Donald A. Ross M.D.

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Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (213 Ratings, 107 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

4.8 out of 5 (213 Ratings, 107 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 11, 2019

    Fantastic, highly skilled Dr.

  • Dec 04, 2019

    Attentive, knowledgeable, to the point.

  • Nov 05, 2019

    Dr. Ross is perfect

  • Oct 31, 2019

    I have always found Dr. Donald Ross to be a wonderfully informed person about my medical condition. He is kind, thoughtful and thorough. I feel very lucky to have him as my doctor.

  • Oct 30, 2019

    Good communication skills and I was able to understand the doctor well.

  • Oct 17, 2019


  • Oct 14, 2019

    DR Ross was great as usual. He is willing to spend time with you to make sure you understand everything, which allows you to make an informed decision moving forward. He also is a really good listener.I would recommend him to anyone.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Dr. Ross is amazing. He has ushered our family through many situations. Our loyalty toward him is as if he were our family. We respect and appreciate his knowledge and skill. He reflects true caring!

  • Oct 02, 2019


  • Oct 02, 2019

    Dr. Ross has been providing excellent care. I trust him and admire his professionalism .

  • Sep 27, 2019

    Dr. Ross was very thorough and spent plenty of time explaining things to me. I greatly appreciated that.

  • Sep 12, 2019

    We really like Dr. Ross. Great surgeon and very personable.

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Dr. Ross has been very helpful. After having been misdiagnosed for more than two years, he correctly diagnosed my pain. He went the extra mile in working with my insurance company when they were hesitant to approve the surgery I needed. I appreciate his expertise and skill

  • Sep 06, 2019

    Dr. Ross is very professional and confident doctor and he's very thorough in what he does and his explanations of what's going on and how to deal with the problem.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Dr. Ross was very thorough. He answered all my questions. He explained things that showed me my films and explained them to me. I could not ask for more. I think he's the best.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Personable, knowledgeable, cloaks the discussion in layman terms easily understood. One of the very best doctors I have seen in my 66 years! He is just as comfortable to talk with as an old friend ... and, he certainly takes the time to make sure he and his patient are thoroughly informed as to the situation at hand. Can't say enough about his merits.

  • Aug 22, 2019

    I feel confident that the proposed surgery will be very beneficial to my quality of life.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    love this dr seen many hero drs over my life and very impressed with him and its facility.

  • Aug 21, 2019

    Everyone from the receptionist to Dr. Ross was outstanding!

  • Aug 16, 2019

    I think that Donald is the best doctor that I have met in probably 50 years. I'm 77 years old and I do not want anyone else doctoring me on my back but him. He is outstanding, he takes care of his patients personally. We need a lot more doctors like him. Thank you. Goodbye.

  • Aug 16, 2019

    I love this doctor. He has taken care of me for 17 years for chronic cervical neck pain. He thoroughness and compassion mean alot to me as a patient.

  • Aug 12, 2019

    Dr.Ross is an excellent level headed provider. Very educated answers all question with intelligence and honesty.

  • Aug 06, 2019

    Dr Ross was throughly knowledgeably, professional and friendly.

  • Aug 02, 2019

    Best place in Or. for health care. The staff is highly professional and talented.

  • Jul 30, 2019

    took time to explain options for back pain control

  • Jul 26, 2019

    Dr. Ross's assessment was thorough and his personal follow up was very much appreciated.

  • Jul 24, 2019

    Dr Ross explained my condition better than anyone has in 30 yrs

  • Jul 23, 2019

    Dr. Ross was extremely, extremely professional, very nice. He spent time with us, as much as he could, and I would definitely recommend Dr. Ross to everyone I know and yes, we really, really enjoyed time, spending in his office. Thank you very much, Dr. Ross.

  • Jul 19, 2019

    My experience was very good there at OHSU and with ... with Dr. Ross. He's just very good. I haven't had a better doctor, yeah. Yeah. I can't say much more than that, very good.

  • Jul 18, 2019

    My appointment was on time. The doctor was thorough and very detailed in his explanation and answered all my questions.

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Dr. Ross is a very thorough physician with a pleasant manner. He explains options and answers questions. I definitely trust him with my upcoming spinal surgery.

  • Jul 16, 2019

    Very appreciative Of Dr Ross efforts and help

  • Jul 15, 2019

    Dr Ross is an excellent doctor. ALL of the nurses were extremely kind and caring. Thank you one and all!

  • Jul 02, 2019

    This provider was professional and ha does the issues at hand in a fast and appropriate manner.

  • Jun 13, 2019

    Yeah, hello there. Friend of mine was in to see Dr. Ross, and he's had the same type of ailment that I have, and he really was positive about it, and I am too, so I feel good about it. I think he comes across good and my wife was with me and she liked him too. So, I think you've got a good person there and I'm looking forward to my experience of having surgery with him. Alrighty. Thank you.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    Dr. Ross was very thorough in our appt with him. We appreciate his time that he spent with us and discussing all the options available. He is very knowledgeable and shares that with his patients. Even though you are 6 hours away from our home it was well worth the trip to get his opinion on my husbands back issues.

  • Jun 05, 2019

    Dr. Ross was superb, he explained everything, was kind and understanding and was honest about my options.

  • May 23, 2019

    Thorough, caring, everything I could hope for in a doctor

  • May 22, 2019

    He’s the BEST! He’s welcoming, respectfully listens, answers all questions no matter how small, tells you all that’s going on and all your different options. Plus, he takes time. I feel valued whenever I have to see him.

  • May 21, 2019

    Well, I don't have much to say but I hadn't the doctor was excellent and I was had very good care there. That's about all I have to say. It was it was good. Very good. My face right now and Dr. Ross did an excellent job.

  • May 09, 2019

    Dr Ross is a great Dr. He has a great bedside manner.

  • May 01, 2019

    My husband, who accompanied me, and I were grateful to Dr. Ross for his straightforward answers and clarity of medical terms. It was worth the trip to Portland for a second opinion.

  • May 01, 2019

    Dr. Ross is thorough, attentive and friendly. He communicates extremely well.

  • Apr 30, 2019

    Very efficient

  • Apr 18, 2019

    He comes highly recommended. I found him to be caring and professional. I feel that he tried hard to find the source of my problem.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    My experience with Dr. Ross was outstanding. He is very blunt to the point. He doesn't sugar coat anything he let you know exactly what's going on what he's done and answers any questions that you have without Pre judging or anything. It was an awesome experience and I would highly recommend him to anybody else that has to go through this.

  • Apr 17, 2019

    Dr. Ross explained my condition and the options for treatment.

  • Apr 03, 2019

    I had a very good experience. Haven't thought about it, but I don't really know what to say. But I...I like Dr. Ross very very much and was everything experience.

  • Mar 27, 2019

    Dr Ross is the BEST! He is patient and listens without judgement. He is compassionate and genuinely cares about your well being. He is up beat and friendly while still telling you how things are and what you need for a successful outcome. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs spinal care.

  • Mar 27, 2019

    Dr. Ross was really really good. He was so knowledgeable and kind and thorough. I had expected to be disappointed because the other doctors I've seen for my problem were no help, but I felt good after seeing him.

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