Dr. Berkowitz is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the spine, and was the first surgeon in Lorain County, Ohio to perform a cervical disc replacement. Dr. Berkowitz was chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Andrews Air Force Base’s Malcolm Grow Medical Center. While in Washington, D.C. he ran a clinic at the Pentagon where he treated the nation’s top leaders and military personnel. Additionally, he served in Operation Enduring Freedom in the Middle East, caring for many American soldiers, airmen and seamen.
When treating spinal conditions, Dr. Berkowitz employs many nonsurgical options including physical therapy, injections, and referrals to pain management, chiropractic, acupuncture and massage therapy to help patients heal non-operatively. However, if a patient ends up needing surgery, Dr. Berkowitz has extensive training in minimally invasive spine surgery and the use of a cutting edge device called an ultrasonic bone scalpel. With these techniques, patients often have incisions less than an inch long and are discharged home on the same day of surgery with minimal pain. “The majority of my patients do not have surgery,” he explains. “But when surgery is the best option, I am trained to perform the most advanced surgical techniques.”
- Spine Surgery
Patient Satisfaction Reviews
4.6 out of 5
- Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellowship | Spine Medicine
Spine Medicine - Akron General Medical Center (2007 - 2007)
Residency | Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - Akron General Medical Center (1999 - 2004)
University Of Vermont Larner College Of Medicine (1999)
University Of Connecticut (1993)
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As of December 31, 2016, Robert Berkowitz did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.