Dr. Robert Zehr, MD

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Dr. Robert Zehr, MD
Robert J. Zehr, MD is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon and the founder of The Zehr Center for Orthopaedics, a private orthopaedic surgery practice located in Naples, FL. Specifically he specializes in hip and knee replacement surgery, complex revision joint surgery, knee arthroscopy and trauma reconstruction. Dr. Zehr has over 25 years of orthopaedic surgical experience in complex joint reconstruction and rehabilitation, having been in both the academic environment of the Cleveland Clinic for 15 years and private practice for the past 10 years. Prior to being sent to Southwest Florida in 1998 to help develop the Cleveland Clinic Naples, Dr. Zehr was the Head of Orthopaedic Oncology for The Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he came on staff after a prestigious fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at the University of Florida and his residency training at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Further career success was achieved while an attending physician at the Cleveland Clinic Naples, where Dr. Zehr distinguished himself as its Executive Director, Chief of Staff and Head of Orthopaedic Surgery while maintaining a full and thriving surgical practice. With the abrupt departure of the Cleveland Clinic from the Naples, FL area, but still wanting to practice in the Southwest Florida community where he had practiced since 1998, Dr. Zehr began his new venture into solo orthopaedic practice in late 2007. His highly successful joint replacement practice has positioned him as the highest volume hip replacement surgeon in Collier County and the leader in outpatient joint replacement surgery through his surgery center, Seaside Surgery Center.

Seaside Surgery Center

1879 Veterans Park Dr Ste 1101

Naples, FL 34109

Contact Information

(239) 592-4955

Dr. Robert Zehr, MD

Dr. Robert Zehr, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

The hallmark virtues upon which our practice is founded--Wisdom, Integrity, Experience and Compassion--inspire each member of the patient care team to reach beyond themselves to provide you the highest quality in patient care, prudent counsel, clinical expertise and most importantly -- true concern for YOU, our patient, for whom we are honored to care.
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Dr. Zehr's Experience

Dr. Zehr'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
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Orthopedic Surgery
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Hip Disorders
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Limb Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Prosthetic Joint Mechanical Failure
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Torn Cartilage


  • Anterior Approach Total Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • MAKOplasty®
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Missouri-St. Louis
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1976
  • University Of Missouris-St. Louis
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1979
  • Saint Louis University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Cleveland Clinic
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1986
  • Cleveland Clinic
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1990
  • Shands Hospital At The University Of Fl
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Best Doctors in America, 2003-2004
  • Best Doctors in America, 2009-2010
  • Best Doctors in America, 2011-2012
  • "Americas Top Surgeons" - Consumers Research Council, 2002-2011
  • Cambridge Who's Who of Executives and Professionals, May 2007
  • Best Doctors in America, 1998-2000
  • "Top Doctor" - Castle-Connolly, 2004-2011
Media & Publications
  • Allograft-Prosthesis Composite vs. Megaprosthesis in Proximal Femoral Reconstruction, 1996
  • Abductor Reattachment with a Custom Proximal Femoral Replacement Prosthesis, 2002
  • Enchondroma Associated with Pagets Disease, 2000

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Zehr's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Zehr to family and friends
based on 166 total reviews (21 with comments)
Dr. Zehr's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (21)
in Florida |
Dr. Zehr is without a doubt the most efficient, effective, and personable doctor and surgeon. He replaced my right hip in early July. I have had the most amazing results. I had tremendous back and hip pain prior to surgery. I am pain free as of the day after surgery. I travel extensively and feel so much stronger and energetic than I have in years. His staff is courteous and professional and his office is welcoming and comforting. I highly recommend Dr. Zehr. He is the only choice!
Ft Myers, FL |
Really impressed by Dr Zehr and his staff. We tell everyone we know what a great orthopedic surgeon he is and what he has done for my husband. Skipp just had his second his replacement done by Dr. Zehr. His left was done 3 years ago and was an great experience with quick healing...11 days ago he had his right hip done by Dr. Zehr AND was golfing with his buddies yesterday!! It is nothing short of amazing. The anterior approach & Dr. Zehr's expertise is THE BEST. He & his staff rock!
Valerie, Thanks for taking the time to share your family's experiences here and via Facebook (http://facebook.com/zehrcenterfororthopedics). We are very impressed with Skipp's determination and his willingness to do the hard work of post-op physical therapy so he can get out there on the greens again!
in Marco Island, FL |
I just love my new hip!! My hip is twenty three days old and just about as good as my natural hip, before the ostio destroyed it. I marvel at the fact that I am now walking, without pain, tall and straight. And looking forward to getting back to Bickram yoga and all I did before the deterioration set in. The whole Zehr team excel in everything they do. And A well run organization, ten stars in my book. Dr. Zehr makes sure his protocol is followed to the letter, For your benefit.
You used the magic words Mary - "without pain"! We're equally excited about your successful surgical outcome and love seeing how you are getting back to everything you enjoy - even hot yoga!
Naples, FL |
Dr. Zehr and his staff were meticulous in their care. Couldn't be happier with my full knee replacement by Dr Zehr and his great staff at the beautiful Seaside Surgery Center in Naples, FL
Thank you for your kind words and five stars! We're pleased to know you are totally satisfied.
in Bonita Springs, FL |
Doc. Zehr is the most Humble person we have ever met! On our first visit, he was very careful to evaluate my wife's groin pain. So he send us to see a pain managements & try other treatment, to make sure that the pain did not come from another source. After 5 different kinds of Doc. & treatment, 5 X-rays, 3 MRIs ; two cortisones nothing worked, or help! The last Doc. we saw, he referred us to another orthopedic doctor, but we surely wanted Doc. Zehr to do the surgery We are glad we did.
We're glad you did too Patsy! Thank you for placing your confidence in the Zehr Center and we wish you all the best in your new pain-free life!
in Naples, FL |
I was given a three ring binder at the beginning. I read it and followed it. Everything went exactly as told. I am amazed that a total hip replacement can be so easy considering how intricate it is. One of the nice items is that Dr. Zehr performs the procedure. Not an assistant. I am extremely pleased with him and his organization.
You're right Mike, that a total hip replacement is an intricate operation. But I have been performing this surgery for over 25 years, and choose the most advanced and beneficial surgical techniques for my patients. You were a big part of your successful outcome - you read and followed the Guidebook! Thank you for your kind review.
in Naples, FL |
I Highly recommend him to friends, family and compatriots looking for competent, friendly, courteous frontal approach total hip replacement. His experience is next to none, + 1300 surgeries as of start of 2017. His explanations, bed side manners and documentation are some of his strengths. His office support team and clinical surgery team are efficient, courteous and thorough! The nearly double cost of the procedure compared to the one available in the Canadian private system was well worth it
Alain, Thanks so much for your recommendation, and for including kind words about my world-class office staff and clinical support team - they are the best! We're pleased that you are satisfied - and look forward to seeing you - as a visitor - next time you're in sunny Naples.
Naples, FL |
I feel very lucky to have found Dr. Zehr who performs total hip replacement using the "Direct Anterior Approach." With this technique, there are no restrictions to be followed after surgery by the patient. I was walking totally unassisted within 4 days. Pain was minimal - easily handled with OTC Tylenol. I can cross my legs at the hip; get into and out of the car without pain; pick things up off the floor; and walk my dog. At 72 years old, I feel like I have a new lease on life!
You DO have a new lease on life! A life without pain! And we are so proud of you for doing your part with rehab and post-surgery care to help create this successful outcome. Congratulations! And thank you for taking the time to review us here.
in Marco Island, FL |
The likely hood to recommend Doctor Zehr would be zero. He did a hip replacement on me March 8 2016. I went through all the therapy, things seemed fine but I had this groin pain and could not lift my leg up without help. Went to his office heard a lot of "man up" talk. They sent me to Pain management to blow me off. I came back to them seeing only the pa , they said these things take time . I'm 11 months can't lift the leg yet went to New York HSS MRI shows muscle atrophy and tendon trauma .
in Sanibel, FL |
Dr. Zehr and his entire staff are competent, caring, and responsive. Their system for a hip replacement is efficient and very organized. Their communication answers all questions about the procedure. The entire experience from first meeting to being released was as painless as the recovery.
Thank you Phyllis! We love the word "painless"! We're glad you found value in our guidebook and we are proud of you for doing the hard work of rehab!
in Naples, FL |
knowledgeable, kind, professional, thorough
Thank you Mike! Short and sweet!
in Naples, FL |
I had excellent results from my hip replacement surgery. I recommend that you and spouse carefully review his "Hip Replacement Guide Book" for similar results. I am having my other hip replaced by Dr. Zehr in 6 months.
Thank you for your testimony Robert! Of course we're as pleased with your excellent results as you are! Looking forward to relieving the pain in your other hip soon.
in Bonita Springs, FL |
The overall process was so controlled and understood ahead of time that great results were inevitable. The key for me was the therapy plan after surgery. Especially the 6 day a week in-home therapy, in my opinion, was the reason for such quick recovery of the hip replacement. In two months able to do everything: biking, golf and tennis for a 73 year old guy!
You're 73 years-young Andy! Proud of you for putting in the hard work of therapy. You discovered the key and unlocked the door to a pain-free life!
in Naples, FL |
Had anterior hip replacement as out-patient at Seaside Surgery Center. Avoided all the potential side-effects of a hospital stay, and was walking without a walker or cane in 4 days. Pain that nagged at me pre-surgery is long gone, and now at 6 weeks I am fully back to yoga, golf, biking and a full life of fitness and fun.
Two great choices you made there Robert - anterior approach hip replacement and same-day outpatient surgery at our beautiful new Seaside Surgery Center in Naples, Florida. We're glad to hear your pain-free life is full of fitness and fun!
in Ft Myers, FL |
I am so thankful I was referred to Dr. Zehr by a neighbor. Words can not describe what a wonderful experience having him perform my total hip replacement was. Thank You Dr. Zehr, you gave me my life back. Never having any major surgery before in my life, I was quite apprehensive. The office staff and the hospital staff were outstanding in relieving all of that. 5 STARS + TO ALL.
You are so very welcome Randy! We're glad you felt comfortable in our care. Best of everything to you!
in Naples, FL |
The pre surgical information provided is outstanding. Totally prepares you for a scary sounding surgery. I was out of the hospital the day after surgery, and climbing stairs in my 2 story condo. The method Dr. Zehr used left me in better shape than I have been for years. I took a trip only 4 months after hip replacement and I didn't have even a hint of a limp. Range of motion is better than I can remember! I would recommend Dr. Zehr to anyone that I care about.
We do believe that an educated patient is a happier patient - more confident in the procedures and has the best expectations for the outcomes. The direct anterior approach is the best approach for total hip replacement surgery. Thank you for putting your trust in the ZCO team!
in Naples, FL |
From day 1 I felt at ease with the Dr. Everyone associated with him are angels.
Indeed they are Mark! In fact, we call our office staff the ZCO Angels! Thanks for your kind recommendation.
in Immokalee, FL |
If you are considering a hip replacement, it should be the Anterior approach. Dr Zehr Is highly experienced in this precise hip replacement. His team from the office staff to the OR team all work together & you are well aware that you are in good hands. Your Guide Book given to you prior to surgery prepares you for pre-op, post-op, physical therapy and answers many questions you may have. I am grateful for my new hip! Thank you Dr Zehr & team!
Congratulations on your successful outcome Fatima! You studied the Guide Book and were prepared every step of the way to do everything YOU could do for a successful surgery. Thank you for your recommendation.
in Moneta Virginia |
The expertise exhibited and friendliness of Dr. Zehr and his entire staff bolstered my confidence through out the preparation and recovery period. The BOOK provided to us is written in terms that spelled out everything required before and after surgery. Bases on my positive experience, have recommended 2 people in which both had surgeries with excellent results.
We thank you Ronald, and we know your friends thank you too! We're very glad you took advantage of our Guide Book.
in naples,fl |
it's hard to believe that a hip replacement could be an enjoyable experience,but it sure was. no pain and the best care and attention that could be provided. thank you DR ZEHR & STAFF
You said the two words we love to hear - "no pain"! Thank you for your recommendation.
in Bonita Springs, FL |
The whole experience was great from the beginning to the last appointment. I recommend him to everyone who asks me about my hip.
We're so glad you are satisfied Cindy! Thank you for all of your recommendations.
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Dr. Zehr accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice PPO
  • AvMed
    Open Access
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • HealthSmart - Interplan Health Group
    Interplan Health Group PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO

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