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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture Surgery
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Proximal Biceps Tendon Rupture Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Pathology
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Tendon Reconstruction
View all 19 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Labrum Tears
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries In Athletes
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Sports Injuries
View all 13 Specialties +


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About Mark Schickendantz, MD

Mark Schickendantz, MD, is Associate Professor of Surgery with the Cleveland Clinic College of Medicine and Program Director and Clinical Instructor of Orthopedic Surgery for the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health.

He is also the Head Team Physician and Director of Orthopedic Services for the Cleveland Indians Professional Baseball Club, 

His specialty interests include sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and elbow. He sees patients who are 15 years and older.

He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Schickendantz earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. He completed an internship in general surgery and residency in orthopedic surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He also held a fellowship in shoulder surgery and sports medicine at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo.

He is a member of a number of professional and medical societies, including the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association, among many others. He has published a number of peer-reviewed articles, has written book chapters and has presented at various research meetings.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - The Steadman - Hawkins Clinic
Shoulder Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Vail, CO USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Saint Louis University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO USA

Undergraduate - Montana State University
Bozeman, MT USA

Professional Highlights

  • Head Team Physician for the Cleveland Browns Professional Football Club
  • Head Team Physician for the Cleveland Indians Professional Baseball Club
  • Associate Professor of Surgery with the Cleveland Clinic College of Medicine


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Specialty Interests

Sports medicine, arthroscopic shoulder and elbow surgery.


  • American Board of Orthopedic Society (ABOS)
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association (MLBTPA)
  • Mid American Orthopedic Association
  • Cleveland Orthopedic Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Mark Schickendantz, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

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 6/20/2022, Dr. Schickendantz 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. Schickendantz receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Arthrex, Inc.

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

256 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

My experience was great, but I still haven't heard from Dr.Richetti they said would contact me!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2022

Dr. Schickendantz is always calm, caring, unrushed and listens.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Dr. Schickendance was amazing wouldn't have any other Dr. Touch my son up most respect for the surgeon.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

Dr. Was excellent. Friendly looked into all concerns. Explained plan after exam very well

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

Professional and friendly. Let us know that going forward we would need another provider and gave us a recommendation

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

Dr did not explain to my understanding his choice of treatment or lack there of.After doing some internet research of my own, I now understand his choice for treatment.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

Doctor and Staff were excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2022

Dr Schickendanz is a great asset to the Clinic. He is a very personable, knowledgeable and caring doctor who always helps me. The X-ray dept at Transportation Blvd was very efficient and nice, both the X-ray Tech and the Front Office Person. It was a very good visit for me and my husband.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

The doctor is very prompt & addresses my concerns

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

The dr was very good. Really liked his Physical therapist

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

The nurse, the resident, and Dr. Schickendantz were very professional, attentive, helpful, and courteous. I would highly recommend Dr. Schickendantz.

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2021

Very good doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Dr Schickendantz is always very professional and explains the best course of action for my disease process

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Dr. Schickendantz was extremely rude and unprofessional. He spent 2 minutes in the room with me, immediately told me he couldn't help me and that I will just always be in pain. He told me straight to my face that I could be crazy after I explained the pain I feel. I walked out of the appointment with more questions than answers and extremely disappointed that I took time off work to be treated that way. This appointment was a complete waste of my time.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

The doctor did not help me at all and gave me no answers to what could be causing my issues.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Dr. Schickendantz is the best! I am pain free after 2 years and am free in all movements.

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

My experience with Dr. Schickendantz and his staff was excellent

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2021

Doctor is always great

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Great care by a great doctor

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Dr. Schickendantz and his staff are absolutely AWESOME

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021

Always a pleasure to visit Dr Schickendantz besides the injury.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Dr. Schickendantz was personable, respectful, polite and professional but this was my first visit to see him although I requested another Dr suggested by my PCP. So I was curious as to why I was assigned to him, although he clearly has a lot of experience in sports medicine. Although we both agreed that a cortisone injection would be the most likely remedy for the arthritis in the shoulder, I think my expectations were a bit different than his. I came to the clinic because my previous orthopedic MD would not be fully covered under my present medical insurance. When the previous MD injected my shoulder, an ultrasound was used to verify the proper point of entry and usually 2 injections were given with one in the front and one in the back of the shoulder. Frankly, the one injection has not been very effective in relieving the discomfort.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Was 1/2 hour late to my appointment, due to traffic, but still got to see Dr Schickendantz without an undue wait.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

I have seen Dr. Schickendantz in the past and I think that he is the best!!

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Great doctor and a pleasant experience.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Both the doctor and PA were very informative. They took the time to go over my procedure. The follow up was great.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Dr. Schickendantz answers all my questions throughly. He explained what he found during surgery, so that I understand why I'm having so much pain and weakness in my arm.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Dr. Schickendantz is easy to talk to and very through.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Doctor had no explanation about huge bruises I had. Neither did my husband, also a physician. Sometimes there are just mysteries.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Dr. Schickendantz and his staff are very caring and great at what they do.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Did not listen to anything I said, had another doctor (resident?) come in and talk to me prior. He was very off putting and said he would relay our discussion to the doctor. They claimed to have looked at my x-ray, but failed to communicate the results with me. Schickendantz came in, pulled on my arm, and said "we'll try injections" and left. I have no clue what's going on with my arm or what those injections are for. Did not have an opportunity to ask questions because I was interrupted every time I spoke. Super disappointing.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

The provider seemed rushed.

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

My two visits with dr. Shickendance were great. He got me out of pain immediately with a cortisone shot and was straight to the point in helping me.

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