Dr. Donald Sachs, MD

Dr. Donald Sachs, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
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A graduate of University of South Florida College of Medicine (in 2000 with academic honors), I initially focused my resident training towards ENT, but switched to neurosurgery after I was cross exposed to neurosurgery and spine. I then went on to complete a one year fellowship in complex spine at a large tertiary care center which emphasized deformity care, sacral disorders and minimally invasive management. Here I furthered my love of spine care but also saw sobering results of excess fusions and poor craftsmanship. This evoked my desire to discuss each management option with patients and their families as open communication allows patients to choose what is right for them. During my tenure as a minimally invasive spine specialists I have performed thousands of procedures.

4310 S Florida Ave

Lakeland, FL 33813

Contact Information

(863) 606-5937

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • 25 More

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Osteoarthritis of Spine
very high
more than 99% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spine Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers

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  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stellate Ganglion Block

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Colorado
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • University Of Miami
    Undergraduate School | Graduated
  • Univeristy Of South Florida
    Medical School | Graduated 2000
  • University Of South Florida / College Of Medicine
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • University Of South Florida / College Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Sachs has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Sachs' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sachs to family and friends
based on 61 total reviews (14 with comments)
Dr. Sachs' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (14)
Lakeland, FL |
All the reviews about his staff are true. They also will lie about questions you ask them. Also they don't return phone calls. My husband had numbness and weakness and it was a new symptom. U called thought it would help get MRI and they never called back. And they are rude. I remain hopeful that he will be able to help my husband.
Oldsmar, FL |
I have been going to Dr. Sachs for over a year now each time I have to make an appointment any appointment a follow up or a surgery its always a month out. I have only seen Dr. Sachs twice the whole time going to him. Is staff is straight horrible. they do not return phone calls you can call them 5 times a day and leave a voicemail but wont get a call back. They make you wait in the waiting room for over 30 minutes if not over an hour. GET A NEW STAFF!!!
in Lakeland |
In 2013 I was being prepped for spinal surgery (rods & screws) after a history of epidural injections. No sooner after I was wheeled into the surgery room, Dr. Sachs reported that he had "discovered" a Spontaneous CSF (spinal fluid leak). I requested a copy of the surgeon's narrative There is no mention of such discovery. I should mention that I had no symptoms of CSF prior to my surgery. Did the good Dr. "nick" my dura?
in Lakeland, FL |
I hate writing a negative review for anyone. However, this has been a horrible experience for me. If your expecting to see Dr. Sach himself you need to go someplace else. I have seen him once and that was prior to my surgery and the day of my surgery. I have not seen him at any of my recovery appointments. The nurse Erica treats you as if you are bothering her when you call with questions. They do not return phone calls for questions or concerns about your treatment. would not recommend.
Lakeland, FL |
I would not recommend this Dr to anyone. I didn't even get to see him personally, it was always someone else and they all were very unprofessional and arrogant. I was told that they saw nothing wrong with me that needed surgery. I can't hardly walk and the pain is excruciating! My primary Dr is sending me to another Surgeon because he says i definitely need surgery. I've seen bad Drs before but this was my worst experience.
in Lakeland, FL |
Dr. Sachs Just wanted to say thank you. I feel like a million bucks. You are amazing! I have lived with this pain for years and now it is gone. I am at a loss for words on how good I feel. I felt the difference when I woke up in recovery and every day it gets better. 2 weeks out and I feel like doing a cartwheel :) I feel like a new person. Thanks again to you and your crew! Great People Elgg Bertens
Lakeland, FL |
I was in pain and brought my MRI's to Dr. Sachs and he had his nurse tell me I had bursitis. He sent me to physical therapy which didn't help, so he ordered another round. Then he couldn't "fit me in" for another 3 months or even order treatment. I went to another neurosurgeon who clearly saw a large cyst on my spinal cord and the need for fusion. I never bothered to contact him to tell him of his error. He never saw me.
in Lakeland, FL |
He was wonderful. I had a fusion last June. And I could not ask for better results. One month after surgery I was walking a mile. He was great with explanations and bedside manner. I refer him to everyone
in Winter Haven, FL |
This doctor will not waist his time by seeing anybody that his staff does not consider a candidate for surgery, he wants to operate on anybody that comes to his office, he does not listen to his clients , he gets very rude if you dare to challenge him and tell him that you may consider other options instead of surgery and as far as I am concerned he does not care about anybody but himself and his pocket. Very unprofessional behavior on his part.
in Bartow, Fl |
Dr Sachs helped me out tremendously with my lower back pain. He did facet injections and they lasted for almost three years. I am going back for another set. He said he wants to do injections until they don't work anymore before he cuts on me. A lot of Drs want to just cut and you are never the same afterwards. Great Dr.
in Winter haven fl |
Hands down The best neurosurgeon in polk county . From my own personal experience Dr. Sachs will be the first Neuro that I refer my patients to . I Just had a two disc level lumbar surgery requiring laminectomy with also a discectomy . I experienced immediate relief because of his great expertise I will be forever grateful .
in Lakeland FL |
He has been very helpful in understanding my back problem. He has performed surgeries with good success
in Davenport, FL |
I like Dr Sachs, I have waited in the office a few times longer then I would like but understand he is busy and has emergencies at time. He has alway spend time with me, answered my questions, and refilled my prescriptions.
in Lakeland, FL |
Dr. Sachs has some of the worst bed side manner. Arriving at his office at 8:45 for paperwork & a 9:00 scheduled appt, I still had to wait until 10:30 before being called back. Waiting another 10 mins in the room he spent literally 5 mins with me, only to tell me to drop an easy 100 pounds. After asking him about my choking symptoms he replied w/ Well if the choking stops you from eating, is that such a bad thing. I had brought my daughter n law and granddaughter and we were all appalled.
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Dr. Sachs accepts 34 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
    Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union WC
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
    Blue Care HMO
    BlueDental Choice
  • CareOregon
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Community Health Choice
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
    Wellpath Preferred PPO
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida, Inc.
    Employer Group PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
    Select HMO
    Tampa Bay CoreNet
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • MedHealthInsurance
  • Medica
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Planned Administration Inc
  • POMCO Group
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate HMO
    Navigate POS
    Neighborhood Health Partnership
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Wellcare of Georgia

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Hospitals where Dr. Sachs has admitting privileges

Bartow Regional Medical Center
2200 Osprey Blvd
Bartow, FL 33830
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South Florida Baptist Hospital
301 N Alexander St
Plant City, FL 33563
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Winter Haven Hospital
200 Avenue F NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881
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