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Frederick (Fred) L. Mansfield, MD

  • Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Mansfield specializes in treatment of disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His special interests include disc herniation, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, spine fractures, and spine infections.



Clinical Interests
  • Spine Surgery: disc excision, laminectomy, fusions
  • Cervical and lumbar disc degeneration
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine infections
  • Spine trauma
Medical Education
  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital|Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston
Board Certifications
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - other
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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Dr. Mansfield took his bachelor's degree at Harvard College in 1969, and then earned a master's degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University in 1970. He earned his MD degree at Harvard Medical School in 1976 and went on to a surgical internship and junior residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and an orthopaedic residency in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. He completed a fellowship in spine surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston. He has practiced orthopaedics at MGH since 1983 and is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Mansfield is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and he is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the North American Spine Society.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Mansfield's research interests have centered around techniques of spinal fusion.


Select Publications:

Ghogawala Z, Mansfield FL, Borges LF. Spinal radiation before surgical decompression adversely affects outcomes of surgery for symptomatic metastatic spinal cord compression. Spine 2001;26(7):818-24.

Sanpakit S, Mansfield FL, Liebsch NJ. The role of onlay grafting with minimal internal fixation for occipitocervical fusion in oncologic patients. Journal of Spinal Disorders 2000;13:382-90.

Kim S, Rodrigue SW, Mansfield FL. Nonoperative treatment for lumbar disc herniation with radiculopathy and for lumbar spinal stenosis. Current Opinion in Orthopedics 1999;10(2):137-41.

Carlson JR, Heller JG, Mansfield FL, Pedlow FX. Traumatic open anterior lumbosacral fracture dislocation: a report of two cases. Spine 1999;24:184-8.

Rechtine GR, Sutterlin CE, Wood GW, Boyd RJ, Mansfield FL. The efficacy of pedicle screw/plate fixation on lumbar/lumbosacral autogenous bone graft fusion in adult patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis. Journal of Spinal Disorders, 1999;9:382-91.

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Suite 120
Boston MA, 02114
Phone: 617-726-5919
Fax: 617-742-7849

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