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

Beachwood Family Health Center

Appointment:
216.839.3700
Desk:
216.839.3747
Fax:
216.839.3720
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
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Biography

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

Appointed
2002

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Pediatric Orthopaedics
Dallas, TX USA
1994

Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital
Orthopaedic Research
Baltimore, MD USA
1993

Fellowship - National Institutes of Health
Cell & Molecular Biology-Resea
Bethesda, MD USA
1992

Residency - University of California San Diego Medical Center
Orthopaedic Surgery
San Diego, CA USA
1990

Internship - University of California San Diego Medical Center
Surgery
San Diego, CA USA
1985

Medical Education - Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA USA
1984

Undergraduate - Harvard University
Biology
Cambridge, MA USA
1980

Additional Training

  • National Institutes of Health, 1990-1993

Certifications

  • 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

See publications for Robert Tracy Ballock, MD.

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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 5/1/2021, 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

100 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

15 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2022

When having questions Dr. Ballock explained in detail and got back to us very promptly

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

When I had follow up questions for dr ballock, he returned my call so promptly I was pleasantly surprised

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2022

Dr. Ballock answered questions that I had, wrote down information for me, and encouraged me to call back with any follow-up questions.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2022

Dr. Ballock is amazing. We've seen him several times in the past year and a half and he always takes great care of my daughter. He's extremely empathetic towards her and her feelings about her extracurricular activities.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2022

Dr. Ballock is tremendous and works well with his patients. As a parent I trust his work and appreciate the concern and importance he places on treating my child.

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

I loved how the doctor included my son. Explained his x-rays and the process of healing

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2021

I loved how the doctor really related to my son and was able to engage him in the appointment and talking through the injury and his treatment! Awesome bedside manner!

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

Dr. Ballock was very attentive and concerned about Leah's arm pain.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2021

The doctor is very hands on and is absolutely wonderful.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2021

Very knowledgeable doctor willing to share his expertise.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Dr Ballock is the best! Caring and compassionate and always makes time for his patients

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2021

Dr. Ballock is an amazing and wonderful doctor. I would recommend him to anyone.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2021

Dr Ballock is the best We are so lucky we got an appointment with him

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

Dr. Ballock is wonderful, caring and took time to make sure all of my and my child's questions were answered.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Dr. Ballock is a master diagnostician and clinician. He explains things very clearly and with dispatch. He is a master physician and I am grateful we got to see him

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