Donald A. Ross M.D.

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Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (119 Ratings, 44 Comments)


  • Neurological Surgery

Special focus on

  • Neurosurgery
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine


  • M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis Indiana 1983
  • Residency:

    • Department of Neurological Surgery, University California at San Francisco, 1989
  • Fellowship:

    • Cranial base surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 1990
  • Certifications:

    • Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery, 1992


A fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Ross specializes in all aspects of general neurosurgery including minimally invasive spine surgery, neuro-oncology and brain tumors and Stereotactic radiosurgery.

Dr. Ross has adopted a minimally invasive approach, tailoring treatments to each patient individually rather than recommending a one size fits all approach. He uses careful neurologic examinations, diagnostic nerve blocks, careful analysis of imaging, and other modalities to offer the least invasive solutions for patients’ symptoms. He tries to avoid spinal fusion procedures if acceptable alternatives are available. He has performed over 2000 tubular access spinal surgeries, usually through incisions less than one inch long, allowing outpatient procedures in many cases and with rapid return to work or other activities for many patients.

Dr. Ross joined OHSU from private practice in Medford, Oregon in January 2011. He has previously worked as a professor of surgery, neurosurgery, and otolaryngology at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, reading, playing in rock bands, and volunteering.

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Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (119 Ratings, 44 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 03, 2018

    Great service, wonderful doctor, treated with much kindness!

  • Nov 29, 2018

    Dr. Ross did a good job explaining things.

  • Nov 24, 2018

    Very pleasant visit really appreciate the care from all the staff...

  • Nov 22, 2018

    Great as always

  • Nov 09, 2018

    Yes, Dr. Ross is an outstanding physician. I felt very comfortable with him. Being used to Veterans Administration doctors, who are, well, let's say different, it was a pleasure had Dr. Ross as my primary neurologist and I appreciate the time and he spent with me. That's it.

  • Nov 08, 2018

    He is very knowledgeable, professional and informative. He explained my medical issues very well and took the time to answer all my questions regarding my health before leaving the room. I am so grateful to have him as my physician!

  • Nov 06, 2018

    Took the time to show me the x-rays and explain the spine procedure.

  • Nov 03, 2018

    Time was given to me in trying to sort out my multi-factorial issues, although I was mainly there for one issue

  • Nov 02, 2018

    I was very impressed with Dr. Ross. He took a lot of time with you, he explained everything to you. If you have a question, he would go into detail, even draw on a piece of paper what would happen to you. I am so grateful to have him.

  • Nov 01, 2018

    Donald Ross is an instructor He cares Is not only competent But very compassionate

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I see patients at

  • VA Portland Health Care System - Portland, Oregon
  • Neurological Surgery (Adult) Directions