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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
  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopy
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Deformity Correction
  • Department of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Surgery
  • Infection Control
  • Infection Prevention
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Patello-femoral Knee Surgery
  • Pediatric Hip Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery Foot and Ankle
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Trauma Treatment
View all 26 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Achilles Tendon Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury
  • Athletic Knee Injury
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Club Feet
  • Congenital Clubfoot
  • Developmental Dislocation of the Hip
  • Flatfoot
  • Flatfoot in Children
  • Foot Deformities
  • Fracture Nonunion
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Knee Cartilage Injury
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Problems
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Length Inequality
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Lower Extremity Deformity
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Muscle Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries in Athletes
  • Orthopaedic Injuries
  • Overuse Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Pediatric and Adolescent Hip Disorders
  • Pediatric Infections
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Knee Injuries
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Pediatric Scoliosis
  • Pediatric Spine Tumors
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Injuries in Baseball
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains
  • Stress Fractures
View all 45 Specialties +


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About David Gurd, MD

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

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

The majority of Dr. Gurd's practice is focused on patient care; however, he is also very active with Cleveland Clinic's Supply Chain Management and assessing the newest innovations in surgical care. Dr. Gurd is currently engaged in research being conducted to improve recovery after scoliosis surgery to increase patient mobility, function, and pain control. In addition, he is working on a new modality to improve the ease of pedicle screw placement for the surgeon and enhance patient safety when undergoing 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

See publications for David Gurd, MD.

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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 4/6/2023, 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

258 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
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.2
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

60 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2024

There should be an option for excellent for Dr Gurd, he exceeds very good in all areas. I'm so thankful that my daughter has him as her surgeon.

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024

Dr. Gurd is the best!

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024

Dr. Gurd's admin, Liz, is absolutely wonderful! She is friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2024

Dr. Gurd has a gift to connect with both his patient and parents. He is a great communicator and provides excellent treatment. We are so grateful to have him!

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2024

He was so nice and was very interacting with my daughter! He explained things very well and made her feel comfortable! He asked her what she would like, instead of just making the decision.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Dr. Gurd has been wonderful up till this visit. When i showed a concern and he said lets focus on stretching and not on something we don't want to to _____ on etc. I still have some concern

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

The staff was very pleasant to deal with. And Dr. Gurd is a wonderful doctor. My daughter just loves him. He is very caring and listens to his patients.

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2024

Parent didn't have time to ask questions from the Dr. The Dr was in rush and didn't ask if the parents had any questions.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2024

My kids has the best doctor ever since they were born. Dr. Kimberly Guilano. My kids absolutely adore her as well as myself.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2024

Dr. G was nothing short of AMAZING! He was so very kind and extra gentle with my autistic daughter. He spoke to her rather than me and asked before he touched her foot, etc. He took the time to allow her to warm up and it paid off! He took my concerns into consideration and respected my opinion as her mother. His resident Joseph was amazing as well. The two worked seamlessly, efficiently and got us cared for and on our way. Not every visit is easy with special needs being involved but this one truly brightened our spirits and our day! THANK YOU DR. G!!

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr Gurd was amazing. Very engaging and built a quick rapport with my son.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2024

Dr gave Nathan stretches to perform and was very encouraging.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Couldn't wish for a better doctor. Very professional works great with kids. Make you feel so welcome there.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr. Gurd always listens and spends time to answer questions.

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2024

Dr Gurd is an excellent doctor who is passionate, caring person with amazing bedside manners. He has helped us a lot. He was the one that fixed my daughter elbow and make sure she was back to normal activities. He is simply the best. Easy to talk to, explains everything well and takes time if you have any questions and concerns. Very satisfied with doctor Gurd.

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2024

Dr.Gurd is a excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

I needed a second opinion on my son's condition, and I couldn't be happier with my choice in Dr Gurd. He is respectful, kind and caring. He explains extremely well. He made our unfortunate situation more comfortable. I could not be more thankful for him and his team.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr. Gurd was amazing. He connected with Liam and listened to him. He also went through options and didn't make me feel guilty for not choosing an MRI (because of cost) earlier.

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2023

Dr Gurd was very attentive, informative and made the visit relaxing for my daughter.

Reviewed on Dec 5, 2023

Dr Gurd and his resident were amazing !!! Dr Gurd had an amazing bed side manner. My 15 year old daughter was so impressed Made the visit fun but learned how to get her back better.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

We adore Dr. Gurd. He is Great

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Dr Gurd is amazing. We love him. It's obvious that he really cares about his patients.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2023

Dr Gurd is amazing

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2023

Great hospital, great doctor's

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

Doctor did a great job with my son and got us in on very short notice. We were leaving for a cruise after my son dislocated his elbow and again the doctor accommodated the appointment and needed care so that we could take our cruise, which we really appreciate! Thanks!

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2023

The doctor and resident did a really good job of working with our daughter and coming up with a treatment plan.

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2023

Dr. Gurd is an amazing clinician and human being. He was a great doctor. Would recommend 1000x

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2023

Dr. Gurd is great. Listens to concerns and makes sure all questions are asked before leaving

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2023

Very good service and the workers and the doctors are caring nice and very professional I'm pleased with the service

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2023

Doctor Gurd is such a pleasure to see as well as Liz she loves to come see my son personally every time. I know my son is in good hands.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2023

Dr. Gurd was so kind, thorough and informative!

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2023

Such a great team! The MA, RN, PA and doctor have an awesome workflow.

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2023

David was very caring and listened to my daughter and her issues and communicated in a manner that my daughter understood. Truly a great patient/parent experience with David.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

The staff that works with Dr. Gurd is outstanding.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

My daughter loves Dr. Gurd. He remembers little personal thing she says to him and he always questions her about them when she has an appointment. The man is always smiling which bring your sprit up. Great doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

My son was injured in a sports related incident. The doctor acknowledged our concern for making sure he was healthy but also wanting to make sure he could race again. He seemed to understand what was important to our family. We are more likely to follow his advice based on his understanding of what was important to us. If he had been dismissive and judgmental, we'd probably have been dismissive of his advice. We would highly recommend, especially for sports parents.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2023

Dr. Gurd is always encouraging. He helps both our 15 year old son and mom feel included in the conversation and plan of care.

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Dr Gurd is so far one of the best doctors I have had. His bedside manners are exceptional. He knows how to communicate with parents and patients as young as my daughter (5 years old). He is professional, smart, and funny. His positive attitude and excellent skills makes him a wonderful doctor. Very much recommended!

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2023

Great experience. Everyone is nice and very helpful. But dr Gurd is the one whom I will always be thankful for. His experience and expertise, bedside manners and communication skills are exceptional.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023

I've known the Gurd family for decades and David is carrying on the excellent tradition that his family (physicians & above average citizens) have always demonstrated.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Gurd is wonderful. He put my son at ease and explained everything.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr Gurd is always so nice and caring!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2023

Dr. Gurd is amazing! He was kind to my son and explained my son's injury and plan of action to heal.

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2023

Dr Gurd is the most spectacular Doctor that I have ever taken my kids to. He is knowledgeable and explains things to my kids and makes sure that they understand. Also, hes hilarious.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2023

Great Doctor! He made the appointment fun for Joey.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

Dr. Gurd was absolutely amazing! He and his resident made my nervous child feel very relaxed and comfortable. Both of them listened to my concerns as a parent, and together we formulated a treatment plan. All of the staff we encountered in his office were just as great! Thank you for being so wonderful!

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

The personality on Dr. Gurd is OUTSTANDING!!!! My only issue was him getting ahead of himself thinking he new exactly what the issue was, what she needed and was about to leave without getting to hear my daughter's full story as to what could have been the bottom line/main cause of her pain, which is a structural issue...not just neck pain from poor posture as he jumped to that as a conclusion.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2023

Dr Gurd did a great job interacting with my teenage son. He was also great at answering my questions. He was running late but I did not feel rushed at our appointment and he answered all of my questions and spent a good deal of time with us.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Gurd was fantastic with my child. He took time to make her feel comfortable before examining her. He was truly meant for this role. Awesome experience.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2023

Dr. Gurd was amazing with my son. He was very approachable and told jokes to make my son at ease. My son had mentioned how he wondered what his x-rays looked like and Dr. Gurd stopped everything and said "Well then lets take a look!" then proceeded to pull up his chart, displayed the x-rays, and describe everything in detail that they showed to my son. He took his time and worked on an care plan with my son - which left my son feeling like he was in control of his healing. I will absolutely recommend Dr. Gurd to anyone that is looking for a peds orthopedist.

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2023

Dr. Gurd is always pleasant and go over and beyond for the concern and care of my twins!!!

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

We love Dr Gurd!

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2023

Dr. Gurd was amazing. His beside manor was so great with my 7 year old. He drew pictures for us. He explained everything so my son understood. One of the best doctors we've seen to date.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2023

We loved Dr. Gurd!

Reviewed on Jul 7, 2023

Dr Gurd and his staff are always great

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2023

Dr Guard is always informative and easy to talk with about any concerns.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2023

Dr. Gurd is an amazing doctor and we would highly recommend him!! He truly cares about his patients.

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

Dr Gurd is AMAZING!!!! So good with kids and their family. Very explanatory in simple terms and not medical terms. Super nice and funny!!

Reviewed on May 30, 2023

Great follow up visit - we had a lot of questions and Dr. Gurd was very patient in going through all of them.

Reviewed on May 24, 2023

Dr was great speaking on my sons level so he would understand risks/healing of his injury.

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