Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Joint Aspiration
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Joint Replacement
  • Joint Replacement Of The Knee
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Primary And Revision Joint Replacements
  • Primary And Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Reconstructive Surgery Of The Knee
  • Revision Joint Replacement
  • Revision Knee Joint Replacement
  • Revision Total Knee Replacement
  • Surgery
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
View all 16 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Avascular Necrosis Of The Knee
  • Joint Disorders
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Joint Disorders
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
View all 8 Specialties +


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About Jonathan Schaffer, MD, MBA

Jonathan Schaffer, MD, MBA, is Managing Director of eCleveland Clinic in the Information Technology Division of Cleveland Clinic and is on Staff in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as a Joint and Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgeon. He came from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where he was also an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Schaffer's medical specialty interests include reconstruction of arthritic knees, including joint replacement, the treatment of arthrofibrosis after total knee replacement and the use of arthroscopic methods to treat arthritic knees. His research interests include perioperative pain management, the integration of multimedia object-oriented databases in patient outcomes research, the biological effects of new surgical techniques, specifically lasers, and minimally invasive surgery.

A presenter at numerous regional, national and international courses, Dr. Schaffer is also the author of more than 85 articles, book chapters and books, and has developed a number of multimedia programs and computer software applications. He was named to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and has received many awards for medical Website development.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and is a member of the American College of Physician Executives, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the American Medical Informatics Association.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Northwestern University
Evanston, IL USA

Fellowship - Children's Hospital of Boston
Orthopaedic Research
Boston, MA USA

Fellowship - Brigham & Women's Hospital
Adult Reconstruction
Boston, MA USA

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

Internship - Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania
Orthopaedic Surgery
Philadelphia, PA USA

Medical Education - Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA

Undergraduate - Haverford College
Haverford, PA USA

Medical Education - Reference Source


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Adult reconstructive surgery of the knee, arthroscopy, orthopaedic technology, research

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 6/21/2019, Dr. Schaffer 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. Schaffer receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • MyDoc Pte Ltd.
  • Orthogenics AS

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

  • FlexLife Health, Inc.

Right to Future Distribution of Cleveland Clinic Financial Interest. Dr. Schaffer may receive future financial benefits from the Cleveland Clinic for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • FlexLife Health, Inc.

Equity Dr. Schaffer owns stock or stock options in the following companies for activities as a founder, inventor, discover, developer:

  • FlexLife Health, 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

176 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

I always recommend Dr. Schaffer and Ted to people for knee replacements. They are the best in my opinion!

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

Have on several occasions recommended Dr. Schaffer to friends.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

the doctor put me at ease immediately. I was impressed with his thoroughness of his questions. unlike other surgeons I have dealt with he actually seemed interested in who I am and my concerns regarding surgery.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

it is always a wonderful experience with Dr. Shaffer and his staff!

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Dr. Schaffer is VERY thorough. I have a bit of a complicated surgical history, and, unfortunately, be is going to be the "clean up" guy. We discussed many scenarios, potential outcomes, etc., and came up with a surgical plan. Along with PA Ted and admin Coleen, my care is in good hands.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

*Dr. John Shaeffer, *Ted and the rest of the staff including *Colleen are all exceptional _____ and individuals. They excel at taking great care of their patients. Thanks to all of them.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

I waited longer than I expected but Dr. Schaffer was worth the wait. His PA and nurse were also very informative.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019

Great Doctor and a great PERSON

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

Another staff kept coming in the room to rush the doctor along during my appointment. I had waited my turn and was annoyed that person was trying to rush my appointment. I feel I'm just as important as whomever he was trying to get the doctor to see. Doctor Schaefer however did finish my appointment in his own time and I did not feel he rushed me out.

Reviewed on May 24, 2019

Dr. Schaffer is THE best doctor I have ever had. I know he's a very busy man but he makes me feel like I am the only patient he has and that he really cares about me.

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

The doctor was rude . did not care about my condition and said that the other doctors were just taking my money and they shouldn't have done anything for me . never had a doctor treat me that way .

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

Dr. Schaffer was very friendly.

Reviewed on May 1, 2019

this was by far the best experience I have ever had with any doctor. this was my first time at Cleveland Clinic and I was extremely impressed.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

*Dr. Schaffer is amazing. I will never be able to thank him and his staff *Colleen & *Ted for giving me my life back!

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

I am very particular about the bedside manner and I have received top notch service from my doctor and made comfortable during my visit a good day.

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019

Dr. shaeffer is always very professional and treats me like a person make me glad that i had my knee fixed by him

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

I would highly recommend Dr. Jonathan Shaffer.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Dr. Shaffer was incredible. He took his time, answered all my questions & was so friendly!

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2018

Provider was most accommodating and caring.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2018

I waited for one hour in the waiting room and then another 45 minutes in the exam room before the doctor came in. That is inexcusable. There was only one person ahead of me in the waiting room.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2018

Dr answered effectively all questions Thought highly of him

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2018

I have enjoyed an excellent relationship with Dr. Shaffer and his staff. Dr. Shaffer has been outstanding throughout the surgical process and recovery and he and his staff has been excellent in handling any questions or concerns I have had.

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