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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
  • Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture Surgery
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Proximal Biceps Tendon Rupture Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Pathology
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Tendon Reconstruction
View all 14 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Labrum Tears
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries in Athletes
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Sports Injuries
View all 11 Specialties +


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About Mark Schickendantz, MD

Mark Schickendantz, MD, is 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 Guardians 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 over 80 peer-reviewed articles, has written several book chapters and has presented at various research meetings around the world.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

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

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH

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

Undergraduate - Montana State University
Bozeman, MT

Professional Highlights

  • Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic College of Medicine
  • Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee Major League Baseball¬†


  • 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)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)¬†
  • 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

356 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

34 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 3, 2024

Dr. Schickendantz reviewed my history and told me what was wrong and that it could be treated without surgery. He was very polite and answered all of my questions.

Reviewed on May 3, 2024

I came in to discuss my shoulders and what were my options, which the Dr explained on my previous visit. He was very sensitive and could tell that at my age surgery would be my last option. However if it came to surgery this is the Dr I would want doing the surgery. Excellent care for me and my concerns

Reviewed on May 2, 2024

The problem for which I saw the doctor has been going on for just over a year. I had been seeing a physicians assistant at the Avon facility with whom I am not impressed. He told me I needed a total shoulder replacement. That is why I scheduled an appointment with the surgeon. The surgeon and his fifth year resident gave me other options and told me that a total shoulder replacement was not necessary at this time. I was very happy to hear of the other options they gave me because I really would prefer to not have a major surgical procedure unless absolutely necessary.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Highly pleased with the Doctor and his staff

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

Dr and his assistant very helpful in deciding my next steps.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2024

Dr Schickendanz was very encouraging & empathetic to my condition & situation.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Dr.Schickendantz has helped me in the past, he and his assistants are the best.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2024

Amazing doctor and staff

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

I have already recommended this care provider to others.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Friendly and professional staff and Doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

My surgery went unusually well for a rotator cuff surgery. Friends have told me that they had to sleep upright after surgery and it was quite painful. Neither was the case for me.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

Dr. Schick is extremely talented. I highly recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2024

Dr schkindanz is a wonderful doctor!

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2024

I would recommend Dr. Schickendantz and the Cleveland Clinic to anyone!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr. Schickendantz and Dr. Cogan were very professional and explained everything so well. It was a pleasure to meet them. Great Doctors!!!

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Doctor was clear and took the time to answer out questions

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Doctor was the professional I expected. From reviews on the website. I knew this was a caring doctor who treats each patient with respect and compassion.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr. Schickendantz is in my opinion an excellent physician. The times I have seen him reaffirmed to me that I am very fortunate to have been able to be treated by Doctor Schickendantz.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2023

Dr Schickendanz & resident were very easy to talk to and get honest feedback as to options and outcomes

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Completely satisfied, was treated with warm , professional staff. Always, have a successful visit. Everyone is so pleasant. Dr. Is the best.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2023

The kindest Doctor

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

I am very happy with Dr. Chickendanz

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr Schickendantz has a most professional office.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr. Schickendantz is the best. Excellent care

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

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

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Dr. Schickendantz, as has always been the case, always does what he can to help you. Dr. Schickendantz is a practitioner of excellence.

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

He's a great doctor.

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

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