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

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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 4/1/2019, 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

270 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 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.6

57 Patient Comments

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 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

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2020

Like how the nurse contacted me first via phone and then the doctor called me using Google Duo -- Worked very well! Obviously, a face to face meeting with the doctor is preferred where he can fully examine me "hands-on"; however, given the present times, this video was greatly appreciated and helpful.

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2020

I couldn't be more pleased with the Dr. and his staff. That is why my wife and I have been CC patients for nearly 50 years and hope to continue for many more.

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Dr. O'Connell made me feel like a long time patient even though it was my first visit. He too was very cordial and professional.

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020

Dr O'Connell is a great Doctor and a cool guy, I really actually enjoyed the visit.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

Great experience with the doctors and staff.

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2020

the doctor took the time to explain my mri. he gave me options and very understanding

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Very appreciative of the phone calls I rec'd prior to my appt. advising me what to do in preparation for my procedure with Dr. O'Connell.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Dr. O'Connell (and staff) did a great job. I especially appreciated that Dr. O'Connell clearly explained to me what procedure he was going to do and that he explained to me in advance what to expect and how I would feel. He was very informative with an excellent "bed side manner". I had no anxiety thanks to his demeanor and technique. I appreciated this and told him I liked his style and that he was an excellent doctor. He is indeed a asset and credit to Cleveland Clinic. Would not hesitate to have him "operate" on me again.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

The procedure was wonderful and all staff was very helpful and very informative. Dr O'connell was very informative and very patient. I am very thankful

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

awesome doctor, communicated very well

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2020

always a pleasure to see Dr O'Connell and his wonderful staff - especially Kareem

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020

excellent Doctor. Very caring and compassionate

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

dr O Connell and his staff are amazing the treatment you get here is like your familyand I love the great music

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2020

I trust Dr OConnel to make the right choices for mu condition

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

Dr O Connell LISTENS, EXPLAINS, asks questions, answers questions, prescribes

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

excellent service by all staff and excellent doctor

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020

doctor care coulnd be better

Reviewed on Jan 15, 2020

doctor was super nice and informative

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Have recommended Dr. to two friends with similar problems

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

great dr. and staff

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

excellent facility, great customer service and seasoned physician with good bedside manners.

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019

This provider and staff is one of the very best providers I have worked with over the ten year period of time I have been an established patient T Cleveland Clinic

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Dr. O'Connell is a great provider. His staff is very professional.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

that's my first time meeting the Doctor.Explained my problem that I am having.Gavin me a better understand.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2019

excellent Doctor. really took the time to listen to me

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019

Excellent physician, great listener, solved my problems, very supportive of my needs.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019

not a good first experience did not like this doctor

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2019

I am in plain and I could not get a quick enough appointment with Dr Dawood. it has resulted in other complications

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2019

Dr O'connell is the best

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2019

Dr. John O'Connell was very professional and explained the treatment to me. During the my procedure ((L) sacroiliac joint injection) he was explaining what to expect step by step.

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

This has been my worst experience dealing with a doctor in the 20 plus years I have lived in south Florida. The only good thing about this doctor is that he kind of explained and MRI I brought. He gave me a diagnosis that form me was the first time I heard in the almost 2 years I had a problem with my back. And was trying to ask questions but he sent me directly to an injection procedure based on a MRI I took almost a year and half ago!!!!!! I was stunned. I didn't book the procedure of course. My daughter who is a second year medical student in Indiana university was appalled about this. She asked me what kind of arthritis the doctor told you you have, and I didn't know because the doctor didn't tell me. I had to call the office to find out. Doctor just wanted to get out of the consulting room. Horrible. I wasted my time and $50

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Dr. Occonell is great. true professional. I remember the first time I saw him and despite the great deal of anxiety I was having, he quickly calmed me and the procedure went smooth. I truly appreciate him.

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2019

Dr O'Connel was very professional and took his time to explain, but was a little curt ("...why don't you listen and let me do the explaining...") in one question. I am aware we physicians are not the easiest patients, so I share the blame. Also, he forgot to ask if my analgesic was adequate.

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

very pleased with doctor and his staff

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2019

love dr. o connell

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

I like Dr. O'Connell very much, he is always extremely professional and pleasant. The young ladys that assist him are very nice. The facility is a pleasure to visit.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2019

good experience with new doctor

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Dr O'Connell was commendable for his listening to my experiences and providing in the various options .

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2019

Dr. O'Connell is very good.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

The Doctor was great explaining as he was going through the procedure but I think it may be helpful to offer a light sedative prior the procedure. Not a good experience.

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Satisfied with the provider.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Dr. O'Connell seemed competent.

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