Department Center for Spine Health
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida - Weston
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 School - 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

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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 3/19/2018, 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

272 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
4.5 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.6
Knows Medical History 4.4
Time Spent with Patient 4.5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2018

Dr, O'Connell is such a pleasant doctor. easy to talk to, listens well. good experience.

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2018

Dr O'Connell listened to my concerns very carefully. He was very easy to talk to and he explained so that I could understand.

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2018

Dr O'connel and staff are terrific

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2018

Dr.oconell.not only a great Dr but a great compassion human being.he goes beyond

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2018

Excellent doctor and staff. Only negative is we live in West Palm Beach and have to drive over an hour to Weston to see certain specialists. We love Cleveland Clinic!

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2018

my appointment with Dr O'Connell was a consultation regarding years on back pain that I have experienced due to arthritis of the spine. I brought current MRI & X-ray records. He gave them a cursory review, asked about my symptoms and interventions I have used. Je fdid a quick exam . He was very clear, concise & and succinct in he recommendation for treatment which was PT. No manic wand treatmeant but not surprising from research I have read on my condition. Antoher Dr had recommended PRP. Dr O said no to that procedure. I agree. Many people suffer from what I have & unfortunately this is no real treatment other than PT.

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2018

Dr O'Connell is a very nice and relaxed physician. Very reassuring.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2018

Doctor did not tell me result of finding I later read diagnosisDid not make the connection for me as I was advised to see him not just an Orthopedic Doctor

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2018

We were so happy we were able to see the doctor quickly.

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2018

this was the second appointment I had with Dr. O'Connell. the initial appointment was to ascertain the type of treatment I would receive based on records sent to his departments' attention. The second was to receive treatment as previously discussed. Dr. O'Connell, his medical and registration staff were very professional and courteous.

Reviewed on May 23, 2018

the doctor was very cut and dry and really didn't budge on how he wanted to treat me. he also put something on my chart and never mentioned it to me personally, but I read it after.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2018

The Dr was as cold as a fish. No compassion or sensibility to my condition. It as obvious that he wanted to finish the consult ASAP, to the point that he stood up open the door and basically waited for us to leave. The worst consult I ever had in my life. I will certainly NOT recommend him.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2018

I have been with Cleveland Clinic for about 20 years. the drs and staff her excellent. the best comprehensive health care of my life. dr. o'connell has been great.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2018

Dr. O'Connell was completely rude and disrespectful to me as a first time patient. He was condescending, arrogant and I would never go back to him or recommend him. I left in tears.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2018

Dr. O'Connell is cold and curt. He doesn't seem to care about a patient's pain or feelings. He rushes through the visits as quickly as he can without making eye contact and doesn't adequately answer questions. He gives a snappy, rude answer if he is asked a question he doesn't like. He doesn't read the chart before the visit and is not prepared. I went to him because my regular doctor was out on maternity leave. I would not willingly go back to him or recommend him because of his poor attitude toward patients.

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2018

the doctor seem like he was in a Rush and wanted to get rid of me as soon as possible i was telling him that i read about my back condition after gastric surgery and he didn't seem to care to listen and went to tell me that was not his area of expertise

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2018

Knew exactly what to do for follow up tests with instructions presented.

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2018

Excellent first class service received from *Dr. John O'Connell.

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2017

As commented previously, provider seemed only concerned in getting through the visit as quickly as possible with little to no concern about what I was telling him.

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