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
- 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
- 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
- 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
"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.