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About Grant D. Shifflett, M.D.


Handpicked by Dr. Robert S. Bray Jr. to join DISC Sports & Spine Center, fellowship-trained orthopedic spinal surgeon, Grant D. Shifflett, MD, takes a patient-centered approach to care at his offices in Marina del Rey and Newport Beach, California. With vast experience in minimally invasive and complex reconstructive spinal surgeries, Dr. Shifflett strives to restore each patient's functionality and quality of life.

Using cutting-edge techniques, he takes an evidence-based approach to treat patients with a variety of spinal conditions, including scoliosis, stenosis, disc herniation, and degenerative disc disease. Whether Dr. Shifflett 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.

Dr. Shifflett received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Virginia before graduating with the highest distinction from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery, affiliated with New York - Presbyterian Healthcare System and Weill Cornell Medical College.

After venturing on a traveling fellowship to Japan, Dr. Shifflett returned to the United States and completed a minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery fellowship at Rush University. There, he learned microsurgical techniques, focusing on outpatient, fusion, and non-fusion procedures for the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine.

Highly recognized in the field of spinal surgery, Dr. Shifflett has presented at numerous conferences, written multiple medical journal articles, and received a variety of grants and awards for cutting-edge research and clinical studies.

Education and Training

Undergraduate Education

University of Virginia

  • BA, Neuroscience with High Honors

Medical School

The University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

  • Doctor of Medicine, with Highest Distinction


New York-Presbyterian Hospital/New York Weill Cornell Medical Center

  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  • Intern in General Surgery


Hospital for Special Surgery

  • Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery 


Rush University Medical Center

  • Fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Spinal Surgery

Enfolded Traveling Fellowship – Pediatric Deformity and Complex Cervical Spinal Surgery

  • Keio University Medical Center (Tokyo, Japan): Kote Watanabe, MD
  • Murayama Medical Center (Tokyo, Japan): Mitsuru Yagi, MD
  • Tokyo Medical and Dental University (Ichikawa, Japan): Tateru Shiraishi, MD, PhD
  • Meijo Hospital (Nagoya, Japan): Noriaki Kawakami, MD


Awards and Honors

  • North American Spine Society 20 under 40 Award Winner
  • Young Surgeon Travel Fellow Grant Recipient – “State of Surgery Think Tank”-Aruba
  • Scientific Paper Award - Eastern Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting
  • AOSpine North America Fellow
  • Scientific Poster Award - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting
  • Hospital for Special Surgery Spine Service Research Grant
  • Thomas Wickiewicz, MD Resident Research Grant Recipient ($14,000) 
  • Andrew N. Swanson, MD Traveling Spine Fellowship Scholarship
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society – USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Dean’s Recognition – USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar
  • Walker Foundation Scholarship for academic achievement
  • Dean Carmen A. Puliafito Scholarship for academic excellence
  • Medical Faculty Wives and Friends Scholarship for academic excellence
  • Medical Faculty Donor Scholarship for academic excellence
  • Roger Egeberg Scholarship for academic achievement
  • Balch Scholarship for excellence in extra-curricular service
  • Dale E. Wilson Scholarship for academic excellence
  • Frederick Napier Elliott Award for excellence in the art of medicine
  • American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation Fund Clinical Award for top performing student during core clerkships
  • Finalist for Eric Cohen Medical Humanities Award
  • Baxter Foundation Research Grant Recipient, Summer Fellow
  • Honors Thesis in Neuroscience, University of Virginia
  • Lawn Resident, University of Virginia
  • The Seven Society Distinguished Citizen honoree
  • The Purple Shadows Community Service honoree
  • Dean’s List, University of Virginia


Professional Organizations:

  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery, Member
  • Rush University Alumni Association
  • AO Spine North America
  • Hospital for Special Surgery Alumni Association
  • North American Spine Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Salerni Collegium Medical Alumni Association
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association
  • University of Virginia Alumni Foundation


Special Interests:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Spine Trauma
  • Vertebral Compression Fractures
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Cervical Deformity
  • Atlantoaxial Instability
  • Atlantoaxial and Occipitocervical Pathology
  • Os Odontoideum
  • Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Adult Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Adult Idiopathic Scoliosis
  • Scheuermann’s Kyphosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Herniated Nucleus Pulposus
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spine Trauma

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