Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Joint Replacement
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Finger Joint Replacement
  • Hand and Arm Reconstruction
  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
  • Hand Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Joint Injections
  • Joint Preservation
  • Joint Preservation Center
  • Joint Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Nerve Biopsy
  • Nerve Transfers For Injury/tumor
  • Orthobiologics
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Percutaneous Treatments
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Shoulder Joint Replacement
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Surgery Of The Hand And Wrist
  • Tendon Reconstruction
  • Wrist Reconstruction
  • Wrist Replacement
  • Wrist Surgery
View all 35 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Broken Bones
  • Calcification Tendinitis
  • Elbow Pain & Injury
  • Elbow Problems
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Hand and Wrist Injuries
  • Hand Problems
  • Hand Related Sports Injuries
  • Ligament Strains/Tears
  • Muscle Aches/Pain
  • Nerve Compression of the Hand
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Nerve Injuries Of The Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to Treat
  • Scars
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Infection
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Paralysis
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Tendinosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
View all 31 Specialties +


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About Peter J. Evans, MD, PhD

Peter Evans, MD, PhD, came to Cleveland Clinic in 2001 from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was Chief of the Division of Hand and Upper Extremity, the Division of Sports Medicine, and the Director of Orthopaedic Research.
After receiving his medical degree from University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Dr. Evans completed a comprehensive surgical internship at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.

His orthopaedic surgery residency and shoulder and sports medicine fellowship were both completed at the University of Toronto. In addition, Dr. Evans has a PhD  from the University of Toronto, The Institute of Medical Sciences, School of Graduate Studies. Then, Dr. Evans completed a hand microsurgery and arthroscopy fellowship from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. 

Dr. Evans has authored numerous publications and book chapters and has made many presentations at national and international conferences. He is very active in research, including peripheral nerve regeneration and transplantation and clinical outcomes. Dr. Evans' specialty interests include shoulder, elbow, and hand surgery including arthroplasty; sports medicine and arthroscopic shoulder, elbow, and wrist surgery; peripheral nerve regeneration; and transplantation.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Hand Surgery
Winston-Salem, NC USA

Fellowship - Toronto Western Hospital
Sports Medicine
Toronto, ON Canada

Residency - University of Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada

Medical Education - University of Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada

Graduate School - University of Toronto

Internship - Toronto General Hospital
Toronto, Ontario,,

Medical Education - University of Calgary

Undergraduate - Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Elbow, hand and shoulder surgery, including joint replacement, arthroscopy, tendon and nerve repair, upper extremity sports related injuries

Awards & Honors

  • America's Top Physicians, Orthopaedic Surgery

Innovations & Patents

  • Invention: Universal carpal tunnel guide - making carpal tunnel release surgery easier, safer and allows a mini open incision
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 7/3/2019, Dr. Evans 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. Evans receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Acumed, LLC
  • AxoGen, Inc.

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

  • Biomet, 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

274 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Knows Medical History 4.4
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

46 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Dr. Evans is phenomenal and a life saver.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

Dr Evans was very attentive and diligent in my care on the day of this appointment

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Dr. Evans saw my husband in between appointments, the next day surgery was scheduled for bursitis, we were amazed at the efficiency, courtesy, that were displayed from everyone from the doctor to his entire staff! GOOD JOB!!!!!

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr Evans is an outstanding Dr., his staff is friendly and very knowledgable. He tries the conservative treatment first, then when nothing else can be done he proceeds. He actually really listens.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

Dr Evans and his assistant were great. explained everything gave me input in the treatment plan and answered all my questions about the procedure recovery. If I decided to have surgery recovery length of time to schedule date etc.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Dr. Evans is a fabulous physician that truly cares about his patients( at least based on my personal experience). He spends time with you, fully explains what is going on and treats you with respect and concern.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

I love Dr Evans hes a great surgeon i woukd recamond him to anyone

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

i had been to the er a couple nights before the xrayed it an told me to get to my surgeon dr evans he barely looked at it didnt even xray or anything just said it was over used an i needed to take it easy i was very upset because i drove 4 hours just for him to walk in an say that without even taking a look inside im not sure if i will be going back

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Dr. Peter Evans is a excellent Dr. and treats you like a friend. Someone you would recommend your mom to if she needed surgery.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

I love everyone at the facility they are patient and understanding. Dr.Evans is a very cool person and gets the job done perfectly, I would recommend him to anyone. Thanks Guys for everything.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

I like Dr.Evans assistants and nurses.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

the doctor listened to me and explained things that had never been explained to me before. he did not talk down to me. he made me feel that I had come to the right place. I was not just patient number 100 of the day.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

yes Dr. Evan settle my concerns for my hand and fingers

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Dr Evans and his staff were excellent in all categories.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Great Doc and wonderful staff.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Dr. Evans was very accommodating in seeing me both right after the acute injury and in follow up. He was creative in ways to accommodate my medical needs and still keep my work schedule. Thank you!!

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Dr. Evans has been a godsend to me and my family in his availability, kindness and overall care that he has provided to me for this injury Acute injuries are never easy, but this one happened to come at a bit of a trying time--I can't thank Dr. Evans enough for fitting me in both after the acute injury and in follow up. I am eternally grateful. Thank you!

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

Dr. Evans replaced both of my shoulders. He never pushed the surgical option but waited until I was ready for both procedures. The post-operative results are amazing. I am no longer in pain every time I move my arms and can accomplish all of the household and recreational tasks i care to to do. it has been an amazing journey and I am so grateful to Dr. Evans and his staff for their skill, competency, and kindness .

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Dr Evans is amazing and is the main reason I have the quality of life that I have!!!

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

Dr. Evans is an excellent surgeon. He explained the pros and cons of possible treatments prior to scheduling surgery. He is a very professional, caring doctor who I can recommend to family and friends without reservation.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

Dr. Evan"s office was extremely helpful through out the entire process..

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

Dr. Evans is one of the best/excellent doctor in CCF. He treated me like a family and his taking his time to explain everything that I should know and in the level that I will understand. Kudos! he always do a good job.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

Dr. Evans is a superior doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Dr. Evans was able to fit me into surgery the day after my initial appointment with the orthopedic surgeon thereby limiting my wait time for surgery. The timeliness of my surgery by Dr. Evans is greatly appreciated.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2019

Great experience with my care provider and his resident and nurse practitioner.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr Evans did an excellent job in describing what was wrong with my finger on my right hand. He also offered treatment options other than surgery. I decided to to do the surgery with Dr. Evans because I felt confident with his expertise and his explanation of what the surgery entailed. He was polite, listened to my questions with concern. I would highly recommend Dr. Evans.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

Fantastic experience, doctor showed concerned and took his time to explain all options. Will followup in December.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

Dr. was running behind but well worth the wait.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019

Arrogant Dr. speaks down to me when we meet. does not directly answers my questions. Tells me not to concern myself he knows what he is doing.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019

Dr. Evans was very thorough with his evaluation of my hand problem and recommended carpel tunnel surgery which I totally agree with.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

I was worried about making the appointment because Dr. Evans is such a popular Dr. and I really needed to see him right away. The scheduler was the absolute best! I wish I could remember his any case Thank You.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

Dr. Evans has all the qualities an orthopedic surgeon needs to have to be a part of the Cleveland Clinic team. His passion to do the right thing in my individual case was evident and his explanation of a difficult procedure to the point. He is first and foremost a physician who lives his craft and likes nothing more than to share his God given abilities to promote healing and restoration. Thank you for lifting a weight from my shoulders. I thoroughly trust Dr. Evans and know that I am in good hands for my surgery,

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

great experience, Dr.Evans very knowledgeable, straight to the point and comforting . and the physical therapy staff is the best!

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

Dr. Evans is clear and concise in his explanations. He is the consumate professional.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

Dr. Evans and his dr who is in "fellowship" did an EXCELLENT job explaining procedure, options and answering my questions.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2019


Reviewed on Feb 5, 2019

The wait time in office was too long. Dr. Evans is a great Dr. and worth the wait if NOT to long.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019

Dr. Evans was running behind and I waited for 45 min without anyone updating me. I finally opened the door and asked. Dr. Evans was very apologetic and explained the delay.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

Always a great experience with Dr. Evans and the staff at the orthopedic department at Cleveland Clinic in Independence!!!

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019

I honestly felt like dr Evans was afraid to address any of my issues. he wanted me OUT of that office and out of his care ASAP. I received NO-ZERO additional test recommendations, zero referral and overall made my stomach sick with his overall lack of concern for any of my issues.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

Dr. Evans was great! Very professional yet very kind and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019

Dr. Evans was great. I trusted him and felt as though he had my best interest in mind.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2018

I got to the office at 11:25 for my appointment at 11:30. Checked in and waited in the wait room office until 12:10 almost. Waited in the exam room for 25 mins until 12:45 and then met with the resident who works with Dr. Evans. He left and then came back with Dr. Evans around 1:15 and I left the office by 1:25. It was far too long to be waiting for this appointment

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2018

Promptly seen by nurse, then quickly seen by an intern. Short wait, then seen by Dr. Evans. Excellent treatment and attention to detail.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018

I have always been treated with care and respect by Dr. Evans and his staff. Dr. Evans is a wonderful doctor he has always listened to my concerns.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2018

Dr. Evans is always very kind and down ti Earth. He is not at all pompous and takes time to listen to you and he explains things very thoroughly. He is a wonderful doctor and I have recommended him many times to my family and friends.9

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