Gavin Button, MD
I believe in encouraging trials of non-operative care for nearly all patients. That may involve physical therapy, pool exercises, medicines, injections, bracing, acupuncture, and massage. If non-operative options are unsuccessful then I will try and find a surgical solution, if possible.
Gavin J. Button, MD, is a native of Portland. Dr. Button has extensive training in both general orthopedics and spine surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He completed spine fellowships at Orthopedic Physician Associates at Swedish Hospital and also at the University of Washington. In addition, he had five years of general orthopedic training at the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Button specializes in neck and low back conditions and he has experience with the newest technologies including microsurgery and disc replacement. He has performed approximately one thousand spine procedures ranging from microdiscectomies to multilevel fusions. Dr. Button also regularly performs hip and knee replacements, knee arthroscopy with ligament reconstruction, and fracture surgery.
In 2021, Dr. Button started a hip replacement and orthopedic program in rural Ethiopia. He travels there two to three times per year to teach orthopedic surgery while mentoring surgeons weekly via video technology.
Education & Honors
- Spine Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2005
- Spine Fellowship, Orthopedic Physician Associates, Seattle, WA, 2005
- Orthopedic Surgery Residency, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA, 2004
- Internship, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA, 2000
- MD, Tufts University, Boston, MA, 1999
- MS, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1995
- BS, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1994
- Button G, Gupta M, Barrett C, et al. Three- to Six-year Follow-up of Stand-alone BAK Cages Implanted by a Single Surgeon. The Spine Journal 2005; 5(2):155-60
- Button G, Wolinsky P, Hak D. Failure of Less Invasive Stabilization System Plates in the Distal Femur: A Report of Four Cases. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 2004; 18(8): 565-570.
- Button G, Pinney S. A Meta-analysis of Outcome Rating Scales in Foot and Ankle Surgery: Is There a Valid, Reliable, and Responsive System? Foot and Ankle International 2004; 25(8): 521-525
- Nasraway SA, Button G, Rand W, Hudson-Jinks T, Gustafson M. Survivors of Catastrophic Illness: Outcome after Direct Transfer from Intensive Care to Extended Care Facilities. Critical Care Medicine 2000; 28: 19-25
- Member, North American Spine Society
- Member, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons