Dr. Michael Gorum, MD


Neurosurgery | Male

Dr. Michael Gorum, MD
Dr. Michael Gorum, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Columbus, GA. He is 56 years old and has been practicing for 31 years. Dr. Gorum is affiliated with Midtown Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, East Alabama Medical Center and Northside Medical Center.

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    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (10)
Columbus, GA |
My Dr ordered an MRI for my neck and referred me for "likely" surgery. When I took my MRI results to Dr. Gorum he seemed rushed, looked at it and said everything looked "normal" and my discs were like an old couch due to age (I'm 45). He said, "You just have carpal tunnel." I insisted something was wrong so he sent me for a nerve test. When we got the results he looked at the SAME MRI and said I was in bad shape and needed 3 discs surgically replaced! And forget asking questions...
Lizella, GA |
when he comes in room always seems to have his foot pointed to the door. has never spent more than 4 to 5 minutes with a patient. Any information he gives you is on a "here's the information take it or leave it" basis and walks out of the room. Has NO time for questions. I have never seen him sit down and act like he really wants to know how you are. He has assembly line attitude toward patients. NEXT UP !
in Smiths Station, AL |
My visit with Dr. Gorum was one of the worst experiences that I've ever had with any doctor. My daughter, who is a nurse, went with me to the appointment and we both felt that we had waisted our time. I was referred by my neurologist because he said I had Tarlov Cysts on my spine. Dr Gorum basically walked in and spent two minutes in the room with me and told me that Tarlov Cysts are not symptomatic and walked out. Undoubtedly HE needs to do his research.
in Phenix City, AL |
Dr Gorum has done surgery twice on my cervical spine. Once in 2003 for a ruptured disk with good results and again in 2015 with a more acute problem after a fall that had affected my ability to lift my right arm ruptured disk with nerve root compression...today almost 2 yrs later I have full use of my arm again and my neck has full range of motion. He was straightforward and knowledgeable a great surgeon in my book
Auburn, AL |
Very rude! Acts like he does not what so ever. Basically told me the symptoms I had were symptoms with no problem. When I know for a fact I have a bulging disk. Was told it was normal that people walk around like that every day. And because my pain is not on the same side as the disk there is no problem. He would not look at the x rays that showed my problems looked at a mri that was over a year old. I was treated like a fool and a drug seeker. I only want relief from the everyday pain
in Auburn, Alabama |
Dr. Gorum was friendly and professional when I visited his Opelika-Auburn office. He reviewed my MRI results he was honest and told me that I did not have to have surgery. His PA was very professional and thorough too. She scheduled me for physical therapy and suggested I continue with my chiropractic decompression therapy before going to the physical therapy. I was so relieved since I was afraid to have back surgery. I would recommend Dr. Gorum and his staff to anyone with back problems.
in Valley, AL |
He spent less than 5 minutes in the room with me & never asked me 1 question. He looked at 1 MRI scan that I had brought & basically said everything looks good. I have multiple problems with mydiscs& had surgery on my neck (fusion c5-7) on his note to my orthopedic doctor he wrote no surgical structures were found on c spine and everything looked good. Had he actually looked at the scans he would have seen my surgery. His office was getting ready to close so I feel they were pushing me out.
in Auburn, AL |
he never told me what my results were, just a bunch of laughing and giggling
in Columbus |
I have already recommend him. He is very professional with an extremely quick and clever sense of humor. I was also in the Air Force and in the medical field.I respect the fact that Dr Gorum served!
in Columbus |
Left feelings like I wasn't important. .didnt matter I was having double vision. .poor balance...walk in room...about 2 minutes. .made a statement and that's it..we are humans with feelings. .not things on assembly line...
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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
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  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Cancer
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


  • Medical School
    Univ. Of Al-Birmingham Sch. Of Med.

    Graduated in 1986

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of Alabama Hospital

    Completed in 1987

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of Alabama Hospital

    Completed in 1989

  • Fellowship Hospital
    University Of Alabama Hospital

    Completed in 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • 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
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotaxis