John M. Small, M.D.

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“Although spinal issues are common, few require surgery, which is why we offer a comprehensive approach to spinal conditions.”

Assisted by 

Ann Gowski, ARNP
Lori Golden Luna, PA-C

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Dr. Small is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery. He has been with Florida Orthopaedic Institute since 1996. Dr. Small completed his medical education at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Dr. Small also received a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Nebraska. After completing a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he completed a spine fellowship at the renowned Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Small has had comprehensive spine training involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. His special interest is in sports-related injuries.

Dr. Small has completed and maintains ongoing research projects and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Small's practice is approximately 40% cervical spine, 55% lumbar spine, and 5% thoracic spine. He is currently using cage technology for lumbar fusions. He is well versed in endoscopic, microscopic, as well as traditional spine surgery techniques. Dr. Small is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


  • Pharmacy Degree, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Medical Degree, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Residency, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Orthopaedics
  • Fellowship, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Spine

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The care I received at FOI by Dr. Small and Lori Luna has always been first rate.  Their first priority is treating you as a person. They are very compassionate and treat ME, not just my condition.   I have been seeing them for almost 10 years and will never trust  anyone like I trust them. Could not give a higher recommendation than I do them.  Without them, I would not be able to live my life that I am able to now. I am forever grateful!

Laurie Pacholke