Committees / Organizations

  • The American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
  • North American Spine Society
  • Florida Osteopathic Medical Association
  • Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Nova Southeastern University
  • Adjunct Clinical Professor, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton Campus

Michael C. Weiss, D.O., FAOAO

Chairman, Department of Surgery, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Profile Overview

After completing his Michigan-based residency in orthopedic surgery, Michael C. Weiss, D.O., FAOAO, returned to South Florida. There, along with several partners, he grew a large private practice, establishing himself as a leading expert in the field of orthopedics. Dr. Weiss’ broad base of experience included arthroscopy, sports medicine, hand surgery and arthritis surgery, as well as several major spine procedures, such as laminectomy and laser discectomy.

From early in his career, Dr. Weiss was focused on improving patient care, from reduction of pain and shortening of healing times to minimizing of the risk of postsurgical infection. He practiced in South Florida for nearly two decades and his notable surgical skills combined with his passionate commitment earned Dr. Weiss the respect of patients and colleagues alike. In 1994, Dr. Weiss received his board certification in orthopedic surgery, and has recertified twice more, in 2004 and 2014. He was invited to return to his alma mater, Nova Southeastern University Medical School, as an Assistant Professor in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Weiss went beyond his required responsibilities, mentoring students and receiving several distinguished faculty awards.

Meanwhile, 300 miles away, Laser Spine Institute was establishing its first ambulatory surgery center, with a strong emphasis on quality, innovation and patient-centric care. When Laser Spine Institute decided to expand this Tampa-based surgery center, Dr. Weiss was a natural fit for the LSI team. After an intensive on-site fellowship, Dr. Weiss put his expertise to work for Laser Spine Institute in 2008 as Chief Spine Surgeon, earning the title of Chairman of the Department of Surgery in 2011. In this leadership role, he directs and oversees the organization’s distinguished fellowship program, training surgeons to perform Laser Spine Institute’s minimally invasive procedures. This hands-on fellowship program provides in-depth training in techniques specifically designed at Laser Spine Institute, including minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization or fusion.