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 3/18/2020, 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.

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* 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

197 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

47 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Joe is a great doctor.

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

Dr. Scharpf is a wonderful doctor, never in a hurry, explains everything well, very compassionate, did everything he could to make me feel comfortable.

Reviewed on May 11, 2020

Quality health care provider. I truly believe one if not the best in the nation.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2020

Dr Scharpf is always very concerned about my well being which is very apparent in the interaction he exhibits during my appointments. The staff has historically been very considerate and responsive as well.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

It is a great staff very helpful. Dr Scharf has great bedside manners listens to your concerns.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Dr. Scharpf is a great physician. He listened to my concerns carefully, explained my options very clearly and was caring at all times.

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2020

Excellent! Very prompt service. Everyone from reception to nurses, PA's, and Dr. Scharf himself were extremely nice, professional and informative.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Very good Doctor who has our confidence!!!!

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

The Doctor is fantastic. Personal, compassionate and listens. He sincerely cares and is easy to communicate with!

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

I felt that Dr. Scharpf was very dismissive of my health complaints. while he felt a portion of my condition did not match my symptoms, he did not offer further inquisition into other issues he could have addressed. He decided that stress was my problem without even asking a single question about my personal life or lifestyle. Considering the severity of my symptoms, I felt very neglected and like my appointment was a waste of time and energy as appointments are not easy for me to keep due to my health. Dr. Scharpf did agree to do basic and minimal imaging studies but only after I maintained that I at least deserved some sort of formal diagnostic process. I feel that he ignored pertinent diagnostic information that I brought with me to the appointment which included imaging discs and a written diagnosis from another care provider. I honestly expected a lot more.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

My wife and I have tremendous respect for Dr. Scharpf. He is knowledgeable, personable, and very concerned for his patients. He spends adequate time with his patients and is very patient in answering any questions or discussing concerns we might have.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

never have had a problem with this particular physician

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

I like dealing with Dr. Scharf

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

doctors were very helpful concerned and informative

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Dr. Scharpf is an amazing doctor and person.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

I did recommend Dr. Scharpf to a friend and she now has an appointment with him next Monday.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

This was my first visit, and I was totally comfortable, secure and liked Dr. Scharpf immediately. He reassured me, he was very knowledgable and made me feel my questions were important.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Dr Scharph is extremely thorough and professional with wonderful bedside manner. I tell everyone how lucky I am he is my doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

My ratings refer to Dr. Scharpf. I would recommend him without hesitation.

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

Because the doctor was very behind in schedule I felt rushed and like a number rather than a patient. Visit was roughly 5 minutes. I love my doctor and understand his demand for more critical issues but this is the first time in 10 years that the visit seemed impersonal as I know he was rushing to the next patient. I believe that the doctors are overbooked through no fault of theirs but for the cattle mode of pushing more patients through for the almighty dollar. That so diminishes the personal aspect Cleveland Clinic is awarded for in treating PATIENTS FIRST....what a shame. In ten years this is the first time I felt like a payment rather than a valued person/patient. I was upset about the visit the whole drive home that my beloved hospital has digressed into a meat market.

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2019

I feel rushed when I'm in there. Dr. Scharpf is very kind and nice, but I feel like I'm a number and not a true concern.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Dr. Sharpf listened to my concerns and answered all of my questions; thank you for saving my life

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2019

I love my doctor!!

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Dr Scharf is a very nice and professional Dr. I would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2019

I have recommended Dr. Scharpf to all people i know that possibly needed care in this field. He is the best period !!!!!

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

doctor shard saved my life 9 years ago he is a great guy and doctor

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

dr sharpf has been tremendous. He has taken the time to understand past treatment and experiences to treat current issues. He has taken an incremental approach that I am very happy with and I have never left feeling dismissed. always feel like we part with a plan of action and next step options. a great doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Dr. Scharpf is the best

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Dr Scharpf was very kind and patient with my wife who was present via FaceTime.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Dr. Scharpf treats you as if you were a friend.....very supportive of all concerns.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Dr. Scharpf was very patient with all my questions and concerns. He was thorough and professional and very pleasant to deal with. I would recommend him very highly!

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!

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