Dr. Samuel Small, DO

Dr. Samuel Small, DO

Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 65
Dr. Samuel Small, DO is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Ventura, CA and has been practicing for 22 years. He graduated from Midwestern University Chicago College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 1978 and specializes in orthopedic spine surgery and orthopedic surgery.

168 N Brent St Ste 302

Ventura, CA 93003

Contact Information

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • MultiPlan

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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 92% of peers
Back Pain
very high
more than 92% of peers
Degenerative Disc Disease
very high
more than 89% of peers

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Care Philosophy

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2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery*
  • Orthopedic Surgery Spine Surgery
    Accredited by: American Osteopathic Board*

36  Conditions Treated

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Dislocation
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy


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21  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

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 Michigan / Ann Arbor
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1974
  • Midwestern University Chicago College Of Osteopathic Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1978
  • Detroit Osteopath/BiCounty Hosps
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1979
  • Detroit Osteopath/BiCounty Hosps
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
  • University of California At Los Angeles
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1996

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • First Place-Scientific Research Exhibit 95th Annual Postgraduate Convention and Scientific Seminar, Michigan Assoc., 1994
  • First, Second and Best of Show Place-Scientific Poster Competition American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, Washington, DC, 1994
Media & Publications
  • Complications of Cervical Spine Surgery, 1999
  • Degenerative Changes of the Cervical Spine After Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion., 1994
  • Burst Fractures of the Fifth Lumbar Vertebrae. A Cast Report and Review of the Literature., 1993
  • The Non-Operative Treatment of Burst Fractures of the Thoraco-Lumbar Spine. A Retrospective and Prospective Study., 1994

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Small's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Small to family and friends
17 total reviews (4 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (17)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Small'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 (4)

I have been waiting for months to write this review. I don't usually give feedback, and rarely would go out of my way to do so, but was compelled by my impression of Dr. Small's knowledge, skill, and patient bedside manner to make this exception. From my first visit with Dr. Small, I felt I was...more
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I meet with Dr. Samuel D. Small this past year due to Lumbar spinal stenosis. Dr. Small on all office visits was very professional,friendly, and caring.Dr. Small is very kind to speak to me so I understand what needs to be done regarding surgery. Prior to my surgery on 8/30/2016 I could barely walk...more
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Dr. Small was great today. Dr Small came highly recommended. He took the time in providing & assisting my husband and I to make a sound decision of a serious neck injury. He was straight forward, allowed me to make my own choices and provided me with a sense of relief. Dr. Small & the office staff...more
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Dr Small is the first doctor who truly listened to me and immediately diagnosed my medical condition. He has surgically stabilized my neck and my spine which relieved my pain as much as is possible. He's a kind, soft spoken person who cares about his patients. I'm very blessed to have him as my...more
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