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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
Spine Surgery

Residency - University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery

Internship - University of Toronto
Toronto, ON Canada

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.

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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 9/26/2022, 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.

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

300 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.5
Listens 4.5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

22 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2022

Caring doctors

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2022

As stated before I am very anxious to finally get my lower spine serious issues worked out with no more pain or discomfort. Yes. Complete confidence in Dr. Orr from myself.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Dr. Orr is a very competent & professional physician. He makes you feel at ease when he explains how he will treat your problems. He explained what my surgery would entail, was honest about possible outcomes & what kind of recovery to expect. At all my post surgical office visits, he was prompt & very professional & courteous.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Excellent!! Did not have to wait long to be seen. Staff was exceptional!! Doctor was very good explaining everything.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2022

Dr. Orr is an extremely knowledgeable specialist. He and his team have kept me upright and functioning . I am grateful.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

I was very pleased with Dr Orr. He took time with us and went over my x-rays. Letting us know he saw something was amazing. I have been fighting this pain for years with all these other doctors not saying anything. I was with him 15 minutes and I had a starting point. Thanks so much to all of you for making my appointment an awesome one. God bless

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Experience was good. Dr. Orr answered all questions I had and gave any suggestions.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

Dr. Orr was very professional ,and extremely knowledgeable about my situation. All my concerns were considered.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

The PA explained and apologized for being late with me, which I appreciated. I love Dr Orr, but felt a bit rushed and now have a few questions related to my lower back surgery in November. These questions are important to me. I would appreciate a call from Kim who scheduled my surgery or if Dr Orr has a free moment to call me, it would be appreciated.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2022

Dr did dismiss injury caused during surgery with no explanation

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2022

We have already recommended Dr. Orr to another person with back issues. I liked that the doctor showed us the picture of my husbands back after surgery with all the clips.

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Dr. Orr listens to me and he is right to the point he says and I like that. I always know where I am with

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2022

Long wait time for an appointment with Dr Orr

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.

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