Dr. Robert McLain, MD

Dr. Robert McLain, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 62
Dr. Robert McLain, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Solon, OH and has been practicing for 27 years. He graduated from University Of Ca Davis School Of Med in 1984 and specializes in orthopedic surgery, orthopedic spine surgery, and more.Read his story

33001 Solon Rd Ste 112

Solon, OH 44139

Contact Information

(440) 248-1297

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Bluegrass Family Health
  • CareOregon
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Top Care Areas

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Back Pain
very high
more than 94% of peers
Chronic Neck Pain
very high
more than 92% of peers
very high
more than 91% of peers

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Dr. McLain's bio

This content was provided by Dr. McLain "Dr. Robert McLain served as Professor of Surgery and Director of the Spine Fellowship and Research Programs at the Cleveland Clinic for over 15 years before choosing to relocate his personal Spine Practice to the St Vincent Charity Medical Group. He is recognized Nationally and Internationally for surgical innovation and expertise. Author of more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters, he serves as an editor for Spine, and holds offices in the North American Spine Society, the Mid America Orthopaedic Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is an active member of International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the AOA, and others. Has completed and instructed in surgeon training programs for Charite, Prodisc, and LDR total disc arthroplasty, for SI Bone SI joint fusion devices, and a number of other innovative spinal technologies. He has received numerous awards for research and clinical investigation over the years, and has been a Cleveland Top Doctor since 2008, and Crain's HealthCare Hero for Clinical Practice in 2012. Now devoted to clinical practice, he focuses on Adult spinal disorders and surgical needs: Disc replacement surgery – cervical and lumbar; treatment of cervical disc disease, instability, and nerve compression; Cervical and lumbar fusion surgery; Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) for cervical, thoracic and lumbar injuries and pain; SI joint fusion; lumbar instability and spondylolisthesis; disc herniations, spinal stenosis, and other surgical problems of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine."
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3  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

82  Conditions Treated

  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Insufficiency Fracture
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Kyphosis
  • Limb Pain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Pinched Nerve in Neck
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacroiliac Pain Syndrome
  • Sacroilitis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
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39  Procedures

  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Plating and Fusion
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Deformity Correction
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
  • Failed Back Surgery Revision
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Image-Guided Spine Surgery
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Neuroplasty
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure
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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University Of California, Davis
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1979
  • University Of Ca Davis School Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1984
  • University Of Ia Hospital and Clin
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • University Of Ia Hospital and Clin
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1989
  • University Of Ca Davis Sacramento Med Center
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991
  • University Of Ia Hospital and Clin
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1990

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. McLain's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. McLain to family and friends
35 total reviews (14 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (35)

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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

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (14)

I am a 36 year old male who had lumbar disc replacement surgery in 2010 after years of suffering with debilitating lower back pain. Dr. McLain was very sympathetic during my visits before surgery. He expressed complete confidence that the surgery would work for my case. The surgery and recovery...more
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I had a spinal fusion at L4-L5 and a laminectomy in October, 2016. I am so happy with the results. Dr. McLain was my second opinion. After suffering with leg pain and numbness and being miserable for so long I knew surgery was my only option. I am so glad I took that leap of faith. I had my annual...more
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Dr McLain is wonderful. I drive about an hour to see him. Worth the drive. His humor and bedside manner was very helpful while dealing with my neck pain and subsequent surgery. Although his assistant is sweet, she is terrible about returning phone calls. I’m having another issue with my neck and...more
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I have had a very good experience with my disc replacements, and have already recommended this surgeon to friends that are experiencing the same excruciating pain in neck/upper back I was experiencing b/f surgery. I am very pleased with my outcome.
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Dr. McLain did surgery on me 13 years ago, so when I needed more surgery I knew he was worth traveling for. I live in Wilmington,NC and we made needed trips to NE Ohio to make the surgery happen,1000's of miles. I was more than pleased to see that the years had not changed Dr. McLain. He has a...more
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