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Michael Gordon, MD

  • Primary Specialty:
    Orthopedic Surgery (Board Certified)
  • Surgery of the Spine
Procedures & Conditions Treated:


  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) and Instrumentation
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Bone Grafting
  • Cervical Stellate Ganglion Sympathetic Blocks
  • Complex Surgical Reconstruction
  • Coricosteroids / Cortisone shots
  • Decompression
  • Diagnostic Blocks
  • Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Discectomy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Lateral Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Lumbar Discography / Lumbar Discogram
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Pain Medication
  • Physical Therapy
  • Posterior Cervical and Lumbar Microdiscectomy / Microdecompression
  • Posterior Cervical Fusion with Instrumentation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Fusion Surgery (Bone Graft Substitute, Biologics, Laminectomy)
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • Spine Arthroplasty
  • Spine Stabilization
  • X-Ray & MRI


  • Acute Spinal Fracture
  • Bulging Disc
  • Cervical Fracture
  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Chronic Back & Cervical Pain
  • Coccydynia / Tailbone Pain
  • Compression Fracture from Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative Back and Neck Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Failed Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Herniated Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Muscle Strain
  • Myelopathy / Spinal Cord Injury
  • Neck Sprain
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteomyelitis / Bone Infection
  • Osteoporosis
  • Radiculopathy / Pinched Nerve
  • Ruptured Disc
  • Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Slipped Disc
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Thoracic Conditions
  • Traumatic Spinal Injury
  • Whiplash


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.”

Dr. Gordon is assisted by James Marchetti, PA-C.

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  • Medical School
  • Cornell Medical College (Medical Doctor)
  • Internship
  • 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 Fellows
Board Certification
  • Recertification by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery2009
  • Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery1991
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery1989
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • California Orthopaedic Association (COA)
  • North American Spine Society
  • Orange County Medical Association
Affiliated Locations
  • Hoag Hospital - Irvine
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian - Newport Beach
  • Hoag Orthopedic Institute
  • Newport Orthopedic Institute - Irvine Orthopedics
  • Newport Orthopedic Institute - Newport Beach Orthopedics