Josiah Orina M.D.

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Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.6 out of 5 (297 Ratings, 125 Comments)


  • Neurological Surgery

Special focus on

  • Neurosurgery
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Vascular


  • B.A., Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts 2004
  • M.D., Emory University, Atlanta Georgia 2009
  • Residency:

    • Resident, Department of Neurological Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2009-2015
    • Chief Resident, Department of Neurological Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2015-2016
  • Fellowship:

    • Orthopaedic Complex Spine Surgery Fellow, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2016-2017
  • Certifications:

    • Completed USMLE Steps 1, 2, 3
    • Completed American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS) written examination


Dr. Orina graduated from Harvard University with honors in Biochemistry. He earned his medical degree from Emory University and completed his neurosurgical residency at the Mayo Clinic. Following residency, he completed an orthopaedic fellowship in complex spine surgery at the University of California San Francisco.

Dr. Orina enjoys all aspects of neurosurgery and holds clinical and research expertise in diseases of the spine. He specializes in the treatment of spinal conditions including degenerative disorders, spinal deformity, scoliosis, and reconstructive surgery. He works to ensure his patients have a thorough understanding of their disease and the best treatment options available to them, whether that be surgical or non-surgical therapy.

Memberships and associations

  • American Medical Association, Member, 2009-Present
  • Minnesota Medical Association, Member, 2009-Present
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Member, 2009-Present
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Member, 2009-Present
  • AOSpine North America, Member, 2014-Present
  • North American Spine Society, Member, 2016-Present

Patient Ratings

4.6 out of 5 (297 Ratings, 125 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 23, 2019

    He's extremely clear, honest, someone I felt that I could trust his judgment and gave options and actually have a friend who came with me who we hope to see him as well. Thank you.

  • Dec 21, 2019

    I found Dr. Orina to be very honest about my options for pain management. He gave me the positives and negatives about surgery in my case and said surgery was just one option. He was caring in communicating with me and answered all my questions.

  • Dec 21, 2019

    The staff was professional and friendly and answered all my questions. It was a good experience.

  • Dec 17, 2019

    He is a wonderful doctor. He thoughly explains everything and I feel very good about my upcoming surgery.

  • Dec 10, 2019

    Dr Orina, seemed to be checking all the details of my condition. I believe he will do a good job taking care of my neck

  • Dec 10, 2019

    Dr. Orina was courteous, polite, direct, and empathetic. He seemed well informed and quite competent as a surgeon. He also had a sense of humor and appeared interested in my profession.

  • Dec 09, 2019

    Incredible. I had an appointment with a neurosurgeon who called to cancel and refer me to the spine center. I was worried, because we live 6 hours away and were already in Portland. They were so amazing. They got me into Dr. Orina THAT DAY. Although we left an hour before my appointment from the hotel, we got stuck behind a train, took 2 wrong exits, and unfortunately arrived 20 minutes late. I was sobbing by the time we got there, because I was worried they'd have to reschedule. Everyone was so kind and understanding. They did some extra x-rays and Dr. Orina was incredible. He explained everything to me in great detail. My husband was with my sleeping baby in the car, and when she woke up, he came in. Dr. Orina explained everything to him, too and showed compassion, patience, and kindness the entire time. He was so incredible. Showed us things they look for and things they were going to look more into. He scheduled another MRI for that night, and then called me the next day to explain his findings. I would recommend him to anyone. The whole experience was amazing. Even though medical things tend to be terrifying, we felt very taken care of, informed, and comforted.

  • Nov 25, 2019

    He was very thorough. He explained all the x-rays to me, and what I needed to expect, and he treated me with kindness.

  • Nov 20, 2019

    Very impressed with every step of the appointment. The staff was efficient and curtious. After many visits with other doctors that had no clue about my condition, Dr Orina's knowledge of my condition was very impressive and he knew exactly what was going on with my condition. I don't expect healing but I do know I am in good hands with OHSU.

  • Nov 18, 2019

    Dr. Orina was very thorough in his exam and was very patient answering all the questions that my wife and I had I was very pleased with the visit and I would strongly recommend him to other patients.

  • Nov 09, 2019

    Professional - clear explanations

  • Nov 09, 2019

    As all my experiences with OHSU, I always get answers and good results with the doctors there. This doctor was great and is working to resolve my issues.

  • Nov 08, 2019

    I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the professionalism of Dr. Orina and the staff at OHSU & I have to come from a long distance away. They've always accommodated me whenever it's possible and I am just very, very impressed and very happy with the(INAUDIBLE) of my treatment.

  • Nov 05, 2019

    It was good

  • Oct 24, 2019

    I was very happy Dr. Josiah was very explanatory about all the things that was going on. Give me a real good Insight on what he thought was the right thing to do. He took command and took care. So I am very appreciative OHSU and Dr. Josiah. Thank you.

  • Oct 22, 2019

    Dr.Orina was very thorough and clear with his explanation of my condition. He also insisted on having my husband present for this appointment. He made sure we understood his diagnosis and asked if we had any questions. The x-rays taken were the best I’ve seen!

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Dr. Orina was very helpful. He listened to my concerns, and addressed each one individually in a friendly and professional manner. His explanations were clear and easy to understand. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing care.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Dr Orina is the best. Always professional and yet still down to earth.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Very conscientious. Good listener. Patient.

  • Oct 10, 2019

    Dr. Oriana is very kind, he explains everything very thoroughly and goes over it so that I can understand it. He's one of the best doctors I've ever been to.

  • Oct 08, 2019

    DrOrina was prompt, courteous and explained everything in clear precise terms.The X ray tech was friendly and quick. A great visit.

  • Sep 25, 2019

    Very pleasant to the point

  • Sep 24, 2019

    Dr. Josiah Orina, in my estimation, was very professional in his assessment of my medical condition and in his recommendations. I have a doctorate degree myself (academic) and I really appreciated his candidness in discussing my problem and answering my questions. He was very straight forward in his responses, even outside his field of expertise. [Name]

  • Sep 23, 2019

    Very knowledgeable and professional. He is an great listener and does what he can to reasonably adjust his care to the patient's life and goals.

  • Sep 21, 2019

    He showed a sincere interest in my problem.

  • Sep 19, 2019

    I really appreciated his professionalism and being so informative. It was the first time I met with him, and I have a lot of confidence in him. Thank you.

  • Sep 17, 2019

    This doctor inspires complete confidence and carefully explained my condition and options.

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Orina, was very professional, excellent and informative, answered all my questions and made me comfortable about the procedure and made me confident that things would go well. Thank you very much.

  • Aug 29, 2019

    Yeah, I think Dr. Josiah was actually he's right on the ball. Finally I'm getting something done with all my neck and back problems. So I'm grateful for that. He's very professional and he knows he's doing, and I think any anybody that is out there deserves a chance to be seen especially by a good doctor and I think he's a good doctor so far and I'm looking forward to having him continue to work with me, and hopefully you can get some pest enter your staff as well. That's great. Thank you.

  • Aug 27, 2019

    Hi, my name is [Name] and the doctor that I saw, whom I unfortunately cannot remember his name, was extremely competent. He came across as a very, very, very intelligent young man. I liked what he said. I've been to a lot of Neurologists, or neuro surgeons in my life unfortunately and so I.... I have a pretty good judge of them. And I think he's a great, great, great young man. And I think he's got a tremendous future in what he's doing and I trusted him, from the time he walked in the room and I looked at him. It's one of those things when trust a person and I got trust from this young man, and I would let him cut on me and that..... that takes a lot of trust to let somebody cut on you, so*.

  • Aug 20, 2019

    I took my RN daughter and my husband with me to my consultation with Dr. Orina. We were all extremely impressed with the keen attention he paid to my history, the care with which he conducted his examination, and the clarity with which he presented his findings and recommendations. After talking with him, I felt that I had all the information I needed to make a decision about having back surgery and I have a high level of confidence in his ability to treat my condition.

  • Aug 19, 2019

    This doctor was exceptional he understood as discipline in a way that he was able to explain. He went through the images and explained what they meant. Crystal Clear explanation enormously helpful good man Hope I see him again very worthwhile.

  • Aug 17, 2019

    Mr. Lavida was very personable, very obviously, very knowledgeable. I was very comfortable with him, and I feel very lucky to have him as a doctor, and i feel he'll help me quite a bit.

  • Aug 15, 2019

    He made me feel very comfortable. He explained everything and make sure I understand what he was telling me. And make sure that I knew I wasn't forced to make a decision at the time and it was totally up to me and my family. And once again, he made me feel comfortable. And that he cared it's very important.

  • Jul 30, 2019

    very professional and laid out details in layman's terms.VERY THOURGH

  • Jul 30, 2019

    I didn't feel that he really listened to me. He was very professional, however, I did not feel he was sympathetic to my case.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    This provider was very accurate, very professional and very explanatory.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    Dr. Orina was exceptional when I saw him on my last visit and he was extremely compassion about the fact that I need this surgery and talking through it with me and all the details of what is going to be happening with my surgery. And also she's showing great concern on how we would manage pain control and recovery. I was extremely pleased with my last visit with Dr. Orina and he's extremely compassionate and caring and very knowledgeable and patient.Thank you.

  • Jul 13, 2019

    Dr.Orina is a terrific doctor. Personable, friendly, easy to talk to and very thorough. Despite being depressed over my general condition, it helps that he's a great doctor.

  • Jul 06, 2019

    Yes, Dr. Orina was was very helpful, very personable. He was a great.....presenting the facts to me, what he thought I should do and I appreciated him a lot. Thank you.

  • Jul 02, 2019

    Doctor did everything possible to get me where I need to be Health was

  • Jul 01, 2019

    I really appreciated his time and his profession. He spoke about everything very clearly to me. Even though I was having some problems understanding certain, certain diagnosis, he explained to me to where I can I understand. He did great. I highly recommend him. I think he did a great job. I really appreciate everything and I'm hoping to see him again. I don't know if I want to do the surgery, but I.... If anybody's to do it, I'd like him to do it. I really appreciate everything and I wanted to say thank you very much. Have a good day.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    Professional, caring and engaging. Answered questions and provided thorough information

  • Jun 28, 2019

    The service was wonderful and Dr. Orina is really good explaining everything in a way that I can understand.

  • Jun 05, 2019

    He was very thorough and knew about the condition I have. He spent lots of time with me and took his time and wasn’t rushed. He answered al of my questions and was patient and not rushing to get out which I so appreciated. I am new to the OHSU system so that was a welcome surprise.

  • Jun 01, 2019

    I feel Dr wasnt listing to me about what was going on with my body. As soon as he found out I was on suboxone for pain meds, (13 years ) No longer was it about about fixing the injury I suffered, but a way to deal with another way of dealing with my so called "Pain". Very disappointed. He also had no new MRI for himself to view. Only one that was against my dr orders on how they took the mri.

  • May 21, 2019

    Extremely knowledgeable, personable, informative and professional

  • May 21, 2019

    Just that they were very, the doctor was very helpful and patient and was very understanding.

  • May 20, 2019

    Dr. Orina was very thorough. He was helpful and answered any questions I had or that my husband had and even though he felt my case was non surgical he was willing to help me throughout the way and taking his contact patient as well so that I could follow up and ask questions just needed and I think you gave a great levels.

  • May 15, 2019

    Extremely thorough and prepared for my visit. Did a great job of explaining my medical issues and outlining a treatment plan.

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