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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

  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • Fracture Care
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Intratympanic Injection
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Non Operative Treatment Of Arthritis, Fractures, Sprains And General Orthopaedics
  • Non-Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries
  • Orthopaedics
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Injections (PRP)
  • Prevention And Treatment Of Injuries In The Aging Athlete
  • Rotator Cuff Pathology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sports Safety
  • Viscosupplementation
View all 17 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankle Instability
  • Arthritic Knee Problems
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of The Hip
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Knee
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Broken Bones
  • Hip Labral Tears
  • Internal Derangement of the Knee
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Lateral Epicondylitis/tennis Elbow
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries In Athletes
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Sports Injuries
  • Upper Extremity Disorders
View all 31 Specialties +


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About John Bergfeld, MD

John Bergfeld, MD, is a Senior Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

He served as team physician for the Cleveland Browns from 1976 through 2003 and the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1982 through2003.  Presently, he is consultant surgeon for the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers and team physician for Baldwin Wallace College.

Dr. Bergfeld was elected to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame and designated "Mr. Sports Medicine" in 2009.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Temple University School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA USA

Undergraduate - Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA USA

Additional Training

  • U.S. Navy 1970-1973 (Rank: Commander)

Professional Highlights

  • President, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • President, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • President, American College of Sports Medicine
  • President, International Anterior Cruciate Ligament Study Group
  • President, Herodicus Society


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Sports medicine, knee joint disorders, traumatic injuries related to sports activity

Awards & Honors

  • Best Doctors in America
  • Connelly's America's Best Doctor
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame
  • "Mr. Sports Medicine" 2009
  • Academy of Medicine, Northeast Ohio, John Budd distinguished member award
  • NFL Foundation, distinguished professional career


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Orthopedic Association
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • International Anterior Cruciate Ligament Study Group
  • NFL Foundation, distinguished professional career
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for John Bergfeld, MD.

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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 10/9/2018, Dr. Bergfeld 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. Bergfeld receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Samumed, LLC

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

66 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

15 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2022

Love Dr bergfeld. Very concerned and helpful addressing my issues

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Dr Bergfeld was very helpful in helping me understand the X-rays of my knee and hip and what was causing the pain. We also had a good discussion re the doctors for the surgery for a total knee replacement. I am well settled on the surgeon for my surgery and will be setting up an appointment for it in late May or June 2023.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

Dr Bergfeld The best of the best

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Doctor availability seems to be getting farther and farther out into the future.

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Dr bergfeld is very kind and caring

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2022

Like dr bergfeld very much. He was very concerned and helpful

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Great Doctor!!!

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Best ortho doctor I have ever seen and have seen many!

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2022

Dr Bergfeld was excellent. His attention to details which Included his inquiries about previous medical histories regarding this issue. His level of care and compassion was outstanding. He is a fantastic physician.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Dr. Bergfeld was the care provider. He explained everything ahead of time, answered my questions about the procedures and results, and used humor and care when he administered my 3 gel shots.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

The doc was very sweet and kind. I felt comfortable in trusting him. I would return to him and also recommend him.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2022

It was a joy to be treated and counseled by Dr. Bergman. He was affable, practical and clearly took my views into account in recommending my treatment.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2022

I explained what I wanted and why, we discussed it and the doctor agreed.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2022

All good with nurses, helpers and especially Dr. Bergfeld. Kind, compassionate, knowledgeable and decisive.What more could I ask?!

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

Dr Bergfeld I felt was knowledgeable and clear on what my problem was

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