Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Beachwood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Beachwood Family Health Center
Primary Location

Beachwood Family Health Center


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthritis Surgery
  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Reconstruction
  • Hand and Arm Reconstruction
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Revision Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Total Joint Replacement
View all 22 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Thumb Base
  • Arthritis of the Wrist & Hand
  • Broken Bones
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Congenital Hand Differences
  • DeQuervain's Disease
  • Elbow Problems
  • Fractures
  • Fractures Of The Hand
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Problems
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Painful Joints
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Shoulder Fractures
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Upper Extremity Disorders
  • Wrist Diseases
View all 23 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 4/22/2019, 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.

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* 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

203 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

We have a lot of confidence in Dr. Seitz

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019

Bill did what no other Dr. said that they could do.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

I have been seen by Dr Seitz in the past and feel he is the best in his field.

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

My daughter really appreciated being kept up to date through my surgery. And *Dr. Seitz coming to talk with her & explaining what was done.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

Dr. Seitz and his team at Lutheran Hospital are a great asset to my conditions!

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

My experience was unequivocally positive. Though I would have preferred scheduling an appointment earlier in the year, Dr. Seitz was well worth the wait! I left feeling confident that my issue could be corrected successfully. Competent, genuine, and warm, Dr. Seitz thoroughly answered my questions.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019

Dr really explain what he was doing and he is a very good person to set and explain .What was wrong with me .AndI would recommend him to anyone

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

I just love dr.sietz and his staff they are amazing

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019

I thank God all the time that *Dr. Seitz has dedicated his life to helping people. He has done 2 surgeries on me and I am very happy with the outcomes. I'm 2 weeks into my shoulder surgery and am feeling good already. He explained how he did extra procedures during the surgery. Thank you *Dr. Seitz! Just please keep doing surgeries because I may need my other shoulder done!

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2019

Dr. Seitz is very caring and gentle.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2019

Dr. Seitz worked with me in a professional and caring manner. He was knowledgeable about my condition and explained the upcoming procedure. He kept me at ease.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2018

We come in from out of town (out of state) to see Dr Seitz

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2018

Dr Seitz is an excellent doctor..He has a caring demeanor .He explains everything in a way that is easy to comprehend. I'm very happy to have Dr Seitz and his staff as my medical provider. Cleveland Clinic is very patient oriented. I Love Cleveland Clinic . You saved my life!!

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018

Wait time was very good for my follow-up appointment. Dr. Seitz was seeing patients in the Occupational Therapy room where multiple patients were sitting at individual tables to see him. Worked out surprisingly well and I had adequate time with him.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2018

Dr. Seitz is a very good and capable doctor, and a kind and caring person.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

I love Dr Seitz. the practice however of staging four to five people in a room and he walks through and speaks to each individually is disconcerting and uncomfortable. It makes you feel rushed and unimportant.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

doc didn't come in exam room for over an hour past appointment time. no one came in room to tell me about delay. just sat in an empty room staring nat the wall for an hour (not even any reading material available). I actually walked out of room to find someone to see if I was forgotten. doc happened to be passing by at that time. I asked if I was forgotten and stated that I had been waiting for an hour. he rudely responded that he had been there sense very early in the morning and was very busy. did not appoligize for my wait, instead was short and defensive. the irony to this was all I had to look at in the room was a screensaver on the PC on loop about CC's commitment to customer care and world class service, which only made the situation worse. I understand delays and such, but someone should have come in to notify me and doc should not have been rude and unapologetic. I did not feel like anyone cared about me or my time.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

Just had 9th surgery with Dr. Seitz and feel he is an excellent surgeon who is sincerely concerned about the medical condition of his patients.

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2018

I appreciated that I was told that the dr likes to take time with all of his patients and therefore may be running a little late. To me, that is WONDERFUL medical practice and communication, as I respect that and would like a doctor to give ME all the time I need to feel comfortable as well. KUDOS to old school and unrushed/ thorough medicine and medical attention!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

*Dr. Bill was excellent to work with, extremely competent and spent quality time with us at our visit.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2018

Dr. Seitz very articulate and impressive.

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