About Dr. Oren Gottfried, MD

Dr. Gottfried specializes in the surgical management of all complex cervical, thoracic, lumbar, or sacral spinal diseases by using minimally invasive as well as standard approaches for arthritis or degenerative disease, deformity, tumors, and trauma. He has a special interest in the treatment of thoracolumbar deformities, occipital-cervical problems, and in helping patients with complex spinal issues from previously unsuccessful surgery or recurrent disease. Dr. Gottfried aims to improve surgical outcomes for his patients and care of all spine patients with active research evaluating clinical and radiological results after spine surgery with multiple prospective databases. He listens to his patients to understand their symptoms and experiences so he can provide them with the information and education they need to manage their disease. Dr. Gottfried makes sure his patients understand their treatment options, and what will work best for their individual condition. He treats each patient with care and concern – just as he would treat his own family. Dr. Gottfried makes himself available to address each patients’ concerns before and after surgery.
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Areas of Expertise

Training & Education

Board Certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery, Surgery, Neurological


Spinal Deformity Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, 2007-2008

Spinal Oncology, Johns Hopkins Hospital (Maryland), 2008-2009


Neurological Surgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, 2001-2007


MD, University of Arizona College of Medicine, 2001

20+ Years as Physician

In Practice Since 2006

150-300 Surgeries
Per Year

125+ Peer Reviewed Publications

20+ National & Regional Leadership Positions

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Classification of older adults who underwent lumbar‐related surgery using pre‐operative biopsychosocial predictors and relationships with surgical recovery: An observational …

September 1, 2022

“Lumbar surgery is a commonly prescribed intervention for low back pain but poses higher risks and worse outcomes for older adults. Identifying clinical phenotypes based on biopsychosocial factors may help identify older adults who are at greatest risk for poor postoperative recovery.”

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Cervical spondylotic myelopathy with severe axial neck pain: is anterior or posterior approach better?

August 26, 2022

“The aim of this study was to determine whether multilevel anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) or posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion (PCLF) is superior for patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM) and high preoperative neck pain.”

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Recent Trends in Medicare Utilization and Reimbursement for Spinal Cord Stimulators: 2000–2019

July 21, 2022

“Spinal cord stimulators (SCS) allow spine surgeons to provide relief for patients who suffer from chronic pain due to several disorders, such as failed back surgery syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, and neuropathy.”

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