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 4/3/2020, 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

606 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
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

85 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Dr Kim is a very good doctor!

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

dr. Stearns is a very caring physician.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

dr sterns was awesome I've been to a few doctors before him for my knees but never felt the compassion I did from him or the information I received I feel I waited to get him so I would feel at ease with him .. great guy!!

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

Dr. Stearns always seems rushed. I think if he allotted more time for each appointment, I know I would feel more comfortable seeing him.

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

Dr. Stearns and his staff are the best.

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Best doctor on the planet! Gave me my life back!!!!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Absolutely no problems and very concerned. Mary and Dr. Stearns are great!!!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Apparently I was supposed to get x-rays prior to seeing Dr. Stearns and wasn't told of this until I was going in to see him. They said I was supposed to receive a phone call telling me this. I did not.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Dr. Stearns is a great doctor. I couldn't have asked for a better doctor to do my hip replacement.

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

I was fortunate in that I was able to fill cancellations for both a MRI and the doctor visit. I completed both within 24 hours!

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

Dr. Stearns was fantastic. He completely and thoroughly explained everything and made me feel very comfortable with the process of taking care of my issue! I would highly recommend him!

Reviewed on May 27, 2020

The entire appointment was professional and informative! Dr. Stearns was pleasant and very reassuring in discussing my issue! I will recommend him to everyone!!

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

People that work for Cleveland Clinic doctors are always very nice.

Reviewed on May 12, 2020

Dr Stearns is Awesome.

Reviewed on May 5, 2020

very nice dr. would recomend to others.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2020

Will always encourage others to use Lutheran Hospital for knee and hip, and especially Dr. Sterns

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2020

Dr Stearns is the best...he always takes his time and truly cares about how I feel..

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2020

Dr Sterns is absolutely the best. He is kind, helpful and understanding.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Dr. Stearns is an excellent surgeon.

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Mary, Dr. Stern's nurse, is efficient and prompt as well as friendly and professional. When we forgot to ask questions to Dr. Stern's, Mary was able to answer them so we were able to easily understand everything. She even drew diagrams to aid in our understanding. Dr. Sterns was friendly and efficient. He did a wonderful job on the knee which is quickly healing.

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Doctor Stearns was very nice and completely explained things to me.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

I love Dr Stearns he listens and I feel confident in his ability as a doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2020

Very good visit with Dr. Sterns & Staff.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

The front desk is always respectful and swift in scheduling and announcing my arrival to Dr. Stearns and the medical staff.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

dr was very good at what he does, I would recommend him to anybody that needs surgery

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

Dr. Stearn was very efficient about looking after me before surgery and after surgery following up with expedited surgical treatment and follow up appointments.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

Grreat doctor and staff.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Dr Stearns is alway professional and courteous. I trust him implicitly.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Dr. Stearns is the best. he has taken care of all my needs.

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

Dr. Sterns was caring and very thorough with all explanations!

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

I've always had good customer service from Dr Stern's office

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

CClinic and in particular, Dr. Kim L. Stearns provides best care, service and healing.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

My appointment was delayed because the doctor's office forgot to tell me to take xrays before the appointment. I arrived at 8am as requested and left at 2pm, because I had to wait a few hours for the x-ray. This process has ample room for improvement.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Dr. Stearns and his staff are the absolute very very best!

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

doctor Stearns is always brief and to the point ... he did a good job on my knee ...

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

I've already recommended Dr. Stearns to a few people.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

My experience with this particular visit to Dr. Stearns was excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

dr was great Really listened and gave options

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Dr. Stearns is great, this was third surgery he has done for me!

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Dr. Sterns was honest, informative and caring.

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

had to wait many weeks to see dr Stearns

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

Dr. Stearns is an amazing surgeon. He gave me my life back. I am truly grateful.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

I have already recommended Dr. Stearns

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2019

I felt the visit was informative, and Dr. Stearns is going the extra step of getting me to have an MRI because of the Xray being non-conclusive. This extra step will help ensure he has not missed anything. I appreciate his efforts

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019

Dr. was amazing, would definitely recommend him

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019

Needs to be more cognitive of my understanding of what he's explaining. Needs to have a better "bedside" manner. This is NOT coddling me, but making sure I understand my situation before I leave the office. Some Dr's may feel they don't have time to be friendly AND be a good Dr. at the same time. It makes a BIG difference.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

Dr Stearns was fantastic.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2019

I am extremely grateful to have Dr. Kim Stearns for my doctor. I believe he is excellent and recommend him. He has treated my husband, daughter in law and son in law and my friend. Dr. Stearns and his support are always caring and friendly.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

I absolutely love Dr Sterns.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

I feel that Dr. Stearns is a top notch surgeon. I am very happy with my outcome from my previous hip replacements. I hope I can have the same outcome with my carpel tunnel issues.

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2019

Dr. Stearns explained my options, answered my questions and allowed me the time to decide my treatment.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

dr Stearns and his team are amazing they addressed each and every of my concerns regarding this event promptly and with great care for me.

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

Dr Stearns explained all I needed to know to make any decisions I needed to.

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

Doctor is always pleasant and straight to the point! Always a pleasure to see him!

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

Dr. Stearns was very straightforward and had a good plan for addressing my condition.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

I have already referred someone to Dr. Stearns.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

Dr. Stearns and his staff specially Mary his nude have been great. Very helpful , courteous.

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

Dr. Stearns is an excellent provider, very professional. I'm very happy with the care I have received.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Dr. Stearns took the time to explain my xrays in a very clear and precise way. He answered all of my questions fully, and made sure to ask if I had any additional questions. Dr. Stearns and his team are excellent. I always feel well cared for after having an appointment.

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

Dr Stearns was helpful . . Another MD I trust ( who is not a CCF employee ) referred me to Dr. Stearns .

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Dr Stearns while not rude is not very personable and always in a rush except for when he is "selling" a procedure. I did not see him in the hospital post surgery, no call post discharge and follow up appointments are 1 minute "face time" or less.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

This is why I have chosen Dr. Stearns to have my life in his hands.

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

dr sterns was very pleasant. however I was told by him that my soft cast was coming off and new hard cast was going on. I have no idea on what to expect for recovery time or what to expect to recover. I have no idea what is required from me to recover. other than that dr Stearns was great

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Dr. Stearns is an incredible doctor!!

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Dr Stevens and his assistant, Mary, are efficient, knowledgeable, and very kind. I know I am in good hands.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Dr Stearns is the best! His ability to relate to my husband and I and explain all of the treatment options was very comforting.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

I recommend Dr Stearns to everyone who needs his service

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

very excellent care provider with superior interpersonal skills.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Dr. Stearns sat down and faced me to ask me about my hip pain. He was sincerely concerned about any discomfort I may be feeling. I know he is truly interested in my health.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

provider was kind but if I didn't ask questions he would not have volunteered information. I wanted more of a review of things I should and should not do.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

Dr. Stearns office has always been efficient and effective in their operations. would recommend his services in a moment!

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 22, 2019

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

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.

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