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R. Douglas Orr, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute at Lutheran Hospital
Cleveland, OH

About R. Douglas Orr, MD

Dr. R. Douglas Orr is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery by The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Orr is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute at Lutheran Hospital and on the staff at the Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute located in Cleveland, OH. His practice interests include adult spinal surgery including minimally invasive, deformity, trauma, and tumor surgery.

Dr. Orr joined the staff at Lutheran Hospital from Hamilton General Hospital located in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Orr practiced in the Active Staff Division of Orthopaedics and was the Site Chief of Orthopaedics and Surgery at Hamilton General. He further served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

Dr. Orr received his medical degree and completed his residency at the University of Toronto. He furthered his training by completing two Spine Fellowships; one at the University of Toronto, The Toronto Hospital and the second at the University of Wisconsin, University Hospital of Clinics.

During his career, Dr. Orr has received many honors including the Silver Hip Award and A. W. Harrison Award, both for Outstanding Resident Teacher, and the Robin Sullivan Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Research. Dr. Orr's research interests involve outcomes in spinal surgery, spinal biomechanics, and biomaterials. Dr. Orr has presented his research findings in medical journals and at conferences across the country and in Canada.


1. Orr, RD, Thomas SA, Intradural migration of a broket IDET catheter. A case report. Accepted for publication in J of Spine Disorders and Techniques.


2. Orr, RD. Treatment of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures with vertebral augmentation: Vertebroplasthy and Kyphoplasty; Contemporary Spine Surgery. Volume 5(4) April 2004 29-34.

3. Orr, RD. Comment of the External Fixator. J of Spine Disorders and Techniques 17(1) Feb 2004:15.

4. Petrisor, BA Bhandari, M., Orr, RD., Mandel, S, Kwok, DC., Schemitsch, EH. Improving reliability in the classification of fractures of the acetabulum. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2003 Apr 26.

5. Drew B., Bhandari M., Orr RD., Reddy K., Dunlop B. Surgical preference in anterior cervical discectomy: A National Survey of Canadian Spine Surgeons. J of Spine Disorders and Techniques. Volume 15(6) December 2002: 454-7.

6. Drew B., Orr RD. Operative versus non-operative treatment of Odontoid fractures in the elderly. Proceedings of the Canadian Spine Society. March 20-23 Vernon BC.

7. Lieberman, IH., Orr, RD., Kreatschmer, BT., and Salo, PT. Results of simultaneous endoscopic transthoracic release and posterior fusion for spinal deformity. Spine. 25(17)2251-7 Sept 1, 2000.

8. Mihara, H., Cheng, BC., Orr, RD., and Zbedblick TA. Tapered interbody fusion cage for lumbar spondylolysis; A Biomechanical Study. Procedings of The 14th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society. Oct 1999.

9. David, SM, David, SC., Orr, RD., Zdeblick, TA. Prospective comparison of the cervical lordotic interbody fusion cages versus plated ACDF for single level fusion. Proceedings of The Cervical Spine Research Society Meeting. Dec 1999.

10. Orr, RD., and Zdeblick, TA. Cervical Spondylotic Myelopaty: Approaches to surgical treatment. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. Number 359 58-66. Feb 1999.

11. Orr, RD and P.T. Salo Atlanto-axial instability complicating repeat readiation therapy for nasopharyngeal cardinoma: A case report. Spine. June 15, 1998.

12. Orr, RD., deBruijn, JD., and Davies, JED. Scanning electron microscopy of the bone interface with titanium, titanium alloy, and hydroxyapatite cells and materials. 1992 Vol.2 No.3. 241-251.

13. Orr, RD., The Impact of a Coroners Inquest on a Witness Proceedings of the Educational Course for Coroners. Toronto, Ontario. October 1987 Ministry of the Solicitor General Toronto, Ont.

14. Orr, RD., Hebert, M. and Adeblick, TA. A radiographic comparison of plated versus unplated fusions in 1 level anterior cervical decompression and fusion. Presented at the Cervical Spine Research Society Annual Meeting. December 1998.

15. Orr, RD., Andres, B., Pittman, G. and Zdeblick, TA., Results of Anterior Spinal Fusion with the Tapered Interbody Fusion (TIF) Device: One Year Clinical and Radiographic Follow-Up. Presented at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting. October 1998.

16. Orr, RD., Cheng, BC., Mihara, H. and Zdeblick, TA. Spinal Stability after Thoracic Discectomy: A Biomechanical Study, Poster presented at North American Spine Society Annual Meeting. October 1998.

17. Orr, RD. and McBroom, R. Surgery for primary vertebral osteomyelitis: A comparision of three fusion techniques. Poster presented at the North American Spine Society Annual meeting. November 1997.

18. Lieberman, IH., Orr, RD., Kreatshmer, BT and Salo, PT. Results of simultaneous endoscopic transthoracic release and posterior fusion for spinal deformity. Presented at the COA meeting. June 1997 and at The North American Spine Society Meeting. New York 1997.

19. Xie, A., Takasaki, Y., Popkin, J., Orr, RD and Braadley, TD. Influence of body position on pressure and airflow generation during hypoxia and hypercapnia in man. J of Physiology. 1993 465, 477-487.

20. Xie, A., Takasaki, Y., Popkin, J., Orr, RD and Braadley, TD. Chemical and postural influences on scalene and diaphragmatic activation in humans. Journal Applied Physiology. Feb 1991 658-664.

21. Takasaki, Y., Orr, RD., Popkin, J., and Bradley, TD. Effect of continuous positive airway pressure on sleep apnea in congestive heart failure. Am Review of Respiratory Disease. 1989; 140: 1578-1584.

22. Takasaki, Y., Orr, RD., Popkin, J., and Bradley, TD. Effect of hypercapnia and hypoxia on respiratory muscle activation in humans. Journal of Applied Physiology. 1989 67; 1776-1784.

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