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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
  • 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

See publications for Kim L. Stearns, MD.

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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 5/2/2022, 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

570 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 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

94 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2022

Dr. Stearns may be "THE GREATEST SURGEON IN THE WORLD". I was expecting the surgery and recovery to be very difficult (Hip Replacement Surgery). Instead, the surgery was "a piece of cake"! I was walking 2 hours after my surgery. I had little pain. I was discharged in 24 hrs. My rehab went so smoothly, I was back to work in two weeks! I have had no problems whatsoever. He's a miracle worker! Nice guy too!

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2022

I love doctor Stern's very caring doctor

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

Dr. Stearns is outstanding. I was kept informed every step of the way AND I was able to dance at my daughters wedding after he replaced my hip.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2022

I would recommend Dr. Stearns and his staff to anyone who asks.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

My experience was great and my doctor awesome ..

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Dr Sterns and the secretary Kim was very helpful and Dr Sterns did a good job on my surgery and I would recommend him to anyone that needs a knee replacement

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

I would refer anyone that needs a knee replacement Dr Sterns is a good doctor

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Dr. Stearns is an excellent physician.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

Couldn't ask for a better doctor

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2022

Dr. Stearns was attentive to my concerns and thorough with his explanations. He checked up on me the morning after surgery as did his team. I appreciated that care very much.

Reviewed on May 31, 2022

Dr. Stearns is very compassionate, knowledgeable, and professional.

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Dr. Stearns is a top notched doctor.

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

Dr. Stearns is a very skilled, caring, thorough, no bs, surgeon. This will be my 2 joint replacement with Dr. Stearns...I would not even consider a different surgeon.

Reviewed on May 19, 2022

My interactions with Dr. Stearns and staff are always a positive experience.

Reviewed on May 18, 2022

Dr. Stearns really listened to my health issues and addressed them. He is so genuine.

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Dr. Stearns has always been very helpful to me. I would recommend him to anyone I know. He replaced both of my knees.

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Dr. Stearns is excellent! I recommend him all the time to anyone with knee issues. Dr. Stearns is patient with all my questions and takes his time to address any concerns.

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

I recommend Dr. Stearns and Lutheran Hospital to everyone.

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Doctor Stearn is very caring and informative

Reviewed on May 11, 2022

My time with the Doctor was limited to our two office visits and in preop. Although I know that questions I had before the surgery about various aspects including the prosthetic were all answered by Dr. Stearns and conveyed to me via the coordinator. This I very much appreciated.

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Dr. Stearns has taken care of my son very well.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2022

I had a very good appointment. Dr.Stearns had previously done my surgery.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2022

Dr. Stearns was professional and to the point. He seemed to know exactly what he was doing and his confidence gave me ease that everything would be ok. He was very responsive to questions and always made time to discuss.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Dr Stearns went above and beyond to help me.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Dr. Stearns went above and beyond to me.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

Dr. Stearns was very through. He took the time to discuss all of his findings and was very helpful with the decisions I had to make. He was professional and considerate of my concerns. I was a given a superlative recommendation from another Cleveland Clinic physician and I must say he was correct with his recommendation.

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022


Reviewed on Apr 7, 2022

The doctor was impatient and when I did figure out a question I wanted ask him he never came back in the room I felt like he didn't really care to fix the problem but he was all down to medicate me so experience with the doctor was a 4/10

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2022

Dr. K. Stearns is an understatement & Empathic caregiver. He adheres to the Patient First motto of the Cleveland Clinic. So glad to have such a skillful surgeon heading up my care.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2022

I have recommended Dr. Stearns to several people because of my outstanding experience& success.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

Dr. Stearns has completely changed my life with my new knees I am able to function normally for the first time in years. For that I am forever grateful. He is an amazing surgeon I would recommend 100%

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2022

Dr Stearns is an EXCELLENT surgeon!!!

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2022

Dr. K. Stearns ROCKS!!

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2022

Dr stearn's is very caring. Answered all r questions.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Excellent care and information from Dr. Stearns. Patient with me and answered all of my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Dr Stearns and his entire staff went way beyond to make an appointment,schedule a procedure and take really good care of me. Can't thank them enough.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Being a current patient of Dr. Stearns, I'm sure added to the speed and ease of scheduling an appointment .

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

I am very grateful for Dr. Stearns and his staff!

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

Overall experience was good. Because of the overall pain I had (off and on), I was worried I had dislocated my hip. Not the case......just arthritis. I will return to see Dr. Stearn if things get bad.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022

I would have liked more time with the doctor and a more thorough explanation of the procedure with diagrams because this is the type of person I am. I want to see what is going to happen. I felt the doctor's confidence about the surgery which was appreciated. I did have many questions about post op because I live alone and on the second floor with stairs to navigate (after a hip replacement). I do know that I can contact the nurse and am hopeful my concerns will be addressed.

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2022

Would recommend Dr. Stearns to anyone with ortho needs

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

DR and Nurse are fabulous!!!

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2021

Always a great experience with Dr. Stearns!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

I had a great experience with Dr. Stern, very informative and kind.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2021

I have always had very good experience when I visit Dr Kim Sterns office

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

Everyone was very polite and friendly. I had several questions and they were all answered with respect. Sometimes a doctor acts like your wasting their time with silly questions. Not Dr. Sterns. I was very worried going into my appointment but I left completely at ease and confident I have chosen the right doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

Dr. Stearns answered all questions to my satisfaction. I'm very happy with both my knee replacements so far! I have recommended him to several members at my gym.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Bottom line - I want the best doctor to perform my knee replacement & it shouldn't really matter that a doctor seems distant and removed, but darn I'm use to a nice personality in a doc. He was kinda cold & really rushed us! 3. The nurse explained.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Dr Stearns is a wonderful doctor, always asks if I have questions or concerns. Never rushes me out the door, makes me feel like I am his only patient of the day.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Dr. Stearns is amazing! He performed both my knee replacements this year, with great results. His staff is very helpful and responsive to all my questions.

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

Have recommended Dr. Stearns to a couple of people

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Dr.Stearns is a great Dr, surgeon and person. He did my hip replacement in 05 and now I'm looking at knee replacements. Dr. Stearns will definitely be the one doing them. I have complete confidence in his care and skill.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Dr.Stearns is a great Dr, surgeon and person. He did my hip replacement in 05 and now I'm looking at knee replacements. Dr. Stearns will definitely be the one doing them. I have complete confidence in his care and skill. If you are looking for a Dr that is straight forward and doesn't pull any punches, Dr. Stearns is the Dr for you.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

Friendly staff. WonderfulDoctor.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2021

Dr. Stearns is just the best friend an old lady of 88 years could have. He has helped me grow old more gracefully and I love him dearly as a very good friend. Timmy is also an adorable lovable teddy bear of a friend.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

I recommended Dr. Stearns to a former Navy SEAL 2 days ago, and Dr. Stearns is already seeing him TODAY!

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Dr. Stearns is wonderful!

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

The doctor and his staff were kind, helpful and professional

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

I liked the doctor very much.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Dr Stearns is terrific

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2021

Awesome providers, office staff, and all assistants.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Doctor is excellent!

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

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