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 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

295 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

68 Patient Comments

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.

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Dr O'Connell is an exceptional Dr and I'm lucky to have met him

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

I've already recommended Dr O'Connell to many acquaintances

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Excellent Dr explained my condition, and treatment throughly. He provided my next steps ,and arranged tests and appointments.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Dr O'Connell has been very thorough, caring & concerned and has reviewed all x-ray & MRI results with me while explaining my condition & options for treatment.

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2019

Dr. Oconnell was amazing he walked me thru step by step of my procedure not being sedated.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

Dr. O'Connell is a very good listener. His explanations are very thorough and he welcomes questions from the patient.

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2019

I drove over an hour to visit the Cleveland Clinic as it is a teaching hospitality and I thought the Dr. would give me the time of day. He seems very rushed and did not give me much explanation. He brushed off my concerns and at times wasn't even allowing me to finish my sentences.

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

Dr. O'Connell was very thorough and explained everything to us. Never felt rushed or that we were bothering him. Like he had all the time in the world to listen to me.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

The doctor was cold and brusque. Jumped to a conclusion about my condition without a thorough evaluation and examination. Was unable to answer my questions. Let the situation of a member of his family influence his approach to pain relief. I was very disappointed with the visit and am sorry to have spent what will likely be in the $200 range on it. O went to CC so other specialties could be brought in if necessary for an in-depth evaluation and treatment plan. That was never offered.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2019

I think Dr. O'Connell is the best physician in his field.

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Your doctors were amazing and made me feel comfortable.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

No negatives ! Dr. O'Connell talked clearly, explained with the aid of the computer displaying my MRI scan and continued with a diagnoses and direction for treatment. In fact he was the only doctor that prescribed a medicine/pill (gabapentin) in addition to physical therapy that has always been prescribed. He allowed all the time I felt was needed to understand his reasoning and explanations of my condition now and for the future.

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2019

Dr. O'Connell explained clearly my condition while projecting my MRI's image ; finally the root cause of my chronic back pain has been diagnosed. My only regret, I should have seen Dr. O'Connell 3 years ago. So I am very pleased. Thank you.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

I had a very pleasant and productive visit with Dr. O'Connell. He answered all of my questions, and even asked me for my preferences, once the options were explained. We both agreed on the follow-on procedures.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

I was about 12 minutes early for my appointment, and within a few moments I was ushered into the doctor's office.

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2019

I love Dr. O'Connell, he is very knowledgeable and makes sure everything is understood by the patient. I would highly recommend him to others.

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

other than shaking my hand this doctor did not touch me all he wanted was to have me gat an mri and refer me to someone else waste of time

Reviewed on May 22, 2019

I felt that Dr. O'Connell did a thorough and complete review of my condition and I think that his suggested course of treatment was well thought out. I'm in good hands with Dr. O'Connell!

Reviewed on May 3, 2019

I felt as though I wasted my time seeing the doctor. I don't think my concerns were taken seriously. He actually yawned really hard while I was talking to him without covering his mouth. I felt as though I was boring him. It's unfortunate because I saw him a few years ago and was pleased with my visit but this time totally changed my mind. Perhaps he was tired, not sure but I won't be back.

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2019

Dr O'Connell is a consummate professional. His empathy is exceptional and extraordinary. Even more importantly, was his thorough and effective communication of the treatment and expected outcomes.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019

Dr O'Connell was very prompt and after several preliminary assessment measures, explained his diagnosis very simply and directly. He was very reassuring that the problem could be dealt with without the use of invasive procedures. I appreciated his professional, yet candid explanation and advice. I would recommend him without reservation.

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2019

dr. Oconnel is a wonderful human being, an incredible physician and cares deeply of all his patients. I was recommended to him and since then have recommended dozens of people to him for his top quality approach.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr O'Connell is the best!

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2019

My experience with this doctor was excellent. He answers questions and took time on the previous visit to show me the MRI and X-rays and explained everything to me. He treated me like his only patient and he was very nice.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

Dr. O'connell was the best all around physician interview I have ever experienced. He listened, his diagnosis was complete and he explained and presented all details clearly including the use of computer visuals. Upon leaving I felt confident about all aspects of my condition and possible treatment but not surgery thankfully.

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2019

Dr O'Connel was very knowledgeable, compassionate and showed me great empathy. I really liked him.

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2019

Dr. O'Connell was helpful, informative and professional

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

Dr O'Connell has a kind and tender heart and wants what is best for his patients

Reviewed on Feb 26, 2019

Dr O'Connell's performance was professional, curtious, and kind.

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2019

although I have decided to proceed with a treatment plan ,I found that the doctor did not have people skills and could not relate to me and it took another one of your surgeons on another day with another appointment to explain everything to me and to convince me that he was a good doctor and I should go with him

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