My name is Lezanne Bowman, I am 46 years old, and Dr. Zehr changed my life! For six months, I lived with excruciating pain in my right hip. I consulted a chiropractor and physical therapist, neither of which were able to provide any relief or a correct diagnosis. I then consulted with an orthoped...

Lezanne Bowman

I received excellent care and would recommend Dr. Zehr to anyone.

Dennis R. Mclean

Excellent all around!

Deborah Huckins

I don’t have enough positives to describe Dr. Zehr and his entire staff. From the first phone “hello” until the final post op “see you later”, I was treated with the utmost respect and was well educated for each step of my joint replacement surgery. Although dreaded, the surgery and re...

Dr. Jay Jones

If knee surgery could be considered pleasant, Dr. and staff made it as pleasant as possible. After 5 weeks, I was fishing on our 21-foot center console and even hooked a tarpon. Wish my right knee felt as good. That will be next.

Fred Amerspek

The Professionals

The Physician

Dr. Robert J. ZehrRobert 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. Although only recently beginning private practice, Dr. Zehr has over 25 years of orthopaedic experience in complex joint reconstruction and rehabilitation.


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.


Although it is extremely important to know where your surgeon trained and his years of experience, it is perhaps more important to know what his peers and patients think of him. By virtue of the many awards and honors of recognition that have been bestowed upon Dr. Zehr consistently through the years, you can be confident that the many patients who have gone before you are extremely satisfied with their care. In addition, most of these accolades are achieved through peer nomination where the many physicians who have selected Dr. Zehr for these awards were asked "to whom would they send their own family?"

Naples Orthopaedic Surgeon Honored By Physicians

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In the tradition of superior care and innovation, Robert J. Zehr, MD was recognized by one of the most distinguished physician rating services in the country, Best Doctors, Inc to be included once again in the Best Orthopedic Doctors in America 2014-2015 database. This annual list is compiled from surveys of physicians asking them who they would go to for treatment in their specialty. The result is a proprietary database of more than 53,000 medical experts in over 450 specialties and subspecialties worldwide. An exhaustive peer-review survey by thousands of doctors determines the physicians in this database. Only those who earn the consensus support of their peers are included. Doctors cannot buy listings. For this reason, inclusion in the Best Doctors in America database is a remarkable honor.

America's Top Doctors
Castle-Connolly Medical, Ltd - publishers of “America’s Top Doctors” - has recognized Dr. Zehr as one of the top treating orthopaedic surgeons in SW Florida from 2004-2015. Castle Connolly considers the following criteria to determine a doctor’s eligibility for inclusion in America's Top Doctors; professional qualifications: education, residency, board certification, fellowships; professional reputation, hospital appointment, medical school faculty appointment, experience and disciplinary history.

Top Orthopedists
Consumer's Research Council of America, a Washington, D.C. based research organization which provides consumers' information guides for professional services throughout America, has rated Dr. Zehr nationally as one of “America’s Top Orthopedists” for the years 2002-2015. Its purpose is to help educate and assist consumers in obtaining the finest professional services.


Naples Orthopaedic Surgeon Honored By Patients


Every month, more than 200,000 patients across the U.S. provide online feedback about their doctor experiences. They rate the various components of the care they receive, such as bedside manner, doctor-patient time, follow-up care, ease of appointment setting, courtesy of office staff, and they also share their overall opinions. From this data the very top scoring physicians are chosen for the "Patients' Choice Award". Over the course of 2015, hundreds of thousands of patient reviews were written and shared. While physicians generally receive positive feedback from their patients, only a select few consistently receive rave reviews. Of those with high praise, only physicians with near-perfect scores receive this honor. In fact of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians, only 5% were accorded this honor by their patients in 2015; only 1% have achieved five consecutive awards. Dr. Zehr has been chosen by his patients for this award every year since 2009. In addition to the Patients' Choice Award, Dr. Zehr once again earned accolades in 2015 as one of America's Most Compassionate Doctors. Fewer than 3% of the nation's 870,000 active physicians were accorded this honor by their patients in 2015. This is truly a people's choice award.
Gulshore Life Magazine
In Southwest Florida, Gulfshore Life Magazine has honored Dr. Zehr as one of a select few best orthopedic surgeons in its annual "Top Doctors" awards for the years 2004-2015. Gulfshore Life Magazine partners with Castle Connolly Medical in New York to develop a list of the top-tier doctors in each specialty — that is, those physicians most highly recommended in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties each year.

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In addition, Dr. Zehr instituted the highly acclaimed Cleveland Clinic Naples "Joint Club" which cohesively coordinated the many individual talents of hospital nursing, physical therapy, case management and surgery with outpatient pre-operative treatment, bringing them into a well orchestrated and seamless educational experience. This team effort let the patient focus exclusively on returning to life’s activities after joint replacement surgery. The Orthopaedic Center of Excellence was a "Premier Site" for this system of patient care and was visited by national and international dignitaries and surgeons desiring to improve their patient care and management.

His extensive experience as leader, researcher and surgeon keeps Dr. Zehr in high demand as a speaker locally, nationally and internationally. He has spoken, operated or taught in Germany, Italy, Canada and Great Britain. He has written extensively on skeletal reconstruction, but enjoys educating individual patients on their specific orthopaedic problems. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a member in good standing in the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the Florida Orthopaedic Society, the Florida Medical Society and the Collier County Medical Society.

See Dr. Zehr's curriculum vitae for more information on his professional experience and education.

For a short list of Dr. Zehr's medical publications please click the following link: (PubMed Listing)
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