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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’s Disease
  • 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 Description
  • 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.  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 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
Cleveland, OH USA


  • 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 3/31/2021, 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

188 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 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

38 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 21, 2021

Wonderful physician... very patient and thoughtful.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Dr. Scharpf and his staff are excellent, highly recommend to anyone.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

excellent visit- providers took plenty of time to examine and explain all details

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2021

i'm very confident in Dr. Scharpf's medical care.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2021

very much appreciate Dr Scharph

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

the staff and Dr Scharpf were excellent

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2021

Dr Scharpf is compassionate and always concerned about me personally and as a patient. He is an excellent example of the best quality patient care!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

We were impressed with Dr. Scharph's concern and knowledge of my condition. His disarming, engaging nature inspired confidence and respect for him personally.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Excellent physician. He saved my life.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Made online appt but then moved appt date forward via phone. Customer Service / Advocate was great. Dr Scharpf was very attentive and compassionate which is typical for my visits

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

I love dr Scharpf!

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

Dr. Joseph Scharpf is a perfect example of an outstanding individual, physician and surgeon. He exemplifies the qualities we all strive for with our patients. He explains, answers questions without hesitation and makes sure understand your status. Very Gracious.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

Very good experience.... wonderful caring physician.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

very dedicated physician

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Dr. Scharpf has an outstanding way with patients that makes the patient feel calm and know that the doctor has his best interest in heart He is a truly outstanding doctor and one that the Cleveland Clinic should be very proud to have in their employment employment

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

my 1st mtg w dr Scharph and am very satisfied

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2020

Dr. Joseph Scharpf (sp) is nothing short of extraordinary. Great listener, sense of humor, very competent. I'd go on vacation with him! Best doctor I have ever encountered. I cannot overstate what a wonderful care giver he is

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

I have recommended Dr. Scharpf to several others. He is a great, caring doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Excellent doctor, respectful, and knowledgeable

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

Dr. Scharpf has always been a caring and interested person as well as a top notch doctor !!!

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

Over the last 3 years Dr. Scharpf and everyone associated with him have been absolutely phenomenal!!

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Had a great team of doctors that coordinated my care.

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2020

Dr. Scharpf is an excellent Doctor who probably saved my life. I will be forever grateful

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

My wife and I have a great deal of respect, admiration and trust in Dr. Scharpf and his staff. We always speak highly of him to everyone we are close to and always will.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

An impressive seamless team _____ by both surgery teams. Very engaging docs residents and interns.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Dr Scharpf was confident that he can fix my issues. That confidence made me feel better

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

CC has exceptional services and people. I am now on a 1 year follow up. Unfortunately, I was unable to coordinate a Monday with Dr Scharpf with my SLP. However, after departing my SLP visit with Joann K I stopped by quick to say hello to Dr S and he was kind enough to squeeze me in for my annual. Thumbs up to Dr S snd the CC

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Met initially with a 2nd year resident. He was great and Dr S always wonderful

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

I felt very comfortable with Dr. Scharpf's staff at all times.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

couldn't ask for a better doctor or treatment

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

This doctor has been the best experience through this whole cancer and recovery. I could not ask for a better doctor the Dr. Sharpf

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2020

I consider Dr. Scharpf to be a first rate surgeon and doctor. I would/will highly recommend him to anyone in need of his care.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Dr. Scharpf was kind, caring, compassionate and listened to all my concerns. He completely answered all of my mine and my wife's questions and even allowed my sister in law to ask questions via speaker phone.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2020

Even though we live 2 hours away, I would not want to receive care anywhere else. From scheduling, registration, nurses and Dr. Scharpf, I honestly feel like I am in great hands and am in the right place for my treatment. I would 100% recommend Dr. Scharf, his staff and the Cleveland Clinic to anyone.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2020

Dr. Scharpf was very informative, caring and listened to my inquiries.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Dr Joe is the best and he has been great in every respect for the past 2 years

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2020

Dr. Scharpf and his staff are exceptionally caring, professional and very thorough.

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