Grant Daniel Shifflett, MD, an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon with DISC Sports & Spine Center

Get to know Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Grant Daniel Shifflett, who serves patients in Marina Del Rey and Newport Beach, California.

Dr. Shifflett is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with extensive training and a special interest in the minimally invasive approach to managing spinal surgical conditions. He practices at DISC Sports & Spine Center with offices in Marina Del Rey and Newport Beach, California. Whether treating a patient with chronic pain or an acute injury, his ultimate goal is to restore function and quality of life with minimal tissue disruption.

“I approach every patient as though they were a family member. I want to understand your concerns, your goals, what’s important to you, and ultimately work with you to develop a plan to get you back on your feet” as stated by the doctor. 

DISC Sports & Spine Center is one of the country’s leading facilities specializing in spine, orthopaedics, and sports medicine. Established in 2006, DISC has quickly risen to global prominence and is cited by many as the gold standard in medicine. Featuring one of the nation’s most technologically advanced outpatient surgical centers, alongside next-generation diagnostics, non-surgical conservative care, pain management and rehabilitation, DISC was founded upon a commitment to provide personalized, top-quality diagnosis and treatment to patients suffering from sports injuries, orthopaedic issues, and spine disorders. 

Handpicked by Dr. Robert S. Bray Jr. to join DISC Sports & Spine Center, Dr. Shifflett takes a patient-centered approach to care for ensuring a rapid return to an active lifestyle. Using cutting-edge techniques, he treats patients with a variety of spinal conditions, including scoliosis, stenosis, disc herniation, and degenerative disc disease. Whether he provides non-operative care such as stem cell injections or performs innovative procedures such as artificial disc replacement, he does so with compassionate care and understanding. 

Among his academic appointments, he serves on the Clinical Adjunct Faculty at Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton, California (since 2019), and as a Clinical Instructor/Preceptor at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California (since 2018). He is also a volunteer physician with AVP Beach Volleyball, a team physician for the Ryder Cup Trust Celebrity Ryder Cup Matches (Monaco), as well as a reviewer for the Global Spine Journal, the International Journal of Spine Surgery, and the Hospital for Special Surgery Journal.

Regarding his academic history, Dr. Shifflett received a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia with High Honors before graduating with Highest Distinction from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his internship and residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery, affiliated with New York – Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College.

After venturing on a traveling fellowship to Japan, where he studied complex cervical and reconstructive spine surgery under the tutelage of some of the world’s top cervical and lumbar spine surgeons, he returned to the United States to complete a minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery fellowship at Rush University in Chicago. There, he learned microsurgical techniques, focusing on outpatient, fusion, and non-fusion procedures for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

In order to stay on top of the latest trends in his field, he remains a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, the North American Spine Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society, AOSpine North America, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the Los Angeles County Medical Association, the Hospital for Special Surgery Alumni Association, the Rush University Alumni Association, the Salerni Collegium Medical Alumni Association, the University of Virginia Alumni Foundation, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. 

Highly recognized in the field of spinal surgery, Dr. Shifflett has presented at numerous conferences, conducted multiple publications on minimally invasive and reconstructive spine surgery, authored two chapters in the textbook “Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery”, as well as has received a variety of grants and awards for cutting-edge research and clinical studies. His research has been presented throughout the United States and internationally in six different countries.

With an outstanding commitment to his speciality, he is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including most recently being named to the North American Spine Society 20 under 40 – an honor bestowed on 20 of the best and brightest spine care providers in the United States.

On a more personal note, Dr. Shifflett is an avid golfer and sports enthusiast and enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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