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Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Arthritic Knee Conditions
  • Back and Neck Pain Treatment
  • Concussion Evaluation and Testing
  • Electromyography
  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Facet Median Nerve Branch Block
  • Fitness
  • Fitness And Nutrition As Part Of The Orthopaedic Treatment Plan
  • Fracture Care
  • General Neurology
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Interventional Spine Procedures
  • Joint Injections
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender( LGBT Health)
  • Medical Management Of Spinal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Neurology
  • Peripheral Joint Injections
  • Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Rotator Cuff Pathology
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
View all 26 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aging Spine
  • Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Back Pain in Athletes
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Deconditioning
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Facet Arthropathy
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Foot & Toe Pain
  • Gait Dysfunction
  • Headaches
  • Heel Spurs
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Pain
  • Ischial Tuberosity
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Kyphosis
  • Leg Pain
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Movement Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Neurologic Conditions
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Pediatric Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sacroilitis
  • Scheurmann's Kyphosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spine Wellness
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondyloarthopathy
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic Nerve Palsy
  • Whiplash
View all 58 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Mid Atlantic Pain Institute
Intervention Spine Technique & Pain Management
Newark, DE USA

Residency - Temple University Hospital
Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation
Philadelphia, PA USA

Internship - U.S. Air Force Medical Center-Keesler AFB
Internal Medicine
Keesler AFB, MS USA

Medical Education - UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School New Brunswick, NJ
New Brunswick, NJ USA

Undergraduate - Montclair State College
Upper Montclair, NJ USA


  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Pain Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Sports Medicine

Specialty Interests

Adult and adolescent scoliosis, deformities, degenerative, disc herniation, nonsurgical orthopedics, osteoporosis and spine fractures, spinal stenosis, sports medicine and sports injuries, trauma, treatment of complex spine pathologies

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for J. O'Connell, MD.

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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 4/1/2019, Dr. O'Connell 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

346 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.7
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

63 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

Dr. O'Connell was very professional

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

took me a month to see this doctor who didn't even help me

Reviewed on May 3, 2021

there was no video visit staff only the Dr which is fine

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2021

My visit with Dr. O'Connell put me entirely at ease. I felt that he had a high degree of expertise and experience which made me feel comfortable. He gave me a sound plan of care, including referral to a provider nearer my home so I don't have to drive so far for care. He is a very kind person too.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

Never saw Dr John O'Connell. after a 30 minute wait an associates saw me. Asked a few questions, asked me to touch my toes and gave me a prescription & a return appt for a month!

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2021

The Care Provider explained to me clearly and made me feel confident

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2021

This doctor is 100 times better than his counterpart. She is very rude and I switched to O'Connell due to her inability to have a heart.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Dr O'Connell is a very compassionate individual and caring.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

I always recommend Cleveland Clinic doctors because of their professional and knowledgeable Doctors as well as the respect given to the patients from the staff,

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

Dr O'Connell is a caring and proficient doctor. I would highly recommend him.

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2021

He LISTENS before giving an evaluation. Treatment is slow because Cleveland Clinic rations time to use special equipment needed to help the patient. Dr. O'Connell is an asset to Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

My experience has been very good. On occasion I think we have to wait to long to see the doctor.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

The staff was pleasant and professional. Dr o'Connell and his nurse were awesome. knowledgeable, pleasant and great beside manners.

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2021

Dr. O'Connell was awesome. knowledgeable, considerate and great bedside manners.

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2021

excellent dr.explain everything

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

Dr O'Connell is the best Dr ever ! he explains everything very thoroughly and asks if you have questions to make sure you understand. he shows the images on the computer and explains exactly what he's looking at and the function of body parts. One of the best drs at Cleveland Clinic !

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

The doctor is very professional and caring. But since my problem was being redirected to orthopedic. I was being brushed off with a referral to physical therapy. Which did not make sense if my prognosis was great.

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

the Dr was very explicit and easy to understand as far as instructions for treatment, as well as thorough in getting to know my condition...

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2021

Awesome Doctor

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2021

I was happy with the care provided by the doctor!

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

intelligent doctor who I highly recommend

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2021

Excellent doctor & staff

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Dr O'Connell was great!!

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

good experience and good doctor

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

100% would recommend Dr. O'Connell to anybody with back problems like mine.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2021

worse doctor I have even been to he went straight to a medical procedure instead of offering other opinions. I have extremely disappointed in doctors I have seen at the clinic in the last 2 yrs. the only department I will is is physical therapy they are wonderful. I found a doctor that want to treat me symptoms not go to a medical procedure first visit

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2021

Dr. O'Connell is a caring, knowledgeable and very fine Physician

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2021

he is a fantastic doctor. very kind and a gentleman. this was my second visit and I am sure I will be seeing him again. he is wonderful.

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

very professional and knowledgeable and pleasant doctor

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

Excellent dr visit!!! Very thorough on all aspects of my visit in an effort diagnose and provide solutions for the problem I am having with my back. Totally 1st class service.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Dr. O'Connell was great. His nurse, Heidi, I believe was very sweet. Emilia helped me when I was done with my procedure and she was lovely.

Reviewed on Dec 16, 2020

Dr O'Connell impressed me , not only his knowledge, but also with the time he spent with me to answer all my questions. Many times, a visit to a doctor can be very quick- some less than 15 minutes. This was not the case during my visit with Dr.O' Connell. Excellent!

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2020

impressed that Dr personally answered email non- urgent questions. Not so with other providers

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2020

Provider as in prior procedures was very efficient and proficient... dealt with me as informed physician that I sometimes am!

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

I have been seeing Dr O'Connell for at least 5 years. He is highly knowledgeable and helpful.

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

Dr O'Connell and his staff are the best. I have been seeing him for many many years and I have sent many friends to see him

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

I have never had a bad experience with Dr. O'Connell or the the Team. They have always been Master Class. They are very professional and compassionate when it comes to care. Given the care and treatment I have consistently received over the years, I will not got to anyone else for treatment of my back and spine issues.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

very good listener and explains love my doctor.

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020

Dr O was willing to answer questions in detail and accept some of my recommendations

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Dr OConnell is extremely caring

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

excellent experience. Doctor and staff are terrific

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2020

Dr O'Connell was great! Caring and spent time. I would definitely recommend

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Great Dr.

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

This is the kindest Dr .I went to him before and was pleased that I had him again.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

I know my dr a long time and doctor and nurse r very good and very attentive tying to help me.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

It was my first visit to be examined by a doctor for my current health problem. I felt fortunate that the doctor is my care provider. He made me feel comfortable to discuss my health problem. I had the excellent communication.

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2020

The hospital, staff, nurse and doctor, provided a high quality of patient care.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

I was amazed at Dr. O'Connell's openness and candor. He went through the different slices of the MRI step by step. His explanations and observations were a relief to hear. Knowing that I have a fantastic opportunity with the spinal injection to get back to rehabbing my knee and more importantly my life!

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Doctor is very professional with a personality that engaged me. EXplain the why for the testing ordered.

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2020

Dr. O'Connell is excellent.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

This was such an easy appointment from scheduling to the actual appointment. Everyone was very courteous and Dr. O'Connell was thorough and quick, but was very interested in any questions and concerns I may have had and did not rush through the appointment.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

It went smoothly and I feel that the doctor gave me an honest response to my problem. Also he referred me to the proper doctor.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

Very comprehensive physician who listens-very important!

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

loved the doc smart listened to me allayed my fears

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

Dr. O'Connell seemed very rushed... , and I felt dismissed.

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2020

I waited 40 minutes for Dr O'Connor and had to leave. I came back 20 minutes later and saw Dr O'Connor shortly thereafter. He said being so late was typical. I find that to be poor time management by someone.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

I was told initially by the operator that answered the phone the Dr. O'Connell performed the MILD procedure developed at the Ohio Cleveland Clinic. When I met Dr. O'Connell at my appointment, his nurse and the Dr. told me they did not. They also wanted to know who gave me that information, and I told them. I was disappointing, but Dr. O'Connell was helpful in his evaluation of my condition, and referred me to some other neurosurgeons who could help. That was the end of our discussion. I live in Naples, so it was a long trip, for a disappointing appointment, which was not Dr. O'Connell's fault.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Dr. was very nice and. even though I felt he might be rushing though thi?gs a little to fast; he was explaining issues and giving me possible solutions. Even though I have heard them before and was looking for more I really like the doctor and would go back to him before anyone else.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Dr. O'Connell is truly an amazing physician. He is the best doctor in the Neurology department that I've encountered. He is patient, caring and listens to your concerns. I have never had a bad experience.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Dr. John O'Connell looked disheveled, had "no bedside manner", and did not provide a level of comfort. When he walked in, he stood leaning against the door to address me. Regarding my exam/eval, in fairness he did not receive my required "MRI Imaging disk" and was only able to read NCH Hospital's report which he said was subject to interpretation. He did a minimal neuro eval. which I thought was inadequate. He had me walk, and also stand on my toes and heels with my heeled slide shoes (!). I finally asked if I could take off my shoes for a proper exam which he did. He also let me know the exam "was over" by opening the doorway to signal it was time for me to leave. I will not return to Dr. O'Connell nor travel the 1 1/2 hours from Naples to the Cleveland Clinic for the expertise I was looking for and had been recommended by my Naples primary care physician. I had updated my PCP and he agreed the exam was subpar and recommended I not return.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

Of all the doctors I have dalt with at the CLinic, D. O'Connell and his staff are the all facets.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Top tier physician.

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

it was fast and very good. dr O'Connell is a very professional and nice doctor

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