Donald A. Ross M.D.

Photo of Donald A. Ross, M.D.
Faculty profile

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.9 out of 5 (111 Ratings, 24 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.

Read more


  • English

Patient Ratings

4.9 out of 5 (111 Ratings, 24 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey

  • Friendliness/courtesy 4.9
  • Explanations about your problem/condition 4.9
  • Concern shown for your questions/worries 4.9
  • Effort made to include you in treatment decisions 4.9
  • Used words you could understand 4.9
  • Amount of time spent with you 4.9
  • Your confidence in care provider 4.9
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.9
  • Likelihood of recommending to others 4.4

Patient Comments

  • Jun 02, 2018

    Dr. Ross encourages strengthening and stretching exercises.

  • Mar 13, 2018

    Dr. Ross is a fantastic Doctor. I have referred others to him.

  • Jan 30, 2018

    If I need surgery, I'll choose Dr. Ross because he seems to be a very competent doctor. He spent plenty of time giving me information & answered questions. He was courteous & polite also. I highly recommend him.

  • Jan 23, 2018

    Dr. Ross was thorough and took extra time with me. Highly professional and helpful.

  • Dec 05, 2017

    The best and most informed surgeon yet.

  • Dec 04, 2017

    Dr. Ross performed the most complete neurologic exam of any neurosurgeon I have ever seen.

  • Nov 14, 2017

    This visit was for a second opinion, was very impressed with explanation of diagnosis and future surgery that was suggested

  • Oct 31, 2017

    He is a very good listener.

  • Oct 24, 2017

    can't understand how the referal for the next step got lost and why i have got the run around fo 4 phone calls

  • Oct 17, 2017

    Dr. Ross is our third consult for my condition and is by far the best choice. I will be following up with him and plan on following his recommendations and treatment plan.

Make an Appointment

(503) 418-9888

Physician Referrals

(503) 494-8311

I see patients at

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