Robert McLain, MD

216.636.5860

Robert McLain, MD

Appointed: 1997

Robert McLain, MD
Department: Center for Spine Health
Location: Lutheran Hospital
Mail Code LUTH 2C
1730 W. 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
DeskDesk:216.363.2311
WorkFax:216.696.7395
Robert McLain, MD
Department: Center for Spine Health
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code LUTH 2C
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.636.5860
DeskDesk:216.444.0228
WorkFax:216.696.7395
Surgeon:
Yes
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Robert McLain, MD, is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon with expertise in adult and pediatric spinal deformities, low back pain, infections, trauma, and tumors of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. Recruited to the Clinic in 1997, Dr. McLain is trained in both microsurgical and minimally invasive techniques and has taught techniques in surgical arthroplasty of both the neck and the lumbar spine. Before coming to Cleveland Clinic, Dr. McLain was Director of the Spine Care Center at the University of California, Davis, and Chairman of the Back and Neck Subcommittee for the Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence at UC Davis.

In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. McLain is recognized as one of the outstanding researchers in the area of spinal disease and reconstruction, and directs the Spine Research Program at Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. McLain has written over 170 articles for scientific journals and textbooks, and he serves as an Associate Editor for Spine, the international journal for spine surgery. In 1992 he was awarded the North American Traveling Fellowship, and in 1995 he received the prestigious American-British-Canadian Exchange Fellowship of the American Orthopaedic Association.

Dr. McLain is a member of the North American Spine Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, the American Orthopaedic Association, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Professional Highlights

  • Surgical Technique Course: Anterior Approach for Lumbar Surgery: Didactic and Hands On Lab.  Course Chairman.  Cleveland Ohio, September, 2005.
  • 24th Annual Mid America Orthopaedic Association Meeting:  Annual Meeting Program Chairman, San Antonio, Texas, April, 2006.
  • Seventh Annual CCF Nurses Course: Innovations in Spine Care: Essential Skills for the Nursing Team.  Course Chairman.  Cleveland Ohio, September, 2006.
  •  Interbody Fusion Technique Course: NASS PreCourse. Course Chairman.  Seattle, Washington, September, 2006.
  • Eighth Annual CCF Nurses Course: Innovations in Spine Care: Essential Skills for the Nursing Team.  Course Chairman.  Cleveland Ohio, September, 2007.
  • Interbody Fusion Technique Course: NASS PreCourse. Course Chairman.  Austin, Texas, October, 2007.

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of California Davis Medical Center
Spine Surgery
Sacramento, CA USA
1991
Research Fellowship - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Orthopaedic Surgery, NIH Research Fellow
Iowa City, IA USA
1990
Residency - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Orthopaedic Surgery
Iowa City, IA USA
1989
Internship - University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Orthopaedic Surgery
Iowa City, IA USA
1985
Medical School - University of California-Davis School of Medicine
Davis, CA USA
1984
Undergraduate - University of California-Davis
Biology
Davis, CA USA
1978

Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Back surgery and care of orthopaedic and spinal fractures, surgery for disorders of the neck, surgery of the adult spine. d back surgery and care of orthopaedic and spinal fractures, surgery for disorders of the neck, surgery of the adult and pediatric spine, hip and knee replacement, hip and knee surgery, hip and knee total joint replacement revisions and infections, Hip joint replacement

Awards & Honors

  • John J. Fahey North American Traveling Fellow of The American Orthopaedic Association
  • Zimmer Research Investigator Award, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
  • Vernon P. Thompson Award, Western Orthopaedic Association: McKinley, T.O., and McLain, R.F.
  • Charles H. Herndon Resident Research Award, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation: Fleming, J.E., and McLain, R.F., Sponsor.
  • American British Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association
  • Cleveland Orthopaedic Society Residents Research Award: Fleming, J.E. Jr., Muschler, G.F., McLain, R.F., Lieberman, I.H.
  • Midwest Resident Research Competition Award Paper: Fleming, J.E., and McLain, R.F., Sponsor.  Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation
  • Resident Scholar Award, Ohio Orthopaedic Society: Fleming, J.E., and McLain, R.F., Sponsor.
  • Society for Experimental Mechanics Student Competition Award, Basic Science Research: Inceoglu, S., and McLain, R.F., Senior Investigator.
  • American Society of Biomechanics Academic Travel Award: Inceoglu, S., and McLain, R.F., Senior Investigator.
  • Lerner Research Institute Graduate Research Award, First Place , Applied Science: Inceoglu, S., and McLain, R.F., Senior Investigator and Advisor.
  • Orthopaedic Research Society New Investigator Award.  Yerby, S. and McLain, R.F.
    Best Doctors in Orthopaedic Surgery, Annual Selection, Cleveland Magazine, March, 2008.

Additional Training

  • 2004  -   Synthes Prodisc Clinical Training - Day with the Professor, Los Angeles, California
  • 2004  -   Synthes Prodisc Clinical Training - Day with the Professor Workshop, Dallas, Texas
  • 2005  -   Depuy Spine: Charite Clinical Training - Disc Arthroplasty Workshop, Dallas, Texas
  • 2006  -   Synthes Prodisc Surgeon Training Program - Part I and II FDA Training Workshops, Los Angeles, California
  • 2007  -   Synthes Prodisc - C Surgeon Training Program - FDA Training Workshops, Las Vegas, Nevada

Innovations & Patents

Provisional Patent: Composite Hydrogel Artificial Disc: A Nucleus Pulposis Prosthesis

The invention is a polymer composite nucleus pulposis replacement for the human intervertebral disc, consisting of a flexible foam scaffold impregnated with a more viscous hydrophilic polymer.  The foam scaffold provides a three dimensional structure that conforms to the area within the operated intervertebral disc which is intended to be filled by hydrophilic matrix.  Patent Awarded 2003

Provisional Patent: 60/784,232: Cannulated Probe for Transpedicular Aspiration of Autologous Osteoprogenitor Stem Cells

A unique probe design allows transpedicular aspiration of marrow elements including osteoprogenitor stem cells used in spine fusion augmentation.  The probe will simultaneously create a pilot hole for pedicle screw instrumentation and provide access to the rich marrow beds contained within the vertebral bodies.

Provisional Patent: Unilateral Anterior Cervical Plate.

Memberships

  • American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) -  Member, Elected 1997
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) - Fellow, Inducted 1995
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Iowa Orthopaedic Alumni Association - Member, Inducted 1990
  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) - Member, Inducted 1992
  • Paul R. Lipscomb Society - Member, Inducted 1992
  • Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) - Candidate Member 1993 - Full Member 1999
  • North American Spine Society (NASS) -  Associate Member, Inducted 1993
  • International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) - Member, Elected 1994
  • Federation of Spine Associations (FOSA)
  • Mid-American Orthopaedic Association -  Member, Elected 1999
  • Selby Spine Society - Member, 2000
  • OREF Alfred R. Shands, Jr. Circle Society - Member, 2002
  • Spine Arthroplasty Society -  Member, 2005

Treatment & Services

  • Back Surgery
  • Care of Orthopaedic and Spinal Fractures
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Neck Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

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