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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

584 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 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

90 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Dr Stearns took plenty of time to explain options!

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

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020


Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Have never had x-rays and then been seen by doctor, treated and released so quickly, efficiently or professionally

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Dr Stern's team is outstanding I have never felt more secure and informed prior to my interactions with the Dr himself or his PA Ross and his nurse Mary. they were excellent!

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

The MA and Dr Stearns were great.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

I have recommended Dr. Stearns to many people for their knee and shoulder issues. He is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2020

love dr Stearns

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr Stearn is very knowledgeable, yet compassionate too.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr Stearns is EXCELLENT!

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Always an excellent experience at Cleveland Clinic. Everything went well. It was a stressful for me as I made the decision to have surgery, but I feel a sense of relief since I set a date and Dr. Stearns was very reassuring.

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Dr Stearns was attentive to my explanation of my condition and explained what he was going to do.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

The 10/15/20 appt was scheduled for me by Dr Stearn's staff (Post-op). The staff that I communicated with regarding the appt was very courteous and accommodating.

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Dr Stearns and everyone at the Cleveland clinic has been great

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Main CCH ortho number girl said she couldn't make an appointment for Dr. stearn and would have his office call me and they did a week later.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Dr. Stearn was thorough, listened to my concerns and responded with compassion. I feel like I am in good hands with Dr. Stearn doing my surgery.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

10/10 for this visit for sure. even my wait time complaint between x-rays & doc arrivals was very acceptable. I just think maybe on a slow day and me being first appt my half hour between was too much. but I do understand the reasoning for it.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

excellent physician

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Kim Stearns has been a provider for me for 19+ years. He is experienced and very professional. He also is personable and easy to talk to.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

everyone from Dr. Stearns to the staff have been amazing!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

I recommend Dr. Stearns every time i hear someone is looking for an Ortho doctor! Dr. Stearns is the best, hands down!!!!

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

Dr.Stearns is by far one of the most caring and informative doctors I have ever had .I have complete confidence in him and his staff to perform my knee replacement. He was patient and very informative with all my questions and took time to explain things to me from beginning to end .I am excited for the new knee.He is giving me back my life because as of now it's been at a stand still.

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2020

Dr. Stearns is a truly compassionate and competent doctor. I am very grateful he did my surgery.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

dr. stearns staff is the best

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2020

Dr Sterns is very compassionate and knowledgeable. His assistant, Mary, is excellent too.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

I have always had a great and above average experience with Dr. Stearns and the staff. I have so much confidence in them I have recommended the. several times.

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

I will NOT see another surgeon besides Dr. Stearns. My confidence with himis extremely well. He is truly concerned and provides the necessary solutions to my health issues. I have recommended him several times and will continue to donao

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

I was impressed with Dr. Stearns right away. He is a no nonsense, intelligent man. I had the best man in the business. My recovery was very easy and smooth all thanks to Dr. Stearns and his knowledge and talent.

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2020

I had to pay for valet service because I needed assistance getting to the doctors office. Then the physician did not even greet me upon entering the room. He came in and said "The x-ray looks ok, you need an MRI. Come back after the test". I didn't even get a chance to tell him what I needed to or go over any concerns that I have. Then his nurse came in handed me some paperwork and walked out. I was left on the exam table without anyone assisting me in getting back into my wheelchair. I can barely stand up from a chair and transfer to the wheelchair without being unstable. The whole appointment was a bad experience and I still don't know why I can't walk.

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

my experience was a good one I have referred Dr stearns to others

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

excellent care by Dr. Stearns

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Dr. Stearns has helped me and other members of my family for many years with various issues. I always feel we have his total attention and earnest consideration. He is a trusted highly skilled surgeon and health care provider.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Dr. Stearns is outstanding!

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Dr. Stearns was very thorough and addressed all of my questions and concerns. When I am ready to proceed with my knee replacement surgery, I will have Dr. Stearns do the procedure.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Dr Sterns was very informative

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2020

Dr. Stearns is great! My hip is like new. I think he did a fantastic job.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Dr Stearns is a very professional and compassionate person

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Dr. Stearns is a good listener. He wants you to let him know what's going on. He had to give me a cortisone shot and made sure I was relaxed. He told me to call him in a month if I was still having pain. Otherwise, he would see me in another 1 1/2 years.

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

always a pleasure visiting Dr. Stearns office!

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2020

I always recommend Dr. Stearns to anyone who is needing an orthopedic specialist

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr Stearns is very professional and provided clear responses to my questions. I appreciate his advice before and after the procedure.

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2020

Dr. Stearns and staff seemed very precise and direct to answer all issues regarding my condition. Dr. Stearns and his nurse explained so much to me.

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