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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


Additional Locations

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthroscopy
  • Center for Pediatric Sports Health
  • General Orthopaedics
  • Joint Reconstruction
  • Joint Replacement
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • 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 Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Shoulder Instability Repairs
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgical Treatment of Arthritis of the Hips and Knees
  • Surgical Treatment of Arthritis of the Knee
View all 23 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankle Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Knee
  • Fractures
  • Hip Pain
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Sports Injuries
View all 11 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

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As of 8/25/2023, 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

791 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 4.6
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

92 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

Great experience. Dr K Sterns is a Gem!!

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2023

First impression, Dr.Stearn is so laid back, good listener. Felt at ease being with him,felt comfortable around him. Glad to had meet him. Will continue to see him for my knee pain.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

When making appt, I described my condition in detail & asked to be referred to a dr who had extensive experience w/ my odd injury. Dr. Stearns is strictly a surgeon. Although I brought 4 MRIs w/ reports & a nuclear CT disk, he could not give me any explanation or assessment or any tx other than a hip replacement for which I am in no way a candidate for at this time, acc'ding to images and reports. I didn't answer lat Q b/c I wouldn't rec to anyobe who was not in need of rhip eplacement. We came to CC from B'ham, AL, based on its repotation, but I was misdirected as to whom to see, so money and time not well spent on airfare and hotel, and ubers

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2023

As described on earlier page, I was notmatched with appropriate physician, so I did not receive any care and can't give factually supported answers to these questions.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Being a year post op, I can honestly say my quality of life with hiking and going to the gym has improved dramatically and drastically having a total left knee replacement done by Dr. Stearns.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr.Stearns was exceptional

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Stearns was awesome! He answered all my questions thoroughly and put my mind at ease relative to my hip replacement surgery that he performed the following week.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Both doctor and his male nurse were good people to talk to well educated, answered my question, made me feel good.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Dr sterns is excellent. He evaluates the X-ray and admitted a shot perfectly.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

I'm very thrilled that a friend recommended Dr. Stearns to me. I feel thoroughly comfortable and trust for the path of the next steps.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2023

Dr Stern was wonderful He had reviewed my case Made himself familiar with my injury Had a plan of care in mind He listened to my concerns I don't think I have ever had a better experience with an orthopedist in my life and I have seen lots of orthopedic doctors I am very pleased to have Dr Sterns taking care of my knee

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

The doctor answered all my questions and was outstanding

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

Dr. Stearns is always very kind to me and goes above and beyond making sure I'm feeling my best and works with me closely with any concerns! One of my favorite and BEST doctors as he has greatly helped me!

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Dr Stearns has been extremely helpful in dealing with my knee issues and keeping me active in my sports

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

Dr. Stearns is superb surgeon. I have had both knees replaced with absolutely no complications. As I progressed with my rehab, I have received positive feedback from Dr. Stearns. I cannot recommend him enough.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

Felt so much better after talking to the doctor

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

Dr. STEARNS is not only the best in his field, he's just the best. I would recommend him to everyone.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

Everyone in Dr. Stearns office, receptionist, nurses and Dr. Stearns were very professional and extremely knowledgeable explaining everything to me.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2023

Dr Stearns medically cared for me exceptionally. I have much respect for Dr Stearns. My experience in post op after care in the office has been poor. I would highly recommend Dr. Stearns surgery

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Always Best Care at CC! Dr. Stearns again, is the Best!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Very good doctor.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

I have already recommended Dr. Stearns to two friends approaching surgery.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2023

Physician appeared to be in a hurry, did not ask for any detailed explanation of my pain and deferred it to Physical therapy staff. I left the appointment feeling like it was a waste of my time.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2023

It was nice to actually see Dr. Stearn's without a mask! :) We had a good conversation as to my current issues and what I can and cannot do and possibility of some additional treatment. All in all a good visit.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2023

Very kind knowledgeable doctor. Was able to provide wonderful care.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Always on time or earlier appointment with Dr. Stearns

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

Dr. Stearns took time to address my concerns and aftercare. Professional and caring.

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2023

Dr stearns is the best in his specialty. I trust him with my life and has given me the best care for the diminishing of my pain. Ross Gallucci is the most competent PA, always explaining every detail.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

The lack of care felt from the Dr. Is the reason for this answer

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

I had no problems at all with my appointment with Dr. Sterns

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

I was instantly put at ease. Dr Stearns was very easy to talk to and listened to both mine and my husband's concerns and made adjustments to treatement plan

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2023

I felt that I was an interruption to the Doctor's time.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

I would recommend Dr Sterns 1000%. Best orthopedic Dr. Very professional, the only guy I would ever trust with my orthopedic concerns. A true professional

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Very pleased with Dr STEARNS and staff. I was treated very well and they showed great concern and care for my current condition.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Dr STEARNS is excellent in his knowledge, experience and concern for my current condition.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Dr Stearns listened and answered all of my questions and concerns in a very personable professional manner.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Highly recommend Dr. Kim Stearns. Excellent doctor and staff. My surgery went very well and my recovery.

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Dr. Stearns & his nurse were very personable, easy to talk to & very professional.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

I have already referred Dr. Stearns to a friend and will continue to refer him to others

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Dr Stearns is very caring & professional

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Dr Stearns Staff is very Special, great team to have. I Love them.

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

When I first came to Dr. Stearns I knew my hip(s) were BAD and he explained how bad they were and wanted to operate immediately on the left! He was so kind and friendly and courteous and helped me to understand the severity of my situation!

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

Meeting time with the doctor was only 1 minute and 47 seconds.

Reviewed on May 16, 2023

I enjoy seeing the doctor and staffThey provide care and hope thank you

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

Dr Stearn and his staff went above and beyond what I expected. I was treated with respect and concern by a very professional and friendly Dr. And staff.

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

I will definitely be recommending Dr Stearns to family, friends, and acquaintances!

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2023

Doc Stern and his team are awesome. I so glad that I was referred they answered all my questions and made me feel confident concerning my knee replacement surgery. Thanks

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

Dr.Sterns is a fantastic Orthopedic doctor. I'm glad that my Spine doctor referred me to him. He is also a great surgeon. He explains the procedure that he will be doing. Great Doctor!

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

All my questions about the procedure were answered concisely and with enough detail for a lay person to understand. Dr Stearns was supportive of my progress so far in the use of my new knee. And offered to provide a salve which he thought would help me extend my range of motion.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr. Stearns is an awesome surgeon!

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Dr.Stearns is awesome

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Would highly recommend Dr Kim Stearns!

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

I felt heard and that Dr Stearns cared about my problem, me as a person, and getting to a tx plan that met me where I was at. I am healing. So it's working.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2023

Dr.Stearns explained everything and took the time to answer my questions. Mary is the best. The office staff is very courteous. Many Thanks to Dr.Stearns and Dr. Hoban for giving me back my livelihood. Recommend them to anyone.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

Dr.Stearns has replaced both my knees.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

Dr did not talk to me about why I was having pain , discuss the x-ray, offer a diagnosis. Very terrible bedside manner. It is a shame because I feel he is a great surgeon. Very disappointed.

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

I have already recommended Dr. Stearns to friends of mine

Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

I am very happy with the care and respect given by my doctor and his team.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Dr Sterns is the first Dr to try to help me with my knee problems! He was good to me and has a great bed side manner

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

I would definitely recommend Dr. Stearns to anyone

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2023

My experience with my visit was very pleasant and I would refer anyone to this doctor if he or she needs any knee or hip replacement

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2023

Dr. Stearns is always very kind, courteous, and seems to genuinely care about how I am feeling and what he can do to help.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

Dr. Kim Stearns is very professional & very precise in what he says & what he does as a physician. He has performed (4) major surgeries on me now over the last 21.5 yrs. I wouldn't let any other doctor attempt to do the same exact practices on me that he has. All his operations were accurately achieved & very successful. Dr. Stearns has an outstanding mind & never forgets to do anything medically that needs done or completed to the finish. One strong point to Dr. Stearns character is he knows how to treat his patients in a humane manner.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

Dr seemed rushed. He didn't show me x-rays. He just asked if I felt I could trust him because he has done a family member's replacements. As far as treatment, he went into I needed a replacement and that should make most pain go away.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

The Dr. Was busy. That was clear.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2023

Dr Kim Sterns showed a great deal of knowledge and professionalism throughout my visit. He seems like he genuinely cares for his patients

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Love Dr. Sterns.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Dr Sterns did not share X-ray results, did not explain how treatment related to the problem, did not disclose what to expect from treatment. I felt so rushed, I had no time to process. He clearly decided my treatment before he saw me. He did not read my chart and did not know my allergies.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

I know he's very busy, wish I had time for a few questions. Great Dr though. Would highly recommend!

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

A few people have complained to me about problems with the surgery they had from other doctors and I tell them to go to Stearns and a few of them did go to Stearns and he fix their problem and when he did the two surgeries on me I've never had a problem at all he's very good at what he does

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

I tell anyone that is thinking about going to have the doctor look at them to go to Dr. Stearns for a second opinion

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2023

Dr. Stearns is a terrific surgeonafter knee replacement, haven't had any mobility issues, I'm on the exercise bike, treadmill, it's wonderful to exercise with no pain. A blessing I found him.

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

Dr. Stearns was excellent start to finish in explaining exactly what my issue was and how to resolve it. Very detailed and thorough! Would definitely recommend!

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2023

Dr. Stearns was very precise in every step leading up to the surgery and afterwards. He was very helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2023

Dr. Stearns was great. He answered all of my questions and gave complete answers. I am very comfortable with him and ready for my surgery.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Nice staff and the doctor was very informative.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Informative Doctor. Explained choices of treatment

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

It was a wonderful experience meeting with Dr. Sterms, I left feeling comfortable for my future decision.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

DR.Stearns is professional and corteous.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

The hospital was not acceptable to me. But Dr Stearns and his staff were excellent. I would have to explain if another person asked me about my experience at the hospital he does his surgeries at.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Dr Stern is very professional, direct and to the point which is much appreciated. I am thankful I found Dr Stern and his team.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2023

Dr Stearns is incredible.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Dr. Stearns is not a people person. He is in and out of the office visit room relying heavily on his amazing nursing staff to provide warmth, empathy, compassion and time answering questions. He is a great surgeon. He fits the stereotype of not having any people skills / bedside manner. He comes across distant, aloof and detached.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2023

Great Dr and surgeon. Personable and efficient

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

I would definitely recommend Dr Stearns to others. He's a great Dr

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Dr. Stearns provides excellence in service; it is always a positive, encouraging experience. Not only is he a masterful surgeon, but his follow up checkups are informative.

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2022

He is a very skilled surgeon. My progress is very good, my pain levels very tolerable. He was very quick, saw me In less than 5 minutes, after waiting an hour each time. I did see one other surgeon on a follow-up visit who was more thorough; she showed me my before and after x-rays and gave me some advice, all in less than ten minutes.

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

Dr Stearn was very kind and attentive.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2022

Dr was very cold and acted like he really didn't care. Said he would be right back but didn't come back

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2022

Huge difference at this appointment. Doctor was pleasant and very nice. Was not this way at previous appointment.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

Dr. Stearns is professional and competent why I have had 5 surgeries from him

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

My surgery went well, but during the 3 visits I've had with Dr. Stearns it is clear that he wants to cut our time together as short as possible. I'm guessing that he might have some behavioral issue with personal interaction, but he could certainly go through the motions of taking the time to converse and show interest. But as I said, his surgery skills appear to be excellent so I'm very thankful for that!

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