Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Richard E. Jacobs Health Center
Primary Location

Richard E. Jacobs Health Center


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
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • 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 23 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 10/4/2018, 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

345 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 4.6
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Knows Medical History 4.6
Time Spent with Patient 4.4
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

26 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

doctor Orr was excellent as well as the nursing staff in ICU keep up the fine service.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

I have recommended Dr. Orr

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

Dr Orr has helped me so much I can't explain. without him I would be a wheel chair.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2019

Dr. Orr explained all the options and risks. I got to look at the MRI to see the specific problem. He gave me time to ask questions and answered every question before I left.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Dr. Orr is an excellent surgeon and he is the only doctor I would allow to perform my back surgery. I have the highest regard for him.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

He was fantastic. One of the first doctors that really seemed to care about the problems that I am having.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

I appreciate Dr. Orr's direct approach and presentation of all of the potential outcomes (with the empirical %'s) of my surgery.

Reviewed on May 25, 2019

Great place/great hospital/amazing staff/amazing dr. and assistants. I will recommended 100%. Thank you! 3. 100% and more!

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

dr Orr listens to me. he has great patient communication. I feel very comfortable discussing my concerns with him.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr Orr is the best Dr in the land, best all the way around, excellent, and im going to keep him, and my husband and I love him very much. Because of God and Dr. Orr, I can stand tall, and walk without any problems, no longer am I in chronic pain due to my back. Thank God i can finally live my life pain free. I love you Dr. Orr!!!!

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr. Orr always seems rushed. I prefer a doctor who allows a few extra minutes. He dropped a big decision us us and I felt rushed to agree.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr. Orr defies description. in every way, he is the best. I will forever be grateful for his caring and concern.

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2019

Dr. Orr is amazing. i am not a patient patient and forget that healing takes time. i was a little discouraged thinking that I would always be stuck with the degree this seems to be fusing at and left aggravated. i should have known to trust him.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Dr. Orr is respectful and is a good listener. He appears to be a very busy man. Thank goodness you have him on your medical team, he invokes trust which is so important.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Dr.Orr is definitely one of a kind-so talented. Hope he has time to enjoy life on the "outside".

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2019

Dr is remarkable

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019

dr orr is very knowledgeable and found things in my xrays that other doctors have not very hopeful he can help me

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Dr. Orr is amazing outside of his credentials "on paper," too. He listened patiently to all of my concerns, and took the time to thoroughly answer my questions.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2019

Had issue filling pain med at pharmacy after discharge. Pharmacy needed a code from the doctor. After numerous calls to the hosp. the doctor answered the page 5 min. before pharmacy closed. Would have had no pain med, 3 days after major surgery. Unacceptable!

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019

Dr. Orr went beyond what two previous doctors had done. They relied entirely on my MRI. He ordered addition X-rays. He also was more thorough in his explanation of my condition and should me the MRI and where the problems were and why he was recommending the procedure he would use.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2019

It was a long wait. We were there longer than expected. After the wait we talked to the doctor for 3-5 minutes. I am in major pain daily, witch makes the wait difficult.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

doctor explain the operation of the risk and the benefits, gave us time to think it over and we will meet with him after our return from Florida in the spring, expected are concerns and our possible decision.

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2018

felt rushed and the Dr did not really care, I was referred by another Dr and he told me he would have the answers for me. i left out of there with no answers. Basically told me to follow up with my family Dr. he had no idea what was wrong with me.

Reviewed on Nov 6, 2018

The doctor was clear and precise about my condition.

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2018

Dr Douglas Orr is excellent surgeon and very knowledgeable. He listens to your concerns.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2018

After talking to 3 other surgeons in Columbus. Doctor Orr was the only one that helped me. And for that I am very grateful.

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