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

574 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

95 Patient Comments

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.

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

I've had over 12 MAJOR surgeries in my life and I have to say that *Dr. Kim Stearns is one of the best surgeons I have had. Probably the best surgeon I've had!!!

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!

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