Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Beachwood Family Health Center
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Beachwood Family Health Center
Primary Location

Beachwood Family Health Center

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Orthopaedics
  • Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Non-operative Treatment of Fractures
  • Orthopaedic Conditions in Children
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
View all 7 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Benign Hypermobility Joint Syndrome
  • Bursitis
  • Club Feet
  • Congenital Clubfoot
  • Developmental Dislocation of the Hip
  • Flatfoot
  • Flatfoot in Children
  • Fractures
  • Growth Plate Injuries
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Pediatric And Adolescent Hip Disorders
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Sports Injuries
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Sprains
View all 24 Specialties +


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About Robert Tracy Ballock, MD

Dr. Ballock grew up in Western Pennsylvania and earned a honors degree in Biology from Harvard College, where he also played varsity football. Following graduation from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Ballock made a conscious decision to become an academic orthopaedic surgeon in order to satisfy his desire to understand mechanisms of musculoskeletal disease at the most fundamental level.  After internship and residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Ballock made an unusual career move for an orthopaedic surgeon by electing to spend two years in the intramural program at the National Institutes of Health, and a third year at Johns Hopkins, learning fundamental techniques of cellular and molecular biology.

Following these three years of basic science research training, Dr. Ballock completed a clinical fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, and subsequently accepted a faculty position at the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1994.

In 2002, Dr. Ballock left Rainbow for a ten-year term as Head of the Section of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and the Director of the Center for Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He currently holds the title of Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, where he directs a basic science laboratory focused on growth plate biology that has successfully attracted extramural funding for the past two decades.

Dr. Ballock has been honored with two of the highest international awards presented to orthopaedic surgeons, the Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the Arthur B. Huene Award from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

With over twenty years experience in taking care of children with orthopaedic problems, Dr. Ballock's clinical interests are centered on treatment of pediatric fractures and sports injuries, birth defects, hip dysplasia, clubfoot, deformity correction and leg lengthening. He was fortunate to travel to Iowa City early in his career to learn the Ponseti method for clubfoot treatment from the late Dr. Ignacio Ponseti himself. Dr. Ballock's colleagues have consistently recognized the quality of his clinical work by naming him as one of Cleveland Magazine’s Best Doctors every year for the past fifteen years.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Pediatric Orthopaedics
Dallas, TX USA

Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Orthopaedic Research
Baltimore, MD USA

Fellowship - National Institutes of Health
Cell & Molecular Biology-Resea
Bethesda, MD USA

Residency - University of California San Diego Medical Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
San Diego, CA USA

Internship - University of California San Diego Medical Center
San Diego, CA USA

Medical Education - Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA

Undergraduate - Harvard University
Cambridge, MA USA

Additional Training

  • National Institutes of Health, 1990-1993


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Pediatric orthopaedics, pediatric fractures and sports injuries, skeletal development, hip dysplasia, clubfoot, deformity correction and leg lengthening

Awards & Honors

  • North American Traveling Fellowship, American Orthopaedic Association, 1991
  • Newton C. McCollough Award for Best Basic Science Paper, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, 1999
  • Kappa Delta Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Research, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2000
  • The Harry J. Reich Lecturer, New York University-Hospital for Joint Diseases Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2003
  • Cleveland's Top Doctors, 2007
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 7/4/2019, Dr. Ballock 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. Ballock receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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

200 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
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

35 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Dr Ballok was amazing! he was very patient, made my son feel comfortable and kept him involved in the decision making process. he was informative and I felt comfortable with his assessment and answers

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

Dr Ballock has been our peds ortho for many years for our athletic family. we would trust know one else

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2020

Both Elena and I were very happy and pleased with the service provided by the doctor and staff. Would recommend him to others.Thank you

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

we love dr ballock

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

Dr. Ballock is just amazing - we are lucky to have him here in Cleveland. He is a true professional with an amazing bedside manner.

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

the doctor interacted with my child in a friendly manner, engaged in conversation with her and helped to make her feel comfortable

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

excellent doctor-appreciate his candor and knowledge

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

*Dr. Ballock is awesome. He explains everything thoroughly and with care. I would highly recommend him!

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Dr.Ballock is a great physician

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

If need an ortho dr again, will probably drive the extra 25 minutes to Beachwood to see Dr Ballock. He was great. Typically try to go to Twinsburg campus when possible.

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2019

The doctor actually read the chart thoroughly before we got there and read the x-ray. He was completely prepared for the appointment. He answered questions in a kind manner. Very knowledgeable! excellent bedside manner. He made my son feel very comfortable too.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

The experience we had with Dr. Ballock and staff was wonderful. They were quick, respectful and caring.

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

Dr Ballock responded to us while on vacation- outstanding service!

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

I felt the doctor did a good exams of my child and explained what he thought was going on. He even got x-rays to ensure nothing else wrong as child had prolonged pain.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

The office staff and Dr were all very kind and professional.

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

There is a lot of traffic through the Beawood area, but to have *Mr. Ballock as her doctor was amazing he helped me is so many ways especially using other methods instead of putting her through surgery THANK YOU!!!

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

We had an excellent experience accessing Dr. Ballock - the location and time was perfect for su!

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Dr. Ballock was very thoughtful with his treatment plan. His bedside manner is above and beyond.

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Dr. Ballock was absolutely tremendous. courteous, personable, professionally dressed ( loved the Elmo tie), and advised us of the concern for getting sand in Natalia's cast while on vacation. Our experience was world class. Thank you, Dr. Ballock!

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

Dr.Ballock and staff are so friendly and he put my child at ease .

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

While my daughter was hurt from the accident, words cannot describe how well everything went with the doctor and the office staff. I will forever be thankful for doctor's such as him.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Dr. Ballock was wonderful! He was kind, professional, and spoke with my child in such a way she was completely comfortable with him casting her arm. Fantastic doctor!

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

the visit was great and the doc was very good. I would highly recommend him. I called the main orthopedic line and was able to get something the same day. my only concern is the person on the phone didn't know about the construction outside the building and it took me an extra 30 min to get there and I was late for the appt

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2019

very quick service and the Dr was very nice and never made us nervous about what was happening.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

The doctor was very nice. Both my son and I liked him a lot.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

The doctor was very compassionate and understanding. He did not worry my son or myself. Excellent manners and demeanor.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

This was the most efficient doctor visit I have ever had. We were taken back to the examination room at exactly the appointment time. The doctor came in immediately. No delays at all! :)

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

Dr. Ballick was very good in listening to our concern and giving us direction options and then adding collaboration with another doctor to help solve my daughter's problem and work toward a solution that is yet to be determined. I'm very thankful as this has not been anything near our experience with Childrems orthopedic doctor nor OSU orthopedic doctor that has looked at my daughter's problem over the course of 8 years.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2019

The doctor was quick and easy and very good with our 3 year old.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2019

I liked the provider's approach, no nonsense and respectful of my time, but my son would have liked a little more gentle approach. also, I didn't get to see the x-rays, and I would have liked that very much.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

I had my 4 week old son with me at the appointment. When he became very fussy near the end and the provider was explaining some aspects of the tx plan, the nurse/assistant took over helping to calm my fussy baby so I could focus on the provider's explanation. Very helpful going the extra mile.

Reviewed on May 6, 2019

Dr. Ballock was simply AMAZING! Awesome with my son, smile from the first second he walked in the door. My son is usually finicky with strangers *as he should be* but he senses good people and instantly warmed up to doc. I would recommend him a million times over to all of the people I know!

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Excellent service! Dr. Ballock is very kind and genuinely cares about my daughter's health.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

visit was rushed. my daughter was crying due to diagnosis, limitations concerning activity. the doctor never even acknowledged my daughter's tears and the started talking about how surgery wasn't even a viable option for her condition-

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

I honestly felt like our appointment was a bother to the provider- like we weren't worthy of his time for this particular injury

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