Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Surgery For Spinal Tumors
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 11 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aging Spine
  • Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Infection of the Spine
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
View all 10 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
Spine Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners
Orthopedic Surgery
Grand Rapids, MI USA

Medical School - Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI USA

Undergraduate - Oakland University
Rochester, MI USA

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 9/14/2018, Dr. Pelle 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

187 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

Dr. Pelle was relaxed & unhurried. He literally spent all the time that was necessary to address my health problems. Unlike some doctors I've seen recently, he assured me that he would do the kind of surgery that I would need when the time comes. Most importantly, he explained things in a way that I totally understood.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

I was very impressed with Dr Pelle.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2019

I have already suggested Dr. Pelle to a family member. He is a gentle, kind gentleman.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

Dr. Dominic Pelle was very professional and personable. This was my third opinion with spinal surgeons and I am confident that the diagnosis I received is the correct one. Furthermore, Dr. Pelle referred me to another surgeon for additional follow-up diagnosis. This is the second time that doctors at Cleveland Clinic have saved me from unnecessary surgery. Dr. Pelle was the only doctor (out of three, two not at Cleveland Clinic) who actually conducted a physical examination in addition to reading the MRI. I appreciate his advice.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

Dr Pelle and everyone in his office is excellent.Would definitely recommend everyone in this practice!

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Every person I have had contact with at Cleveland Clinic has been extremely polite and has gone out of their way to help me. Dr Pelle is a great surgeon and his nurse and PA are helpful and easy to talk to. He takes his time and answers all my questions and acts like a doctor not someone who thinks he is God. I would recommend him to anyone, including my friends and family.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Awesome treatment. He is a surgeon but recommended I try a device with a pain mint Dr before we jump into a very complicated surgery. Dr Pelle cares more about his patients care that just jumping in and doing surgery and making money.

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2019

Very, very satisfied with Dr. Pelle, Physician Assistant and his whole staff. Very professional and caring!

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

Dr. Pelle's communication skills are second to none. I understand my situation and what might need addressed in the future. Even if A person is not thrilled where they stand, to me it's better to know. He did the best job explaining my neck and back that anybody has ever done. That's a good thing!

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

Dr. Pelle has my complete confidence. I plan to rely on him for follow up care of my spine.

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2019

Dr. Pelle is a busy doctor and takes his time to explain his thoughts and because of that sometimes he is a bit late to enter the room. Ii think he is a great man with a very good heart. He is a straight shooter and tells it like it is.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019

I felt Dr Pelle was very approachable, extremely nice.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019

Dr. Pelle was very kind & seemed very confident that he could help me.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2019

DR. Pelle is an excellent Doctor, very professional and knowledgeable. He cares about his patients. I appreciate his thoroughness of my care.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2019

Dr. Pelle is the ultimate professional. I am happy to have him as my doctor. From my initial appointment with him, his diagnosis, treatment plan, surgery performed by him and post surgery follow up appointments have all been great!!! I have and will continue to recommend him to others.

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2018

I LOVE Dr. Pelle and PA Bonus. Can't say enough good things about them. My surgery gave me a new lease on life. I feel as though I were reborn. Still would like to put up a review on Dr. Pelle's CV page

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2018

*Dr. Pelle and his staff are wonderful!

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2018

Dr.Pelle was informative, concerned, pleasant,am looking forward to our follow up visit.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2018

DR. Pelle is excellent in surgery, and in office visits. Aftercare was excellent. He is a great Doctor, very professional and approachable. He's always friendly. 5 star!

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

I was very happy with my assignment to Dr. Pelle for consultation. He is personable, easily adjusts his explanations to the patient's level of understanding, and gave me several options for treatment. I feel like he will support me in my health care decisions regardless of which option(s) I choose. I can't think of anything I would change about Dr. Pelle, and look forward to seeing him again.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

The Doctor really impressed me. He would ask a question and actually listen to the answer, before asking a follow-up question. It was a pleasure to meet him.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2018

So far I love Dr. Pelle - although granted, he hasn't done my surgery yet. But he has given me hope, which I haven't had in awhile.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

Dr. Pelle is awesome!

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

Dr Pelle was 1 of the Dr I have ever seen for my condition He gave me hope and was very understanding I feel like I was blessed to have seen him

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

I have had numerous back surgeries in the past and Dr. Pelle did not automatically say "Let's do surgery" as many of my past doctors did. He's honest, up-front and very personable. I liked him right off. I live by the Indiana state line so the drive is not very pleasant for me.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2018

The wait time for the Dr. was the longest, but I understand how that happens. I would rather he take his time with a patient than rush on to the next one.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2018

Cleveland Clinic is the best hospital I've been to. excellent on everything. Dr. Dominic Pelle is a great doctor. very honest doctor. when he tells you information he is very clear what he is telling you. I was very impressed with Dr. Pella. I would and will recommend Dr Pella to all my family and friends. I was very confrontable with Dr. Pella.

Reviewed on May 30, 2018

I was told I had to get an X-ray before my appointment which I ended up not needing to do because I had an MRI, I was told this was because of triage who scheduled appointment. Then I had to wait a couple weeks to get into a doctor who I did not do disk replacements which I told the scheduler I wanted. I should have been scheduled with a neurosurgeon instead of the orthopedic which was a waisted appointment because I had to schedule then with a neurosurgeon. It was written in letter form when I sent my MRI in before they would even schedule an appointment. This was also unneccessary because the surgeon said I could have just brought it with me. Then when I told them I wanted to take it home with me at the appt. they said they didn't know where the original MRI was and it would take several weeks to get it returned to me. I also had to wait for the unneccessary X rays of my neck for almost 1 hour from my appointment time. Scheduling with a doctor was an absolute disaster!!!! and the worst experience I have ever had. I could not even talk with the office directly instead having to go through an appointment scheduler who had not a clue what I wanted and honestly didn't care. Just wanted me to mail in my MRI first and let doctors review it before scheduling me an appointment with the wrong doctor!!! This time took over 2 weeks before they called me to even schedule an appointment with the wrong doctor!!! This process was absolutely the worst and I begin to believe the whole hospital was run the same way and decided at that point I didn't want this hospital to do my surgery.

Reviewed on May 30, 2018

The appointment with the doctor was a better experience than trying to get an appointment.

Reviewed on May 30, 2018

dr pelle is wonderful! easy to talk to and very accommodating

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