Dr. Joseph M. Stefko | Sports Medicine Surgeon | Youngstown Orthopaedic Associates

Joseph M. Stefko, M.D.

Specialties: Shoulder Surgery, Knee Surgery, Sports Medicine

Dr. Stefko is a sports medicine physician and orthopeadic surgeon specializing in shoulder surgery and knee surgery, including arthroscopic repair or reconstruction of shoulder and knee injuries. He has extensive surgical experience with arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery, shoulder replacement surgery as a treatment option for arthritis and ACL knee reconstruction.

Dr. Stefko is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. He attended medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. While in medical school he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary society. After medical school, Dr. Stefko completed an orthopedic surgical residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) between 1989 and 1994.

This was followed by subspecialty sports medicine education (fellowship) under the direction of Frank Jobe MD at the renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinic in Los Angeles, California. While in California, Dr. Stefko refined his arthroscopic surgical skills with experts in the field and also served as an assistant team physician to Los Angeles area professional and collegiate sports teams, including the Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Angels, Anaheim Ducks and the University of Southern California sports teams.

Additionally, Dr. Stefko holds academic positions at Northeast Ohio Medical University and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is actively involved in the surgical education of orthopedic surgery residents and medical students. Dr. Stefko published orthopedic research studies in peer review journals and has presented research findings at national and international conferences. Dr. Stefko is an active member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Stefko is accepting new patients at both the Poland and Warren office locations. Appointments can be made through primary care referral or by calling (330) 758-0577 Ext. 1152.

Patient Reviews

5 Stars
“I am a successful surgical patient of Dr. Joe Stefko. Highly recommended for your shoulder problems!”

– Dr. Jim Jamison, Orthopaedic Surgeon

5 Stars
“Dr. Stefko has done 3 surgeries on my shoulders. He is one of the best. Thank you Dr. Stefko!”

– Betty

5 Stars
“Dr. Stefko has done two surgeries on my shoulders. He is literally the best around. I have zero problems and I had 4 complete tears. He is amazing.”

– Linda

5 Stars
“So thankful to Dr .Stefko! He replaced both of my shoulders. Totally amazing!”

– Kathy

5 Stars
“Dr. Stefko is very cordial and efficient and listens carefully to your concerns and addresses them. I am very pleased with the treatment I have received there. Highly recommend him!”

– Carol

5 Stars
“My experience was very professional and the best care I could have had. Doctor Stefko was kind, considerate, very caring and explained all of my options and what his diagnoses was for my case. A total joint replacement was done 7 weeks ago and my therapist is amazed at how well I am doing, which attests to the amazing surgery that Doctor Stefko performed on me. I am very grateful and appreciative of his caring bed side manner, as well. I made the right choice for me.”

– Karen

5 Stars
“Dr. Stefko was very knowledgeable and took his time explaining exactly what needed to be done to get me back in good shape!”

– Amy



Ohio University, Athens, Ohio


Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio

Postgraduate Training

Residency: Resident Orthopaedic Surgery-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Fellow, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Los Angeles, California
MLB: Assistant Team Physician, LA Dodgers, California Angels
NHL: Assistant Team Physician, LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks
NBA: Assistant Team Physician, LA Lakers
NCAAF: USC Football and Volleyball

Academic Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


“So thankful to Dr .Stefko! He replaced both of my shoulders. Totally amazing!”
– Kathy Slee Rosa

Office Locations


Poland Office
8591 Crossroads Drive
Youngstown, Ohio 44514


Warren Office
1695 Niles-Cortland Road, N.E.
Warren, Ohio 44484


Surgery Locations


8551 Crossroads Drive
Youngstown, Ohio 44514


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