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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Lutheran Hospital
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Lutheran Hospital
Primary Location

Lutheran Hospital

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
  • Robotic Assisted Hip Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement
  • Robotic Assisted Partial Knee Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgical Treatment Of Arthritis Of The Hips And Knees
View all 23 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 a 1985 graduate of Northeast Ohio Medical University. He has been employed by the Cleveland Clinic since 2006. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

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

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 Education - 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

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 5/31/2021, Dr. Stearns 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Stearns receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Horizon Pharma plc

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

591 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

96 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Dr Stearns is terrific

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

Awesome providers, office staff, and all assistants.

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

Always recommend Dr. Stearns to friends and family members.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr Stearns took his time and answered all of my questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr. Stearns is the best!

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Doctor Stern staff are very professional and with a lot of empathy for their patients.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Dr.Stearns is very caring and informative I trust him completely he is an amazing surgeon !

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

I have already told all my family, friends and my water aerobics friends about Dr Stearns and how wonderful he is.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Another excellent experience with Dr. Stearns staff and him.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr. Stearns performed in a very caring, cordial, collaborative, effective and professional manner.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr Stearns was efficient, professional and to the point in our discussionl. Great bedside manner

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

I love Dr. Stearns and recommend him often!

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Mary, Dr. Stearns nurse, was very informative & helpful with pre surgery information!

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

I am very impressed with Dr. Stearns

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Dr Sterns is a great doctor

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Great staff at the Jefferson site. Love the PT staff!! Knowledgeable and friendly. Dr Stearns is a great, caring and knowledgeable surgeon. I am so glad that he was recommended to me.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

He was not friendly, did not explain options and acted like he was in a big hurry. He gave the shots and said when they would start to work, how long they may last, and left. This was after waiting over at least 40 minutes in the room. It sounded like he was seeing other patients in other rooms ahead of us because there was only 2 people in the waiting room when we arrived. Two nurses came in and asked if he had been in yet and went to look for him. When he finally did come in he did not apologize for the wait like other doctors do.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

I have reffered 2 friends to Dr. Stearns, he already replaced one friend's hip. He was pleased. The other friend is having his knee replaced in November

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Dr. Stearns was excellent. The results of the surgery seem to be coming along well.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

Very kind doctor

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

The care I received from Dr Stearns was exceptional! He can operate on me anytime I require an operation. I am used to my Dr knowing more about my condition and being able to relate to them. I would have liked to view the X-ray taken not just hear my X-ray was good.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

My issues were addressed and any questions were followed up by an email with the doctor

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Dr Stearns is an extraordinary surgeon. Not only gave me a new hip but helped my lower back issues as well

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr Stearns's is so kind and compassionate. He really listens and truly cares about people.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

I always recommend the Cleveland Clinic and Dr Stearns's. I can't say enough about the quality of care and the way it runs like a well-oiled machine.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

I always recommend Dr. Stearns and his wonderful team!

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Dr. & staff are always available to assist& answer questions or concerns.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

I interacted with the MD for ~3 min. He came in ,had me move my knee, asked if I had questions, he answered them and he was gone.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

I have recommended DR. Stearns to multiple people. He is an outstanding doctor & has a great team

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021


Reviewed on Jul 29, 2021

Streams is a very professional doctor and someone I have total confidence in, highly recommend.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Dr. Sterns spent approximately 3 minutes we me. He did not explain the results of my Xray and did not ask me if I had any questions.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Dr. Stearns was a second opinion recommendation from a surgeon at OSU where I was previously seen. We talked about pros and cons of OSU surgery vs his recommendations. Man a few words, but kind and really wants what is best.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

I felt the doctor wasn't concerned too much about the pain I was in and he should take more time out to listen carefully at your symptoms and not rush you out so fast

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

I truly appreciate Dr. Stearns and complete staff. But I think I need to come in for a follow up with Dr. Stearns soon. I'm having a lot of pain on the upper right part of my knee. When I walk my dog it is very difficult.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

We have always recommended *Dr. Stearns in all the years we'd be gone to him, always been pleased w/him & his staff.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

Did not have to call Dr in the last 4 weeks. Before that return calls were prompt

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

I had a virtual visit with Dr. Stearns. It was much easier than driving down there and trying to make it back in time to get to work.

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2021

The Doctor was very good he answered my questions and took time with me. I find very confident in him.

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

I really appreciate Dr. Stearns and his staff

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

I would recommend Dr. Stearns to all my friends

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2021

Dr Stearns Is Excellent & Trustworthy

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Dr Stearns took plenty of time to explain options!

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Great to see Dr Streams again.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

The doctor himself was very good but I had a reaction from the shot I received 2 days later and the response from his staff was rude and unacceptable

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

Dr. Stearns went above and beyond to make me feel he was concerned about my knee surgery and the outcome. I have recommended this clinic multiple times already. I look forward to my right knee replacement on 7/30/21.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

It would have been good at the end if the doctor provided me with a business card or something, so that I can contact him directly with any follow-up questions.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Provider is excellent, great care provided!

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Doctor has excellent bedside manners!

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Dr. Stearns did his normal excellent job and answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

I Am Blessed to finally have a Dr. that listens to Me!!

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

my experience with Dr Stearns is positive.I wish he would smile more often.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

From the first visit with Dr. Stearns and then the total knee replacement surgery, to including the follow up appointments, including this video visit, Dr. Stearns has been attentive to my concerns and has treated me respectfully at each stage. I have been made to feel comfortable about the decisions I faced with knowledge, and concern from him that I make the best decision for my well being through the whole process.

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

It was an excellent video visit, unfortunately I couldn't make it to Ohio for an in-person visit, which I would have preferred to demonstrate the progress I've been able to achieve through physical therapy with the fabulous new knee Dr. Stearns has provided.

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Dr. only was with me for a couple of minutes. I was definitely his last patient. This was a classic example of over booking.

Reviewed on May 20, 2021

Love Dr. Stearns and Timmy.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

I have already recommended Dr. Stearns to several others

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

dr. stearns is very personable and answers all my questions. happy with the surgery he performed.

Reviewed on May 6, 2021

*Dr. Kim Stearns is a very nice man and surgeon. Because he does this routinely he was kind of arrogant and I felt rushed. Most visits he didn't look at my knee! I really was disappointed. Info was more like "that's to be expected" or "didn't you know".

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Dr. Stearns is a very competent and informed doctor. I've had surgery by him and would definitely recommend him.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Staff and Dr. Stearns were friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

dr sterns always listens and explains all options

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

Dr Stearns answered all my questions, I never felt rushed. He gave me his full attention.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Dr. Stearns and his staff are incredible! professional, courteous, caring and friendly

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021


Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Dr. Stearns is an excellent surgeon and did well by me in every regard.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

very efficient and kind, Dr. Stearns eased my concerns and gave solutions to take care of my issue.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

Dr. Stearns is an excellent doctor

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

I love Dr Stearns. he is the best in the business!!!!!

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

Dr. Stearns really CARES about his patients and he took the time to make sure I was doing well

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

I already recommended Dr.Stearns prior to a Mr. T Christmas for hip replacement that has already occurred. This was due to Dr. Stearns already having done my bff L. Gareau knees and she was extremely pleased with the outcome. I have also recommended Dr. Stearns to my cousin for hip replacement.

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2021

As previously mentioned I have already recommended Dr. Stearns.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2021

dr Stearns is always kind, concerned and thorough.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Dr. Stearns showed exceptional patience and knowledge. He exudes an air of professional confidence without any hint of condensendence.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

appreciate doctor's care

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

I am so happy that I chose Dr. Stearns for my hip replacement. I am sure he is the reason that my recovery is so quick and easy. He knows what he is doing!

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

Dr. Stearns was very helpful in making room in his schedule to see me.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2021

the staff and Dr Stearns we're great and compassionate!!!

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Dr. Stearns did a total knee replacement on my right knee a year and a half ago. He did a excellent job, and that is why I requested him to do my left knee replacement.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

dr stearin is fabulous and so skilled

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2021

phenomenal doctor and wonderful office. cleveland clinic is lucky to have Dr Stearns

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

18 years ago dr. Stearns did my rotator cuff that's why I came back that's how pleased I am with him as a doctor

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Dr. Stearns is a great doctor. That is why I went back to him.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

I will highly recommend Dr. Stearns

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

Dr Stearns's is a very compassionate doctor. He lets me speak and listens to my questions and concerns. He is also an excellent surgeon. I will recommend him to everyone in need of an orthopedic surgeon/doctor.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

*Dr. Kim Stearns was fantastic before, during, and after surgery.

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2021

I can't say enough about the level of service and respect I receive at the office of Dr. Kim Stearns. Excellent surgeon and skilled staff!!

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

I have never been treated so well by a doctor's office. It has been a pleasure working with staff.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Doc Stearns has always worked with me on my care. This is one reason why I have kept him as my surgeon.

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2020

*Dr. Stearns is great. Provides thorough explanations for both the parent and child.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Dr. Stearn is great!

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

Dr Sterns is an amazing doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Dr Stern is always the professional, I have had such a good experience as his patient

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

I have only high regards for Dr. Kim Stearns

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2020

Dr. Stearns and his staff are wonderful

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