About Fred Mansfield, MD

Dr. Fred 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.

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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Orthopaedic Spine Center
55 Fruit Street
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 3A
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-5919
Fax: 617-742-7849

Orthopaedics at Mass General Waltham
52 Second Avenue
Building 52, Suite 1150
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-724-8636

Medical Education

  • MD, Harvard Medical School
  • Residency, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program
  • Residency, Harvard Medical School
  • Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston

American Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Accepted Insurance Plans

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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.