Dr. David McLain, MD

Dr. David McLain, MD

Rheumatology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 69
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.Read his story

2229 Cahaba Valley Dr

Birmingham, AL 35242

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

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

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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 99% of peers
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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Dr. McLain's bio

This content was provided by Dr. McLain "David McLain, MD, FACP, FACR is a native of Chicago, received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and then graduated with honors from Tulane Medical School in New Orleans where he won the senior medicine award "The Order of the Gold- Tipped Stethoscope". He completed a medical internship at the Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans. At Barnes Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis he was a medical resident and Rheumatology fellow. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. He was an instructor in the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. In 1981, he moved to Birmingham, Alabama. From 1983 until 2011, he was Chief of Rheumatology at Brookwood Medical Center. In 1983, Dr. McLain started the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology. Now in its 33rd year, it has been attended by physicians from throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Middle East, and Far East and is considered the second largest rheumatology meeting in the U.S. Dr. McLain has been President of the Alabama Society for the Rheumatic Diseases (1988-89, 2010-2011, 2011-2012) and Executive Director since 2012. In 1995, Dr. McLain won an "Excellence in Teaching" award from the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. He has been a medical advisory board member of the Fibromyalgia Aware magazine. In 1999, the Alabama Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation named him the "Rheumatologist of the Year" for the state of Alabama. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Rheumatologists. He conducted clinical research with Achieve Clinical Research, LLC in Birmingham, AL. He has won the Patient Choice Award multiple times. He has been awarded the AMA Physicians' Recognition Award 11 times. Since 2012, B-metro magazine has listed him as a Birmingham Super Doctor in rheumatology."
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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."

2  Specialties

  • Rheumatology
  • Internal Medicine

2  Board Certifications

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

82  Conditions Treated

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7  Procedures

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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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

Likelihood of recommending Dr. McLain to family and friends
89 total reviews (15 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (89)

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Dr. McLain's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    31 to 45 minutes
Dr. McLain Says:

We strive to give patients the best care that we can.  We try to listen to their problems and find the best treatment available.  Medicine has changed a lot over the years.  What used to be totally patient-centered has now become changed to where the insurance company, the pharmacy benefit manager, and treatment protocols rule the day.  Chart notes are no longer for the doctor to just document the patient's plan but


Patient Comments (15)

I have been seeing Dr. McClain for a couple years now and love him! He always takes time to listen and answer any questions. I always recommend him to others looking for a rheumatologist. I drive 2 1/2 hrs to see him but it is worth it.
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Dr. McLain is an excellent and caring doctor. He is very knowledgeable about Fibromyalgia. He listens to all my concerns, discusses treatment options and takes time with his patients. I often recommend Dr. McLain to friends and family. Thank you Dr. McLain for helping so many people!
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He is a knowledgable, caring physician. While he isn't on time with his appointments & you might have to wait an hour or more, he never rushes you when you are with him. Takes the time to listen to what is going on & does what he can to help. Best fibromyalgia doctor around, imho.
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Dr. McLain is wonderful. He listens and takes time to u derstand what is going on with you. His knowledge is amazing. He pretty much had my diagnosis before my labs were back. I highly recommend him. I am a nurse myself and always evaluating my medical care. I would not hesitate to refer any of my...more
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I went to Dr McLain for a few years. He diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I also have spinal stenosis, spondynosis and since then I have neuropathy. I have recommended Dr McLain to friends. I stop going to him bc it got hard to travel out of town. He’s a good doctor. He helped me to receive...more
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