St. Vincent Health

Looking toward the future, St. Vincent General Hospital District has embraced the concept of a health campus where specialists, primary care, Lake County Public Health Agency, and other health-related offices reside in the old hospital building and synergistically complement services in the adjacent, new hospital facility.

822 W 4th St. Leadville, CO 80461

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822 W 4th St.

Leadville, CO 80461

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Robert C. McLean, Ph.D., MD

Board Certified Otolaryngologist

Dr. McLean is St. Vincent Health’s board certified otolaryngologist, or ear, nose and throat (ENT) physician. Otolaryngologists are doctors who provide both medical and surgical care and specialize in the treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the head and neck. The most common reasons for a visit to Dr. McLean is for a problem with issues like holes in ear drums, chronic sinusitis, throat cancer, etc.

Dr. McLean earned his bachelor’s in mathematics at Rice University in Houston, went on to study at Duke University to complete a doctorate in math, then attended medical school at Texas A&M.

His fascinating pathway to the medical field included scholarship and academia in his early career, with research in differential geometry and service as assistant professor in the math departments at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. His educational and professional history is peppered with numerous awards and honors, and he continues to teach to family practice residents at the University of Wyoming and Southern Colorado Family Medicine, and lecture elsewhere.

Dr. McLean finds his patient care philosophy in a Latin phrase: Non venit ministrari sed ministrare, which translated means “Not to be served but to serve.” He puts this idea into action with every patient, including those he treats on annual medical missions to Honduras, Guatemala, Kenya, the Philippines, Mexico, Haiti, China and Brazil, where performs cleft lip and palate repairs and other ENT and plastic surgeries and procedures.

Although Dr. McLean grew up in Texas and completed much of his education and training there, he and his family love Colorado and have lived in the state since he finished his medical residency. He has five children, three of whom are adopted from China.

The family has had a home in Leadville for the past decade. When he’s not treating patients or teaching students, he’s outside enjoying the beautiful Colorado backcountry. “We love to hike in the summers, and I cross country ski in the winters,” he says. “I’ll see you at Tennessee Pass!”

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