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Zehr Center marks 10th anniversary

January 10, 2018

NAPLES, FLA. (January 10, 2018) – Robert J. Zehr, M.D., recently marked the 10th anniversary of the Zehr Center for Orthopaedics, the private practice he established in 2007 when the Cleveland Clinic Naples abruptly left Southwest Florida. Dr. Zehr was transferred to Naples from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, where he was the head of orthopaedic oncology, to help develop the Naples facility. Dr. Zehr distinguished himself as its Executive Director, Chief of Staff and Head of Orthopaedic Surgery, all while maintaining a full and thriving surgical practice.

The leading hip replacement surgeon in Collier County, Dr. Zehr pioneered the direct anterior approach to hip replacement in Southwest Florida and has performed over 1,500 of the procedures. He was the first surgeon in the area to perform same-day outpatient total hip replacement surgery. He conducted the surgery at Seaside Surgery Center, of which he is co-founder, CEO, and Medical Director.

In addition to his private practice and responsibilities at Seaside, Dr. Zehr was recently appointed Chief of Surgery at Landmark Hospital of Southwest Florida and serves as the Medical Director for the Advanced Joint Treatment Institute, a fledgling program headquartered at the Landmark facility.

When asked by Naples Illustrated Magazine what the secret to his long-term success was, Dr. Zehr replied, “The practice of orthopaedic surgery requires an intense ability to listen to what a patient believes is their problem.  Successful physicians are those who listen carefully, and who have the breadth of knowledge to diagnose and treat the problem presented to them.  I have over 30 years of training and practice treating a vast array of problems. I would like to believe that I was able to provide the highest level of care because…. I listen!”

The Zehr Center staff
The Zehr Center Staff: Michelle Maldonado, Joanne Gilbert, Nora Honea, Dr. Robert Zehr, Nikki Calvo, Christiane Riella, PA-C (not pictured: Karla Lengacher, RN, and Charles Jordan)
Dr. Robert Zehr with members of the Seaside Surgery Center staff
Dr. Robert Zehr with members of the Seaside Surgery Center staff
Dr. Robert Zehr with members of the Landmark Hospitals team.
Dr. Robert Zehr with members of the Landmark Hospitals team. Front: Sharon Bruno, RN, and Sally LaPorte, RN. Back: Shawn Strash, CEO Landmark Hospitals; Dr. Zehr; Jim Whitacre, CEO Landmark Hospital of Southwest Florida, Dr. William Kapp, Founder of Landmark Hospitals; renowned orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Marshall Steele
Dr. Robert Zehr with the first ZCO patient, former US Congressman (NY) Gary Lee and Gary's wife Maureen
Dr. Robert Zehr with the first ZCO patient, former US Congressman (NY) Gary Lee and Gary’s wife Maureen
Dr. Robert Zehr with ZCO patient Mary Hart and Mary's husband Jim, former St. Louis (now Arizona) Cardinals quarterback Jim Hart
Dr. Robert Zehr with ZCO patient Mary Hart and Mary’s husband Jim, former St. Louis (now Arizona) Cardinals quarterback Jim Hart
Dr. Robert Zehr with Ana and Ave Susman
Dr. Robert Zehr with Ana and Ave Susman
Nancy and Dick Klaas
Nancy and Dick Klaas
Seaside nurse Patti Querusio, RN, and Benji Freigang from Arthrex, Inc.
Seaside nurse Patti Querusio, RN, and Benji Freigang from Arthrex, Inc.
Robert and Leslie Butler of Select Physical Therapy
Robert and Leslie Butler (Select Physical Therapy)
Ave Susman chats with Cappelli Catering's Ron Sbrocco
Ave Susman chats with Cappelli Catering’s Ron Sbrocco
The staff of Cappelli's Catering
The staff of Cappelli’s Catering
Christine Chase, Sara LaPorte, Chris Perdzok, and Bonita Husted from Seaside Surgery Center
Christine Chase, Sara LaPorte, Chris Perdzok, and Bonita Husted from Seaside Surgery Center
Dr. Luigi and Patti Querusio
Dr. Luigi and Patti Querusio
Mark Cannedy from Seaside Surgery Center and his wife Debbie
Mark Cannedy from Seaside Surgery Center and his wife Debbie
Nora Honea, Lindsey Turnbaugh, Jim Whitacre, and Chris Melley
Nora Honea, Lindsey Turnbaugh, Jim Whitacre, and Chris Melley
Dr. Robert Zehr with Dick and Nancy Klaas
Dr. Robert Zehr with Dick and Nancy Klaas