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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

Graduate School - Marquette University/Medical College of Wisconsin
Biomedical Engineering
Milwaukee, WI United States

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 12/27/2023, 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

180 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 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.5

37 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2024

Dr. Choi changed my life from poor to great. The man is a genius.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2024

Dr Choi was easy to talk with. He explained everything about the surgery and answered all my questions. We went through my MRI videos Showing me how My back pain is Caused and his course of treatment

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Dr. Choi is always professional, patient and personable!

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

He's great!

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Yasheba was a great help in communicating with Dr Choi, also in setting everything up and helping to schedule all my related appointments.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2023

Dr. Choi gives is patient and responsive to my concerns. He gives the confidence that I am in excellent hands.

Reviewed on Dec 12, 2023

Dr. Choi found issues that weren't reported on my MRI. EXCELLENT CLINICIAN

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr. Choi was excellent. If in the future I need surgery, I will have Dr. Choi as my surgeon.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

I have already recommended a family member to see Dr. Choi

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

My appointment with Dr. Hoon Choi was very informative. He took time to review MRI'S and to listen to my history of issues.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr Choi was a fabulous Dr and took the time to explain everything to me!

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Dr Choi is very knowledgeable, confident, pleasant, understanding and easy to communicate with I am so happy to have him as my doctor and I feel blessed

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2023

Dr Choi was amazing! He explained everything and I felt very confident that he was going to do the operation.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Exceeded my expectations in all aspects. Truly impressed. Far more friendly, organized and professional as compared to my experiences at Memorial and other hospitals.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Dr. Hoon, and Dr. K. Forgot his name was excellent very thorough. They took the time to explain every thing.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Excellent visit with Dr. Hoon and his team

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Fabulous doctor

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Dr Choi and Dr Kozan are wonderful surgeons. They have a very comforting manner. I appreciate them

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2023

The doctor is very good

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2023

Excellent doctors thank you very much. Thanks *Dr. Hoon Choi definitely the best neuro surgeon that I have known during 4 years. God bless them.

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

I just love Dr.Choi!! He's just such an amazing Neurosurgeon and extremely knowledgeable at what he does!!! He explains things on a patients level and doesn't rush you! He is just so down to earth as easy to talk to. So easy going and has such a great personality. I'm having him do my level 3 Cervical fusion as I couldn't ask for a better neurosurgeon who is remarkable! I have such trust and confidence in him and I'm in great hands! You can also tell he truly cares about you and your situation. He's THE BEST!!!

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2023

I have recommended people to Dr Choi

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

This doctor and I have been through two surgeries. He is great to talk to, explains everything to me and I'm glad I chosehim.

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2023

Those are two of the best doctor I've met in a long time except for my primary care doctor. They are very courteous very nice very kind with empathy as if they're concerned about me as I should be reserved.

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!

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