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Heather Vallier, MD

Heather Vallier, MD
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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Fairview Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Fairview Hospital
Primary Location

Fairview Hospital

Specialties & Treatments

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Ankle Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Foot and Ankle Fractures Nonunion
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Foot Injuries
  • Foot Trauma
  • Hip Fracture
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries in Athletes
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
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About Heather Vallier, MD

Dr. Heather A. Vallier is a native of Wisconsin. She graduated with Highest Distinction from Northwestern University in 1989, receiving a BA in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine, where she received Dean’s Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Research. She completed her residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin, followed by a fellowship in 2000 in Orthopaedic Traumatology at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. Vallier is a Professor in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and has lectured nationally and internationally on her research and on fracture techniques on hundreds of occasions. She has published over 250 journal articles and 23 book chapters. She has also often been awarded for teaching and has received many research grants. She is involved in numerous multicenter trials evaluating injury treatment and outcomes.

She was the first female President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. Dr. Vallier is a Deputy Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. She also enjoys mentoring and advising students and residents and recently authored Foundations for Success in Orthopaedic Surgery. Throughout her career she has championed multidisciplinary care for trauma patients to address often unmet mental and social health issues.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Harborview Medical Center
Orthopedic Traumatology
Seattle, WA

Residency - University of Wisconsin Hosp. & Clinics
Orthopedic Surgery
Madison, WI

Medical Education - Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA

Undergraduate - Northwestern University
Biochemistry, Molecular biology, Cell biology
Evanston, IL United States

Professional Highlights

  • Founder and oversight, MetroHealth orthopaedic traumatology registry
  • Reviewer for Journal of Trauma Acute Care Open
  • Reviewer for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
  • Reviewer for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
  • Reviewer for Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
  • Reviewer for Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Reviewer for OTA International
  • Steering Group Member, James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership for Trauma Research<
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association Mentorship Program
  • International Polytrauma Care Management: Delphi consensus panel


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • 2002 Educator of the Year, Case Western Reserve University, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2005 AO North America, Howard Rosen Table Instructor Award
  • 2005 American Orthopaedic Association, North American Traveling Fellowship
  • 2007-present Clyde L. Nash Jr. M.D. Professorship in Orthopaedic Education, Case Western Reserve 
  • 2008-present American Orthopaedic Association Membership
  • 2016-2019 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Achievement Award
  • 2017 Named as Mentor by Deans Office of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • 2017 Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Faculty Inductee
  • 2018 American Hospital Association, Hospital Award for Volunteer Excellence – Trauma Survivor Network
  • 2020 Educator of the year, Case Western Reserve University, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • 1998-present American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 1998-2015 Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society
  • 2002-2022 AO North America
  • 2004-present Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/3/2024, Dr. Vallier 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.

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