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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Lutheran Hospital
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Lutheran Hospital
Primary Location

Lutheran Hospital


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arm Reconstruction
  • Arthritis Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Reconstruction
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Joint Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Upper Extremity Surgery
View all 19 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Hand
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Congenital Hand Differences
  • De Quervain's Tenosynovitis
  • Elbow Problems
  • Fractures of the Hand
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Problems
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Painful Joints
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Shoulder Fractures
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Upper Extremity Disorders
  • Wrist Diseases
View all 21 Specialties +


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About William Seitz, Jr., MD

William Seitz, MD, joined the Cleveland Clinic Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center as a hand and upper extremity surgeon. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Cleveland Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital at Lutheran Hospital and Director of Hand and Upper Extremity.
Dr. Seitz is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a founding member of the International Society for Fracture Repair and a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society. He most recently served as the Chairman for the American Society for Surgery of the Hand’s 3rd Combined Meeting of the Japanese and American Societies for Surgery of the Hand.
He was named to Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Science and Engineering (1997-2000) and in Woodward and White’s The Best Doctors in America, Midwest Region Edition (1996-2000). In 1992-1993 was named the Sterling Bunnell International Traveling Fellow for the ASSH.
Dr. Seitz’s specialty interests include management of problems of the entire upper extremity, including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand arising from congenital, arthritic, traumatic, neurologic and acquired conditions. He has been visiting professor and keynote speaker nationally and internationally on his work in shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand problems.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Campus
Hand Surgery
New York, NY USA

Residency - New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Campus
Orthopaedic Surgery
New York, NY USA

Residency - Saint Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center
General Surgery
New York, NY USA

Medical Education - Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons at Harlem Hospital Center
New York, NY USA

Undergraduate - Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center
Physical Therapy
New York, NY USA

Undergraduate - Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT USA

Professional Highlights

  • Presidential Guest Speaker, Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand 50th Annual Meeting
    Yamagata, Japan
  • Charles L. Hudson, M.D Distinguished Service Award, Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio
  • Visiting Professor, Kyoto University & Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Who's Who in the World, MARQUIS Who's Who, 1996-Present
  • Sterling Bunnel Traveling Fellowship, American Society for Surgery of the Hand


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery - Surgery of the Hand

Specialty Interests

Hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder surgery concentrating on joint replacement, trauma reconstruction, congenital hand reconstruction and arthroscopy of the entire upper extremity

Awards & Honors

  •  J Albert Key Distinguished Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, Distraction Lengthening in the Hand and Upper Extremity, June 21-22, 2007
  • Presidential Guest Speaker,Evolution of Management of Distal Radius Fractures and Malunions, Japanese Society for Surgery of the Hand 50th Annual Meeting, Yamagata, Japan, April, 2007
  • Presidential Guest Speaker, Scaphoid Hemiresection & Recessed Radioscapholunate, International Symposium on Hand Surgery, Yamagata, Japan, April, 2007
  • Charles L. Hudson, MD, Distinguished Service Award, Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio, April, 2007
  • Visiting Professor, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

Innovations & Patents

  • Designed implants and external fixation systems and fracture repair systems, Co-holder of Patent, Custom Radial and Ulnar Implants


  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Academic Orthopaedic Society
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • Orthopaedic Research 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 6/28/2023, Dr. Seitz, Jr. has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. 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.

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

234 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 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

45 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

My wrist was a mess! He literally changed my life as I was extremely limited. But I can conduct and now start to fully use it thanks to Dr Seitz! Enjoy your new direction and thank you!!!

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Excellent doctor. Very knowledgeable and caring

Reviewed on Dec 7, 2023

Dr Seitz was awesome. Outstanding care!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr Seitz is so kind and very knowledgeable and answered all my questions and made it easy for me to understand.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

He's retiring soon, so that may not be an alternative.

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Not always this good, but this doctor and experience was good.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2023

Dr Seitz and I have known each other for a very long time. That's why I trust him exponentially

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr. Seitz is a very busy doctor whom takes time and cares for his patients and their well being. He has contacted me on a Saturday afternoon after one of my surgeries.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr. Seitz really was patient answering questions and guiding us through an educated decision.

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

I trust doctor Seitz and consider him an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

I appreciate Dr. Seitz, kind, gentle, considerate, professional way of speaking to me about my situation. He has a great bedside manner.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr. Seitz is an outstanding surgeon who genuinely cares about me and took the time to answer all of my and my wife's questions

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Dr. Seitz was very attentive, respectful and understanding. I really appreciated his explanations and the information he provided.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Dr. Seitz has a wonderful , caring manner, like a modern day Marcus Welby . He and his staff take all the tension out of every visit, and take all the time you need to answer questions. Thank you so much!

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

If there were a higher rating than 5, I would choose 10

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Dr. Seitz did a great job of explaining the cause of my thumb pain, the treatment options, and long term prognosis. He even suggested changing my golf club grips!

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2023

Dr Seitz is an excellent practitioner

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2023

I trust doctor Seitz

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

With lots of experience Dr William.H. Seitz in a timely manner explained to me the solutions then the risks of my issues with dignity and respect

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

I appreciated Dr Seitz asking me several times if I had any further questions. I didn't feel rushed.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2023

Dr. Seitz is a kind and caring physician.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Dr Seitz is very kind and patient. He explains all options of care well. He does not rush through the appointment, but rather takes his time like I'm the only person he has on his schedule. I appreciate that.

Reviewed on May 23, 2023

I liked him very much! He explained everything so clearly.

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

This was my first contact with Dr Seitz and I was extremely impressed with him. He appears to be a very knowledgeable, personable, caring doctor. I cannot say enough about how confident I am that he will be able to help me.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2023

Dr. Seitz listened, explained, and shared his medical advice with care and concern and obvious expertise. Outstanding doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Dr Seitz is amazing !

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

I liked Dr. Seitz, and found his explanations easy to understand.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

Dr. Seitz is one of a kind. Hard these days to find someone as dedicated and kindhearted as he is!! You should be proud he's on your team.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Excellent doctor! I felt very comfortable with Dr. Seitz and felt that he was very thorough in his assessment of my issues. He explained to me what was happening to me and possible treatments.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

I only had a one other experience better than the quality care that I received from Lutheran Hospital and Dr. Sietz.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Very professional, kind and considerate. Very pleased with all aspects in regards to my care provider.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr Seitz and coworkers are professional, pleasant and they listen to and answer questions.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

The best experience I've ever had with a doctor

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Dr Seitz maintains the best medical team I've ever encountered

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

One of your best doctors ever.

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Dr.Seitz and his staff are exceptional. I am fortunate to be able to have them take care of me and my wife.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

Dr. Seitz is a very fine provider. Knows his stuff and takes pride in doing the best job possible.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

*Dr. Seitz is a true professional.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

Good news was they moved up my appointment with Doctor Seitz, MD, which was very beneficial.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

Dr Seitz is a very special gift

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2023

Dr. Seitz is again a real asset to the clinic ---he deserves a substancial raise

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr. Seitz was very thorough and explained what my X-ray showed, possible options, and what could be done. I was very impressed with him and the time he took to make sure I understood everything.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Very easy to get an appointment with Dr. Seitz.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Dr. Seitz is the ultimate professional and an expert in his care of me.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

The care I received by Dr. Seitz and his staff was excellent. I thank them for their successful surgery and after care. Thank you Dr. Seitz and team.

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