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
View all 7 Treatment & Services +

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
View all 18 Specialties +


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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


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

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

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

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical School - Reference Source


  • 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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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 3/5/2018, 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

172 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 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

17 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2018

Dr Joseph Scharpf is probably the most impressive Dr i've ever seen. I've been seeing him for 10 years. his knowledge about my illness and the human body is Amazing. he truly is doing and excelling at his life calling. Kudos to him and the entire team at the CC!

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2018

Always as pleasant as possible of an experience as can be expected. Dr. Sharph is the best in my book. Everyone treats me with respect and kindness.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

*Dr. Scharpf is amazing. He is very thorough and put me at ease.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2018

I would recommend this provider to all my friends and family. Very professional and gave me excellent care.

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2018

Dr is great. Always nice and compassionate. The best.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

I am very comfortable traveling from Canton, Ohio to the Cleveland Clinic for the treatment of my tongue condition. I am comfortable with Dr. Joseph Sharpf. I thought he did a great job excising the pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions on my tongue and I feel right now my health is in a good place partly because of his expertise. I don't have anything but good things to say about Dr. Sharpf, his staff, and the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

I feel Dr. Sharpf and I are on the same page about my treatment plan and progress. I am comfortable being under his care.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

Both assistants of Dr. Sharpf were very kind and not only helpful regarding my medical problem, but were friendly and talked to me about my interests, which showed that they value people not just as patients but as people too.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

His assistant was very thorough when he checked out my tongue and throat before Dr. Sharpf came in. He seemed to really care.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2018

Dr. Scharph explained my alternative and made meaningful suggestions. He is the greatest!

Reviewed on May 3, 2018

My first visit w/*Dr. Scharpf was amazing. Explained situation completely to me, answered questions and made me feel very comfortable. He is an asset to clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2018

Excellent care by provider Dr. Joseph Scharpf.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018

I was extremely impressed with Dr. Scharpf and his staff! Also, the care I received after my surgery in the overnight facility. It was a very good experience!

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2018

Dr.Scharf is one of the better providers I have ever seen. I had a serious health scares when I saw him and he completely put my mind at ease about my condition.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2018

This visit was a cancer check up after surgery in March 2015. There were no decisions to be made, but he has always included me in all decisions.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2017

Dr Sharpf does a wonderful job with me.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2017


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