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 5/14/2019, 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

196 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
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 5

46 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Jul 5, 2019

dr gurd very great bedside manner. and excellent medically. very reassuring and trust his diagnoses and recommendations

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019

he is an excellent dr. we chose him from a recommendation and would highly recommend him to others

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019

We love Dr. Gurd, he is very compassionate and caring and is very easy to talk to. He answers all of our questions and does not make us feel comfortable. He also takes his time and we have never felt like he is in a rush.

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2019

this doctor was amazing ! he had a wonderful attitude and a very friendly disposition ! I really like him !

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Dr. Gurd is an expert in his field and we value his opinion and advice he gives on our daughter. He always takes the time all of our questions are answered and makes sure everything he has covered has been explained! I am grateful he is my daughter's doctor! Thanks Dr. Gurd!!!!

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Dr. Gurd is one of the best physicians in the world!! He honestly made us feel like our son was his own child. His genuine care and concern far exceeded our expectations!!

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Nurses and doctors are very understanding and patient. They take time to explain everything to the patient and their family.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

Dr. Gurd was an excellent communicator with my son- a concerned athlete. He was patient and kind.

Reviewed on May 17, 2019

We have been taking our children to Dr. Gurd for years now. He has performed 2 surgeries on our daughter. We could not be any happier with the outcomes and for the care he has given to both our children. We feel very fortunate to have such an amazing doctor. It isn't often that you find a phenomenal surgeon with such an excellent bedside manner. We love him!

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

*Dr. Gurd is world class! He is an amazing human, and a great doc!

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Dr Gurd has a way of explaining things so even I can understand what's going on with my daughter

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr. Gurd is the best Doctor every! Thank You for your services to my child.

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2019

Dr. Gurd has now treated (3) of my children. He is the best. His bed side manner with these kids is outstanding. He always has a smile on his face and makes certain kids are always comfortable and his caring is incredible. I can't say enough about him your lucky to have him and your so priviledged to have a doctor like that for the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr. Gurd is a awesome doctor. He is professional and treats our children with care. We recommend him always.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr Gurd always makes the patient comfortable

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr. Gurd was excellent, he put my grandson at ease.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2019

Dr. Gurd is always very kind and caring towards our daughter.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2019

We saw Dr. Gurd for my daughter's broken finger. She was devasted as she plays basketball and has big games coming up. Dr. Gurd was so compassionate and kind to my daughter. He spoke with her about basketball and laid out a detailed plan specific for her. He was empathetic. We both knew he made the best decisions for her as if it was his own child. Words cannot express how wonderful our experience was.

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2019

Dr. Gurd was wonderful. Kind, personable, thorough, on time. I'm so appreciative for his care.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019

Dr Gurd is the best! Wonderful with my teenage daughter, so knowledgeable and always has a plan. There is no one else we would go to.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019

We were extremely happy with our whole experience with *Dr. Gurd and the facility.

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019

Dr Gurd does a great job talking with my son and also answering my questions and explaining medical terms so I understand.

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2019

I appreciate that Dr. Gurd spoke directly to my son. He also asked him questions to get to know him as a person.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019

Dr. Gurd is our all time favorite doctor! He has it all - knowledge, great people skills and steady hands when operating!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019

Dr Gurd is very nice, knowledgeable and professional.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019

Dr. Gurd and his staff were excellent.

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2019

Dr Gurd is a fabulous physician and he is very concerned and interested in giving his patients the best care.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2018

Dr Gurd is awesome with patients!

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

I love Dr. Gurd!!! Super awesome personality. Connected with my daughter and is very down to earth. If she ever gets hurt again, he is by far our #1 choice thank you.

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2018

Dr. Gurd and his nurse, Lis, are always so nice and friendly. I look forward to my post-op visits to see their smiling faces and will certainly recommend him to friends and family.

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

my daughter recently had spinal surgery performed by Dr. Gurd. I am in the medical profession and have delt with many doctors. All I can say is that Dr. Gurd is the very best. He takes time to explain things, answers questions, calms our fears and is truly cares about his patients. I have never had a doctor be so caring. He never makes you feel rushed. I trusted him with my child's life and had all the faith in the world in him. He is definitely an asset to the Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2018

*Dr. Gurd saved our daughter's future from deformity and disability and her potential longevity.

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2018

I don't mind driving to get the quality of care that Dr. Gurd provides. He proves to be in expert in his field and he's good with people too!

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018

Dr Gurd and his staff were wonderful!

Reviewed on Aug 28, 2018

He was a great doctor, as was his intern!! They were wonderful with my son!

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

I love Dr.Gurd and his team!! Cleveland Clinic pediatric orthopedic doctor is amazing in all ways!! Scheduling a appt was smooth and easy, the lady on the other end was sweet, generous, very helpful and answered all my questions!! I've never had a problem since my son had emergency surgery on his elbow almost 4 yrs ago there...From the second he he arrived there (he was transported from Fairview) the whole staff and doctors where amazing with him!! His nurses were outstanding!! Dr.Gurd took me in the hallway n explained to me what kind of break it was and every step he was going to do in surgery...Answered every question and concern I had!!

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2018

we were very very happy with this doctor. We couldn't have asked for a better doctor. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2018

Dr. Gurd is a major asset to your company! Hands down the BEST

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

I love the friendness of this office, more importantly the concern and care the provider and staff have for the families. EXCELLENT CARE PROVIDER & STAFF!!!

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

My provider was very concern of my child over all healthcare.

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

Always the best experience with Dr. Gurd. He's wonderful with my daughters, he has a direct rapport with them. As well, he's thoughtful and patient with me. more than anything he's empathetic and he shows it. We are so grateful to him for the care he's given our family over these many years.

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2018

Dr. Gurd was absolutely amazing! My son said "he was the best doctor he has ever met". He talked to and joked around with my son and made him feel so comfortable. He explained everything to him in a way he would understand.

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