and thoughtfully. I was impressed.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2022

Dr Krebs very attentive listener and very caring

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2022

Dr Krebs was excellent. He explained my options, details about plan, recovery expectations and risks

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2022

Always have top treatment from all associated with Dr. Victor Krebs. Cheryl is a gem., considerate and professional.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Dr. Viktor Krebs is outstanding!

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Dr. Krebs and his staff deliver excellent and efficient personalized care. This appointment was for 6 month follow up after a total hip replacement (which was performed at Lutheran Hospital). At no time during the whole process, could I have asked for any better care. As a health care provider myself, I refer my patients to Dr. Krebs, knowing confidently his skill and expertise have helped my complicated total joint patients. I now experienced first hand his excellent skill and top notch bedside manner. I am now enjoying a very active lifestyle with no pain, thanks to Dr. Krebs.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Dr. Krebs and his team provide an excellent whole person approach when working with me over a two year period. Dr. Krebs delivered a surgical expertise in a double total knee replacement, one per year, which has changed my functionality. I am now walking with no restrictions and have improved my quality of life by getting brand new knees which will last 40 yrs. It is tremendous when a plan comes together! Thank you Dr Krebs and your team! Julie Z Robinson

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

Dr. Krebs is only orthopedic doc I trust

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

Dr. Krebs and resident, Michael very thorough and discussed options and care for my knee.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

I think Dr. Krebs is exceptional.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

Dr. Krebs is a caring physician who is excellent at listening and explaining.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2021

Dr krebs is the consummate professional

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

It was an extremely good and caring visit with Dr Krebs. He explained my issues and listened to the impact it has had on my lifestyle. I left feeling very confident about my upcoming surgery.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Didn't keep me waiting. Dr., PA were prompt, friendly, extremely compadent and answered all my questions.I have been impressed with how your staff respects my time. Great job Cleveland Clinic.Thanks and God Bless.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021

Dr.Krebs was very attentive and gave good insight to the progress I have made with my new total knee replacement he reviewed xrays and made a valid suggestion for me to use walking poles with safety feet for rainy or light snowy weather.. He said he wanted to see me again in 6 months and xrays will be taken.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Liked Dr Krebs

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Both Dr. Krebs and his PA, Chad Workman, were on the call. Generous with their time, always patient and considerate, moved easily from the strictly medical protocols to the more general concerns about physical therapy and overall well-being. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and helpful video conference. First one I've ever been part of, but it seems to me this was the model for how such encounters ought to be structured and delivered.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Dr. Krebs was exceptional in the explanation of options and description of the proposed surgical intervention.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Dr Krebs is professional, considers best options for my ortho condition and is empathetic.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Awesome Doctor and great personalityyou feel as if you are the only patient

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Dr Krebs excellent in explanation of plan of care- answered questions and very patient, knowledgeable. He took his time with my husband and myself( we both had a consult with him). He " held his own" with my husband- who CAN be difficult! Hubby was also impressed with Dr Krebs

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Dr Krebs is extraordinary in every way - I've never been so happy with a doctor in my entire life. The Clinic is extremely fortunate to have him.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

Dr Krebs's team is first class - they had my life in their hands twice and I was 100% confident in their abilities. I recommend Dr Krebs and the Clinic to everyone who is need of joint replacement.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2021

I do prefer in visit appointment over video but I live 4 hours away so video is convenient. There was trouble with communication and getting an MRI ordered that I could do locally. After that was resolved I had an insurance authorization issue which the provider had not clarified the reasons why I needed the MRI and then everything had to be started over which caused a longer delay in getting my diagnosis.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Dr. Krebs is FABULOUS. He listens and takes his time explaining all concerns; very kind, calm and caring. This appointment was a follow up for hip replacement surgery six years ago. He not only looked at the hip x-rays, he looked at shoulders, knees and ankle x-rays.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Dr Krebs was WONDERFUL in every aspect! His incredible reputation was was shadowed by his humility. If only all those we go to in time of need were more like him. The Clinic is blessed to have him.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Dr Krebs is an excellent professional. Very precise on his evaluation and statements.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Dr Krebs and his team always provide the best care I have ever received at the clinic. I have recommended Dr. Krebs to several people including family, coworkers and friends who have all had a similar experience. My quality of life was improved dramatically by Dr Krebs for which I am eternally grateful.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Dr Krebs has a very busy schedule and you have to schedule several months in advance. Based on his reputation I was very willing to wait fir an appointment with him.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Excellent services from Dr Victor Krebs Team from beginning to end. Very informative and supportive throughout the process.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

I have had two knee replacements within the year of COVID and was treated well throughout and the surgery performed by Dr. Krebs and his Team was totally successful. I feel I have a new lease on life at 68 yrs of age. Thanks to GOD and Dr. Krebs' Team

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

A very functioning team - I met with Chad Workman this visit and he addressed the information from the X-rays and answered my questions well. Dr. Krebs seems to train his Team so they can speak to issues in an informed manner. I have a sense there is a deep mutual respect among and within his department.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

When I called to schedule an appointment with Dr. Krebs, I was told by the scheduler that they preferred that I see another orthopedic specialist first for evaluation. When I informed the scheduler that I had seen Dr. Serna for my shoulder and he stated my pain in my hip was a hip issue that he does not attend to, the scheduler told me that the soonest date I could see Dr. Krebs was in August. I told him that I would wait for that later appointment. I was not upset and the scheduler was simply trying to provide me with a quicker date for evaluation but I am glad I waited for the appointment with Dr. Krebs.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Both Chad, NP and Dr. Krebs were kind and professional providing a calm and detailed explanation regarding my condition and options for treatment.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Excellent communication with Dr. Krebs - Dr. Workman - and Cheryl Thompson

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Very good physician

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Dr Krebs, his PA Chad Workman, and his RN Cheryl were OUTSTANDING in the time they took with me. I know the office was very busy that day, but I never once felt rushed. They ensured that I was 100% confident and informed about my surgery (this was a pre-op appointment for surgery the following day).

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

The ONLY place to go for care beyond the typical. I came from Michigan and will do so every time for the level of care received from Dr Krebs.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2021

Dr. Krebs and his Assistant are the Best

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