Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Lutheran Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Joint Replacement Of The Knee
  • Knee Surgery
  • Ligament Reconstruction Of The Knee
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgical Treatment Of Arthritis Of The Hips And Knees
View all 20 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankle Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis Of The Knee
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Sports Injuries
View all 10 Specialties +


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About Kim L. Stearns, MD

Kim L. Stearns M.D. is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon.He specializes in Sports Medicine and Adult Reconstruction. Dr. Stearns is a1985 graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. He has been employed by theCleveland Clinic since 2006. He is Board Certified by the American Board ofOrthopedic Surgery.

 Dr. Stearns is a TeamOrthopedic Surgeon for the Cleveland Indians and Head Team Physician for theLake County Captains. He is a consultant for the World Wrestling Entertainment,Cleveland Playhouse, Live Nation Entertainment and the Rockettes. He is aClinical Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Northeast Ohio Medical University aswell as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College ofMedicine.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of California San Diego Medical Center
Adult Reconstructive Surgery/Hip Replacement
San Diego, CA USA

Residency - St. Vincent Charity Hospital
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical School - Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Rootstown, OH USA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Joint Replacement of the hip and knee, reconstructive surgery of the knee, arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder; sports medicine

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 6/15/2017, Dr. Stearns 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

381 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.4
Time Spent with Patient 4.4
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

21 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2017

Dr. Stearns enters the room prepared and knowledgeable about my shoulder. He has a plan of action already in place. I like how he asks questions that directly relate to me and then answers every question I have. I always leave feeling like I know exactly whats wrong and how Dr. Stearns is going to solve my issue.

Reviewed on May 17, 2017

Dr. Stearns is a serious physician, I feel he did an excellent job.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2017

Very happy with the care and concern.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2017

It was an excellent experience

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2017

Dr. Stearns concern regarding the 2nd surgery was needed made me feel less concerned & I knew he would his best. I also appreciated knowing what to expect.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2017

Dr. Stearns came in, was short with me, gave me contradictory info from the physical therapist, and didn't seem to really care.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2017

Dr. Stearns was excellent!

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2017

Dr. Kim Stearns, excellent Dr. listen to patient & is very helpful & so is his staff.

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2017

Cleve. Clinic is lucky to have Dr. Kim Stearns on staff. He is an exceptional doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2017

Very good service

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2016

Very much appreciated the care, concern and handling all my questions

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2016

Dr. Stearns was very patient with my concerns and answered all my questions. I have been very pleased with the care and concern he showed me.

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2016

The best quality Dr. Stearn's portraits is straight, easy to understand, clear, and concise information regarding treatment options and what to expect for what's in store for the future of this disease process.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2016

very good.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2016

Dr. Kim Stearns (ortho) & his staff were wonderful with me & my care. Wish I would of seen him sooner!

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2016

I know I'm not his only patient he answered any question & made me feel safe.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2016

Dr. Stearns barely spoke to me. He asked me the issue, had me to do 2 specific movements without even examining the body part injured. Shouted at me that 2 tests need to be performed and walked out.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2016

Excellent experience all around my compliments to all.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2016

Dr. Sterns team was excellent.

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2016

This doctor does not give enough detail about the treatment he is giving. He gave me a shot for pain without really talking about it first--just said he was going to give me a shot--cortisone I think. Also, on my first visit when I asked him whether he would be replacing my hip from the front or the side, he replied that he would worry about that.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2016

I do not have to take any meds, I'm always included in the decisions, I return usually every 5-6 months unless sooner if needed

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