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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As of 6/15/2017, 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

462 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

22 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2017

Very pleased with everything and have referred this doctor and hospital many times.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2017

Dr. Sterns is the best!

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2017

Saw dr. 10 min before surgery and that was it. No post-surgical visit, etc.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2017

Dr. Kim Stearns has done all five of my knee surgeries and I highly recommend his skills.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2017

Dr Stearns voiced understanding of my current life circumstances as it r/t my physical problem.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2017

He doesn't ask me about medication.It was a fair experience

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2017

5. The best.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2017

No problems.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2017

Dr. Stearns was and is the best. I am so appreciative of his care & concern.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2017

Experiencing a new problem and got good information

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2017

Dr. Stearns and his team are exceptional. My wife and I trust him completely; after our surgeries, we've had much less pain than expected; healed well and excellent results. We joke that Dr. Stearns is "Magic"!

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2017

Dr. Stearns enters the room prepared and knowledgeable about my shoulder. He has a plan of action already in place. I like how he asks questions that directly relate to me and then answers every question I have. I always leave feeling like I know exactly whats wrong and how Dr. Stearns is going to solve my issue.

Reviewed on May 17, 2017

Dr. Stearns is a serious physician, I feel he did an excellent job.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2017

Very happy with the care and concern.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2017

It was an excellent experience

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2017

Dr. Stearns concern regarding the 2nd surgery was needed made me feel less concerned & I knew he would his best. I also appreciated knowing what to expect.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2017

Dr. Stearns came in, was short with me, gave me contradictory info from the physical therapist, and didn't seem to really care.

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2017

Dr. Stearns was excellent!

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