Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Medina Hospital Medical Office Building
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Fracture Care
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hip Replacement
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Joint Replacement
  • Joint Replacement Of The Knee
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Revision
  • Minimally Invasive Knee Joint Replacement
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
View all 25 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Bursitis
  • Disorders of the Shoulder
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Problems
View all 14 Specialties +


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About Joseph Scarcella, MD

JosephB. Scarcella, MD is a staff surgeon with the Cleveland Clinic's Department ofOrthopedic Surgery. He has degrees in both Biology and Civil Engineering fromCleveland State University and Fenn College of Engineering, as well as aMaster's Degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Akron. Heattended medical school at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine andcompleted a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center ofCleveland. Dr. Scarcella joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2009 after 16 years inprivate practice in the Cleveland area.

Dr. Scarcella's primary interests are total hip and knee replacement, includingpartial knee replacement, general hand surgery and arthroscopic surgery of theknee and shoulder. Dr. Scarcella has been involved with local area high schoolsas team physician since 1991, and also was an assistant physician with theCleveland Indians in 2004 and 2005.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Mount Sinai Medical Center (Closed)
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Graduate School - University of Akron
Civil Engineering
Akron, OH USA

Undergraduate - Cleveland State University
Civil Engineering
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH USA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Total and partial knee replacement with minimally invasive techniques; arthroscopic repair of shoulder problems, including ligamentous and rotator cuff; arthroscopic knee surgery, including ACL reconstruction

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/14/2019, 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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* 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

290 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

40 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019

I really loved the doctors at this clinic and they were very understanding and very professional about their job

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

First time seeing Dr. Scarcella & he was very professional and explained everything w/ great detail.....very personable and approachable

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

Dr. Scarcella was very great! He examined my hand and knew immediately what the issue was and what had to be done. He was very forthcoming and recommended a hand surgeon who would treat my hand .

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

he was very prompt and courteous very knowledgeable I could not have went to a better doctor

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

like I mentioned before my doctor was very outstanding he has been the best doctor I've ever came across that was knowledgeable courteous and very informed with my situation wrist I would definitely recommend him to others

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

despite not having my MRI handy, Dr Scarcella was kind and took time to talk to me and come up with a plan

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Dr. Scarscella seemed rushed and dismissive when I asked questions. when I began to ask a question, he would interrupt me with a brief answer.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019

Dr. Scarcella explained in very refreshing detail all my questions I had especially relating to my medicines and any future interactions with any new medicines, this was extremely helpful

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

dr scarcella is extremely caring and helpful

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Dr. is just amazing! Got right to the point of the problem and explained it in detail with all my options. Very pleased

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Dr. Scarcella diagnosed the problem quickly and administered cortisone to both knees. I began feeling better by the end of the day. Haven't been able to walk without pai since January. Thanks Dr Scarcella!

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

very happy with doctor

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Dr. Scarcella was very professional and thoughtful. He asked questions and answered my questions regarding my visit.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2019

waited over 45 minutes to be called to see the doctor I

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Although Dr. Scarcella seemed to be very knowledgeable, during the first few minutes of the consultation he told me that I really shouldn't be there. He said that my problem was one of the most over-diagnosed conditions. I then explained that my primary care doctor had treated this condition when it had occurred in my left leg, but he referred me to orthopedics for this occurrence in my right leg due to the size of the swelling. After Dr. Scarcella examined my leg, he did provide me with answers to my questions, as well as treatment options. After leaving the office, however, I felt that his comments about why I had been referred to him seemed unprofessional. My primary care doctor is a thorough conservative physician and would not have referred me without cause. I hope that for his sake, Dr. Scarcella was just having a bad day. I look for caring and concern in my doctors, however, and these qualities were not evident in him that day.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

I have been incredibly impressed with Dr Scarcella and his entire staff. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

The Dr. is good, but in too much of a hurry, you feel rushed, with little talk about my condition, not very friendly, but I feel he knows a lot and is good as a Dr.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

this physician was exceptional! he asked why I was given an apt so far from my home and kindly offered to call Beachwood to forward the findings of my exam in Brunswick to his colleague. he was concerned about having to travel to the southwest side of Cleveland for surgery and follow up apts. I so appreciate his thoughtfulness!

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Dr Scarcella is the best. He has repaired both shoulders and my right knee. I'll stand by him as a Dr. and a person anyday, any where, anytime.

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

dr scarcella is very nice explains everything so i understand would always go back to him

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

would always go to this doctor

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

have always liked dr scarcella

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

i have been seeing Dr. Scarcella for many years and have always appreciated his honest assessment of my knee problems.

Reviewed on May 8, 2019

I saw an orthopedic surgeon in FL before seeing Dr. Scarcella. The 2 experiences could not have been further apart. Dr. Scarcell took the time to look at the MRI and also explain it to me. Outlined my options. I was extremely satisfied with the office visit.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr. Scarcella is straight forward and to the point. His office is efficient and there is very little wait time.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr Scarcella is a kind and caring person. Wants to know your problems and wants to help take care of them.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

I was very impressed by Dr. Scarcella's knowledge and willingness to directly answer the "meat" of my questions. Some doctors seem to give short, canned responses unless you probe with more questions, bur Dr. Scar gives to-the-point information. I very much appreciate that.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

I have not experienced any difficulty with scheduling or with seeing the Dr. I have been well taken care of and pleased to report so.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

doctor was efficient and easy to talk to. I felt that he was knowledgeable and caring

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

Dr Scarcella was in a rush from the moment he walked in the room, didn't care about me personally, rushed through my questions and concerns. Not very patient friendly.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2019

I like Dr Scarcella. He knows his stuff but could really listen to the patient's ailments instead of talking to a chart or X-ray. All in all he's a very good doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

Dr. Scarcellar expained what was happening to my fingers and my wrist. He showed me my e-rays and did a good job pointing things out. Answered my questions Took good care of me.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

I was very impressed with the Dr.s attitude, approach, and prompt attention to my problem.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019

Very Knowledgeable In Addressing My Concerns...And The Procedure Was Explained In A Professional And Simplified Manner...Excellent Dr.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

didn't need a return phone call. Dr.Scarclla was very professional and explained everything with ease and not rushed.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2019

Dr Scarcella is very good in answering the questions regarding my visit. He explains everything in a manner I can understand. I highly recommend him to everyone that needs surgical procedure.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2019

I would recommend the staff generally, but I would not really recommend the medical doctor. Most abrupt, almost rude doctor I have ever met in the last 25 years of presenting for medical treatment. Took no time to explain anything, seemed uncaring in the past history, etc.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019

Dr. was extremely compassionate and genuine. Mom has advanced dementia/Alzheimer's and as he spoke, he was engaged with mom but talking to me about mom's health issue. I hope this makes sense. mom was totally comfortable and remarked at how nice and concerned the Dr. is. I totally agree. a very good experience for us both.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019

*Dr. Scarcella was not informative at all. He seemed very short and detached from explaining any options I had regarding the fact that there was no cartilage left under my knee cap. Very poor bed-side manner. I left with even more questions than I went with.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

The doctor was kind and friendly. I felt he truly was concerned about my health and wanted to help me.

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