Dr. Darrell Brett, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 66
  
Dr. Brett
Accepting new patients

Northwest Spine Surgery

10000 SE Main St Ste 360 Portland, OR 97216

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(503) 253-4000

Dr. Darrell Brett, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Portland, OR and has over 43 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Brett has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from University of Western Ontario, School of Medicine medical school in 1977. He is affiliated with Adventist Health Portland. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Brett to book an appointment.


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(503) 253-4000

Dr. Brett accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
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Open Access Plus
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Background Check

1 disciplinary action Found
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No malpractice claims found for Oregon
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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Typically treats 67% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 14 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Herniated Disc
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Brett treats Herniated Disc more than 95% of their peers

Dr. Brett treats this condition more than 95% of their peers

Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Brett treats Osteoarthritis of Spine more than 89% of their peers

Dr. Brett treats this condition more than 89% of their peers

Spondylosis
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Brett treats Spondylosis more than 89% of their peers

Dr. Brett treats this condition more than 89% of their peers

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Dr. Brett's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

Dr. Brett's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Brett

4.2

Based on 135 ratings

5 Stars
74.81481481481481%
(101)
4 Stars
2.962962962962963%
(4)
3 Stars
2.962962962962963%
(4)
2 Stars
5.185185185185185%
(7)
1 Star
14.074074074074074%
(19)
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What went well
  • Office environment (111)
  • Appointment scheduling (108)
  • Staff friendliness (108)
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  • Appointment was rushed (27)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (25)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (21)
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I thank Dr. Brett. He is the best neurosurgeon. He helped me through a lot. I had 3 disks in my neck that were out of place and he repaired them and now i feel greater than before. He is a doctor who clearly cares a lot about his patients and he’s a humble respectful guy with great mannerisms and i advise anybody with back problems to go to Dr.Brett because you won’t regret it. Me and my family thank Dr.Brett because he helped me a lot. Mohammed Al-Shammari
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Long wait times
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Mohammed Al-shammari – Jul 11, 2020
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Why are you asking about Dr. Taylor. These comments are about Dr. Darrell Brett. You are hijacking this review. Stop it please Now let me get to the point. My personal opinion is that Dr. Darrell Brett is one of the best Spine surgeons on the face of the earth in Portland, Oregon. He is head and shoulders above anything OHSU has to offer, bar none! He performed neck surgery due to a rear end collision. The wait time at OHSU was excruciating. Two to three months just for an appointment. The operation was 100 percent successful. Thank you Dr. Darrell Brett for returning my life to better than it was Evan before the accident. I highly recommend Dr. Darrell Brett at the Northwest Spine Surgery. This is 7 months after the surgery, just show the lasting effects of a highly successful operation. I was back to normal after only TWO MONTHS. THANK YOU DR. DARRELL BRETT
What went well
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  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Daniel Merrill – Jun 06, 2020
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Dr Brett took away 40 years of back pain in a 2hr surgery, I went home the next day and walked around, 10 days later I went back to work, 6 weeks I was off all the meds. Now I do moderate strength training 3 times a week, never felt better! THANK YOU DR BRETT! Your the best!
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Gary Graham – Apr 25, 2020
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Dr.Brett is no not the most chatty,or a talker a perky.But,he is good at what he does,both my husband and I had very successful neck surgeries from him. Releiving pain for us. We still have lifting limits and our necks are more sensitive to cold. But,we were pleased with Dr.Brett. We recommend him to others.
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Teresa – Apr 24, 2020
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I am a 50 year old dentist. Two years ago I started having some neck and shoulder pain which progressed rapidly and became constant, taking over my life in the last six months. My physician diagnosed two diseased discs and sent me to Dr. Brett. Before the surgery the pain was constant 5-7 on the scale of ten. I woke up from the anesthesia with no pain in the arm at all, took one pain pill and was back at work in four days. If I didn’t have the little incision I would not believe it happened. Now I am meeting other patients of Dr. Brett with the same story!
What went well
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
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Josef Sedivy DDS, Portland – Feb 16, 2020
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Dr. Brett was respectful, cognizant, and thorough. Attention to detail, safety, and post op concerns was high caliber. He's done two spine surgeries for me (neck and lower back) and I have absolutely no complaints.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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J Galusha – Dec 29, 2019
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He is a great surgeon and I trust him with my life. He has done so much for me and has really improved my quality of life with the back surgeries he has performed on me. Thank you Dr Bret.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Mark – Nov 21, 2019
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Again Dr. Brett helped me & I am most of the time pain Free . Taking no prescribed drugs or any other kind doing many Sport activities ! Ski, In-line speed skate & tricks, Trikke , stand up paddle & climb mountains ! Thank you for 3 spinal surgeries with total recovery of arms & legs !!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Dale A. Young Sr. in Joseph, OR – Sep 29, 2019
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Dr. Brett is the best back surgeon in the Portland area had surgery in 2016 I had back pain, leg cramps, was hurting no one should go to primary for this kind of injury as I had none, a pinched nerve and 2 disks pinched as for recovery said 6 months I got back in my truck after 4 weeks he said 85% most recovery on people. I think he is serious as told me not to lift more than 50lbs do what he says expensive but worth it as I am a young guy with lots to do in life.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Steve – Sep 06, 2019
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One of the first things I heard from Dr Brett was I wouldn’t need surgery but recovery would take time. The office staff has been friendly and efficient. The last appointment I arrived early and was out at the time it was scheduled.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Aug 23, 2019
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Dr. Brett was friendly, professional and efficient. He assured me I didn’t need surgery for my back injury, which was a relief as he is a neurosurgeon, so I was certain, before the appointment, that surgery would be the recommendation from him. His PA, Wesley, was very knowledgeable and kind. I felt very comfortable that I was receiving good care from both Dr. Brett and Wesley, and their recommendations, regarding returning to work after my injury. The office staff were friendly. The office itself is modern and tastefully designed. I never waited more than 5-10 minutes in either the waiting room or exam room.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Long wait times
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Beverly Kramer – Jul 19, 2019
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Excellent results from my 3-11-19 discectomy/laminectomy surgery. I have and would highly recommend Dr Brett! His staff, Wes and Harmony are great.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Mike Carlson – Jun 21, 2019
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Dr Brett was a welcome savior. I was in intense pain and couldn't get any other doctors to take my situation seriously. I had a massive L5 S1 rupture. He got me in to surgery within 2 days of my initial appointment and when I woke from surgery my pain was gone. Dr Brett and his staff were always prompt friendly and professional. I highly recommend!!!
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May 01, 2019
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Gave me info and the surgery’s were a success. He was very kind and gave me lots of info. Would highly recommend him.????
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Apr 29, 2019
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Dr. Darrell C. Brett was the surgeon for my ruptered disk at L4-L5. I had extreme pain in lower back and down the right leg. I was barely amblitory and for days had to crawl up the stairs to my bedroom. Post surgery, I felt no sciatic pain and the lower back pain is nearly all gone too. I have high praise for Dr. Brett as well as the other attending doctors and staff. My prayers were answered!
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Apr 24, 2019
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I had an artificial disc put in my neck (C5-6) by Dr. Brett and it was the best decision I ever made! Dr. Brett is very knowledgeable and has great bedside manner! I am a couple months out from surgery and am 100 percent pain free! I would highly recommend Dr. Brett to anyone needing this surgery!
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Apr 11, 2019
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Dr. Brett replaced two degenerative discs in my neck with artificial discs. After several years of pain, I am happy to report, I am pain free! Dr. Brett and his staff were very pleasant and I would see him again, if need be!
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Fairview , OR – Dec 28, 2018
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My experience with Dr. Brett was amazing. I had severe spinal stenosis in L1-L5. I was unable to stand or walk more than 10 minutes without pain and complete numbness of my left leg. Dr. Brett did a laminectomy on the 5 vertebrae and put a Coflex titanium implant between two of the vertebrae. Two weeks post surgery I have NO PAIN and the numbness has not returned. I returned to my body shop business within 48 hours of surgery, and returned to work on my ranch work two weeks later.
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Pete Gill in Myrtle Point , OR – Dec 15, 2018
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Dr Brett did my carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists. Everything went smooth. I healed well. The scars look to be minimal. Dr Brett has a nice bedside manner. He advised me clearly and took great care of me! Only words of caution, double check your prescriptions. He accidentally forgot to write the quantity on mine for pain meds after the second surgery and his answering service has very strict orders not to page the good dr after hours regarding pain meds.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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  • Long wait times
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OR – Sep 19, 2018
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I have had 3 spine surgeries with Dr. Brett and I couldn't recommened him more highly. He fixed a low back, neck and a higher back problem. With each surgery, I've been restored to full function. I'm so gratful to him and his staff. When my nurse practitioner recommened him to me because he had done severeal of her family, she said he wasn't know for his bedside manner. Well, I'm going for the surgery....
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Portland – Apr 23, 2018
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Care Philosophy

Dr. Darrell Brett is a neurosurgeon who has been in practice at the same location in Portland Oregon since 1984. In 1990 he sub-specialized in spine surgery only and no longer performs intracranial surgery electively. He performs approximately 750 sp...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

1983
U Western Ont
Residency Hospital
1978
Toronto Western
Internship Hospital
1977
University of Western Ontario, School of Medicine
Medical School

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Locations

Northwest Spine Surgery

Northwest Spine Surgery10000 SE Main St Ste 360 Portland, OR 97216
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Adventist Health Portland

Portland, OR

74% Patient experience rating, 5% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2018)