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 5/13/2019, 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

288 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
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.4
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

Dr.Schickendantz is awesome.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

already have recommended Dr. Schickendantz to wife and daughter

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

Dr. Schickendanz is all the exceptional qualities that I have heard about him over the years! Now that I had a problem w my shoulder/tendon I knew who I wanted as my doctor. After listening to his video bio too & his philosophy, it confirmed my decision! highly recommend him!

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

highly recommend this doctor & his staff!the physical therapy staff equally as exceptional w their care, kindness & knowledge of affected areas.highly recommend that team too!

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr schickendantz is an amazing surgeon with an outstanding warm compassionate team! My shoulder has full range of motion with no pain!!

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

doctor was very nice as was the resident.

Reviewed on May 2, 2019

Dr.Schickendantz and I go back thirty years. He is the sole reason that I am not walking on a flexed knee. I 100% trust him. fantastic doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

I have already recommended Dr. Mark S. to many of my friends and relatives.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

I had a great appointment with Dr. Schickendantz. I told him what hurt and some history. He gave some suggestions and I will be going to therapy. Everything was great!!

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

Nurse, Fellow and Doctor were all great

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

doctor was excellent professional reviewed my every concern took time with me very pleased with my appointment and recommendations

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

Dr. S. explained that the night pain in my shoulder is not unexpected for the procedure I had. He administered a steroid shot and scheduled another followup. I feel good about this visit.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

Dr. S. was very patient in explaining the difference between my previous rotator cuff procedure and this one. He explained my options and helped me reach a decision with which I am very satisfied.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

very positive, personable and informative. Dr. understood my recovery goals.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Dr. Schickendantz, took time to explain what is going on with my shoulder. Referred me to a hand specialist. Staff is wonderful :)

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2018

I've never had any trouble with scheduling, or waiting for the doctor to come in to the examination room

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2018

Everyone on staff were extremely friendly and respectful. Their care and concern was the only thing that diffused my frustration of having to wait so long to see the Doctor!

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2018

Dr. Mark Schikendantze is the only surgeon I will let work on my shoulder. I have had multiple shoulder surgeries. He is the only one I trust to do it right. I have known him since 2003. I have recommended him to all family and friends that have shoulder issues and to my knowledge all have been pleased with his service. He is an outstanding Surgeon! His team and staff are also outstanding which speaks of his leadership!

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2018

Dr. was great. It's just difficult to speak to a person about scheduling.

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