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

Graduate - 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 6/18/2018, 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

249 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 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.4
Time Spent with Patient 4.5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.5

25 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2018

The doctor was punctual, to the point, thorough with his explanations. and on point.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

Very hard to get to Dr. off or staff. Very hard

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018

Dr. Scarcella is a brilliant doctor -- knows his stuff and is on time and explains everything in great detail. He is a true asset to the CC and definitely an asset to my health. Biggest complement is a referral and I definitely spread the word about Dr. Scarcella.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2018

Dr. Scarcella prides himself on being on time and expects the same from his patient -- mutual respect for all people's time!

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018

Dr Scarcella is excellent. he makes you feel at ease. he is also funny.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018

Dr. Scarcella has always taken the time and explained things for me to understand. I asked a couple of things that weren't on the books and he took the time and answered them.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2018

I like the doctor. He was very nice! Made me feel comfortable about the Surgery.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2018

Dr scarcella was very professional and took the time to answer my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

was very disappointed-I was phoned the same day (morning of) and was told my surgery had been cancelled to call Dr. Scarcella's office to reschedule-was very unhappy when I do call to reschedule I will have to take time off of work

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018

I didn't car for this doctors bedside manner.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018

The Doctor answered all my questions promptly and was very direct and to the point. He told me what I needed to know without wasting my time or his. I appreciate that very much.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2018

I had to wait 2 weeks from the day I called to get an appointment when I was first injured. The dr. went over things very quickly during office visits. He did a great job on my ACL surgery.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2018

Dr. Scarcella listens and answers any questions; and is very professional in the care he offers and in his demeanor.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2018

moved along like cattle. no one likes long waits at the doctors office, butt his bed side manner wasn't very caring

Reviewed on May 24, 2018

Dr Scarcella did a good job on explaining details of my surgery, including treatment and duration of my recovery,,

Reviewed on May 22, 2018

Dr is one of the best I have ever seen he is so professional and knowledge is amazing

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

I have always appreciated Dr. Scarcella's care and the manner in which he delivers clinical information - it seems he's attune that it's most important for the patient to understand the scope of what is ailing them

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

the entire clinic staff was supportive to me and those like me waiting a very long time after our appointments. i found their candor to be very professional. each explained there was a delay but did not offer excuses blaming others. Dr. Scarcella's nurse thanked me for my patience and understanding of the delay as she checked me into the exam room.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2018

Dr Scarcella answered all of my questions and explained every problem I any,I was very happy with him,great Doctor.we

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

Dr Scarcella is my orthopedic physician thus I do not see him on a regular basis , however when I do need his advice and care , He is always very professional, caring and helpful.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2018

my doctor didn't listen to my health issues nothing was resolve and my next appointment was made for 3 weeks later so I will be in a very lot of pain for 3 weeks after original appointment to maybe get help

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2018

any prescriptions since the operation in october have been handled promptly

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2018

He was rude to me. Would not let me explain things to him. He acted like he was in a big hurry and was even rushing out the door as I was asking questions. Told me my x rays showed that my hips were fine. Then I get the report through my chart and find out I have narrowing of my hips. He asked me if I took Mortin or any OTC medications for pain. Irr said, no, I take Turmeric curcumin for pain and inflammation and he got all upset asking me again. I said No again. Then he said, he didn't know what Turmeric curcumin was. I told him, but that did not matter. I gave me a prescription for Mobic which I did not get filled because Turmeric curcumin does the same thing. He wanted me to see a Doctor in Strongsville. I was so upset when I left there, I cancelled that appointment to see that Doctor. I will not go back and see this Doctor again!

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2018

Wonderful experience with doctor and staff.

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2018

Dr. Scarcella went out of his way to find the test i needed to diagnose my shoulder issue since I cannot habe MRI. he called me personally to tell me the plan of care after my appointment was over and he had finished his research

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