Geoffrey Cronen, MD

Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery

North Tampa


  • Accepting new patients
About Geoffrey Cronen, MD

Dr. Cronen was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He relocated to Tampa from St. Louis in 2007. Married with one young daughter, Dr. Cronen enjoys time with his family. His hobbies include outdoor activities such as cycling, snowboarding, and water sports. Dr. Cronen is actively involved in the Shriners Hospital and he provides surgery expertise for children with spine deformities.

Board Certifications
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Education

University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

Additional Education

West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
College of Business and Economics


West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
Orthopaedic Surgery


Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, MO
Adult & Pediatric Spine Surgery

Hospital Memberships

AdventHealth Tampa
AdventHealth Wesley Chapel
Tampa General Hospital

Special Interests

Adult and Pediatric Spine Care
Cervical Spine
Spine Deformities

Conditions Treated

Adolescent Scoliosis

Adult Scoliosis

Degenerative Disc Disease

Herniated Disc

Kyphosis, Abnormal Outward Curvature of the Spine

Trauma – Spinal Injuries

Spinal Tumors

Vertebral Compression Fractures

And more

Surgical Treatments for Spine Conditions

Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion (ACDF)

Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)

Cervical Corpectomy

Lumbar Laminectomy

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy

Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF)

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

Non-Surgical Treatments for Spine Conditions


Chiropractic care

Epidural spinal injections

Medication-based therapy

Physical therapy

Sample Cases - Before & After Photos

Please visit the following links to view sample cases:

Adolescent Scoliosis

Adult Scoliosis

Revision Surgery

Physician Team

North Tampa 14547 Bruce B Downs Blvd Tampa, Florida 33613  Suite C

North Tampa

14547 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, Florida 33613

Suite C

Wiregrass 2352 Bruce B Downs Blvd Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544  Suite 102


2352 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544

Suite 102

Florida Medical Clinic Orlando Health participates with most major carriers. Please consult your insurance carrier prior to your appointment to verify our participation status with your insurance plan. This list is subject to change and is not all-inclusive.

  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna PPO
Allwell by Sunshine (Medicare HMO)
  • AvMed HMO
  • AvMed PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield aka: Florida Blue
  • BC Advantage 65
  • BCBS Medicare HMO
  • BCBS Medicare PPO
  • BCBS PPO (Includes EPO, PPC, BlueOptions, Blue Select)
Cigna (Includes Great West)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna PPO
  • Coventry HMO
  • Coventry Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Medicare PPO
  • Coventry PPO
Freedom Health Medicare Advantage Plan HMO
Health First Health Plans
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO (including Gold Plus HMO)
  • Humana Medicare PPO (Includes Choice PPO/PFFS)
  • Humana PPO
Longevity Health Plan
Multiplan (Includes Multiplan, Beechstreet/ PHCS)
Optimum Healthcare Medicare Advantage HMO
Partners Direct Health (includes Hendry Marine Industries, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, & Trustmark- Word of Life)
Railroad Medicare
  • Tricare East
  • Tricare East HMO (Prime)
United Health Care
  • United Healthcare AARP Medicare Complete HMO
  • United Healthcare AARP Medicare Complete PPO
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete HMO
  • United Healthcare Dual Complete PPO
  • United Healthcare HMO
  • United Healthcare PPO
Wellcare by Allwell (Medicare Advantage HMO Plan)
  • Wellmed- UnitedHealthcare Medicare
Worker Compensation Plans

Spine Surgery

What is Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

Geoffrey Cronen, MD

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis can make walking painful. Learn more about this condition and get in touch with Florida Medical Clinic Orlando Health to find a physician.

Spine Surgery

Spines and Scoliosis

Geoffrey Cronen, MD

Looking for professional advice about spines and scoliosis? Florida Medical Clinic Orlando Health is your best resource. Call now to make an appointment with a spine specialist.


Surgery for Scoliosis

Geoffrey Cronen, MD

A leader in Reconstructive Spine Surgery, Dr. Geoffrey Cronen provides you with the info you need to decide if surgery for scoliosis is the right choice.


Dr. Geoffrey Cronen: A Day in the Life

Experience Dr. Geoffrey Cronen's specialized approach to orthopaedic surgery and patient care. As a leader in the Southeast United States in spinal deformity and reconstructive surgeries, Dr. Cronen is Board-Certified and fellowship trained. He is dedicated to helping children with spinal deformities at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa.

Dr. Geoffrey Cronen Interviews on Studio10

Discusses Spine Deformities on Studio10

Dr. Geoffrey Cronen Interviews on Health Matters

Dr. Cronen talks about correcting and relieving Spine and Spinal Deformities on the Health Matters TV program. Full Segment.

Jazzlyn Runs Again

Dr. Cronen fixes Jazzlyn's Scoliosis-plagued back upon initial discovery, allowing her to keep her running career going.

Forrest Gets Back on the Court

As a young teen, Forrest was diagnosed with Scheuermann's Kyphosis, a progressive spinal deformity. Learn how Dr. Cronen helps him get his life back and gets him back on the basketball court.

Lauren gets her sports life back after beating scoliosis

See how Lauren beat scoliosis using a brace instead of surgery with the help of Dr. Cronen

Dr. Geoffrey Cronen Interviews on Health Matters

Dr. Cronen talks about correcting and relieving Spine and Spinal Deformities on the Health Matters TV program. Commercial

Jazzlyn Runs Again

Dr. Cronen fixes Jazzlyn's Scoliosis-plagued back upon initial discovery, allowing her to keep her running career going.

Dr. Cronen's Patient Commercial - Forrest

Forrest overcomes Scheuermann's Kyphosis, a progressive spinal deformity

Dr. Cronen is our hero!

Thank you Dr. Cronen for helping our little girl beat scoliosis!


When I first came to visit Dr. Cronen I had been experiencing significant low back pain with radiating numbness into my left leg that, after almost 4 years, had now begun affecting the function of my left leg, which over time could result in permanent loss of function. Over the course of two visits Dr. Cronen carefully took my case into consideration, researched the options and thoughtfully presented them to me. It was decided that surgery was the only solution for long-term resolve. The doctor and surgery coordinator, Rebecka Johnson, worked diligently to arrange my surgery date in relative short order due to my medical coverage limitations. I am now almost 8 months post-op and doing wonderful, back in the gym, with full function and no more leg numbness or loss of function. The entire Florida Medical Clinic Orlando Health Orthopaedics team was absolutely terrific, and I am so very grateful for the genuine care I received through the entire process. ... Read More +
Greg N.
I am so thankful for Dr. Cronen doing my spinal surgery. I give this doctor five stars for taking such good care of me and would recommend him to all my family and friends.
Carolyn S.

"Beyond expectations"

Incredible. He and his support staff are beyond expectations. The very best of the best. Thank you and may God bless you one and all.

"He was finally able to walk pain free"

Dr Cronen is an excellent surgeon who really cares about his patients. Both Dr Cronen and Josh made Joey feel special From the first appointment he told us that he needed surgery. We trusted their opinion and I'm glad we did. He was finally able to walk pain free Thank you both for helping him
Kathleen C. (Joey's mom)

"Made me feel at ease"

When going into a doctor's office to talk to a doctor, you can become very nervous but this office made me feel at ease, especially the doctor.
Kerry G.

"Thank you to all."

I am a new patient of Dr. Cronen and Florida Medical Clinic Orlando Health. Dr. Cronen and his staff identified the medical condition contributing to the pain I was experiencing on the very first visit. After a consultation with Josh, his PA, and Dr. Cronen, a treatment plan was discussed. Today I received the first treatment to determine what steps may need to be taken in the future. I am extremely pleased that I learned of Dr. Cronen through a general electronic communication my wife received on her smart phone. The staff at the front desk, check-in and out, including follow-up appointments, are very polite and courteous. Thank you to all.... Read More +
Thomas D.

"Compassionate person who truly cares about his patients."

Dr. Cronen saved my quality of life! I began having intermittent numbness in my hand when performing certain functions such as starting IVs. As an RN with many years of repetitive motions, I self diagnosed myself with "old age-itis". The symptoms became more severe and I saw a neurologist who diagnosed spinal cord compression in the cervical spine due to stenosis. After treatment with steroids, NSAIDs, and PT the numbness was alleviated. Shortly thereafter the problem returned, this time to both hands. Despite the same treatment, I then developed severe pain radiating down my arm. As a typical nurse, I again attempted to self treat with no relief. After an ER visit and evaluation by neurologist I was referred to Dr Cronen. I will never forget telling him that I was not ready to be an "old lady" and that I wanted to be able to garden, ride my bike, and work as a nurse. My position of comfort was my head down on my chest area resting on a neck pillow, and if I looked up the pain would start. In his office Dr Cronen got down on his knees so that I could see his face! Wow! Most of the neurosurgeons I had worked with seem to consider themselves a higher power and would never "stoop so low". After the consult I was very comfortable with the surgery option. Immediately after having a cervical discectomy with fusion at 3 levels in the cervical spine, I had NO PAIN! 4 years later I am doing all the things I could do prior to surgery. Dr Cronen is not only a skilled surgeon, he is a compassionate person who truly cares about his patients.... Read More +
Erin L.

"This team of doctors and staff truly changed my life"

Today is day 10 after surgery, Did I even think it was possible to have lower back surgery & return to work in 10 days….The answer was, I sure hope so….lol. I met Dr. Cronen through a referral from my family doctor. My doctor said to me “I would recommend this guy for my wife if she needed work done” With that said, I called the same day and made an appointment. I met Dr. Cronen and his staff for the first time in 2012. He took a good look at my history and sent me off for pictures. After seeing my problem for the third time (Cervical Disc Fusion) all diff levels. Yes this will be my third surgery on my spine, except there was one big difference, it was Dr Cronen himself & his staff. Never have I felt so comfortable with a team like this on my side. My surgery went flawless & was back home/work in almost no time at all. Now my latest, once again my family doctor told me to go back and see Dr. Cronen for my lower back, I knew I needed surgery about 5 years ago, but I dreaded the horrible stories I’ve heard about back surgery. After seeing Dr. Cronen and his team jump into action again to help me with this problem….I knew it couldn’t be that bad. Today is day 10 after back surgery, there are no words to explain how relieved I feel with Dr. Cronen in my life. Thank you Dr. Cronen, Thank you Rebecca, and not to forget, Thank You Josh. This team of doctors and staff, truly changed my life. We are all blessed. ... Read More +
Barney L

"He gave me back my life"

After many years of pain and numerous treatment (2 laser surgeries) I finally got to meet with Dr Cronen WooHoo ! He is my life savior. He gave me back my life. I’m so grateful for everything he did for me. Dr Cronen is honest and direct. I really appreciate the fact that there was never a gray zone. He got to the point of the problem and fixed it the best way he could. THANK YOU DR CRONEN I’m pain free, pills free and back to my life.
Valerie T.

"I knew I had made the right decision"

...I was told that I was lucky to even be walking before the procedure. When I put my feet on the floor two hours after surgery and there was no pain in my legs, I knew I had made the right decision. Now here I am almost a year later and still doing everything I was doing before without limitations.
Richard N.

"Thank you Dr. Cronen! I am a believer thanks to you!"

Hi! My name is Lizette. I was born in India, raised in Kuwait, and move to the U.S in 1997. I had polio as a child which caused paralysis in my right leg and muscle weakness all over my body. I have been wearing a KAFO (leg brace) since, which helps me walk. I was also diagnosed with Scoliosis when I was very little. I can’t remember how old I was but was never treated for it. I saw a spine specialist, in Kuwait where I grew up, when I was about 20 years old. He told me that he didn’t recommend surgery because my back only hurt occasionally and I didn’t look like I had scoliosis. That was the extent that I went with seeing a doctor about my back. I lived with Scoliosis as it got worse and so did the pain. It wasn’t until 2009 that I decided to see a doctor because the pain became unbearable. I couldn’t sit, stand, walk, or lie down without hurting. I asked my boyfriend to find out where his Boss had had back surgery. I knew his Boss took excellent care of himself and was confident that he would only go to the best Doctors. I was right! I met Dr. Cronen who took his time explaining the condition of my back and how important it was for me to have surgery, answering all my questions and addressing all my concerns. He also explained to me the risks that were involved with Spinal fusion surgery. After hearing of the risks I freaked out and said to Dr. Cronen, “I cannot have this surgery … I have a 2 year Old!” I was afraid of becoming a paraplegic and never being able to walk again. This would mean not being able to play with my son or being able to raise him like I wanted to. Dr. Cronen was very understanding. He said that I didn’t need to give him an answer right now and should think about it. I’m glad I did because it is a decision that I made that I will never regret! I had my surgery on December 2nd, 2009. The surgery was close to 12 hours long. I was in the ICU for a few days. I remember feeling down in the dumps one morning and Dr. Cronen stopped by to visit. He asked me how I was doing and I started balling my eyes out. I don’t think I made very much sense but Dr. Cronen was very understanding and comforting. He told me that I would feel a lot better when I started rehab. Immediately after, I was in rehab at University Community Hospital and was doing great. Dr. Cronen and his assistant Josh would come by to see me. It was really nice to see them. This really helped lift my spirits while in the hospital. I was eager to get home for Christmas and fortunately I made it out of the hospital just in time to spend Christmas with my family. When I got home I saw my back for the first time and thought WOW!!!! That can’t be my back! I had a waist line!!! Before my surgery I had no waist line and a hump on my back from the severe curves. I would find ways to hide the hump by growing my hair really long or carrying a big enough purse and wearing bigger clothing to hide the bulge on my waist. I remember I would look at my back in the mirror and would always say to myself, “if I could only cut off this big hump on my back I would look normal.” But I knew that was not possible. I saw an orthopedic doctor before I met Dr. Cronen who told me that I would have to go to a big city like New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles to find a Spine Surgeon who would perform the surgery I needed to correct the Scoliosis in my back. Little did I know about Dr. Cronen. My life has never been the same since my surgery. I have zero pain and a feminine figure and am not disfigured!! People at work who have known me for a few years have told me that I look great and ask what I’ve done. I tell them about how my back surgery turned my life around. I now walk with a confidence I never had before. It feels great being pain free. Today I don’t have to grow my hair out to cover the hump on my back but long enough to show off my waist. I also like carrying small purses. I make sure to let as many people know about Dr. Cronen because just like me, there could be more people out there who need help with Scoliosis and may not know that there is an awesome surgeon in town who can help them. I am ever so grateful to Dr. Cronen who has amazing talent. He knows his stuff and makes a remarkable difference in people’s lives. He is the kind of doctor we need more of because he doesn’t stop at Doctor. He is personable and genuinely cares about his patients. He goes above and beyond to make sure that his patients feel important and well taken care of. I appreciate all the time, care, and patience that he has had with me through this whole process. I could go on and on about him but I will end here by saying “Thank you Dr. Cronen! I am a believer thanks to you! Please let me know how I can help reach out to those who need your help.”... Read More +

"Dr. Cronen and his staff were informative and extremely helpful"

After much research searching for a surgeon who could help me with my severe case of spondylolithesis I found Dr. Cronen. Being a US citizen living abroad in Mexico the task was made more complicated. From the first contact, Dr. Cronen and his staff were informative and extremely helpful in dealing with the process of arranging for a complete diagnosis and surgery. Despite my anxiousness prior to surgery, the procedure itself went very smoothly. I was comforted by the entire surgical team’s experience and professionalism. The recovery time was much less than expected and I was back to most of my favorite physical activities again.... Read More +
John W.

How do you say “thanks” to someone that has given you back your life?

Dr. Geoffrey Cronen, When I came to your office in April 2011, the best I was hoping for was, “some” relief for my aching back. I never dreamed that I would have the results I have today. Let me start at the beginning. I have suffered lower back pain for almost 30 years. Recently, (early 2011), the pain become so intense that I thought I would have to quit my job. Yes, at age 70, I am still working. Not because I have to, but because I love my job with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The pain in my right leg become so intense that I could hardly walk. I could not stand but for a few minutes before pain required me to sit down. Not that sitting really gave me relief. Nothing gave me relief. With a referral, and a high recommendation from my primary doctor, Dr Eduardo Gonzalez, I came to see you. Quite frankly my expectations were not very high since I had seen many doctors about my back problems over many years. You and your staff were extremely nice to me and treated me with respect. You suggested surgery. Being under a lot of pain, I felt that maybe surgery would give me “some” relief. You realized much more than I, how serious the problems in my back were. I know it had to be a tough decision on your part to take on extensive surgery on a 70 year old man. We both agreed to the surgery and in May 2011 you performed the 9+ hours of surgery, fixing numerous problems with my back. I understand you found more problems than were apparent in the MRI’s, CAT scans, and /or Xrays. But fortunately, for me, you continued to make correction after correction and then finally completed the operation and sent me to recovery. After 5 days in the hospital, and 5 days in a rehab facility I got to come home. After being home for a while, my recovery seem to be coming along very good. After about 4 days in the hospital I ask for all pain medication to be stopped. I was tender, but really had no pain. I took no pain medication in the rehab facility and only a Tylenol occasionally after that. To make I long story short, I was back at work less than 3 months after the surgery. I am pain free, as far as my back and leg are concerned. I can stand still for more than a few minutes now. I can walk, pain free. All in all, you accomplished much more than I ever expected. You have made it so that I can continue to do the job I love so much, and to just enjoy life. How do you say “thanks” to someone that has given you back your life? Thanks to you and all your staff for what you have done for me. It seems to me like I can not find the proper words to express how much I appreciate what you and your staff have done, so I will end this with the only word that seems appropriate, “THANKS”.... Read More +
Jerry W. L.
I am one of the soccer coaches at Franklin County High School, and am reporting on the impact of the spinal surgery you performed on Deborah. She has only played soccer for two years, one year before the surgery and one year after. Her enjoyment of the game is incredible improvement in skill is a testimony to the success of the surgery. Though she was understandably cautious when practice started in October, she never missed a practice or match, become one of our more aggressive players, and as a Freshman became a “starter” by the end of the season. We are so grateful for the positive impact you have had on her life. Thank you.... Read More +
David C.
My name is Dallas; I met Dr. Cronen in July of 2010, and my surgery took place August 9, 2010.  I was so worried he was going to be some stuffy Doctor that would come in to the room, talk only to my mom, and then leave; not caring about my thoughts or concerns as we have had in the past. We were already prepared to find someone else if that was the case. This could not have been farther from the truth. He spoke to me and my mom as if we had been buddies for a long time.  I left his office that day as if I had just hung out with a friend who was reassuring me that he was going to look out for me and make sure that I would be okay. I was very scared, but he seemed to have understood me and just hung out in the room for longer than I know he was required to; let’s just say, not only do I have the best Doctor matched up to me, but I have gotten a friend for life. He and his staff have treated me, my mom, and anyone that comes with me with such kindness; we are welcomed each time I go in for my follow up visit as if I was just there yesterday.  I text Dr Cronen on his cell phone when I am concerned of something new that is going on with my back or due to the surgery and its recovery stages that are taking place or to tell him something I was able to do. He always makes it a point to get back to me either by texting or calling. I don’t remember much before or after the surgery, but I do remember him being there; talking to me, making sure I felt safe as I was prepped for surgery. He also made sure my mom stayed informed of where he was at during the surgery.  Dr. Cronen you are the best. Thank you for being who you are, devoting your time to kids like me and truly caring.  It does make a difference. Hey Tasha, this was more difficult to write than we thought. It is not a loss for words, it is that it is very emotional.  You guys have truly been there for us during a time that is a life changing event and you have been as big a part of Dr Cronen making us feel confident with this surgery.  You two are a good team and the assistant that he has, Josh? He could not be with anyone better.  Bed side manners do count.  Thank you very much.... Read More +
Becki & Dallas

"We will surely be sending more people your way!"

From the moment we arrived, Florida Medical Clinic Orlando Health impressed us! Plenty of available parking, a beautiful building and open seats in the waiting room of Dr. Cronen’s suite welcomed us. The desk staff promptly took my information, and soon asked if everyone in the waiting room had been called to the window – wow! Customer Service! After being taken back to our exam room, Kristen gave my daughter the requisite paper wardrobe. When she was changed, the friendly X-ray tech (sorry, I don’t remember the name!) ensured my teenage daughter was duly covered by the gown and he told her how to stay modest on the walk to and from x-ray. The care he took with her showed us that her modesty mattered to him. Dr. Cronen came in soon after her return, asked lots of questions, and sat in a relaxed posture while we answered questions. He wasn’t rushing for the door or pressing for quick answers. He listened to what we had to say, and stayed with us for nearly 30 minutes to pass along his wisdom and thoughts of her diagnosis and treatment plan. Almost as an afterthought, he invited Kim, an on-site physical therapist, to come in and talk with Maddy as her story had common elements to Maddy’s, and she was able to give us further information to get us the appropriate follow-up care. We got all of our questions answered and felt as though we had a clear direction for Maddy’s care plan. The entire time we were at Florida Medical Clinic Orlando Health, we were treated with respect, friendliness, and compassion. Our experience was so completely different from past ortho experiences. We will surely be sending more people your way! Thank you, Dr. Cronen and your staff, for making our trip pleasant and fruitful!... Read More +
Annette L.

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