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Title Director of Spine Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Florida
Department Neurological Surgery
Primary Location Florida, Braathen Center, Weston
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Primary Location

Florida, Braathen Center, Weston

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Cervical Deformity Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery for Spine
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Second Opinion
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Biomechanics
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Stabilization Surgery
  • Spine Tumor Removal and Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Surgery
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 19 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Central Nervous System (CNS) Malignancies
  • Cervical Canal Stenosis
  • Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical Foraminal Stenosis
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Kyphosis
  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Lumbar Canal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Lumbar Foraminal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Trauma
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc
  • Thoracic Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Spine Disorders
  • Thoracic Tumors
View all 28 Specialties +


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About Hoon Choi, MD, PhD

Dr. Choi is a robotic spine surgery expert (minimally invasive and complex spine surgery for degenerative, deformity, tumor, and trauma indications).

With his unique surgeon-engineer background, Dr. Choi leads translational engineering research for personalized spine surgery.

Dr. Choi is a board-certified fellowship-trained spine neurosurgeon (Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery), a biomedical engineer (PhD), and an inventor.

Dr. Choi has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Medical College of Wisconsin
Spine Surgery
Milwaukee, WI USA

Residency - State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY USA

Residency - Boston Childrens Hospital (Massachusetts)
Pediatric Neurosurgery
Boston, MA USA

Medical Education - University of Auckland School of Medicine
Auckland, New Zealand


  • Neurosurgery

Specialty Interests

Spine surgery, Spine neurosurgery, Minimally invasive spine surgery, Robotic spine surgery, Adult spinal deformity, Artificial disc replacement, Complex spinal instrumentation, New technology in spine surgery, Translational research, Biomedical engineering

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Hoon Choi, MD, PhD.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

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. 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, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 8/11/2023, Dr. Choi 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 Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Choi receives fees of $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) as a paid consultant, speaker or as a member of an advisory committee for the following companies:

  • Globus Medical, 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.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

197 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Listens 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

49 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Our experience with Dr. Choi and is staff was beyond very good, it was excellent. As a retired RN who has worked in several healthcare settings it is my firm belief that the person in charge sets the tone for the others. Dr. Choi is an excellent physician in all aspects and we trust his judgement implicitly.

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2023

Dr. Choi is very special, an outstanding practitioner

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2023

Definitely want to see Dr. Choi Hoon again was very specific.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Before the doctor got there he was very informative and have me Prepare for the doctor

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2023

Dr Choi originally didn't understand why I was referred to him by Dr. Basi but following his review of my records he quickly noticed the issues at hand reference my spinal injuries he was quick to realize and discuss what could be done to assist me with my pain and numbness issues.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2023

Couldn't be more pleased w/ Dr Choi & the neurosurgical staff

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2023

Dr Choi was very thorough in his explanation of MRI

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2023

Dr. Choi ordered several unnecessary tests (scoliosis X-ray, bone density scan, rheumatology consult). There's no doubt in my mind that these tests are unnecessary (previous neurosurgeons performed procedures without them) and only designed to increase revenue.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2023

Dr Choi is far above any other doctor I've used or worked with as an RN. He is obviously knowledgeable but also caring and easy to communicate with.

Reviewed on Jun 5, 2023

Dr. Choi and his staff were very patient, answered all of my questions, suggested several alternatives for my back issues. I was very pleased with his assesment, suggestions and genuine concern for me as a patient.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Dr. Choi is a very knowledgeable and helpful doctor. While I understand the Cleveland Clinic's orientation towards surgical options and the corporate financial benefits Dr. Choi left out a couple of options for my Degnerative Disc Disease such as Rhizotomy and removal of the bone spur located at the L-5/S-1 lateral nerve root utilizing a ultrasound scalpel. The latter to be approached minimally invasively and without disturbing both the disc, facet joint, lamina, and foraminal bone and tissues. While I am not a patient I am very knowledgeable and to Dr.Choi's credit he has initially recommended a conservative treatment consisting of steroid injections and physical therapy. After mentioning the Rhizotomy approach Dr.Choi agreed that this might be something to consider before any surgery. Dr.Choi is an excellent doctor and a credit to the Clinic.

Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Dr. Choi was recommended to me by another physician that used him for surgery and was very pleased with the results. I was very impressed with Dr. Hoon Choi.

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

I have already recommended Dr Choi to a friend. I feel that at long last Dr Choi has connected the dots with my condition!

Reviewed on May 8, 2023

Dr. Choi is extremely experienced and his explanations of the procedure put us at ease.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

I had been unable to walk more than a few paces for almost 2 years. Dr Choi was a last resort. Dr Choi exceeded all my expectations. I can walk now, and am getting better by the day

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Dr. Choi showed no compassion for my situation and said that I had caused my back problem because I was fat. Showed no empathy and did his level best to make sure I felt very badly about my self. Have never encountered a doctor such as Dr. Choi. No people skills whatsoever.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

Would never recommend Dr. Choi to anyone.

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2023

I have had an exceptional experience with this clinic and Dr Choi

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2023

Excellent experience. Excellent doctor

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Dr Choi was attentive and spent time with me explaining the options. He was perfect. He ordered a STAT CT scan that took a week to get scheduled with me making multiple calls to ask for it

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2023

Dr Choi is one of the kind caring provider very knowledgeable and professional.

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2023

Excellent Doctor

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2023

*Dr. Choi was thorough in explaining everything about the surgery 10/10.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Doctor was very straight forward. I was there to get surgery for my lumber back and rib scoliosis. He found back was bad enough to be operable and also my rib scoliosis. He explained that my back surgery would be 4 hours and my scoliosis surgery would be 10 hours. At my age of 86 and with slight dementia he thought the operations could make my dementia much worse. He ordered a brace for my back, physical therapy, and pain therapy. I agree with his assessment and it was very much appreciated.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

I absolutely believe the Cleveland Clinic is Weston Fl is the place to go everyone from making appt to seeing Dr is perfect!

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

Dr Choi had done surgery on my back 8 months prior to this visit he did an X-ray right away & explained to me about getting an mri & other testis & treatment conservatively

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Dr hoon is a very caring doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2023

Dr. Choi was extremely courteous and allowed ample time for questions. His answers were clear and comprehensive. My experience could not have been better.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

He was was knowledgeable, answered all my questions . I left feeling that I went to the right doctor.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

We were in and out very fast.The doctorWas excellent. I thought he was very professional

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Dr Choi spoke to me Dr to Dr. I appreciate the respect.

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

I am currently recommending Dr Choi to a friend with similar issues.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Dr Choi was very courteous, patient and understanding and very experienced in his field, explained condition very well

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

My visit with Dr. Choi was excellent. He saw me exactly on time, answered many of my questions and gave me treatment options. I only wish I could have booked two appointments back-to-back to have more time to ask questions, but I will try using the app to message the rest.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Dr Hoon Choi was extremely professional, and called me twice to inform me concerning the upcoming surgery.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

This applies to getting the doctor I selected, and my interaction with him

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

I love Dr. Choi, he explain everything in very little detail.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

I have received excellent care from Dr Choi and his staff. Everyone at Cleveland Clinic has been most helpful.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Nothing but the best things to say about Dr Choi, his staff, Cleveland Clinic-all most impressive. Have already recommended.

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Have recommended Cleveland Clinic, Dr Choi, to others,

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

I had a very good experience. I was treated with respect and the doctor was very professional and considerate of my comments concerning my condition.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

The doctor was professional; he listened to me and asked my opinions about my care. He also asked my husband who accompanied me if he had any questions or comments. he answered my questions and was considerate of my feelings about impending major surgery.

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2022

Dr. Choi took me into examination room because I arrived early; excellent communicator.

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

Dr. Choi is excellent physician who spent enough time and explained treatment options well.

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022


Reviewed on Nov 7, 2022

My experience with Dr. Choi was great he explained to me and my family everything that needed to be done in order fix my problem and also giving myself and family to decide what is best am grateful was the services he has render.yea I would definitely recommend Dr.Choi

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

Dr. Choi's staff need training!

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2022

Found Dr. Choi to be excellent he made my appointment well woth the tripnand put my mind at ease

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

The doctor took the time to explain everything and answer questions

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