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

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As of 5/29/2019, 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

654 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
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

70 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Dr Stearns was very professional. Listened to my concerns and suggested treatment.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

was and always happy with the Dr.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Have always been pleased that Dr. Stearns listened to my concerns and questions through three different surgeries with him.

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Doctor has zero bedside manner. I am sure he's a skilled surgeon but I'd be afraid if I had a complication or bad outcome I'd be abandoned.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Had never met *Dr. Stearns before but was pleased with the surgery and so far the recovery.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Mary, Dr Stearns PA returned my call immediately and after talking to him scheduled an appointment the very next day.

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Very helpful. A corrective action taken that day. Dr. personable.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

I love Dr Stearns... I trust him and he takes good care of his patients.. Love his personally...

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2019

surprised because I had heard Dr. Stearns could be abrupt. he was highly personable, listened with intention, and addressed my concerns on the particular problem I came for. happy he was recommended to me.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

Dr. Stearn and his staff are courteous and professional.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

I already have recommended Dr. Stearns to a friend who had an appointment with him and was extremely satisfied.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

great doctor and staff.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Dr. Stearns was very kind and asked a lot of questions and thoroughly explained my surgery, recovery and limitations.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Dr. Stearns and Mary Vasil take very good care of me.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

Dr. Sterns is very reassuring and a very good surgeon.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

I have recommended and others have used. Dr. Sterns on my word.

Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019

My experience with Dr. Stearns and the Ortho department was professional and very positive. I was impressed with my care, and pleased with my results. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

Best doctor ever!

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

the nurse assistant is very nice , courteous , and he takes the time to listen to why you are there to see the doctor

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2019

Dr.Stearns and PA was terrific

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

wonderful and conscientious doctor. very comfortable and easy to talk to

Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019

I cannot say enough nice things about Dr. Stearns and the entire staff. I switched from another Orthopedic and the two experiences were night and day. my former Orthopedic is experience was, quite frankly, a nightmare. Dr. Stearns was caring, courteous, thorough, gentle, on-time, and compassionate.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

dr Stearns has been a caring and compassionate person throughout the entire process. would definitely recommend him to family and friends and have! He has improved the quality of my life!

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

#1-3. My answer is based on the surgeon's asst. - *Dr. Stearns himself is the best.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Very pleased with physician.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2019

Dr. Stearn is an amazing , kind, wonderful man. He is a fabulous physician who never rushes you and always listens patiently to your condition. What a brilliant surgeon.

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

dr kerns answered all my concerns

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

Hi I love the surgery that Dr.Stearns performed on, I am healing as expected I will encourage anyone that need surgery to go to Dr. Stearns office at Lutheran Hospital. Thank you so much for helping me feel better and get around without pain.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

Dr.Stearns has a very good staff they will make you very comfortable. I had a very good experience with this surgery

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

I received great patient care. Dr Stearns took his time to explain my condition & treatment options.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

Dr. Stearns has done 2 other surgeries for me so I am well aware of his "no fuss, no muss" actions. He is quick, in and out, but if I needed more time with him I think he would spend more time with me. Fortunately I had no issues or real concerns, and the few questions I had were answered.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019


Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Dr. Stearns did an excellent job in answering my medical questions. He gave me an answer to my concerns

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr Stearn was very thorough and honest

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

I was very impressed with the doctors explanation of my situation, this was a second opinion and was put at ease right away .

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

Dr. Stearns was very concise and to the point. He did not ask very many questions but seemed knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

I really feel that Dr. Stearns is an excellent surgeon and totally trust him with my care.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2019

Dr Stearns is the best that is why I have been seeing him for 30 years and he has done 10 surgeries on me. ( the best!!!!!)

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

felt very comfortable with doctor Sterns n his staff! They are all efficient.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

Did not have to wait too long to see doctor

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

Everything about this visit was great. All doctors should be this caring & communicate with their patients like this. I felt very confident with the doctor and his outstanding staff!

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2019

I definitely would. While at this appointment, my daughter asked the doctor a question about her knee, next we knew she was off to get an X-ray & then back to see him. I am glad she asked him, as his concern for her was as great as his concern for me!

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Dr. Stearns is a very good doctor I recommend him to people all the time.

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Dr Stearns is always so compassionate and caring. He's excellent in my book

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019

Dr Stearns provides very good service. he cares about your well being.

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019

ive always had great service and a kind attendant from dr sterns office so much that i would recommend him to my family and friends

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019

Had to wait two months to see physician

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019

Dr Stearns is one of the best doctors on this planet!

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Dr Stearns is a good surgeon but when it comes to repeat visits he spends very little time with you

Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019

I've had replacement surgeries before and Dr. Stearns and his staff are absolutely the best . Caring , knowledgeable, listens and exceptional in every phase of medical care , tremendous.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

Dr Stearns & the staff where tremendous

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019

I am Completely satisfied with the service I have received from the staff and Dr. Sterns,they are Amazing !!!

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

Dr. Stearns was so very kind, he took his time to answer all my questions. I was shocked to hear that I needed hip replacement surgery but his confidence made me feel so much better.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

The staff in Middleburg Heights are very courteous and easy to deal with. Dr Stearns has been great. I really feel that he cares and answers any questions that I have. I actually look forward to my appointments.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

Like I have said before Dr Stearns is open to questions or concerns I may have. He makes me feel comfortable about deciding to replace my knee.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

When I have an appointment to see Dr Stearns I know ahead that I may need to wait because of over runs. I know that is because he takes the time make sure all the patients questions are answered. I am comfortable with this because he will do the same for me.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019

waited for about an hour to see the doctor for about 10 min.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019

dr strains is a very caring professional. he always makes sure all of your questions and concerns are addressed thoroughly

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019

Waited for 45minutes in examining room before seeing Dr. Stern.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2018

Dr. Stearns is an excellent surgeon.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2018

dr. Sterns is a very kind doctor and he listens to any concerns you have.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2018

I have had a very good experience with my knee replacement. I felt very confident about Dr. Sterns from the very beginning to the end of my surgery. My recovery has been great with minimal pain.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

thank very happy with doc strens

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

I could NOT have a better surgeon than stearns .he is perfect for me and the BEST THERE IS....THANKS DOC...

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

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