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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.

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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 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

364 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 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

45 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jul 14, 2021

The doctor seemed to be rushing or behind schedule. I am facing my third surgery in a year and I still am not sure how this happened. I really needed some time and explanations and I haven't received any yet. Facing the second revision of my original fusion, I would like to discuss options, outcomes and how we can be sure this doesn't happen again.

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

Dr. Orr did a great job of determining what was causing my back issue.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Dr. Orr was very clear with his diagnosis. Took his time to listen to me and explained any surgical procedures that could be done. Made sure I understood that other procedures should be explored before surgical procedures are performed.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

the dr was fine. the hospital stay was terrible. I was treated like a prisoner, they did nothing to make me comfortable or help me with the pain.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

I will forever be grateful to Doctor Orr for his care and compassion.

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

great experience with Cleveland clinic and Dr. Orr

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Grateful to be able to be operated on by *Dr. Orr and all the other members.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

My lower Lumbar and hip area has bothered me for years. I am now more confident that finally I will be pain free. Thanks to Dr. Orr fine surgery, twice.

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

I'm grateful to Dr. Orr for his surgical skill and getting rid of my back pain. I'm glad that he performed my surgery, and I would recommend others to see him for their surgical needs. I think Dr. Orr could find a PA or Nurse Practitioner with more comprehensive and physical assessment and patient-centered interpersonal skills. Frankly, it felt like a waste of time (and money) to travel from out of state for appointments with the PA who gave me zero feedback on how he evaluated my healing process and overall progress 6 months post-op.

Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

I'm telling everyone with back pain about the great job Dr did

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021


Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Dr. Orr did what I expected and exceeded my expectations.

Reviewed on Apr 6, 2021

Dr. Orr and his staff show that they really care about the patient's condition!

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

Dr Douglas Orr has been dedicated to fixing my spine challenges for over two years and continues todo so.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2021

He is a wonderful doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

I am always well cared for by Dr. Orr and his team.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

Dr Orr is a very knowledgeable and professional surgeon. He has brought in other specialists when he feels the need but stayed by my side.

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

I have recommended Dr.Orr and his team often but he is in demand and difficult to get an appointment in a timely manner

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Have recommended Dr. Orr to several other peoplel

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

I first contacted via my chart. I recieved and very prompt response, and an appointment. Dr. Orr and his team were very attentive and available to answer questions!

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Last 3 visits the doctor was so rushed to get to his next appointment that he didn't have time to listen or hear my concerns . My last appointment before my surgery left many questions unanswered. My wife's doctor left the clinic or this very reason. If I didn't have the faith I have in my surgeon I would look else ware. Very disturbed and disappointed!!

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

Dr. Orr is wonderful and I appreciate him more than i can express

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2021

I really dont think its the doctors fault. In my opinion the Cleveland Clinic has gotten to big to care about a person as an individual instead of an insurance payment. I personally am trying to move away from the clinic to more doctors who are not associated with the cleveland clinic at all.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

dr orr is an outstandingly skilled surgeon. he has a great bedside manner. he is friendly and honest and conveys a positive approach. I have complete trust and confidence in him. he is the man I want to do my surgeries and the doctor I recommend to others. CC is lucky to have him.

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Dr. Orr is very pleasant and I could not have had a better surgeon.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

I have always had a wonderful experience with Dr. Orr and all of his staff

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Service with Dr Orr and his staff has always been excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

I never saw my surgeon *Dr. Orr & I would have liked to see him at least 1x; his PA & *Dr. Sharma were good.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Very easy to communicate with. Explained options impressed with Dr. If surgery is ever necessary would have Dr Orr perform it.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

dr. orr has made a difference in my life. he was an answered prayer and I am thankful to have met him. he changes my life. will continue to use him for my spinal issues or other spinal surgery.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Good experiences with Dr. Orr.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

Came in every day & answered and helped with any care I needed. Highly recommend *Dr. Orr & his team.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

I get top notch care from Dr. Orr, his PA, David Harrison, and the staff.

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

I am glad that I chose Dr. Orr for my surgery and back care.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

Dr. Orr is wonderful and I am so fortunate to have him as my spine doctor. I like that he is factual with me and to the point, yet personable. He has helped me when I did not even know that I needed help.

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

Dr. Orr was great as usual. He was very patient with a conference call with questions from my son.

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 Dec 1, 2020

thank God for Dr. Orr!!! took me out of years of back pain!!!!

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.

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