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 the Director of Cleveland Clinic Sports Health.

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

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/ Sports Medic
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

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 7/6/2020, 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

275 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

46 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

My experience at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center was way above what I expected. The level of care and concern by the doctor, nurse, etc was really just perfect.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

The doctor/nurse works so well together that I received a complete and totally understandable idea of the procedure to repair my bicep and the future rehabilitation.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

Everything was great. I really like Dr. Schickendantz.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2020

This was one of the worst experiences I have had with any physician. Dr. Schickendantz was rude, dismissive, and had a lack of empathy for shoulder pain I have been struggling with for a long time. He did a very brief 2 minute physical exam and then basically said I was fine. He seemed to disregard my history and symptoms,as if they weren't important. No theories or explanations as to what may be causing my long-standing pain. I know a concrete diagnosis is often elusive, but a couple of ideas or theories on possible sources of my problem is not unreasonable. I went to a shoulder expert for an opinion on my shoulder and left with nothing but irritation and sadness at the way I was treated by a supposed expert. What a waste of my time and money. When one decides they need help from a doctor after they have been struggling with a medical problem, they hope and expect that the healthcare provider will either help them and provide some sort of guidance, or at least attempt to do so while exhibiting empathy and compassion. After all, didn't they go to school to help others? I watched this doctor's video, and all I can say is that it was like I met a completely different person. This MD was curt and dismissive,barely listening to myconcerns. Patients pay for a doctor's opinion and knowledge. He was ready to leave 5 min after he came in, and I had to prod him for any insight (none given). He generically wrote in his note that we discussed all treatment options. This is strange, as he gave no treatment options and even said, "I have no idea what's causing your pain". Wouldn't you find it strange when you go to a shoulder doctor for shoulder pain, and he literally can not give you even one theory on why you may be having problems? I did not make an appointment to waste anyone's time (although it appears I wasted both my time and money). I didn't want to take time to write a review, but in the interest of helping others, I thought I should doso. I read this doctor's glowing reviews, and was hopeful he could be of assistance. There certainly are helpful MDs out there. I hope whoever reads this review finds one of them.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Dr. Schickendantz is Awesome!!!!! Has always been every time I have had an appointment , email or phone visit.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Was there for both shoulders to be evaluated. Had xrays on both, but only the left was discussed by Dr. Schickendantz. When I asked about my right he said he hadn't seen any xrays of the right. The fellow doctor said there was one and the glenoid looked okay, so Dr. Schickendantz said "It's fine" and that was it. I would have like a bit more discussion about it as I am having more pain and problems on that side.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Dr. Schickendantz is awesome.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

The physician was fantastic! He is always very caring, answers any questions I have and treats me very well. I would recommend him to anyone!

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2020

The doctor and his assistants we very pleasant to talk to.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Excellent surgeon and doctor. I would choose him again for my Otho issues

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

From the very first time I met Dr Schickendantz I was confident I was in the best hands. Scheduling my first appointment was easy. The nurse at first appointment was wonderful and put me in contact with Jim to schedule surgery. Jim got my paperwork for my leave of absence for work to Sue and she had it returned to my work so quick. My work even said everything was perfect. Day of surgery though a bit nervous I was calm because of how I was prepped from my nurse to anesthesiologist and the doctor that put my nerve blocker in. After surgery appointments were made with ease. If I needed anything while recovering his office responded sometimes so quick I couldn't believe it. I have since completed all my follow up appointments and have been released back to work. I'm a little sad I won't be in contact with this amazing team but Dr Schickendantz assured me if I needed anything or had concerns to reach out to him. I can't thank his team enough!!!!

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

I find it very convenient. The virtual appointment gets you in connection with your doctor quicker.

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2020

dr. Schickendantz and his entire staff are awesome he has done both of my shoulders and both times I have had excellent results thanks again Dr. Schickendantz

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

Best Doctor Ever!

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

Dr. Schickendantz was very personable and helpful. He provided answers to all of our questions.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Excellent experience working with this doctor. Gave me great advice on how to minimize anymore further damage to my shoulder area. I completely trust him.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

I have never had as a great experience like the one with Dr. Schickendantz. He is extremely professional, knowledgeable, & personable at the same time. He really shows that he loves his job & genuinely cares about you as his patient.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

I will always highly recommend Dr. Schickendantz to others that may require his services. He is an outstanding orthopedic surgeon.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Dr. Schickendantz is very professional and caring.

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020

Really happy with the care and service the provider showed me.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Great staff, great doctor

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

you have a excellent orthopedic surgeon in Dr.Schickendantz

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Dr Schickendantz provided expert care. James Cribbins did an excellent job responding to any and all concerns.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Schockendantz is Awesome.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

I had many follow up questions which Dr S answered and provided options; we agreed to more PT vs another surgery.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

I would have like to move a bit quicker with the surgery to alleviate the shoulder pain, however things and the Doctor's availability pushed this until March. But I would not want to change Doctors as he performed repairs on my other shoulder.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

great job keep it up especially the doctor schikendance

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

Already knew the treatment plan. nothing to discuss. Dr. Schickendantz is exceptionally professional yet very friendly and empathetic. He also has a nice sense of humor which makes a patient feel at ease.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

I could not have asked for a better care provider. Without a doubt I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

I highly recommend both the doctor (hard to spell his name) and the staff. Could not be happier with the quality of care.

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

I have contacted the doctor with questions on three different occasions and each time received a response from his assistant Jim Cribbins within hours. Not only prompt but always helpful & thoughtful

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

if I could rate Dr Schickendantz and his staff higher than a 5 I would. Every visit, surgery, pre op, post op I couldn't ask for a better team

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Dr Schickendantz and his staff are very caring and so professional it is very refreshing!

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2019

went quick Dr and Staff very nice

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Excellent service, excellent doctor for over 20 years

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

I appreciate and trust the doctor's determination of what is needed for treatment.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Great Dr.He's courteous and takes time to answer any questions

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Dr. Schickendance and his team have provided excellent care and client service.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

Always a good experience with Dr. Schickendantz and his staff.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Dr S is a good provider

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Dr. Schickendantz and the medical team with him are the best. I've known him now for almost thirty (30) years and after seven (7) surgeries, feel great. he has always been my go-to doctor for any sports-related injuries.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Dr. Schickendantz truly cares for his patients. He helps people.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

would recommend Dr Schickendantz to anyone with a sports-related injury.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Mark S Schickendantz MD is exceptional.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr. S listened to me, answered questions, and provided support in his usual charming manner. It's always a pleasure to see him. I recommend him to everyone.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Doctors Schickendantz and Knapp are the most friendly, thoughtful, and knowledgeable professionals I have ever been seen by. I would drive any distance to see these drs.

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