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Brian Donley, MD


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Brian Donley, MD
Department: Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief of Staff
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A40
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Brian Donley, MD, joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Foot and Ankle Center in 1995, after completing a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery. In addition to his expertise in diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle problems, Dr. Donley serves as Vice President of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals and Chief of Regional Hospital Medical Affairs and Quality.

He also has a strong interest in research and education. He has published numerous articles in orthopaedic journals and chapters in textbooks, and he serves as an associate editor for several medical journals.

Dr. Donley is active in teaching pre-medical and medical students, orthopaedic residents and fellows. He has a track record of achievement, graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Notre Dame and earning recognition in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society at the University of Michigan Medical School.

Dr. Donley's special interests include fractures, bunions, reconstructive aspects of foot and ankle trauma, acquired deformities including flat feet, treatment of arthritis of the foot and ankle, and sports injuries to the foot and ankle.

Professional Highlights

  • ABC (American-British-Canadian) Travelling Fellow 2007
  • Director, Foot and Ankle Center
  • President, Lutheran Hospital

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Campbell Clinic
Foot and Ankle Surgery
Memphis, TN USA
Residency - University of Michigan Health System
Orthopaedic Surgery
Ann Arbor, MI USA
Internship - University of Michigan Health System
General Surgery
Ann Arbor, MI USA
Medical School - University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI USA
Undergraduate - University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN USA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Foot and ankle reconstructive surgery, fractures, sports injuries of the foot and ankle

Awards & Honors

  • America's Best Doctor 2006, 2008, 2009
  • American-British-Canadian Travelling Fellow, 2007

Innovations & Patents

Development of the Salto Talaris Ankle Replacement with international team.This has provided a less invasive alternative to traditional ankle replacement surgery.


  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Treatment & Services

  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Ankle Replacement
  • Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery
  • Arthroscopy
  • Bunion Surgery
  • Flatfoot Reconstruction
  • Foot And Ankle Fusions
  • Foot and Ankle Reconstruction
  • Foot Surgery
  • Forefoot Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Heel Injections
  • Orthopaedics
  • Reconstructive Foot And Ankle Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Surgery Foot And Ankle
  • Surgical Treatment of the Foot
  • Tendon Reconstruction
  • Viscosupplementation

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 10/3/2016, Dr. Donley has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Donley receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Extremity Medical, LLC.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Donley receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Extremity Medical, LLC.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Languages Spoken

  • English