Dr. David McLain, MD

Dr. David McLain, MD

Rheumatology  |  
Male  |  
Age 69
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Dr. David McLain, MD is a rheumatology specialist in Birmingham, AL and has been practicing for 39 years. He graduated from Tulane University Of Louisiana in 1974 and specializes in rheumatology and internal medicine.

2229 Cahaba Valley Dr

Birmingham, AL 35242

Contact Information

(205) 991-8996

Insurance Accepted

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Cigna
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • VIVA Health

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Osteoarthritis of Hands
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. McLain "I strive to give my patients the best care and to discover their problem and find a treatment that will improve their condition. I treat my patients as I would my own family using the most up-to-date therapies and the best consultants, as needed. With being the symposium director of the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology, I am exposed to the latest and best in rheumatology through interaction with world rheumatology leaders."


  • Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Internal Medicine*
  • Rheumatology
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

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0 Sanctions

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  • Northwestern
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1970
  • Tulane University Of Louisiana
    Medical School | Graduated 1974
  • Ochsner Medical Center
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1975
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1977
  • Washington University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1979

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Order of Gold-Tipped Stethoscope, Senior Medicine Award, Tulane, 1974
  • Rheumatologist of the Year, Arthritis Foundation, AL Chapter, 1999
  • Compassionate Doctor Award, 2010
  • Patients' Choice Award, 2008
  • Elected to Fellowship, American College of Physicians, 1989
  • Founding Fellow, American College of Rheumatology, 1988
  • Patients' Choice Award, 2009
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Medical Association of the State of AL, 1995
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society, Tulance University, 1973
  • Patient's Choice Award, 2010
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. McLain's Reviews

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based on 84 total reviews (8 with comments)

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Dr. McLain's Performance

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Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
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Average wait time
31 to 45 minutes
Dr. McLain Says:

The "wait time" issue should improve with the consolidation of my two offices. I will no longer be at the Brookwood office as of Monday,October 31, 2011 and will no longer have to commute from my home in Shelby County to Brookwood. We are committed to improving service to our patients.

Patient Comments (8)

in Madison, AL
Office staff are inept and unprofessional to the point of cruelty. Before surgery, I had to get a Med. Release from McClain. They gave me a runaround for 2 weeks - multiple calls by multiple people - AND insisted I must get a staph culture first. They are cruel and arrogant. Don't expect common...more
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in Madison, AL
Inept doctor and staff. Doc caused unnecessary pain for a year. Staff won't answer phones, and when you finally reach them can't do standard operating procedures. It took 2 weeks to get a Medical Release form sent to my surgeon. Doctor did not recommend lasting injections -only short term...more
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in Northport, AL
I have been seeing Dr.David McLain for probably 10 yrs!! He treats me for Fibromyalgia, arthritis , Degenerative Disk Diseases, and chronic pain!! He is the Best I have ever Been to! He is the most well educated in Fibro that I have ever been to!! He has all the answers!! He listens !! He's an...more
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in Birmingham, AL
Doc always seemed focused on getting finished. Once, I had to stop him from walking out the door so I could ask questions. After 2 yrs, just before the opioid lesgislation passed, his office mgr called me on the day I had an appt. to say I was "dismissed," a task she seemed to enjoy. She then...more
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in Ragland, AL
Dr McLain is so knowledgeable and intelligent. He knew what disease I had before my first visit was over! He stays up on latest treatments and is so very kind!
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