About Harold Fogel, MD

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.

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Orthopaedic Spine Service
55 Fruit St.
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Suite 3A
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-724-8636

Orthopaedic Spine Service at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
159 Wells Ave.
Newton, MA 02459
Phone: 617-831-7095

Emerson Hospital Spine Program
54 Baker Avenue Extension
Suite 203
Concord, MA 01742
Phone: 617-724-8636

Medical Education

  • MD, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
  • Residency, Loyola University Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Harvard / MGB Combined Training Program*

American Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Accepted Insurance Plans

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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.


  • Select Publications:

    • 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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