Clayton L. Dean, M.D.

The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

A 2020 Top Doc - Baltimore magazine

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Clayton L. Dean, M.D., is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon at The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Board Certified, and with more than a decade of experience, Dr. Dean offers patients a full spectrum of surgical treatment, ranging from outpatient microsurgery to complex deformity, cancer and revision surgery.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Expert

Dr. Dean performs comprehensive surgical management of all cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine conditions. He has specific training and interest in contemporary fusion techniques, motion preservation surgery, including disc replacement, and minimally invasive spine surgery. Dr. Dean employs advanced microsurgical techniques to offer patients a faster recovery time as compared with traditional open surgery. 

Dr. Dean has been named a "Top Doc" by Baltimore magazine.

Committed to Advancing Patient Care

Dr. Clayton Dean has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has more than 30 national and international scientific presentations to his credit. He remains active in several clinical trials and research studies to continue the advancement of his specialty and continually improve patient care.

Specialized Training for Spine Disorders and Injuries

While completing his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Dean was mentored by the late Henry Bohlman, considered the father of modern spine surgery. Dr. Dean went on to pursue Spine Surgery Fellowship training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he developed specialized skills in both orthopedic and neurosurgical spine techniques.

Dr. Dean served as Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery during his time at Emory University.

Locations in Baltimore, Overlea and Lutherville/Towson

Dr. Clayton Dean sees patients at several convenient locations throughout the Baltimore area including Mercy's Downtown campus, Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville and Mercy Personal Physicians at Overlea

To meet demand and better serve patients, Dr. Dean offers expanded office hours including evening hours on Mondays and Tuesdays until 7:00 pm at the Downtown Mercy office.

Dr. Dean performs surgeries at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore as well as SurgCenter of Towson, an affiliate of Mercy Medical Center.


Education & Fellowships
  • Fellowship – The Emory Orthopedic and Spine Center at the Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • Residency – Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
  • Internship – Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
  • Medical Degree – Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University,  Philadelphia, PA