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Alan Gurd, MD


Alan Gurd, MD

Appointed: 2006

Alan Gurd, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Retired Consultant
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A41
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Children & Adolescents Only

Biographical Sketch

Alan Gurd, MD, FRCS, was born in Ireland where he was educated at the Methodist College in Belfast. In 1958, he entered Queen’s University of Belfast’s Medical School where he graduated in 1964. After becoming a doctor he then trained as a general surgeon, receiving his FRCS in Edinburgh in 1967. At that time, he began orthopaedic training in Belfast followed by a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Concurrently he received a MCh for a thesis on “Fat Embolism” in 1969.

After 2 years on the Staff of Belfast’s teaching hospital, the Royal Victoria Hospital, he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1976 where he became Head of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Cleveland Clinic, where his wife is also employed as a Pediatrician. Apart from work, and family, Dr. Gurd spends time in Ethiopia and Haiti teaching and operating. His professional interest is managing children with orthopaedic problems, especially disadvantaged children and those with spinal deformities.

Education & Fellowships

Residency - Royal Victoria Hospital
General Surgery
Belfast Ireland
Internship - Royal Victoria Hospital
Medical Internship
Belfast Ireland
Medical School - University of Belfast Faculty of Medicine
Belfast Ireland
Undergraduate - University of Belfast Faculty of Medicine
Belfast Ireland


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Non-operative Pediatric Orthopaedics, Scoliosis, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida

Treatment & Services

  • Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

Industry Relationships

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As of 9/5/2008, Dr. Gurd 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 the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English