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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

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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

352 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
4.6 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.5

76 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

The Dr was figity looked unkempt hair greasy long in her face She played with it throughout visit Seemed nervous or distracted,, looked very unprofessional,, Looked away. Very odd encounter. And results ? Would never recommend. As a nurse. Not pleased with visit. Drove Long way to be greatly disappointed,

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Dr. seem to be extremely knowledgeable about my problem and truly concerned

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Dr was really nice

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

I had an excellent experience with Dr O'Connell and the supporting staff. The appointment ran smoothly and efficiently. Dr O'Connell was able to diagnose my condition easily and reccomended treatment. I am coming back next week for a MRI and am very pleased with my experience. Thank you!

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Dr. O Connell used the MRI imaging to show me where he saw some defect and where he would target the injection.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Dr. O'Connell was vey patient. He explained the pros and cons of the procedure. He walked me step by step of what to expect during the Procedure. It has been about 3 weeks and I continue to feel great so much so that I have recommended friends to him. Thank you Dr O'Connell for making my life pain free.

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

Dr. O'Connell gave me excellent care.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2021

Dr and team made me feel comfortable and respected. Having doctor talk me through the process was very calming.

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2021

Dr Oconnell is great. Always very attentive and is a great listener.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

I would definitely recommend Dr O'Connell to others and I look forward to my next visit.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2021

I am satisfied with the care that Dr OConnell provided.I would recommend him given the opportunity.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Dr O'Connell is the best.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2021

Appointments are a long way out. There's now way you can follow up with your Doctors time frame. It's many weeks or months ahead.

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

My Doctor was awesomely supportive, kind and considerate.

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

Always excellent phone service to make appointment I jut had to wait a while before I could get in to see the doctor but it's pretty standard at CC that you have to wait 30-60 days before you can get in to see anyone

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2021

The doctor was very kind he listened and he took time to explain everything to me! I would definitely recommend him

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

My was made through Melanie in Chronic Care. She said Dr O'Connell had a cancellation.The dr did not return my call on Friday, therefore I was In terrible pain for the holiday weekend.

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Dr also appeared in a hurry. He did not inquire exactly where I hurt. He scheduled an MRI and Xrays and we would review them together after they were read. My next appointment was scheduled for October.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

My condition was painful and this was understood by the doctor and his staff which satisfied me that the seriousness was appreciated.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Dr. O'Connell has been my neurologist for some time so I am accustomed to his care and concern for me as a patient. This was seen again during this period.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Concerning the contacting question. I have seen Dr. O'Connell several times over the years but not for 4-5 years. He was no longer on my list of doctors to message in My Chart so I had to call. The person I spoke with was excellent though.

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

The Doc is one of the coolest doctors I've had the pleasure of visiting with. He's pleasant, honest, precise and concise, and answers all my questions.

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

Dr has poor bedside manner ,He was very short

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2021

As always great experience with Cleveland clinic. Dr O'Connell was very helpful, knowledgeable, and prompt.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2021

I just relocated with my work to the US from the UK. I have been dealing with my issue for over 14 years. Yet, carer was not really interested in the care I was provided in the UK, did not care about the atrocious pain I was in, did not care about prior treatment and tried to get me to go back to the baby steps I went through 14 years ago. Extremely frustrating and disappointing. Happy that my company will guide me now to find the right doctor for my issue

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Doctor took his time to explain the results in full details just not the report but the CD. Excellent physician a courteous

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2021

Very courteous take her time to listen and explained not just the written report but the CD. Excellent physician

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Great doctor

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Oconnell was very good

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2021

Dr O'connel is the perfect example of a caring, compassionate physician. He sat down and discussed my issues and options for care and then immediately did treatments to alleviate my pain. He is the best and I have referred more than 10 friends to see him with sports related injuries and they all had positive interactions and were helped by him. He has also cared for my wife and son. I trust him with my entire family. I wish all doctors were as kind and caring as John O'connel

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2021

Dr.Connell, was awesome, professional and extremely informative. He explained every step prior to performing it. He is doctor with great bedside mannerisms.

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

I think my care provider is great! He listens to me and explains the best options.

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2021

Dr. O'Connell waa so through and easily to speak to. I wait al long time to get a new patient appt But Dr was sure worth the wait.

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

Dr O Connell makes me feel comfortable and explained what he could do to lessen my pain. He indicated that it was up to me to make a decision. Very professional.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

personable and understanding, Dr. O'Connell explained the process and expected results

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

excellent!! nurses and Dr were both outstanding!

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2021

Dr O'Connell is the best!!

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2021

I've already recommended others

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

Dr. O'Connell and all the staff at Cleveland Clinic are always professional and respectful, continually providing exceptional care.

Reviewed on May 27, 2021

doctor & staff very courteous

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

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