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Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Lutheran Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Lutheran Hospital
Primary Location

Lutheran Hospital

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Cervical Deformity Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Deformity Correction
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Revision Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 25 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cervical Infections
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Infection of the Spine
  • Kyphosis
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Metastases
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
View all 25 Specialties +


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About R. Douglas Orr, MD

R. Douglas Orr, MD, is a Staff physician in the Center for Spine Health and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, located on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. He was appointed in 2003. Dr. Orr's practice interests include adult spinal surgery, including minimally invasive surgery and deformity surgery. In addition, his research interests include outcomes in spinal surgery, spinal biomechanics and biomaterials.

Dr. Orr joins Cleveland Clinic from Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, Hamilton General Division in Ontario where he was a staff member for the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Orr also served as the assistant clinical professor of surgery at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) and was previously the site chief of orthopaedics at the Hamilton General Site Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.

Dr. Orr has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Silver Hip Award for Best Teacher awarded by the residents of McMaster University Orthopaedic Program and the Robin Sullivan Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Research for best resident research presentation at the University of Toronto Orthopaedic Research Day. He has authored numerous publications and presentations for medical journals and conferences across the country and in Canada.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Spine Surgery
Madison, WI USA

Fellowship - University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Orthopaedic Spinal Surgery

Residency - University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery

Internship - The Wellesley Central Hospital
Toronto, Ontario,

Medical Education - University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

Undergraduate - University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario,


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Spinal Deformity, Spinal Tumor, Spine Surgery

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for R. Douglas Orr, MD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 8/12/2021, Dr. Orr 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. Orr receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Tyber Medical, LLC

Donation of Financial Interest. Dr. Orr has consulted for, received compensation for serving as a fiduciary from, or received royalties from the following companies but instructed them to donate all compensation to not-for-profit causes or to the Cleveland Clinic to support research and education:

  • Stryker Corporation

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

332 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 4.6
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

33 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2022

I trust Dr. Orr with my spine health and my life. He is confident, yet not arrogant and is willing to listen. He never rushes off, even though I know he is always pressed for time.

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2022

Already did Dr Orr is amazing

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Dr. Orr and his team offer the highest quality and professionalism at each visit.

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Incredibly long time between making appt and seeing the doctor.

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Dr. Orr was 6-8 weeks out. Now we have to wait until mid-November for surgery-but it will be well worth it to be under his care.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

Dr. Orr answered all of my questions and allowed me to make the decision regarding surgery.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

David and Dr. Orr were wonderful. Explained everything and did not rush.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

Dr. Orr and his wonderful staff always makes me feel like they genuinely care.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2022

If there were spinal surgery in heaven Dr. Orr and the surgical team would be there.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2022


Reviewed on Dec 21, 2021

Dr Orr answered all my questions and did not hurry me

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2021

A pleasure to be working Dr. Orr, staff and Cleveland Clinic for my challenging lower back Issues..Still have great confidence that all will be made well again

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

Difficult getting appointment with Dr. Orr because of his great reputation and the way he responds to his patients needs, and the time he takes with each patient

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2021

Dr. Orr is wonderful. He has improved my quality of life immensely and I am very grateful. I like the way he speaks to me and how he explains things. I feel that I received the best care Cleveland Clinic can give. Thank you

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

I loved Dr Orr it's just been a difficult journey for me I guess

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

In the past year I've referred 3 new patients to Dr Orr

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

My appointment with Dr. Orr was the best experience I have had at Cleveland Clinic. High praise from me because the clinic has great physicians.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

My experience with Dr. Orr and his staff was professional and cooperative. I believe Dr.Orr is an exemplary health professional and surgery he performed on my lower back(spine) was more than complementary, but meritorious in my estimation.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Dr. R. Douglas Orr is an exemplary professional and a sterling ambassador for the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Dr.Orr and team really are exceptional

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

I've been coming to the Cleveland Clinic for 45 years. I live 300 miles from the clinic. I keep coming back due to the care from all the doctors I have seen over the 45 years. Dr. Orr especially been a fantastic Doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

I would recommend Dr. Orr him self and staff to anyone.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr. Orr is fabulous.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

I have recommended Dr. Orr and the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

I recommend Dr Orr to everyone

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Amiable and pragmatic physician.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

All was good except I could not leave a message via mychart before the appt to see if the doctor wanted current x rays. They ordered them at my appt.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2021

Dr Orr takes the extra time to answer all my questions thoroughly

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

Cleveland Clinic is one of a kind.I love everything and everyone.Dr. Orr is the most wonderful doctor. He has wonderful skill.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

Dr. Orr made me pain free! I did not think it would be possible.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

Dr. Orr is an excellent surgeon. I was there for a 4 yr follow-up. I drive about 1 1/2 hrs to see him and really all he did was look at my x-ray, about a 5 min encounter. I would like to know if in the future, I can get my X-ray locally and he can review and let me know if everything looks good. Cleveland Clinic now owns our Canton Mercy Hospital.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

I would need to look long and hard to find something to complain about. I choose Cleveland Clinic because I had a lot ot confidence in the Clinic and especially Dr. Douglas Orr, staff and nurses. Now I even have more confidence and would hesitate recommending the Clinic to others.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Dr Orr is so busy it is difficult to get an appointment however he is an excellent Dr

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