Dr. Richard Brower, MD

Dr. Richard Brower, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 58
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Richard Brower, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Akron, OH. He is 58 years old and has been practicing for 32 years.

20 Olive St Ste 200

Akron, OH 44310

Contact Information

(330) 535-3396

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan

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Arthritis of the Elbow
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
very high
more than 99% of peers
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
very high
more than 99% of peers

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gout
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Cramp
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy


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  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Ohio.

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.


  • Hahnemann University
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • Akron City Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Brower has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Brower's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Brower to family and friends
based on 30 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Brower's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
Akron, OH |
Dr. Brower did a great job on my back. He may have a personality that can be off putting, but I could care less. I would rather have an excellent surgeon that isn't kissing my a** than a hack with a great personality, especially when he's working on my spine. He's not a babysitter, he's a surgeon.
Akron, OH |
Dr. Brower told me there was nothing wrong and treated me like everything was all in my head. I went to another doctor who then actually did an MRI. They found a cyst on my spine that could have permanently paralyzed me. This guy needs to lose his license.
in Akron, OH |
If you need of a spine surgeon, you need look no further in NE Ohio. A very significant percentage of Dr. Brower's patients are fellow physicians and other health care professionals, which should tell you what you really need to know. Dr. Brower is never in a hurry to get into the operating room and is a strong proponent of conservative management before surgery. As someone in the know, I can state that Dr. Brower's surgical technique is very meticulous and at the leading edge of his field.
in North Royalton, OH |
Terrible bedside manner which I had been forewarned about but since i heard he was a capable surgeon I went to him anyway. The procedure was fine but the outcome was not and I feel he does not like to be challenged in any way about his outcomes because he treated me even worse after I did that. No doctor should be so defensive and mean that he loses sight of the well being and condition of his patient. I found a better doctor and now I am okay.
in Akron, OH |
On Monday, May 25 my life changed in a way I thought it never would. I had been experiencing dibilating back issues. I had been under the care of a chiropractor, NST, Physical Therapy had a spinal injection and rounds and rounds of steroid and pain medications. Finally I was referred to Dr Brower. I'm happy to report 1 week post-op my pain is gone and I'm able to walk, sleep, shower and drive. Dr Brower and his team really are the BEST!!!
in Akron, OH |
If I could give no stars I would. I chose him knowing his bedside manner was poor but his skill was known to be good. In the end, his approach was so abusive, I doubt his skill mattered much. He's mean and rude, and shared my health info with people I didn't approve. I was stressed and depressed for months after spinal fusion. When he came in after surgery, he and his posse stood several feet from the bed, never came close, never touched me. It was bizarre. Run away. Choose a doc with empathy.
in Cottonwood, AZ |
In 2000 Dr. Brower performed an anterior lumbar fusion on L3-4. I was pain free. He advised me to change jobs, as it was very hard on my body. I didn't and in 2008, he did an XLIF fusion on L4-5. I have since retired. I have occ. pain, which is controlled with Tramadol--no narcotics. I am also 30 lbs.overweight, which doesn't help my spine or any other joints. Dr. Brower has NO bedside manner. He is often blunt & will hurt your feelings. But, he's very skilled & the doctor you need in the O.R.
in Medina, OH |
After experiencing significant and debilitating sciatica for nearly 10 years, I was recommended to Dr. Brower by my family doctor. Dr. Brower quickly and accurately diagnosed my problem being Spondylolisthesis after a consult (before I even had an X-Ray/MRI) in his office. Dr. Brower then recommended the XLIF procedure to fuse my L4-L5 and this was completed in May 2015. I have been 99% pain-free since August 2015 and I am now 100% fused 10 months-post op with no/miniscule nerve pain to date!
in Akron, OH |
Minimal invasive back surgery. Walking the day after surgery. Back to work fourth day after surgery. Does not sugar coat diagnosis our options.
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Dr. Brower accepts 8 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna HMO
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Coventry Health Care
    Coventry Health America PPO
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Brower has admitting privileges

Summa Akron City Hospital
525 E Market St
Akron, OH 44304
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