About Us

Joshua Abrams, DO

Orthopedic Spine Specialist for The CORE Institute®


Joshua Abrams, DO is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive surgery, arthroplasty including artificial disc replacement, and cervical and lumbar spine surgery.

Dr. Abrams completed his orthopedic spine fellowship at Stanford University. Prior to his fellowship, he completed his orthopedic residency at Michigan State University, as well as his internship in orthopedics. He gained additional spine training at both University of California Davis in Sacramento, California and at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Abrams earned his medical degree from the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California, where he was appointed both Vice President and President of the Student Body, as well as graduating with presidential honors. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he graduated magna cum laude. While in Washington, Dr. Abrams worked at the Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle.

Dr. Abrams is a member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO), American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). He has volunteered his orthopedic services overseas in Costa Rica and Guatemala, and has served as a team physician for local high schools. Dr. Abrams has received numerous awards for his research and presentations. Dr. Abrams continues to engage in educational courses that allow him to provide excellence in patient care.

Research & Experience

Area of Specialty
Reconstructive Spine Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery

Spine Surgery Fellowship
Stanford University Medical Center Stanford, CA
St. Mary’s Medical Center San Francisco, CA

Orthopedic Residency Farmington Hills, MI
Michigan State University, Botsford Hospital

Orthopedic Emphasis Surgical Internship Farmington Hills, MI
Michigan State University, Botsford Hospital

Doctorate of Osteopathy Mare Island, CA
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Presidential Honors
Class President

Bachelor of Science Spokane, WA
Gonzaga University

Volunteer & Community Service
Orthopedic Overseas (Health Volunteer Overseas)
San Jose, Costa Rica

Redford Union High School Redford, MI
Team Physician, Varsity and JV Football

DOCARE Guatemala Medical Mission
Volunteer Physician

Honors & Awards
AOAO 2011 Scientific Paper Award Winner
NASS – IEP Paper Finalist
Michigan State University Research Day Award Winner
Presidential Honors – Doctorate of Osteopathy

Licensure & Certification
Board Eligible, American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgeons
Licensed, State of Arizona
Licensed, State of California
Licensed, State of Michigan
Licensed, State of Washington
Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Balloon Kyphoplasty

Professional Affiliations
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
American Osteopathic Association
Physicians and Surgeons of California
Michigan Orthopedic Association
Orthopedic Overseas, Health Volunteers Overseas

Publications & Presentations
Arizona Sports Medicine Society Lecture Presentation, Total Disc Arthroplasty and 
Degenerative Disc Disease, Rio Vista Recreation Center, Peoria, AZ. March 2012.
Arachnoid Ossificans containing metaplastic hematopoietic marrow. IEP
Award Finalist. North American Spine Society, Chicago. Podium
Presentation. November 2011.

Treatment of Facet Cysts with Neurogenic Intermittent Claudication with
X‐Stop. Abrams J, Hsu K, Kondrashov D, Zucherman J. Journal of Spinal
Disorders and Techniques. In Press.

Complications of the Lateral Transpsoas Approach for Lumbar Interbody
Arthrodesis. Clinical Orthopedic and Related Research. September 23,
2011. Sofianos D, Briseno M, Abrams J, Patel A.