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

274 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.3
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

32 Patient Comments

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.

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.

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