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.

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* 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

221 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 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 4.5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

63 Patient Comments

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 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 13, 2019

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

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

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 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 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.

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