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Nicholas Clark, MD

Spine Surgeon
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About Dr. Clark

Dr. Nicholas Clark is a board certified orthopedic spine surgeon at HSS at NCH. His expertise lies in the application of minimally invasive techniques to treat the full spectrum of degenerative spinal conditions involving the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. He treats each patient as he would his own family and tries to avoid surgery whenever possible to get patients back to activities they enjoy. When surgery is required, Dr. Clark uses his training in minimally invasive spine techniques to provide cutting-edge care to provide the best outcome while minimizing pain.

Dr. Clark graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He went on to obtain his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He subsequently completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic followed by a fellowship in Spine Surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He is currently a member of the North American Spine Society, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters and his work has been presented at national and international spine society meetings.

His clinical and research interests focus on the application of new and enabling technologies for minimally invasive spine surgery – including navigated and robotic-assisted spine surgery – as well as implementing techniques to improve the safety and effectiveness of spine surgery in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. He is interested in continuing to advance the practice of minimally invasive spine surgery to help speed recovery, and to increase outpatient/same day discharge spine surgery.


Special Expertise

Minimally invasive spine surgery
Motion preserving spine surgery


Specific conditions treated include:
Arm pain due to pinched nerve in the neck
Leg Pain due to pinched nerve in the neck
Neck Pain
Back Pain
Balance Problems (Myelopathy)
Cervical Spondylosis/arthritis
Degenerative Disc Disease 
Degenerative Spondylolisthesis (Slipped Vertebrae)
Facet Arthropathy (Spine Arthritis)
Herniated disc in the cervical spine
Herniated disc in the lumbar spine
Spinal Stenosis 
Slipped disc

Minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery
Minimally invasive cervical spine surgery
Minimally invasive thoracic spine surgery
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
Cervical Disc Replacement
Minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MIS TLIF)
Minimally invasive lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF)
Minimally invasive microdiscectomy
Minimally invasive foraminotomy
Minimally invasive spine fusion
Disc replacement
Mini-open anterior lumbar interbody fusion


This provider is currently in the process of joining the networks of many commercial insurance plans and should show as a participating provider soon.

If your insurance is not listed, please call our office if you have questions regarding your insurance coverage. If you have out-of-network benefits, then your insurance may reimburse you for a portion of your office visit. We will work with you and your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. Financial assistance may be available for patients in need.



Orthopedic Surgeon, HSS Florida


American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
North American Spine Society
Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery


Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
Research Honors Program, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Doris Duke Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society


Medical: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Internship: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Residency: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Clark

Selected Journal Articles


Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

As of May 08, 2024, Dr. Clark reported no relationships with the healthcare industry.

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

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