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

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

Undergraduate - Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - 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 2/13/2019, 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

224 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
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

38 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

Dr. Scharpf is always courteous and respectful. He is a great doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2019

we love Dr scharpf!

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2019

Doctors and staff professional,thorough,courteous, eased my concerns and answered all of my questions. would highly recommend their services. Cleveland clinic is a class medical hospital operation. My grading on my visit is A++

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

doctor Scharpf is very professional, explains things very well in a manner which the patient understands. highly recommend Dr. Scharpf to others!

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2019

Dr Joe Scharpf is one really fine doctor who takes an active interest in all aspects of patient care. Always shows care and compassion.He takes particular interest in our family, showing it is not just the patient enduring a challenge but a family matter. I couldn't be under better care. Thank you

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Cleveland Clinic has maintained an excellent track record. The doctor concerned treated me with respect and concern. He was very prompt in attending to ms and after the examination spend some quality time with me and my son who drove me to the hospital. It is doctors like these who bring a good name to the hospital

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Care Provider provided excellent service

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

My physicians have been more than 5, awesome is more correct!

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

So impressed with Dr. Scharpf, have already recommended him to a close friend, knowing she will be in the best hands.

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2019

Dr. Scharpf is the best doctor I have ever seen. He takes the time to educate me on my situation and gives a variety of treatment options. While going through multiple reoccurrences of Thyroid cancer he has kept me calm and informed. I know he has my best interests in mind

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Dr. Scharpf was kind, respectful and professional throughout the whole process.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

very satisfied with doctor & staff very helpful

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

I trust Dr Scharpf explicitly with my care!!

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

all good, In 2006 Dr. Scharpf saved my life. He is a great Doctor.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

*Dr. Scharpf has been treating me for a tracheal stenosis for more than 10 years. He is always interested in my well being and does his utmost to treat my problem in a kind, caring manner. I wouldn't trade for anyone else!!

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

Dr was very good with me as always it explaining everything that will be taking place with my situation

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

will always recommend Dr Scharpf he is excellent

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

although a very nice man Dr Scharpf was short with answers and didn't seem to be interested in spending time with me. I waited 45 minutes for a 10 minute visit.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr. Scharpf is not only an excellent physician, he noticed my husband no longer accompanies me to visits and asked about him. This kind of care for the whole person is rare today. I am grateful he is my doctor.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Scharpf. I feel so blessed to have him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

i Always have a good visit. Dr Scharpf .

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

Doctor has been my main guy for eleven years .

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2019

honesty my favorite doctor

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

I was very, very impressed and satisfied with the care provided me by Dr. Scharpf during my surgery and before and after my surgery. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

My wife asked to record our initial visit as my children were not present but wanted to be informed and of course my wife and myself were nervous. Dr. Sharpf allowed the taping and we were amazed how thorough he was. He repeated the risks several times throughout the explanation.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019

answered all my questions very good experience great doctor

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2019

dr Scharpf is very professional and listened attentively. he explained my treatment plan clearly

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019

Love Dr. Scharf. Makes you feel like family. I owe my life to him and Dr. Fritz.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019


Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Glad he is my doctor! Dr. Scharpf is very professional and the best in his field of medicine. We drive 2 hours one way to have him as my doctor. Thank you, Dr. Scharpf and Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Highly recommend Dr. Scharpf and his team!

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2019

Dr. Scharpf always listens to my concerns. He is extremely respectful.

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

everything was great but would be great if Dr Sharph would come to Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital once a week or month but not really to bad now that I just see him once a year unless something comes up

Reviewed on Dec 17, 2018

Great experience with this doctor and staff. I feel very comfortable and confident in having this doctor preform surgery on me. He explained everything about surgery. Answered questions. Was recommended by Dr. Mroz who is a very good doctor himself.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2018

This doctor, I felt was a kind, caring,understanding, very helpful type of person, GREAT DOCTOR.....

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2018

Dr. Sharpf gave me instructions about follow up care.

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2018

provider was very respectful and caring

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!

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