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

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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 10/9/2020, 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

324 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 4.4
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2020

Over the seven surgeries I have undergone with Dr. Orr, he has always had a plan in mind for helping me which he explained. I was usually in disbelief so didn't listen hard enough to understand everything. He is the expert and I totally believed in his expertise. When I developed severe side effects I had total confidence he could get me through it which he did with compassion and unusual knowledge.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

again, it was obvious the drs came into my appointment studied, prepared and aware of the conditions I have been having. there was no having to explain and re-explain to every dr.

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2020

all of my appts. with Dr. Orr have been very good. He listens and is very easy to tslk to. Expertise is amazing.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

Dr. Orr is very caring

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

GREAT Dr and staff

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

*Dr. D. Orr is and outstanding surgeon!

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

I feel Blessed to be able to have access to Dr. Orr

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Dr Orr did a extremely great job explaining what need to be done when I am ready for the next surgery.

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

As always Dr. Orr is very kind and answers all my questions

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Each team member and Dr. Orr himself gave us top class care!!!!! I would go as far to say the best care I have ever received from a private practice EVER!!!

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

very good with down to earth discussion, Dr orr, gave a real good explanation about my back L3-L4 lumbar out come.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

Doctor was polite and gave appropriate care; however, did not feel he really listened or had any interest in me as a patient.

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2020

I don't think I will continue with *Dr. Orr.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Dr. Orr was very professional and yet very personable. He explained everything in detail without talking down to me as a patient. He answered all my questions and ended two years of pain.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

For a senior citizen this kind of appointment is not the best method. My personal Cleveland Clinic MyAccount page had meeting listed a video appointment with all instructions for setting it up detailing the same. When appointment link on the Upcoming & Past Appt. page disappeared after completing pre-check questionaire, we had to call into the office for assitance. We we informed at that time it was a telephone appointment and that Dr. Orr would be calling. Once clarified, the appointment went smooth and Dr. Orr was friendly, professional and detailed oriented.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Was a good experience. Didn't wait too long. Loved the fellow who came in before Dr.Orr too

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

trying to get a hold of my doctors office by phone is like trying to get a hold of the president! My doctors office staff is very very extremely slow in completing paperwork it's necessary and returning it to me or necessary parties! It always has been horrifically slow and painful! This would be paperwork for disability type claims that the patient is in need of financial assistance for so it's very important to get these forms turned around quickly and they don't! I'm also going to comment onThe inability to share documents uploaded documents to my chart the only way you can do anything is fax Cleveland and that's so antiquated it's like an eight track tape! You need to be able to scan documents into my chart upload download in a secure encrypted environment it's possible everybody's doing it Cleveland needs to get it done because you're a world-class facility you should have world-class services and very much handicaps the patient who is generally out of state like I am and I've been dealing with Cleveland Clinic for 12 years it's terrible to deal with them from a form's perspective!

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

My doctor is a world-class surgeon it is brilliant at what he does! But his bedside manner explanations and office visits could definitely improve by listening to the patient caring about the patient's concerns and spending just a little bit more time with them in my opinion!

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

I only had one video conference with my doctor prior to surgery it really wasn't applicable I would've much rather seen him in person I felt even more rushed on the video if that's even possible! I drive to an a half hours up to see him and I never wear them more than 3 1/2 minutes! That's a problem

Reviewed on May 19, 2020

Dr Orr explained my condition and made recommendations as to the treatment.

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

Dr Orr was excellent explained everything to me in a manner I could understand. answered all my questions.

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

I am very pleased with doctor Orr and his staff.

Reviewed on May 13, 2020

I am well pleased with doctor Orr.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

Dr. Orr has always provided all of the above! He has done 4 surgeries on me ... neck & back.

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2020

first we spoke about my situation and then he comments on what he thought should be done first the doctor was very pleasant to talk to and he new of my situation

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2020

Dr. Orr is a very concerned provider.So much so He has been referred to others with back problems.

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

Excellent at all I respect Dr Orrs opinion and he gives me peace of mind!

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

dr. Orr is great the only one that will touch my spine

Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020

a visit with dr. Orr always makes me feel like someone understands my back problem

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

*Dr. Orr and his team were great. I will always be grateful to *Dr. Orr for restoring a life to me.

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