Dr. Harold Fogel specializes in the management of cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal disorders. In many cases, Dr. Fogel is able to treat patients with non-surgical methods. When surgery is needed, he often is able to perform minimally invasive procedures, which decreases patient discomfort and speeds recovery times. His care is marked by his empathy for patients and true commitment to their best interests.
Dr. Fogel is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and is fellowship trained in spine surgery. He sees patients at the Orthopedic Spine Center at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as The Spine Center at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
Dr. Fogel received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan majoring in Political Science and graduated with University Honors. He attended Chicago Medical School and earned his MD with Distinction in Research. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago serving as a chief resident his final year. He continued his specialization in spine surgery by completing the Harvard University Orthopedic Spine Surgery Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital & Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also attended the Value-Based Healthcare Delivery Course at Harvard Business School. He was awarded The Charles M. Schwartz, MD, Traveling Fellowship and received additional training in spine surgery with world renowned leaders in spine surgery at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Fogel has a special interest in patient outcomes, patient safety, and quality improvement. He dedicated significant time in his medical training to these causes and has served in leadership roles on hospital and professional committees that advocate for better care and better outcomes for patients.
Orthopedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
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Aetna Health Inc.
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Cigna (PAL #'s)
Commonwealth Care Alliance
Fallon Community HealthCare
Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
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Humana/Choice Care PPO
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Medicare - ACD
Medicare ACO - ACD
Medicare ACO - PBO
OSW - Maine
OSW - New Hampshire
OSW - Rhode Island
OSW - Vermont
Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
Railroad Medicare - ACD
Senior Whole Health
Tufts Health Plan
United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Well Sense Pediatrics
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Dr. Fogel performs both clinical and basic science research. His research interests include value-based healthcare, patient outcomes following spine surgery, and the biological features of a spine fusion. His research has received awards at national and international conferences and has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals.
Dr. Fogel has also been awarded research grants from such organizations as the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation.
Fogel H, Jenis L. The Economic Burden of Osteoporosis. In: Razi AE, Hershman SH, eds. Spinal Compression Fractures in Osteoporotic and Pathologic Bone.
Le H, Fogel H, Hershman SH. High-Grade Spondylolisthesis: Partial Reduction. In: Bridwell K, Gupta M, eds. Textbook of Spinal Surgery.
Pak LM, Fogel HA, Chaudhary MA, Kwon NK, Barton LB, Koehlmoos T, Haider AH, Schoenfeld AJ. Outpatient Spine Clinic Utilization is Associated with Reduced Emergency Department Visits Following Spine Surgery. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 Dec 20.
Fogel H, Summers H, Faulkner L, Lack W, Bernstein M. Generating Value-Based Orthopaedic Trauma Metrics: Linking Current Procedural Terminology Codes to Supply and Implant Spending. Iowa Orthop J.
Fogel H, Natoli R, Holt D, Schiff A, Bernstein M, Summers H, Lack W. Advanced Imaging Lacks Clinical Utility in Treating Geriatric Pelvic Ring Injuries Caused by Low-energy Trauma. J Ortho Trauma. 2016 2017 Apr; 31(4):194-199.
Baluch D, Fogel HA, Patel A, Singh, K. Bone Morphogenetic Protein Use in Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. Contemporary Spine Surgery. 2013 Oct; 14 (10):1-8.
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Pain in his low back and legs meant Don could not do the things he loved doing - golfing, biking, hiking and enjoying time with his grandchildren. Dr. Fogel and the team in the Orthopaedic Spine Center got him back to the things he loves.
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