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Gordon Bell, MD
Head, Section of Spine Surgery
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH

About Gordon Bell, MD

Dr. Bell has been on staff in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic since 1982, and he has been Head of the Section of Spinal Surgery since 1994. He is Vice-Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Bell's practice is limited to the practice of spinal surgery, and his interests include degenerative conditions of the cervical (neck) and lumbar (low back) spine, athletic spinal injuries, and spinal tumors.

Dr. Bell has been awarded the prestigious Volvo Award for clinical research by the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine and has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America. He has held positions of leadership in national (North American Spine Society) and international (International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine) spine organizations and has served on numerous spine committees for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Dr. Bell is also a member of the prestigious American Orthopaedic Association (AOA).

In addition to numerous publications, Dr. Bell is co-editor of two spine textbooks and serves as an associate editor for Spine and as an associate board member of The Spine Journal.

Cleveland Clinic Appointment

Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 1985

1966-1971 University of Notre Dame; Notre Dame, IN, BS

1971-1973 University of Ottawa; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, MSc

1973-1977 University of Ottawa; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, MD

1977-1978 Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Cleveland, OH (Internship)

1978-1982 Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Cleveland, OH (Orthopaedic Residency)

1982-1983 Pennsylvania Hospital; Philadelphia, PA (Fellowship in Spinal Surgery)



1. Bell GR and Rothman RH: The Conservative Treatment of Sciatica. Spine 9:6, pp 54-56, 1984.

2. Bell GR and Rothman RH, et al.: A Study of Computed-Assisted Tomography II. Comparison of Metrizamide Myelography and Computed Tomography in the Diagnosis of Herniated Lumbar Disc and Spinal Stenosis. Spine 9:6, pp 552-556, 1984 (Volvo Award).

3. Bell GR, Gurd A, Orlowski JP and Andrish JT: The Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion Following Spinal Fusion. J Bone and Joint Surgery 68A:5, pp 720-724, June, 1986.

4. Bell GR; Neurodiagnostic Evaluation I: Conventional Radiography, Myelography, and Computed Tomography. Seminars in Spine Surgery, Vol. 6, No. 2 (June), pp. 91-101, 1994.

5. Bell GR: Diagnosis of Lumbar Disc Disease. Seminars in Spine Surgery, Vol. 6, No. 3 (September), pp 186-195, 1994.

6. Gurley JP and Bell GR: The Surgical Management of Patients with Rheumatoid Cervical Spine Disease. Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America, Vol. 23, No. 2, 1997 (In Press).

7. Ross JS, Bell GR: Imaging of the Cervical Spine. Seminars in Spine Surgery, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1997.

8. Bell GR: Surgical Treatment of Spinal Tumors. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, No. 335, pp 54-63, 1997.

Book Chapters

1. Bell GR: Complications of Lumbar Spine Surgery. In Wiesel SW, Weinstein JN, Herkowitz H, Dvorak J, and Bell GR (ed.): The Lumbar Spine. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders Company, pp 945-968, 1996.

2. Bell GR: Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Natural History and Results of Simple Decompression and Decompression and Fusion for Degenerative Spondylolisthesis. In Weinstein JN, and Gordon SL (ed/s): In Low Back Pain: A Scientific and Clinical Overview. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Rosemont, Illinois. pp 663-675, 1996.

3. Bell GR and Ross JS: Imaging Studies of the Spine. In Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Spine. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Rosemont, Illinois. pp 41-53, 1997.

4. Bell GR and Modic MT: Radiology of the Lumbar Spine. Rothman RH and Simeone FA (eds): The Spine 4th Edition. Philadelphia, WB Saunders Company. pp 109-134, 1999.

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