Dr. Robert McLain, MD

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St Vincent Medical Group 33001 Solon Rd Ste 112 Solon, OH 44139 Get Directions
Dr. Robert McLain, MD

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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Dr. McLain's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
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    EXCELLENT
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    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
Twinsburg, OH |
do not go to this man for treatment!
in Columbus Ohio |
Dr McLain treated me as he would care for his own family. He is a trustworthy professional. During the time I was in his care he & his staff responded to all of my questions and concerns promptly and with respect. Though they undoubtedly answer similar questions frequently, I knew they heard what I thought my problem was and answered so I could understand.
in Cortland, OH |
I arrived at Dr. Mclain's after 4 months of local treatments for a "pulled muscle", "muscle spasms", "arthritis" to find out that I had a L5/S1 herniation that was beyond chiropractic care, injections or physical therapy. I can honestly say that this was the most confident I have ever approached a surgery. St Vincent Hospital is a finely tuned, efficient facilty. Dr. Mclain and his staff are top notch. Dr Mclain is my newest hero !
in Mantua, OH |
I have Already recommended Dr. McLain to many of my Friends. I liked that Dr. McLain didn't jump into surgery after being referred to him, He gave me my options and let me make the final decision. He explained everything that I could understand and took his time. Frank his Nurse is also Excellent. Very patient and knowledgeable.
in Parkman, OH |
I looked at the options of treatment by the Laser Spine Institute for a laminectomy as well as the more traditional fusing of the vertebrae by neurosurgeon. Dr. McLain's demeanor and explanation of surgery gave me confidence to proceed with my disc replacement. Doctor McLain took time to answer all my questions regardless of how silly. I was able to meet and discuss the surgery in appointments leading up to surgery and just before surgery. Dr. McLain also followed up with me after the surgery
in Coldwater MI |
10 years ago my 19 year old daughter had her L-5 which was broken in two places surgically corrected by Dr. McLain. Six weeks after surgery she was pain free. She is now a practicing veterinarian ....something other doctors said would never happen due to her back. She remains pain free due to an angel name Dr. McLain. I am forever grateful for this incredible surgeon.
in Lima, Ohio |
I was advised by a local physician to have back surgery, a spinal fusion. Fortunately a friend recommended that I see Dr. McLain. It did require several hours of travel time but am so thankful to have gone to Dr. McLain for my surgery. He always took time to answer questions, explain all procedures and most of all is a very talented surgeon. He is just a very special physician. I had my back surgery one and one-half years ago, am free of pain and enjoy life without back pain.
in Twinsburg, OH |
Dr. McLain treated me for left foot drop with back surgery. He is a fantastic Surgeon and I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs back surgery. His experience speaks for itself, and six weeks later I am making fantastic progress. I can actually support my weight on my left heel which I could not do before. Dr. McLain was recommended to me by Dr. David Radford who helped me naturally fix a disk problem in my back a number of years ago without surgery. Great Team!!
in Niles, OH |
Dr McLain took the time to help ensure the best possible outcome for my lumbar fusion. Would recommend him to anyone that is in need of a similar procedure.
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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.

Dr. McLain's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  Malpractice claims in Ohio not available
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adult Scoliosis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • 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
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • 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 Pain
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • 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
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylarthritis
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of Ca Davis School Of Med

    Graduated in 1984

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Ia Hospital and Clin

    Completed in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Ia Hospital and Clin

    Completed in 1989

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Ca Davis Sacramento Med Center

    Completed in 1991

    University Of Ia Hospital and Clin

    Completed in 1990

  • Undergraduate School
    University Of California, Davis

    Graduated in 1979

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • 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
  • 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
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Sacroiliac Joint Fusion
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • XLIF® (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion) Procedure