Title Chairman, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute
Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Complex Shoulder Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Joint Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Revision Shoulder Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Scapular Winging
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Viscosupplementation
  • X-Ray
View all 13 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Broken Bones
  • Disorders of the Shoulder
  • Labrum Tears
  • Nerve Injuries Of The Shoulder
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Infection
  • Shoulder Paralysis
  • Sports Injuries
View all 10 Specialties +


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About Joseph P. Iannotti, MD, PhD

Joseph Iannotti, MD, PhD, Chairman, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is Co-Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center and has a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Iannotti joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2000 having been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania for 20 years. He left the University of Pennsylvania as a tenured Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Head of the Shoulder and Elbow Service.

He received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1979 and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He did his orthopaedic residency training at the University of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1984.

Dr. Iannotti's clinical practice is focused on the treatment of the shoulder, and his primary interest is in the management of complex shoulder problems in joint replacement and rotator cuff tears. His practice includes both open and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder. His clinical and basic science research program also focuses on innovative treatments for tendon repair and tendon tissue engineering. His research program involves the study of shoulder biomechanics and prosthetic design.
Dr. Iannotti has published two textbooks (both in their second edition) on the shoulder and has authored 210 peer-reviewed articles, as well as book chapters. He has won numerous awards for his academic work from the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He has served in many leadership roles at the national level, which include Chair of the Academic Affairs Council and the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition, he has served and chaired several committees of the Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and is Past President (2006-2007) of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Medical School - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA

Residency - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Orthopaedic Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA

Internship - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
General Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA

Medical School - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL USA

Undergraduate - Fordham University
Bronx, NY USA

Additional Training

  • PhD in cell biology, University of Pennsylvania, 1987

Professional Highlights

  • Maynard Madden Professorship in Arthritis Research (2006- current)
  • Board of Directors, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1999-2005
  • Chair, Council of Academic Affairs, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (2003-2005)
  • American British and Canadian Fellowship, American Orthopaedic Association, 1993
  • President, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, 2006


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Shoulder disorders, including sports injuries; shoulder replacement; rotator cuff surgery; arthroscopic surgery; complex and revision surgery of the shoulder

Awards & Honors

  • Graduated cum laude, Fordham University, 1975
  • Biology Achievement Award, Fordham University, 1975
  • OREF Resident Research Award, 1981-1982
  • OREF Resident Research Award, 1983-1984
  • DeForest Willard Award, 1984
  • NIH NIADDK Clinical Investigator Award, 1984-1989
  • North American Traveling Fellowship, American Orthopaedic Association, 1985
  • ABC Fellowship, American Orthopaedic Association, 1993
  • Neer Award, American Shoulder Elbow Society, 1996
  • Neer Award, American Shoulder Elbow Society, 2001
  • Cleveland Clinic Resident Teaching Award, 2006
  • Named to numerous lists of "best doctors" in America, Midwest and Cleveland

Innovations & Patents

  • Designed most of the currently used shoulder prosthetics used by DePuy Johnson and Johnson
  • Designed shoulder prosthetic surgical simulator (IP owned by Cleveland Clinic)
  • Developed techniques for rotator cuff repair and reconstruction of ligament deficiencies of the shoulder


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Mid America Orthopaedic Association
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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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 5/2/2017, Dr. Iannotti 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. Iannotti receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • DJO Surgical

Royalty Payments. Dr. Iannotti receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Lifecell Corporation
  • Viscus Biologics, LLC
  • Tornier, Inc.
  • Depuy Orthopaedics, 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

263 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
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

20 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2018

Dr Ionnoti is a super physcian and his staff is alwayson top of things. I couldnt ask for better care, they are the best.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

The doctor was behind 1 hour but that can happen and the office never told me that I need to go for X-Ray first. I found out when I asked ths information desk in the lobby which floor the doctor was on and he printed out appointment and I noticed had to get A X-Ray first

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

I enjoy going to this provider because he does answer my questions. I ask and he answers in a manner that I can understand.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

I had to wait for 2.5 hours past my appointment time to see the doctor. He needs to change how appointments are scheduled as this was not the first time of having to wait.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

Dr. Ianotti made a video so one could follow the exercises exactly the way he wanted you to do them. It was helpful especially between appointments when one might think they are doing the exercises incorrectly.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

You always have to wait to see this provider at the clinic

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

dr Ionoti is excellent. he takes time with his examination, diagnosis & explains everything thoroughly. he answers all questions very precisely. exceptional doctor!!!!

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2018

Dr Ianotti is the Michelangelo of shoulder replacement! superb work!

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

Dr. Ianotti is absolutely wonderful. He has a combination of genuinely caring about his patients, excellent communication skills and excellent surgical skills. His nurse Janet is wonderful too! She is knowledgeable, kind and also has the patient's best interest at heart!

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

I love Dr. Iannotti. He is a wonderful surgeon and person. Very kind and informative. I believe my good functional outcome following a humerus fracture is a direct result of his skill and expertise.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

Excellent experience with Dr. Iannotti and his medical team. It could not have been better.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2018

Over all my experience with Dr.Iannotti and his care team was Excellent. I couldn't have ask for a better surgeon he and his care team are a very compassionate group of people.

Reviewed on May 22, 2018

extraordinary as always have tremendous respect for Dr Iannotti and his team. the Best!!!

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

Best doctor's office experience ever is at Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on May 14, 2018

Dr Iannotti and his staff are excellent. I wouldn't go to anyone else. They are always there when/if you need them. Great Job!!

Reviewed on May 14, 2018

My appointment was one hour late. Afterwords the doctors nurse told me not to get in to the waiting line but go directly to the second desk where clerk who promptly sent me to the back of the line. Flustered hungry and ready to leave, I left without making my next appointment. When home I called for an appointment same time next year and was told that they couldn't do it at this time.

Reviewed on May 1, 2018

Provider took plenty of time, explained all the options with pros and cons. I never felt rushed.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2018

Dr. _____ is terrific, and he... my care. All are GREAT.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2018

Dr Iannoti explained everything about my choices

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2018

My surgeon was great but had NO BEDSIDE MANNERS people learn different ways but he would not explain ANYTHING.

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