David Xu

David Xu, MD

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Physician

Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Accepting new patients
4.7 out of 5
  • 162 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 58 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


About Me

I am a neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of spine disorders, injuries, and illnesses. I obtained my medical degree at Northwestern University and finished neurosurgery residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute, where I also completed a fellowship in complex and minimally invasive spine surgery.

My areas of focus and expertise include:

• Complex spine surgery, with particular focus on revision spine surgery
• Minimally invasive surgery, including spinal endoscopy and robotic surgery
• Spine deformities and scoliosis
• Spine tumors and oncologic surgery

Overall, my philosophy is to use the most minimally invasive treatment strategies to address my patient’s conditions, including maximizing all non-surgical measures first. For complex or challenging problems that cannot be addressed adequately with a minimally invasive option, I can also offer the entire spectrum of traditional surgical techniques.

I treat my patients as partners, and strive to communicate clearly, patiently, and above all else, honestly about all matters relevant to their health and care. I will always take a stand for my patients’ best interests, especially if it doesn’t include surgery!
  • Written over 60 peer-reviewed research papers and textbook chapters
  • Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2019, 2020
  • Selected as one of Houston’s Top Spine Surgeons in 2020-2021 through a city-wide physician survey conducted by Houstonia Magazine
  • Member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Locations Where I Practice

Please note: Not all physicians schedule patients at each listed location.

Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
8/27/2007 - 5/24/2012


Barrow Neurological Institute/St. Josephs Medical, Phoenix, AZ
7/1/2012 - 6/30/2019


Toronto Western Hospital GME, Toronto, ON
1/1/2017 - 7/1/2017


Barrow Neurological Institute/St. Josephs Medical, Phoenix, AZ
7/1/2017 - 7/1/2018

Board Certification

American Board of Neurological Surgery

Academic Information

My Department

Neurological Surgery

My Division

Neurological Surgery


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

162 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Explains Things Carefully
    4.7 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.6 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.5 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.8 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.6 out of 5
  • Reviewed on May 12, 2024

    I had a great experience with my care provider Dr Xu MD

  • Reviewed on Apr 14, 2024

    No bad experience

  • Reviewed on Mar 30, 2024

    Very satisfied

  • Reviewed on Mar 26, 2024

    All of the interactions with the physicians and support staff were positive.

  • Reviewed on Mar 17, 2024

    Dr Xu is exceptional explaining my medicalConcerns and options available to me as well as his recommendations.

  • Reviewed on Mar 17, 2024

    He sat and listened to me took in the information asked good questions felt I was important!

  • Reviewed on Mar 16, 2024

    Great personality

  • Reviewed on Mar 04, 2024

    He was light hearted knowledgeable and very caring

Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 09/29/2023, Dr. Xu has reported no relationships with companies or entities.

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