Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Lutheran Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
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 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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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 7/2/2018, 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

519 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
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.4
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

50 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

Very pleased and thankful for the excellent skill of this provider and all the staff and support people.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2018

Dr. Stearns is a good surgeon. However, he did not palpate or examine my bilateral knee replacements until the third appointment, when I asked him to examine the large bump of scar tissue above kneecap. I told him the left knee buckles on me and I have pain especially descending stairs. Do not want to go back at 6 month checkup

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

Sitting in the exam room approx 30 minutes before doctor came in.

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2018

Provider new exactly what to do for my problem, had immediate relief.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

I am pleased with *Dr. Stearns and his assistant. I understand they are busy, and my time spent with them was thorough and respectful.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

dr. Stearns is a very good surgeon however his Time spent and demeanor in the follow-up exams leave something to be desired

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

Dr. Kim Sterns was very nice and informed me of everything i needed to know about my bad knees

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2018

My doctor took the time to explain to my family the procedure he used.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2018

Wonderful doctor!

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

Dr Stearns is very caring doctor. what I like is he does rush you he takes his time An makes sure all your questions are answered.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

I met Dr. Stearns at this appt. We discussed the condition of my knee and complete knee replacement. I am looking forward to Dr. Stearns replacing my knee. He was kind, gave clear information, and listened to my concerns and questions.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2018

Dr Stearns was recommend to me. I am very pleased so far with how things have went. I appreciate his honesty

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2018

Favorite hospital - Think its the very best in every way - caring & knowledgeable people - Third time using it & *Dr. Stearns. Great from preadmissions to discharge -

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2018

I have no complaints at all. Everyone was great. Dr Stern set my mind at ease. I'm so grateful

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

was seen at 11:10, had a 9:30 apptdoctor spent 3 minutes with me to tell me X-ray was fine and have me flex my leg. total waste of time

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018

didn't see doctor for an hour after scheduled appointment time

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2018

love Dr Stearns and his staff very polite and attentive

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018

I feel Dr. Stern and his staff are very caring towards their patients and they take time to make sure your health comes first they are great

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018

Dr. Stearns and his staff are professional, courteous, and helpful. I like them all.

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2018


Reviewed on Jul 3, 2018

good experience with Dr Stearns with bilateral knee replacement and right hip replacement Excellent outcome with both procedures.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2018

Dr. Stearns did a wonderful job on my knee and he has a great staff

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2018

always outstanding office personal. Make you feel like family and your the most important person. Dr KimAtearns is always the professional. I can't say enough great things about the man. He is always caring, concerned and helpful. Always calls and checks up on you the next day to see how you are. How many doctors do that anymore.

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018

Dr. Stearns was excellent and will follow up again with him

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018

Dr. Stearns MA was great and his nurse or PA Mary Vasil was very helpful during my experience

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2018

When asked by the nurse if I was taking any medication for pain in my knees, I said no, the pain was not bad enough for me to take any pain reliever. The doctor then prescribed prescription pain medication, did not discuss possible alternatives such as physical therapy, exercise, etc

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2018

great experience, thank you very much Dr. Stearns

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2018

All went very smoothly. They even all stood up as I went by the desk to say goodbye & good luck. But I didn't need luck, I had *Dr. Stearns and all the wonderful staff at Lutheran Hospital

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2018

I can't say enough about *Dr. Stearns. The job he did on my hip went way beyond my expectations. God gives special skills to special people.

Reviewed on May 31, 2018

I had a book to read and was very comfortable in waiting room and in exam room.. not a long wait. Would rather wait before seeing doctor and have him take his time with me during exam rather than rush to get me in and out...... his TIME WITH ME is what is important and Dr. Stearns makes me feel that he is attentive to me in the exam.

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

care provider did three things to examine me. Hands up, arms to to side and push out on his hands. He would not stop to listen to me, kept on talking and I did not get the opportunity to ask my questions. He basically recommended surgery in about 3-4 min. exam

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

Dr definitely helped me diagnose problem and relieve pain I was experiencing. Follow up was suggested if needed. Very professional and kind.

Reviewed on May 25, 2018

*Dr. Stearns took the time to alleviate any concerns & answer my questions I have the utmost confidence in his skill as a physician.

Reviewed on May 15, 2018

staff and dr provided friendly helpful service. glad i went there

Reviewed on May 4, 2018

My first visit with the doctor which was two and a half years ago, I asked him about an approach to my surgery which I had heard had a quicker recovery time. He told me to let him worry about that and would not discuss the matter any further which I found off-putting. On each subsequent visit I have found the doctor to be a man of few words when I would prefer to be treated more of a partner in my health care who deserves reasons and explainations.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2018

Dr Stearn gave me a cortisone injection. I thought I would have a lot of pain, but I felt almost no pain. Very pleased.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2018

took 45 minutes once in exam room to see doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2018

Dr. Stearns is a Godsend! I have been dealing with hip issues for 6 montgs and saw a different hip sergeon prior before I was referred to Dr. Stearns and the other doctor after months offered NO relief. Dr. Stearns had my hip pain relieved in a matter of seconds and my back pain relieved by the next day with a prescription. I have not been pain free in a long time. Itbfeels amazing!! he has awesome bedside manner and I didn't even feel a thing getting injected in my joint. I was extremely happy that he gave me an injection the same day without having to come back multiple times with my hectic schedule and plus I needed relief. thank you so much for giving me the honor of having him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2018

it is extremely easy to call, schedule, see and get treatment from dr sterns. parking is across the street from his office, how easy is that ? He makes it so easy.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018

I am so happy that I had Dr.Sterns,he did a wonderful job in making me feel at ease and comfortable,,Thank you so much for helping me to change my life

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2018

have complete trust in this provider or would not have gone back

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2018

Excellent experience with Dr. Stearns and his staff.

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2018

*Dr. Stearns was excellent. I am very happy I selected him to perform my hip surgery.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2018

Dr. Stearns is one of the best doctors in his field and very dedicated.

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2018

I felt my visit with Dr. Sterns was professional and he was thorough in taking the time to talk to me and examine me.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2018

Dr. Stearns and his staff are very professional, always answer my questions and are concerned about my recovery.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2018

Dr. Stearns is an excellent surgeon. I am very pleased with my results.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2018

dr can only do so much post surgery

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2018

Dr Stearns is the best surgeon out there!

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2017

Never been in a hospital where, all departments were knowledgeable of my care.

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