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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Sports Medicine Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Sports Medicine Center
Primary Location

Sports Medicine Center

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • 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 18 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Sports Injuries
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Labrum Tears
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries in Athletes
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • 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 8/24/2023, 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 (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a 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

310 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

24 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

The staff was courteous and Dr.Schickendantz showed empathy and concern about my condition.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

The professionalism of Dr. Schickendantz & his staff far exceeded our expectations. We were extremely pleased with the entire experience from surgery through recovery!

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Overall very happy and have already recommended Dr Schickendantz to a friend for a similar injury.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

Excellent Fellow and excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

I was very pleased with my visit. The doctor and staff were very courteous and professional. I am happy and fortunate to have such a great team.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Surgery for my shoulder was not an option which was explained to me- exercise to increase other tensions and muscle to compensate is working

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Great A1 Doctor

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Doctor and his assistant Jose were excellent

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Dr. Schickendanz is the best surgeon. His work is done with great expertise and care. He gives you time to ask questions and he looks you in the eye when he answers. The best doctor I have ever had. Thank you Dr. Schickendanz for caring so much for your patients.

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

I was very pleased to visit his office. The medical assistant was cordial and helpful. The doctor answered all my questions and gave me an injection quickly and without discomfort.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

I have recommended Mark Schickendantz to several people and they have been more than happy with his advice, professionalism, and surgical expertise. I will continue to do so and will contact him again for any orthopedic surgical needs. He and his team are exceptional.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Fellow/resident Jessica Churchill MD and Mark worked together seamlessly to provide my care.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2023

Dr Schickendantz is in my opinion one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Cleveland. His knowledge, his bedside manner, explaining everything, promptness and generally cares for his patients.My experience with him and his staff has been excellent. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Great experience with the doctor and his student.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Doctor explained everything I needed to know.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2023

Dr. Schickendantz experience was good. Answered my questions and stated "return if symptoms worsen or fail to improve".Also stated I did not have any limitations with shoulder and to continue therapy and exercise as shoulder allows.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2023

Dr. Schickendantz and his staff are amazing.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Doctor was excellent!

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

No better doctor

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

I could not ask for a better experience or better doctor! Incredible!

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Fantastic doctor!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2022

The doctor was very courteous and professional in all aspects of concerns to my situation, thank you.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022

Was able to have MRI the following day after seeing the orthopedic doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2022

Dr. Schickendantz was the only person involved in my care on this date. He was and always is willing to listen and and resolve questions and comments I have.

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