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Gordon Bell, MD


Gordon Bell, MD
Department: Center for Spine Health
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S40
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Gordon Bell, MD
Department: Center for Spine Health
Location: Solon Family Health Center
Mail Code S40
29800 Bainbridge Road
Solon, OH 44139
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Gordon Bell, MD, has been on staff in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic since 1982, and he has been Head of the Section of Spinal Surgery since 1994. 
Dr. Bell’s practice is limited to the practice of spinal surgery, and his interests include degenerative conditions of the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) spine, athletic spinal injuries and spinal tumors.

He has been awarded the prestigious Volvo Award for clinical research by the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, and he has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America. He has held positions of leadership in national (North American Spine Society) and international (International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine) spine organizations and has served on numerous spine committees for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dr. Bell is also a member of the prestigious American Orthopaedic Association. In addition to numerous publications, Dr. Bell is co-editor of two spine textbooks and serves as Associate Editor for Spine and as Associate Board Member of The Spine Journal.

Professional Highlights

  • Volvo Award in Low Back Pain Research from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine,1984
  • Award for Professionalism from the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ottawa,1997

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Pennsylvania / Pennsylvania Hospital
Spine Fellowship
Philadelphia, PA USA
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA
Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Graduate - University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
Undergraduate - University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN USA


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Spinal surgery, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, spinal fusion

Awards & Honors

Consistently ranked in Best Doctors in America

Additional Training

  • Masters in Science (M.Sc.) from University of Ottawa,1974


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • North American Spine Society
  • Mid-America Orthopaedic Association
  • International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine

Treatment & Services

  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Cervical Deformity Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 10/6/2014, Dr. Bell has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Bell receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Pfizer, Inc.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Languages Spoken

  • English