Brett Freedman

Dr. Brett A. Freedman, MD

Spine Surgeon

Meet Dr. Brett A. Freedman, MD

Brett A. Freedman, M.D. is a board-certified and fellowship-trained Orthopedic Spine Surgeon with Mayo Clinic Spine Center.

He specializes solely in the surgical treatment of spinal disease.

Dr. Freedman at a Glance

  • Dr. Freedman has spent a lifetime working to be the best spine surgeon he can be. Since the age of 6, he knew he wanted to be a surgeon.
  • He attained the rank of Colonel prior to retiring from the military in 2019. He trained at the top military medical center in the U.S. After, he deployed to the Middle East in support of brave U.S. soldiers and worked in Landstuhl, Germany at the U.S. military receiving hospital for those injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • His passion for spine surgery includes research, education and most importantly clinical care. He is now the Chair of the Mayo Clinic Division of Spine Surgery at Mayo Clinic.

Reach out to Dr. Freedman so he can apply his unique skills and comprehensive training to serve your spine needs.

Dr. Freedman is a member of Mayo Clinic Spine Center

Doctor Quote

Spine health is a team sport! Patients and physicians need to work together, contribute and remain committed to a common goal, in order to achieve the best outcome possible. I commit to providing my best effort, know-how, recommendation and care to work with you to achieve your spine health goals.

Directions to our primary location in Rochester, MN

How Dr. Brett A. Freedman, MD Can Help You


  • Spine Surgeon
  • Orthopedic Surgeon

Languages Spoken

  • English

Years in Practice

  • 15 Years


  • Fellowship, Spine Surgery, Emory University Medical Center
  • Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • Medical Doctor, University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Bachelors of Science, Vanderbilt University


  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Arm Pain
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Foot Drop
  • Herniated Disc/Bulging Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Disorders
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica/Radiculopathy/Leg Pain
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Spondylolisthesis


  • Anterior Cervical Corpectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Anterior/Posterior Lumbar Fusion
  • Bone Graft Substitutes
  • Bracing
  • Disc Arthoplasty
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Lumbar Corpectomy
  • Microdiscectomy/Microdecompression
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck/Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)
  • Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Surgery
  • Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

Accolades for Dr. Brett A. Freedman, MD

Professional Distinctions

  • Meritorious Service Medal United States Army
  • Bronze Star Medal United States Army
  • Founder's Paper Award
  • MHSRS - Award for Excellence - Outstanding Research Accomplishment/Individual
  • Outstanding Paper Award - North American Spine Society
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Magna Cum Laude

Professional Affiliations

  • Leadership Fellows Program, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American Orthopaedic Association
  • ABC Traveling Fellow, American Orthopaedic Association
  • JOA Traveling Fellowship, American Orthopaedic Association
  • Member, Emerging Leaders Program, American Orthopaedic Association
  • Member, North American Spine Society
  • Active Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Order of Military Medical Merit
  • Best Poster - Orthpaedic Trauma Association
  • GEN Graves Erskine - Best Resident Award
  • Best Paper Award - American College of Spine Surgery
  • Best Scientific Exhibit - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • US Army Medical Department - "A" Proficiency Designator

Office Information for Dr. Brett A. Freedman, MD

Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN 200 First St SW Mayo building W15 Rochester, MN 55905 Driving Directions

Primary Location

Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN
200 First St SW
Mayo building W15
Rochester, MN 55905


Monday: 8:00 – 5:00 CT
Tuesday: 8:00 – 5:00 CT
Wednesday: 8:00 – 5:00 CT
Thursday: 8:00 – 5:00 CT
Friday: 8:00 – 5:00 CT

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  • Most Insurances Accepted

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