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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 4/6/2022, 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

151 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 5

28 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2022

This was a referral from a doctor that had moved and we were very pleased with him.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

I have referred my friends to Dr Scharpf on several occasions. He is the epitome of a caring , considerate and professional Doctor. He is a consummate professional and skillful surgeon.

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Having MyChart is great for keeping in touch and scheduling. Dr. Scharpf and his staff were great at explaining the situation and making a future plan of treatment. Thanks!

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2022

Both Dr. B. And Dr. Sharpf we knowledgeable professionals ! I was impressed by how they sat and listened to my health concerns !

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Doctor and staff were very professional and accommodating.

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Fantastic Dr and staff

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

I love and respect my dr.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2022

Dr Scharpf explained clearly and thoroughly the tests performed and interpret the results very well. He responds to issues and concerns raised during visit discussions with clarity. He's an outstanding doctor, so happy he's my doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

MD Scharpf is a excellent Surgeon and I was cared for most excellently under his service!!

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Dr. Scharpf is very thorough and caring.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2022

We have always appreciated Dr Scharpf and all the staff.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Had an excellent discussion with Dr Scharpf. He responded to all my issues & concerns, very knowledgeable, pleasant & accommodating. Im from out if town, Im glad he is my doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2021

Dr Sharpf and staff are absolutely amazing. I have never worked with such a reputable and skilled physician who also was compassionate, thoughtful and open as well.

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2021

Dr Scharph was personally recommended from a very good friend and I agree wholeheartedly

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

It's been a great pleasure talking to my doctor about my condition

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

The doctor that I saw was very good at explaining what I needed to have done for my condition and what he would do to take care of my condition

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

My Doctor is AMAZING!

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Dr. Scharpf showed respect and concern for me at every point. He thoroughly explained the need for surgery and its potential risks. He explained what temprary effects would follow surgery. He thoroughly answered my questions all along the way. Dr. Scarpf made me feel valued and liked. I had researched surgeons in this field and knew he's tops as a surgeon. Discovering his kindness and attentiveness was icing on the cake! On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being best, I rate Dr. Scharpf at 10! Superb!

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

The virtual visit team was terrific and efficient. I was able to see Dr. Scharpf virtually within 2 days! Followup with him was very prompt. Then surgery was scheduled within a very reasonable time frame.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Best doctor/clinical experience I've ever had, despite it being for a rather bad reason (cancer)

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

My experience with Cleveland Clinic is the courtesy and respect of Dr.Scharpf. My Cancer surgery, recovery and care and CURE by staff and Dr's is a recommendation I give others.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Dr Scharpf is an excellent caring doctor who takes the time and makes the effort to talk to you and discuss your issues in a respectful concerned manner

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

It was good to see Dr Joseph Scharpf again after so many years.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Outstanding and caring physician!

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

Dr. Scharpf is a truly compassionate and understanding Doctor Who truly cares for my health He is an outstanding listener Addresses my needs completely And instills confidence while being compassionate and professional He is the finest doctor I have ever met and I am proud to be his patient I am also thankfulHe has kept me healthy with his state of the art knowledge and treatments

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

Dr. Scharpf and his team are the best of the best at a hospital which is the best of the best

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Dr. Scharpf is exceptional in problem-solving with you & explaining your options. He is a huge asset to the Head and Neck Institute.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Good experience. Everyone professional courteous friendly & caring & Dr. Scharpf is the greatest

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