Michael J. Gratch, M.D.
Back, Neck, and Spine

Michael J. Gratch, M.D., is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. He became interested in orthopaedics as a young man, influenced by his father, a family physician. Sidelined by a back injury he suffered while playing basketball, Dr. Gratch solidified his interest in spinal surgery during medical school. He earned his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, achieving selection into the distinguished medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Temple University Hospital and trained in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Shriner's Hospital for Children, followed by a specialized fellowship in spinal surgery at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Gratch's particular area of expertise lies in the treatment of the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical spine disorders, and he performs minimally invasive spine procedures when clinically appropriate. He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Temple University School of Medicine as well as Drexel University School of Medicine. He has also presented at numerous professional meetings and community events and is a published journal and book author.

Dr. Gratch has participated in multiple FDA trials and is actively involved in ongoing research that includes a non-fusion device for spinal stabilization. Dr. Gratch holds memberships in a number of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the North American Spine Society. He is on staff at Abington Memorial Hospital, Lansdale Hospital, Doylestown Hospital, and the New Britain Surgical Center.


  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1971

Medical School

  • Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1976


  • General Surgery, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA, 1977


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1981


  • Spinal Surgery, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, TX, 1981


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association
  • North American Spine Society
  • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
  • Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society
  • Temple Orthopaedic Alumni Society

Hospital Affiliations

  • Abington Memorial Hospital
  • Doylestown Hospital
  • Lansdale Hospital


  • Adjunct Faculty, Beaver College
  • Director of Spine Surgery Section, The Human Motion Institute, Abington Memorial Hospital
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Temple University Medical School
  • Named to Top Doctors List in Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons, Philadelphia Magazine, 1996, 1999, 2002
  • Named to Top Doctors List in Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Consumer's Guide to Top Doctors, 2003, 2006, 2009
  • Named Top Doctor in Spine Surgery, American Registry Patient’s Choice Award
  • Named Top Surgeon in Spine Surgery, Main Line Today Magazine, 2008
  • Senior Surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Abington Memorial Hospital
  • Senior Surgeon, Doylestown Hospital
  • Senior Surgeon, Lansdale Hospital

Willow Grove

2400 Maryland Road
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania 19090

Phone: (215) 830-8700


1200 Manor Drive
Chalfont, Pennsylvania 18914

Phone: (215) 830-8700


599 West State Street, Suite 205
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901

Phone: (215) 830-8700

"When I was 21, I had a lower spine attack of severe pain. With 2 young children, I ignored it as long as possible. The time came when that was impossible. I went to an orthopedic physician. Ater traction, body cast, etc., surgery was the only option. After surgery, it was a long process to recover. But recover fully I did! I was pain free for 20 some years. I had 3 more children and then fell down a short flight of stairs and hit a concrete floor. I fractured my tail bone, but didn't disturb that surgery. Then,while walking my daily 3 miles one morning, I was hit with pain once more. Off I went and that physician referred me to Dr. Gratch. The final result was surgery to repair the discinerating disc again. Dr. Gratch did 2 bone grafts and again, it was a complete success. Of course, it took a lesser amount of time to heal. Medicine had made a lot of progress. Years went by and I was active in all areas of my life, without any pain or aching. But I also now had osteoprosis. I began taking meds for that, until my family doctor took me off, as it was becoming common knowledge that this medicine was creating other issues. So now, it is 2015 and 4 years ago Dr. Michael Gratch, once again, was placed in the position of telling me, after an MRI, that surgery was my only option; this time with instrumentation. I am not 21 any more, so recovery took onger. Dr. Gratch has become a friend in my new definition of the word. He has the most caring, comforting way about him. He spends whatever time you need with him and doesn't rush you or brush you off. He never wants you to be in pain or discomfort and I have realized he is affected when a patient is anything but pain free. This is not a doctor who pushes the pills on you, rather he takes his full medical knowledge and finds a plan specifically for you. I have recommended this doctor to more people in my lifetime then I can count. They all feel the same way about him. When I met him the first time, I spoke to him about my spiritual faith and my decision to go for surgery. I knew who he was when he pointed to a tiny gold pin of an angel sitting on the shoulder of his white hospital coat. Dr. Gratch looked me in the eye and said "this is a gift from one of my patients." I get it, his angel through him has become my angel. Love this man!!!!!" - Jane K.

"I was having years of pain in my shoulder due to a small tear in my rotater cuff and also having cervical stenosis, so I was getting injections. I went to another doctor, who sent me to get an epidural in my neck from another doctor, which lasted for two years. I went back to the first doctor, who thought it was shoulder pain. He did not want to do anything for me, so he referred me to Dr. Gratch, who took a look at my MRI and his office called me and I went. Dr. Gratch did surgery on my neck I am so glad I went to him. I am feeling alot better. I still can't lift anything heavy, but the pain I had all the time is gone. I still get some pain, but it is a lot better. Dr. Gratch is a very good doctor and I thank him for helping me. I will referred anyone to him. Thank you again, Dr. Gratch." - Patricia S.
"My experience with the practice and Dr. Gratch has been excellent. I was treated in the mid 80's by Dr. Gratch for a minor lumbar herniated disc, for which he recommended conservative treatment. I made a complete recovery. After years of living with very bad jaw pain and being treated for TMJ, I was finally correctly diagnosed with a badly herniated cervical disc, C6-7. Dr. Gratch performed a cervical fusion in July of 1992 after two epidural injections did not work. I had immediate relief and have managed very well since then. Now, due to age, I have cervical degenerated discs, for which Dr. Gratch has prescribed conservative treatment and interarticular injections, which has helped my cervicogenic headaches. Considering the extent of my surgery and ongoing disc disease, I have only made 4 post-op visits in all these years.
In 2009-2010, I was having significant low back pain, for which I was seeing a chiropractor and was getting no relief. I then had a minor car accident which put me over the edge. I returned to Dr. Gratch with severe spinal stenosis, minor lumbar herniated discs, and lumbar spine bone spurs.  In May of 2010, Dr. Gratch performed a lumbar laminectomy, L 3-4 and a removal of all the bone spurs along my lumbar spine. I did very well and was able to do aerobics and zumba. After my cervical fusion, I was able to do light weight training and cardio-step aerobics. To date, I am relatively pain free, even though I still have spinal osteoarthritis. I am independent. I have only made 2 post-op visits for my back since 2010. If I have pain, I am able to do stretching exercises, wear my brace temporarily, and apply heat or ice, which brings relief. I can't praise Dr. Gratch enough. I am aware of his excellent reputation in the Bucks-Montco area. I pray he doesn't retire anytime soon, as I really rely on his surgical skill and clinical diagnosis and judgement." - Rosemarie K.
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