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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

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

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

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


  • 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 4/1/2024, Dr. Scharpf 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.

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

262 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

43 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

I have referred people to Dr Scharpf in the past and will continue to do so

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2024

Wonderful experience, doctors is so nice, explains things very well

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2024

Wouldn't trade my physician for the world

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2024

Dr Scharpf always explains the medical situation in a caring and professional manner. He is the best of the best!

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2024

We are made to feel like the most important patient. We never feel like the doctor is rushed.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2024

Continuing top notch service. Actually a pleasure to see the Doctor and his staff.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2024

Dr Scharpf answered all my questions, gave suggestions and was very personable.

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024

DR Scharpf is an excellent medical provider. Very personable, knowledgeable and humble too.

Reviewed on Feb 29, 2024

I needed an ultrasound of my submandibular gland on the same day since I was an out of state patient and they had "worked me in" to the ultrasound schedule. The Radiologist came in to the ultrasound room and rescanned the area in question. Just before I left the hospital, Dr. Scharpf called me on my cellphone to let me know of the ultrasound results. For a total of 2 1/2 hours at Cleveland Clinic, I had a visit, an unscheduled ultrasound done, and two specialists seeing me. That is so incredible these days when majority of patients have to wait for long or even days. I was even able to catch my outbound flight hours before departure.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Dr. Scharpf previously performed surgery on me, and I think the results were very good. This was a follow-up appointment. He showed concern and answered all of my questions. I am very pleased with him, and everything he did for me.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2024

Hes fantastic,my husbands having a problem.im waiting for his primary dr to write the referral so he can see him.head and neck sugery I wouldnt trust anyone else!!!!

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

Dr. Schrapf's office has provided a great experience thus far

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2024

A full description of the surgery was provided to me and my husband as well as an outline of what to expect before during and after which has been very helpful. This information was conveyed clear and concisely by both the doctor and the nurse. They both answered all of our questions thoroughly during the entire visit.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2023

Excellent doctor very smart I recommended him

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Kavochik was very knowledgeable and explained things for me to understand

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

My endocrinologist gave me great assistance with securing this appointment. Dr. Serhal is great!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Dr. Scharpf is AWESOME! Caring. Knowledgeable. Comforting. Helpful. I left this appointment feeling a thousand times better!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2023

Ease was facilitated by Dr. Serhal.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Care provider excellent!

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2023

Dr Scharpf is beyond reproach and is patient and puts me at ease.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

They were the best doctors I have ever spoken to. Very passionate and concerned.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

I have recommended Dr Scharpf to a dear friend with excellent results. As far as my friend and I are concerned he is the best of the best. My friend is now cancer free due to Dr Scharpf's surgery for her complicated thyroid cancer.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2023

Dr. Scharpf is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

Dr. Scharpf was very informative and listen to what I had to say. I appreciated him getting the slides from where I went to check them at Cleveland. It put my mind more at ease.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Always a pleasure to chat with Dr. Scharpf...

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Doc Scharpf is an amazing man. He saved my life and as talented he Is, I can still talk to him. What a resource!!!!!!!!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

Dr Scharpf was, as usual, MOST EXCELLENT in examining my ENT surgical areas and giving me a positive diagnosis. I inquired about seeing the reconstruction surgeon and he replied he would update Dr Genther when he saw him. If a visit was warranted I would be contacted for an appointment. Dr Scharpf then recommended a follow up an ENT visit in four months. He wanted to insure my cancer did not reappear anywhere in my treatment area or adjoining tissues.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr. Scharpf and his team are absolutely wonderful.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr. Scharpf is a treasure. The whole experience with he and his team was outstanding.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2023

Dr was detailed listened well

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Very good coordinating with other Doctors to get my need taken care of.

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 28, 2023

My visit was top notch as usual, staff and especially Dr. Scharpf well mannered and professional.

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

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