Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Hillcrest Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Hillcrest Hospital
Primary Location

Hillcrest Hospital

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Brain Biopsy
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Craniotomy
  • Craniotomy for Brain Tumor
  • Deformity Correction
  • Fracture Care
  • Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
  • Stereotactic Brain Biopsy
  • Surgery For Spinal Tumors
  • Surgery For Spinal Vascular Malformations
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 24 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Benign Bone Tumors
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Cancer (Brain Tumor)
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Brain Metastases
  • Cancer
  • Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Complex Cervical Deformities
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Facet Arthropathy
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Gait Dysfunction
  • Glioblastoma Multiforme
  • Herniated Disc
  • Infection of the Spine
  • Leg Pain
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sacroilitis
  • Scheurmann's Kyphosis
  • Schwannoma
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthopathy
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
View all 46 Specialties +


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About John Butler, MD

Barrow Neurosurgical Associates
       Phoenix, AZ
       Spine Fellowship                          

Cleveland Clinic Foundation
     Cleveland, OH
     Department of Neurosurgery 

Cleveland Clinic Foundation
     Cleveland, OH
     Department of General Surgery 


M.D., Medical College of Georgia
      Augusta, Georgia
M.S., University of Georgia Graduate School
      Department of Medical Microbiology
      Athens, Georgia
B.S., University of Georgia
      Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
      Department of Microbiology

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Barrow Neurological Institute
Spine Surgery
Phoenix, AZ USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, GA USA


  • Neurological Surgery

Awards & Honors

  • RESIDENCY: 2ND Place, Best Scientific Poster, AANS Spine and Peripheral Nerve Section,. 
  • Humanitarian Award, Department of  Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation,
  • MEDICAL SCHOOL: Honors, USMLE Step 1
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 7/23/2020, Dr. Butler has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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* 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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

151 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.4 out of 5
Explains 4.4
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.4

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

I am grateful that I was able to see Dr Butler in such short notice

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

It was with great pleasure that I saw Dr Butler. He helped me make the decision about my back surgery by pointing out that the quality of my life was the most important factor. I was depending too much on what my parents were thinking, because they just want me to be able to work in the distant future

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Dr. spent less than 15 minutes with me. when I question the doctor about a nerve being pinched he told their was no never that was pinched. from one of my MRI records dated 03/08/20 "At the L5-S1, there is midline and para-midline disc herniation more prominent on the right side impinging on the right S1nerve root." My consultation with the doctor was less than 10 minutes. I felt as though I was discriminated because I am on Medicaid. my brother drove me 3 and a 1/2 hours to get me to the appointment and then another 3 and a 1/2 hours to go back home. I was in considerable pain and we had to stop several times. Just for a appointment that lasted less than 10 minutes. I would never go back to this doctor or again.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Doctor did not care about me and did not help me find a solution to my back problems. I am sure if I had money I would of be treated differently. Just because I am on Medicaid does not make me a less of a person.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

dr couldn't get out of the room fast enough had to tell him after he stood up and opened door I wasn't done yet. asked a question and never received an answer. overall very unsatisfied and went with another surgeon outside of Cleveland clinic

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

A very quiet but highly responsive doctor. He left me with a feeling of concern on his part, and a resolution to my problem. His confidence in his craft is refreshing. No hem & ha's, just "let's fix this" !

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2020

The entire staff worked together to make time for me with very little notice. Home Care felt it was necessary for Dr. Butler to examine my incision. He saw me on between other surgeries. Wow! That concern and personal attention meant slit to me.

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

great doctor that provides 5 star care

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

I am in very uncomfortable pain and it has increased a lot which is why I had MRI and made appointment with Dr. Butler upon recommendation after MRI not to wait. I had to wait for the appointment too long considering my discomfort.

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2020

James Bowen was very caring and he explained everything to me wear I could understand. he is very helpful and very understanding I wish all health providers could be like him . Dr Bulter is just great! I have already recommended to a friend who really needs help A lot of people don't believe in back Surgery but I have been encouraging people to come and see Dr Butler because he explain things and he takes time I just Love him too.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

I was seen by a PA. She was fine, I was just disappointed that I did not see Dr. Butler himself.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Dr. Butler relieved my worry. He really was positive and comforting.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Dr explained everything thoroughly.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

PA and Dr. were excellent.

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

*Dr. Butler stopped in to see me twice & floor dr. twice - no need to see them as I was doing well.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

I was very impressed with Dr Butler and his staff.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

I am new to Hillcrest CCF so I had no experience or information as to which doctor I should select for my back problem. I am very pleased and comfortable with Dr Butler.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

The Dr was a very professional well educated person in his field / just hope we had more of them !and I want to thank him very much for the phone call he gave me today concerning my questions/ thanks again for all the courtesy I have received from him and his staff and also the hospital.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

The Dr. was not forthcoming with information. I travel 11 hours round-trip I see him. hi I'm

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Dr. didn't give out any informationHe did not seem to care that he helped me or not take it or leave it attitude I don't know if he was going to take out the old hardware and put a new hardware I did not know how long it will take I traveled 11 hours to see him round-trip very disappointed very. Very Bad for A hospital of your stature.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2019

Very good experience. Dr Butler and his staff are wonderful. I highly recommend him!!

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2019

I cannot say enough regarding Dr Butler. His bedside manner was wonderful, his concern for me and my problem was genuine. I was looking for a possible option in which the Cleveland Clinic could provide however he instructed me that I would have the same procedure as if done anywhere else. There was no chance that I could have had what I was looking for because it was sort of an impossibility. besides based on all the information I would not be a good candidate. Dr Butler was at ease and seemed not in a hurry to dismiss our conversation and I would recommend him to anyone in the future. A+

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

I have recommended Dr Butler to many friends and strangers.

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