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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


Additional Locations

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
  • 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 24 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cervical Infections
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Metastases
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Disorders
View all 27 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
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • General 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

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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 10/3/2023, Dr. Orr 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

487 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
Listens 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

46 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 21, 2024

Dr Orr is the best surgeon I've ever met, he's very professional and good at what he does, he's an amazing doctor!! I trust Him and his team with my care and I appreciate everything him and his team has done to get me better

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

Very good surgeon. Nice person. Thank you Dr. Orr

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2024

I loved that the Dr. And the P A actually listen to what I had to say. I felt very comfortable.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2024

Dr. Orr is the best! He is always concerned about how the healing process is progressing. He is reassuring that the process takes time and I need to have patience. Hearing that gives me a great feeling.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2024

Dr. Orr is an incredible doctor. I feel that he has given me back my life as much as possible, and he really cares as a physician and a person. I trust him, and after the medical disasters I have been through, that says a lot. He, and his staff are amazing.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2024

I really like the level of care from this assistant physician or resident if doctor or was in that good I were actually like to switch with him because I felt that he really listened to what my needs were and he addressed every area that I was explaining to him.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2024

The best dr and staff

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2024

Dr Orr and his whole staff is amazing in every way!

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr Orr is very thorough

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

This was a second televisit following my surgery in October 2023. It was six weeks ago, so it wasn't "recent" as you described. I don't remember much about the conversation other than (a) me telling him how I felt, (b) him telling me I'm right on schedule, and (c) it was very short.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2024

The doctor and the care provider who initially took me to exam room, asked questions & entered info on computer had caring attitude, but not the young woman at the desk in the waiting room.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Dr. Orr is extremely thorough. He explains what is wrong and what he needs to do to make it better. His explanations are very clear; there is no doubt as to what needs to happen.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2024

Long wait time for surgery with Dr. Orr, but I was made aware of that from the very beginning of the process.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2024

Dr. Orr talked to me in my room prior to surgery and them again in the operating room.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

Surgery options clearly explained. Totally trust Dr. Orr

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

Stephen Benesh is an excellent physical therapist - Listens & answers questions - Explains exercises & benefits. Shows concern for my physician problems.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2024

Dr. Orr himself was amazing. However, having to wait four months for an appointment that lasted less than 10 minutes is frustrating.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

Dr Orr answered all my questions.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr.Orr was very professional, understanding and helpful.

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

The doctor was thorough and patient with me as I needed to discuss multiple issues. He answered all of my questions and established a plan to help identify and resolve my issues.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

This was follow up from surgery so doctor scheduled. It was terrible getting an appointment with Dr Orr and I was in horrendous pain for mos! You don't have enough specialists in this field! Only way I finally got in was a cancellation.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Was difficult to get an appt with Dr Orr my pain was awful for mos.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Had to wait a couple months to see Dr Orr

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

No complaints at all. Dr. Orr was great.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

I felt like I was in the room with the doctor.

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Already recommended Dr. Orr to several people

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Dr. Orr is very good explaining things and checking out my concerns.

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

Dr. Orr is amazing! He is very concerned about how I feel. He always discusses treatments in depth that would help me with my condition.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Dr. Orr is effective, efficient and empathic!

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023


Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

Dr seemed much more personable & caring than during my preop visit the end of last year.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

I love dr Orr and his staff

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Love Dr. Orr!!!

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. Orr's Team is amazing. They communicate well and it is easy to schedule an appointment.

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2023

My appointment was for a surgical follow up with Dr. Orr. He is an outstanding surgical physician, and I was certainly blessed to have had him as my spine surgeon. By far, one of Cleveland Clinic's best doctor's.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr Orr is a top-notch doctor, and was very good at letting me list my concerns and explaining why he thought I needed elements of the procedure I did not want. He is a great surgeon. & He is extremely busy because of that.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2023


Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

Good experience. Going thru any type of surgery With any surgeon is very scary. Dr. Orr was able to answer my questions and concerns. With any surgery there are always risks and a patient wants a surgery to go well. One recomendation from me would be to offer some type of online or video type educational tool to help prepare the patient More and decrease anxieties.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2023

I live 5 hrs away from CC so it was helpful to do the virtual visit. Saved a lot of time for both myself and the Dr. This was a follow up visit from the initial visit.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

I can honestly say I had/have the best doctors.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Everything Dr. Orr told me about my condition was truthful and reassuring. I'm really glad I got in to see him and that he performed the operation I needed. I felt I was in good hands.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

It takes a while to get in to see Dr Orr but he is worth waiting to see!

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

Everyone was very helpful and courteous. Dr. Orr explained everything clearly and easy to understand. I am confident that he can help me and correct my spine problem.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Dr. Orr is a gem.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

I love the staff at Dr.Orr's office.Extremently friendly,kind,warm,& compassionate.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

Dr.Orr is an angel in my eyes.This man saved my life.I just wish he could slow down and listen to the patients concerns and worries I undersrand this man is going in every direction. But people are afraid and concerned about what to do to move forward and they need answers from their dr.He is so intelligent I would never let any other person touch my spine ever,only Dr.Orr.He just needs to settle down for not only his patients also for himself.Greatest back surgeon in the USA.Thank you a million times Dr Orr!!!

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