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Department Head and Neck Institute
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
View all 7 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Cowden syndrome
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Masses
  • Head and Neck Tumors
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Invasive Thyroid Cancer
  • Lip and Oral Cavity Cancer
  • Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Paranasal Sinus Disease
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Parathyroid Disease
  • Pendred Syndrome
  • Radioactive Iodine Refractory Differentiated Thyroid Cancer (RAIR DTC)
  • Rare Cancer and Blood Disease Program
  • Recurrent Thyroid Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skull Base Cancer
  • Skull Base Lesions
  • Spine Pain
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Nodule
  • Thyroid Tumor
View all 27 Specialties +


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About Joseph Scharpf, MD

Joseph Scharpf, MD, FACS, is a Professor of Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and a Member of the Cleveland Clinic’s Head and Neck Institute in the Head and Neck Surgery section. Dr. Scharpf serves as the Vice Chair for Professional Development and Continuing Education for HNI  He is board-certified in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.  His specialty interests include thyroid and parathyroid surgery, head and neck cancer, 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 a book on Intraoperative Nerve Monitoring in Head & Neck Surgery,  numerous peer-reviewed 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


Education & Fellowships

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

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

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

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


  • Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

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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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 2/27/2023, 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.

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

223 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
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

45 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2023

Dr. Scharpf is an outstanding physician and a kind, respectful person. Dr. Scharpf provides the highest level of medical care - he is highly skilled, very knowledgeable and easy to talk with. Dr. Scharpf always conducts a thorough exam and asks thoughtful questions. He answers questions in a way I can understand and also cares about me as a person. Dr. Scharpf will sometimes be accompanied by Medical Students and/or Residents - he does a wonderful job of incorporating them in the care. I feel extremely grateful that Dr. Scharpf competed my surgery and has been at every follow up visit during my cancer treatment - I am grateful to my CCF Cancer Team for saving my life.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Doctor and assistants were extremely pleasant and helpful.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

All good, docs interested in my descriptions and in finding resolution

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr. Scharpf is the most outstanding doctor I have ever met and I am so lucky he is my physician

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

The doctor and his staff always take the time to listen to my concerns and give me accurate answers in a way that is understandable and comforting

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2023

Dr. Scharpf and his staff are the finest The best of the best And the benchmark all other doctors should strive to be like

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Outstanding doctor!!!!

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2023

Dr Scharpf is a very caring Dr. He always asks is everything ok. He's a excellent professional always there to help me. If there's any problems he told me to call his Office. If I need to get in earlier he will squeeze me in.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2023

Very good doctor, easy to talk to and understand. Took the time to explain things at previous appointments, as well as this one.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2023

I would recommend this doctor to anyone who needed someone in his field.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2023

Dr Scharpf is simply the best

Reviewed on May 25, 2023

Great doctor and staff, The visit was excellent

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

Dr Scharpf and his staff worked me in due to issues I was having. They were all very professional, courteous and considerate.

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

I referred a friend to Dr Scharpf previously. She chose Cleveland Clinic due to Dr Scharpf's professionalism compassion and willingness to explain all the details of her care from start to finish. Her results were absolutely fantastic. She had been dealing with thyroid cancer for over 20 years and now she is cancer free. He is the best of the best in my book and to my friend as as well. When you are a patient of Joseph Sharpf you can feel the caring and concern he has for you.

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

I feel very blessed to have Cleveland Clinic as my care provider

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

Dr Scharf is the constant professional. His office reflects this also.

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

Dr Scharf is a CC Shining Star. I would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

Dr Scharpf had a guest doctor from Philippines accompanying him. He examined me and informed the guest doctor of what he was doing and why. He also explained what my original cancer diagnosis was and how it was dealt with.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

I trust him which is extremely important in a Doctor/patient relationship

Reviewed on May 11, 2023

My surgeon & his staff (*Dr. J. Scharpf) were amazing.

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

Excellent Dr and great Staff.

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

Dr. Scharpf is an excellent physician, he helped me through cancer in 2010 and everything after. I am lucky to have access to him and his skill sets.

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

Dr Scharpf was outstanding. His communication skills are world class.

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

Oh my goodness YES I sing Dr Scharpf s praises. I am about 92% normal after a year and 4 months since severe tongue cancer!

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2023

Dr Scharpf is an excellent, knowledgeable, caring physician.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2023

Explains things very well to me. I have minimal concerns about my upcoming surgery since Dr. Sharpf is going to be providing the surgery

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

It was good to see Dr. Scharpf again. He performed my original surgery, using his expertise, experience, and vast skills. I am very appreciative of the results!

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2023

He's great

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2023

*Dr. Scharpf was very professional and personable. Questions answered and plan set in phase.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2023

Excellent surgeon and care provider

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2023

Dr Scharpf, his resident doctor, the attending nurse, and front desk staff are professional and courteous.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Dr Scharf is an excellent surgeon I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone else.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

The doctors consents and explanation were provided professionally

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Dr. Scharf is excellent surgeon, and a extremely caring person,

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr Scharpf, is a very caring & conscientious doctor. Wish there were more like him.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2023

Very nice doctor

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

Very kind and professional doctor

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2022

Highly recommend Dr SCHARF

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Aside from his awesome care, the way Dr. Scharpf treated my family and me as "people" and not simply "numbers" or "patients" was a true blessing!

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2022

Dr. Scharpf is a great surgeon and is always willing to take the time to answer my questions.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2022

MEGAN was my excellent phone contact person. Very personable & helpful regarding scheduling my appointments with Dr. Joseph Scharpf. THANK YOU to Dr. Scharpf for your care & concern regarding my medical Issues & surgery. GREATLY APPRECIATED! Marlene M. VIDIC.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Excellent physician. Takes the time to listen, cares, excellent "bed side manner."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2022

Takes the time to listen. I feel that the physician knows my prior medical history and cares.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

Dr. Scharpf has been treating me for 6 years and my experience with him and his staff has always been excellent. Was also seen by a resident during this visit and was extremely pleased with his attentiveness, knowledge and compassion.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2022

Dr Sharpf was absolutely outstanding. Extremely kind and caring

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