Newport Orthopedic Institute
(949) 722-7038
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Michael L. Gordon, MD

Dr. Michael Gordon trained at Johns Hopkins University and USC Spinal Cord Injury Center, and has been at the leading edge in spinal surgical technology since he began practice in Newport Beach in 1987. He specializes in a range of spinal surgeries from minimally invasive to complex deformities of the cervical and lumbar spine.

Having performed more than 8,000 spinal surgeries, Dr. Gordon has extensive experience in complex reconstructive spinal instrumentation surgery of the cervical and lumbar spine as well as disk replacement, adult deformity and degenerative scoliosis. For patients with disk herniations Dr. Gordon has performed more than 1,500 outpatient minimally-invasive spinal surgeries. He has been a clinical instructor for Medtronic/Kyphon, and has consulted for several national spinal instrumentation companies. He has assisted in the design of spinal pedical screw implants and currently is the only surgeon at Hoag Hospital with expertise in minimally invasive Kyphoplasty fracture treatment.

Dr. Gordon has three college-age children (Harvard, Williams College, Brown University) and lives with his wife in Newport Beach. He and his wife are founding members of the Sage Hill School in Orange County. In his leisure time he is an avid photographer, skier and pianist.

Dr. Gordon’s Team

Physician Assistant – Ivy Murphy, PA-C

To learn more about Ivy Murphy, please click here.

Appointment Scheduler – Shaun Rakhshani

Phone: (949) 722-5001
Fax: (949) 630-4963

Shaun is the appointment scheduler for Dr. Gordon. He is responsible for scheduling office appointments for the doctor. If you have a question about your visit to the office or new-patient paperwork, please contact Shaun directly.

 Triage Medical Department

If you have a clinical question about your care, medication, or follow-up needs, please contact the Triage Medical Department.

Phone: (949) 722-5035
Fax: (949) 630-4931

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Surgery Scheduler – Jicki Lewis

Phone: (949) 722-7038 x3589
Fax: (949) 630-4932

Jicki is the Surgery Scheduler for Dr. Gordon. She is responsible for coordinating and scheduling all surgery for the doctor. If you have any questions about your surgery, please contact Jicki directly.

Primary Specialty

Orthopedic Surgery

Medical Education

Cornell Medical College : 1981


Mt. Sinai Medical Center, N.Y.C. : 1983


Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore : 1986


Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Reconstruction and Rehabilitation : 1987

Board Certifications

  • Recertification by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery : 1999
  • Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery : 1991
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery : 1989

In Practice Since



  • North American Spine Society
  • California Medical Association
  • Orange County Medical Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Charter Member Denver Spine Winter Conference
  • O.C.M.A. Delegate to CMA