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

Undergraduate - Haverford College
Haverford, PA USA

Medical School - 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 7/8/2018, 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:

  • Orthogenics AS
  • MyDoc Pte Ltd.

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.

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

152 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.5

7 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2018

I was finally seen by my doctor 2 hours after my scheduled appointment time!!

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2018

I have never been so disappointed in a doctor in my life. He was so disrespectful to me and my wife. He found ever reason why not to help me. First he said we lived to far away it would be to expensive for us. Then he said he wasn't sure if my insurance would pay him and he didn't have any time for three months.He accused me of trying to find fault with my previous knee surgery and I was just trying to find a doctor who could tell me way I was still having so many problems with my knee replacement.

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

ok,dr was somewhat arogant,did not like being called morbidly obese ,high risk ashaving previous cardiac procedure did not come out of there feeling good cause i talked to him,i was just another fat person that he felt was a risk and i had to do all these things be for he would work on my .knees

Reviewed on May 16, 2018

dr did not have a great bedside manner,he was very straight and to the point,did not even shake my hand upon greeting me and the wife,wife did not like him at all,i thought he was intelligent,way to guarded a bit to arogant not to personable but does a morbidly obese person like me really know.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2018

As usual, Dr.Schaffer and his staff have been most helpful in trying to correct the health issues I've had.I could not have asked for better care. Dr. Schaffer even called on a Saturday night to give me some test results.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2018

I would like to have had a more in depth conversation with the doctor about the knee replacement surgery personally rather than being handed a notebook on it. (which is very useful since I will have all the information in writing but speaking personally with the doctor would have also been good).

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2017

I was given an expert and clear evaluation of my condition.

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