Donald A. Ross M.D.

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Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

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  • 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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(503) 418-9888

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I see patients at

  • VA Portland Health Care System - Portland, Oregon
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