Dr. Gordon was born and raised in Puerto Rico as both his parents had moved
there to run a textile manufacturing factory. He graduated high school
from Andover Academy in Mass., and then went to Columbia University in
New York City to graduate with a degree in Chemistry. He finished medical
school at Cornell Medical College in 1981 and went on to General Surgery
at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He completed training
in Orthopedic Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD and then
trained in spine surgery at USC Spinal Cord Injury Center in Los Angeles.
He has been at the leading edge in spinal surgical technology since he
began practice in Newport Beach in 1987. He specializes in a range of
spinal surgeries from minimally invasive to complex deformities of the
cervical and lumbar spine. He’s been an active member of various
surgical societies including The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery,
The North American Spine Society, and the International Society for the
Advancement of Spinal Surgery.
Having performed more than 8,000 spinal surgeries, Dr. Gordon has extensive
experience in complex reconstructive spinal instrumentation surgery of
the cervical and lumbar spine as well as disc replacement, adult deformity
and degenerative scoliosis. For patients with disc herniations, Dr. Gordon
has performed more than 3,000 outpatient minimally-invasive spinal surgeries.
He has been a clinical instructor for Medtronic/Kyphon, and has consulted
for several national spinal instrumentation companies. He has assisted
in the design of spinal pedicle screw implants and has consulted with
various spinal implant companies such as Medtronic, Globus, Alphatech
and Stryker. Currently, Dr. Gordon is a paid consultant on the teaching
faculty of Stryker corporation and regularly teaches lab sessions on minimally-invasive
lumbar outpatient fusion surgery.
Dr. Gordon has three children who have graduated college (Harvard, Williams
College, Brown University!) and lives with his wife in Newport Beach.
He is very happy that each of his children graduated in 4 years! He and
his wife are founding members of the Sage Hill School in Orange County.
In his leisure time, he is an avid wildlife and landscape photographer,
skier and pianist.
Dr. Gordon lives by the surgical motto, “Strive for excellence, and
always to do what is best for the patient.”
For more information please go to www.MichaelGordonMD.com.
Education & Training
MEDICAL EDUCATION: Cornell Medical College (Medical Doctor)
INTERNSHIPS: Mt. Sinai Medical Center (General Surgery)
RESIDENCY: The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Orthopedic Surgery)
FELLOWSHIP: University of California, Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center (Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Fellowship)
Areas of Interest
Dr. Gordon specializes in the following conditions and treatments
- Complex Reconstructive Spinal Instrumentation Surgery (Cervical and Lumbar Spine
- Disc Replacement
- Adult Spinal Deformity
- Degenerative Scoliosis
- Outpatient Minimally Invasive Cervical and Lumbar Spinal Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Surgery to Treat Herniated Discs
- Minimally Invasive Kyphoplasty Fracture Treatment
Other Specialties or Certifications
Recertification by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (1999, 2009)
Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (1991)
Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (1989)