Department Orthopaedic Surgery
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Children & Adolescents Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Adolescent Orthopaedics
  • Arthroscopy
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Deformity Correction
  • Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Non-union
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Surgery
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Trauma Treatment
View all 16 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • ACL Injury
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Broken Bones
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Club Feet
  • Congenital Clubfoot
  • Developmental Dislocation of the Hip
  • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
  • Flatfoot
  • Flatfoot in Children
  • Foot Deformities
  • Fractures
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Length Inequality
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Lower Extremity Deformity
  • Pediatric And Adolescent Hip Disorders
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Scoliosis
  • Pediatric Spine Tumors
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains
  • Stress Fractures
View all 34 Specialties +


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About David Gurd, MD

David P. Gurd, MD is the Head of Pediatric Spinal DeformitySurgery and the Medical Director for Supply Chain Management at Cleveland Clinic.  He completed his undergraduate studies atMiami University (Ohio), received his medical degree from The Ohio StateUniversity, completed orthopaedic surgery residency training at ClevelandClinic and subspecialty fellowship training in pediatric orthopaedics at theTexas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas.  Dr. Gurdjoined the staff at Cleveland Clinic in 2007.

Dr. Gurd’s main interests include scoliosis and spinedeformity to include congenital conditions, infantile scoliosis, kyphosis andspondylolisthesis.  He also enjoys working with pediatric trauma,lower-extremity deformity and children’s hip conditions including hipdysplasia.  He has specialized training in the fields of osteotomy for significantspine deformity and preservation of the hip joint in adolescents.

The majority of Dr. Gurd’s practice is focused on patientcare; however, he is also very active with Cleveland Clinic’s Supply ChainManagement and assessing the newest innovations in surgical care.  Dr.Gurd is currently engaged in research being conducted to improve recovery afterscoliosis surgery to increase patient mobility, function, and paincontrol.  In addition, he is working on a new modality to improve the easeof pedicle screw placement for the surgeon and enhance patient safety whenundergoing spine surgery.

 For an appointment with Dr. David Gurd, please call 216.444.2606.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Pediatric Orthopaedics
Dallas, TX USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Columbus, OH USA

Undergraduate - Miami University
Oxford, OH USA

Additional Training

  • Innovative techniques for the hip, specifically surgical dislocation of the hip and the Ganz osteotomy of the hip.
  • Innovative techniques for significant spine deformity including multiple types of osteotomies for spinal realignment.


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Interests

Pediatric and adolescent orthopaedics, scoliosis and spine deformity, hip disorders, lower extremity deformity, trauma scoliosis and spine deformity, developmental dysplasia of the hip, pediatric and adolescent orthopaedics, lower extremity deformity, pediatric and adolescent hip disorders, pediatric orthopaedic surgery, pediatric trauma club feet and deformity correction, developmental dysplasia of the hip, general pediatric orthopaedics, lower extremity deformity, pediatric and adolescent hip disorders, pediatric and adolescent orthopaedics, pediatric orthopaedic surgery, pediatric orthopaedics, pediatric trauma, scoliosis, trauma

Awards & Honors

  • 2012 Orthopaedic Teacher of the Year
  • 2011 Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award
  • Multiple times voted into Best Doctors of Cleveland

Innovations & Patents

  • Working on a new modality to improve the ease and safety of pedicle screw placement for spine deformity.
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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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 4/7/2020, Dr. Gurd 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.

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

217 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
5 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 5
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 5
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

63 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2020

Dr. Gurd's care, patience and ability to connect with patient and family and clearly communicate diagnosis and treatment is exceptional! He is a wonderful doctor, whom we hold in high esteem.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2020

Dr Gurd was wonderful with my daughter. He explained things in a way that she would understand and made her feel very comfortable.

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Dr. Gurd was very personable, patient and showed compassion

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Dr. Gurd was great

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr. Gurd was simply wonderful! We've been at Akron Childrens with a Dr. for this issue for 10 years and he gave us so much more info. and input that all previous 10 years combined. Thank you!

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2020

Dr.Gurd and his resident were both respectful and informative. Both were so kind to my daughter!

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Dr. Gurd is Top Notch, always takes the time to listen, discuss, and offer options.

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

My son is special needs, it has always impressed me that Dr Gurd addresses him as a person and touches him with a pat on back and looks him in the eye. Most providers do not do that. I love his bedside manner! He goes above and beyond and we always feel well taken care of. A true asset to your organization!

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

We love seeing Dr. Gurd. Dr. Gurd has been seeing my daughter since she was a couple of days old.

Reviewed on May 8, 2020

The staff and Dr. we're very informative and nice about the process of the surgery and answered questions and addressed all our concerns

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2020

Great visit, Dr. Gurd is awesome!

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020

Dr. Gurd does a great job building rapport with the child and informing of next steps.

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2020

Was relieved that during this hectic time in our lives I was able to see a doctor and be advised how to handle my daughters injury. Dr. Gurd and his staff couldn't have been more pleasant and helpful. Dr Gurd is so easy to talk to and explained all options. Will definitely go back to him if needed ( hopefully not) will recommend Dr Gurd to others.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Dr. Gurd is an amazing doctor. great personality and really great at what he does! Really brings back the joy in life!

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

We appreciated the extra time Dr. Gurd gave us to answer our many questions.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Dr. Gurd is excellent! Professional and Caring!

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Absolutely loved Dr. Gurd!

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Dr. Gurd was so kind, so great with our daughter, provided her with a diagnosis and a plan for treatment.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Appreciate how timely Dr. Gurd is for his appointments. He is never late - and that's important.

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Dr. Gurd is the best! Such great bedside manners with my son. He's funny and calm. Just great!

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

thank you to the doctor for helping us and being really good with Matthew

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Dr. Gurd was amazing! He listened to and addressed all of our concerns and and helped find a solution with a boot instead of a cast for our very active toddler. THANK YOU!

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2020

Dr. Gurd is an amazing doctor that always treats my child with a caring and knowledgeable approach.

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

Great experience. Dr. Gurd is very professional that works great with the children. Is honestly concerned about the people he cares for. I have recommended him to my family.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2020

Dr. Gurd has great personality and made my son very comfortable.

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

*Dr. David Gurd is kind and listens to my problems and helps.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

*Dr. Gurd and his staff were wonderful. Highly recommend.

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

Dr. Gurd's bedside manner was excellent

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019

Dr. Gurd is an excellent orthopedic

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

*Dr. Gurd talks w/my daughter in an informative manor.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Dr. Gurd is awesome. What a valuable asset the Clinic has with him being there.

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

*Dr. Gurd is great! He always takes time to explain things!

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2019

Dr Gurd was an awesome Dr he made me and my son feel very confident in his visit

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Have never been treated any better than this with any doctor or facility.

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

great experience . Dr. Gurd has a wonderful bedside manner and was able to make my daughter feel like she matter. He was very thorough and caring.

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019

Dr. Gurd was amazing. Excellent bedside manner- he was so kind and caring towards my two year old daughter. Definitely made us both feel comfortable and explained his thoughts to me. When we left, I felt at ease. I would absolutely recommend him and use him again.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

amazing doctor. great with kids

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Dr. Gurd is awesome!

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

I was told by everyone who scheduled this appointment that Dr. Gurd was amazing and he did not disappoint. He was knowledgeable, had wonderful bedside manner with my son. I never felt rushed during the appointment.

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

He an amazing Doctor I would never change to any one else I trust him with my daughter Doctor Gurd is the best

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2019

Dr. Gurd is wonderful! He is great at listening and answers all questions and concerns with compassion. You can definitely tell Dr. Gurd cares about your situation and making it as good as possible.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

Dr. Gurd is an amazing doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

Dr. Gurd is one of the best doctors at the Clinic!

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

I had a great experience, I love Dr. Gurd

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr. Gurd and his staff are exceptional. I'm so glad we picked him to do our sons surgery.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr. Gurd was wonderful! His explanations were clear and his advice was easy for a 16 year old to follow. Really made a connection with my son. Great, easy going bedside manner.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr. Gurd is highly personable, treats the kids with care, enthusiasm and takes the time to listen and address any questions and concerns.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr Gurd goes above and beyond and is excellent with his patients. He listens, cares and explains.

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

*Dr. Gurd was wonderful! He will always have our highest recommendation to our family, friends & co-workers!

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

The whole process was easy! Staff and *Dr. Gurd were amazing!

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

Amazing experience. the care was great. Dr. Gurd truly cares about my son and his well being.

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2019

will recommend Dr. Gurd to anyone who needs to see an orthopedic specialist.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

I cannot speak highly enough about Dr. Gurd. He is hands down the best!

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

dr gurd is a favorite in our family. jokes with our child, makes a real connection.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2019

Dr Gurd is an excellent doctor and amazing person.

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

Dr Gurd was so kind and compassionate. he really listened to my daughter and gave her good feedback.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

We love *Dr. Gurd! He explains things in a way that my child understands and she loves how funny he is.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

Dr. Gurd has an amazing bedside manner. He is able to make my son laugh at the uncomfortable questions and answer them honestly, be serious about his medical condition, he listens when spoken to and feels respected by Dr. Gurd. Really, our experience with Dr. Gurd has been a blessing. Thank you.

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2019

Dr. Gurd and his staff are like finding a needle in a haystack

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Dr. Gurd talks with the patient to make them comfortable rather than talking "through the parent." As a result, my daughter trusts him and feels a part of her care decision.

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Dr. Gurd was awesome. He was down to earth, friendly and provided excellent care. My son loved him!!!

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Dr. Gurd is always empathetic, interested, funny. His generous spirit is always present, whether with us or our child.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2019

Dr. Gurd is excellent. His demeanor and clarity explaining the injury was very helpful. he is tremendous with kids and makes families very comfortable. He is an excellent asset to the clinic.

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