Department Otolaryngology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Head And Neck Cancer Treatment
  • Head and neck reconstructive surgery
  • Microvascular Reconstruction
  • Microvascular Surgery
  • Parotidectomy
  • Skull Base Surgery
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cancer
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Masses
  • Head And Neck Tumors
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Paranasal Sinus Disease
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid Disease Description
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skull Base Cancer
  • Skull Base Lesions
  • Spine Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodule
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Biography

About Joseph Scharpf, MD

Joseph Scharpf, MD, FACS, is a Staff Member of the Cleveland Clinic’s Head and Neck Institute in the Head and Neck Surgery section.  He is board-certified in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.  His specialty interests include head and neck cancer and reconstructive surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, benign head and neck tumors including salivary tumors and paragangliomas, and skull base surgery. He serves as the Director of Head and Neck Endocrine Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Scharpf’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, from Case Western Reserve University and a Medical Doctorate from the Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.  He completed a general surgery internship and an otolaryngology, head and neck surgery residency including an additional year of research at the Cleveland Clinic.  He pursued further fellowship training in advanced head and neck cancer, endocrine, and reconstructive surgery at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA before returning to the Cleveland Clinic.

He has published numerous journal articles and multiple book chapters on head and neck cancer and reconstruction, and has delivered numerous presentations both nationally and internationally. Dr. Scharpf also serves as an educator, teaching medical students, residents, and fellows.  He is a reviewer for several major scientific journals in his field and has served as a consultant for ThyCa, an organization dedicated to the well-being of those afflicted with thyroid cancer.

Dr. Scharpf is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Thyroid Association, and a member of  the American Head and Neck Society.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2004

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Advanced Head & Neck Cancer, Endocrine and Reconstructive Surgery
Iowa City, IA USA
2005

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Otolaryngology
Cleveland, OH USA
2004

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
1999

Medical School - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA
1998

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Biochemistry
Cleveland, OH USA
1994

Medical School - Reference Source

Certifications

  • Otolaryngology

Specialty Interests

gland/thyroid gland tumors/chemodectomas of the head and neck, head and neck cancer, head and neck endocrine (thyroid and parathyroid) surgery, head and neck reconstructive surgery, Head And Neck Tumors, Microvascular Reconstruction, Microvascular Surgery, paranasal sinus disease, skull base surgery

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 4/5/2017, Dr. Scharpf 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

143 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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

8 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 22, 2017

I was given the opportunity to decide what my options were and I felt good about that.

Reviewed on May 8, 2017

Dr. Scharph is amazing! He listens well, is empathetic, friendly, and punctual. I have recommended him to others.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2017

He explains it in such a way that I, as a lay person can understand.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2016

always good feed back

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2016

Dr. Scharpf has been thorough, always open minded about treatment, and ultimately led me to a decision for treatment that led to the best possible outcome for my health. I do not know what I would have done had it not been for his second opinion - the speed at which he brought me in to see him, and the expert surgery he performed for me.

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2016

Dr. S has kept me informed at every step along the way

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2016

included me in decision for treatments

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2016

Dr.Scharl is extremely knowledgeable. He is able to explain test results thoroughly in a way I can understand. Dr Scharf listens to my questions, and answers in a detailed and thorough manner.

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