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Steven J. Tresser, M.D.

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My patients' well-being is very important to me. My aim is to eliminate their pain and restore them to normal function however I am able.

Dr. Tresser is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery specializing in neurosurgery and adult degenerative spine disorders. After graduating, he pursued additional advanced training in neurosurgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. Prior to joining Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Dr. Tresser practiced for 20 years at a private practice in Tampa where he utilized the most advanced surgical techniques including computer-assisted navigational surgery and micro neurosurgery.

Dr. Tresser focuses on complex spinal surgery encompassing degeneration, deformities, and trauma. He also offers patients minimally invasive spine surgery, kyphoplasty, and lumbar spinal injections.

In addition to his work in surgery, Dr. Tresser has over 30 years of experience teaching and has been an investigator in multiple research studies. He is a certified Diplomate of the National Medical Board, the American Board of Neurological Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Tresser is currently active in seven professional societies and has won multiple awards, including the Dudley P. Allen Scholar Award from Case Western Reserve University for his distinguished research on neurotransmitter plasticity. He is currently the director of Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s spine surgery fellowship training program.

In his spare time, Dr. Tresser enjoys photography, sailing, exercise, and craft brewing.




Doctor Tresser is truly outstanding in every aspect. He epitomizes what we patients seek in a specialized surgeon. He is so astronomical that he has literally reached the level of being celestial! Simply the BEST of the BEST!

Ron R.

Dr. Tresser performed brain surgery on me in April 2002, and it was metastatic cancer in the brain. He was the kindest, most involved doctor I have ever had. Surgeries for lung cancer and another brain surgery from an auto accident, and I am still enjoying my family and life. I owe a great deal to the skill and caring of Dr. Tresser. Thank you.

Herb B.

Dr. Tresser is an excellent spine surgeon. My back has been a mess for several years, and this was a complex surgery. I’m two months post-surgery and doing very well. He has an outstanding team, and they are well organized.

Marshall B.

Dr. Tresser is very detailed and thorough when explaining everything that you need to know at your appointment.

Catherine W.

Dr. Tresser has performed a SI Fusion and a Lumbar Laminectomy on me, and both have had tremendous results. He is a superb surgeon. He also did a fantastic job in laying out all the options I had to help me make the decisions.

Gary H.

Although he may be a man of few words, he is a physician of great skill and knowledge. I can honestly say that in the 30+ years and 3 prior back surgeries, I have never been this free of chronic back pain. I can walk further than in the weeks prior to and leading up to surgery. Thank you FOI and Dr. Tresser for the care you have provided. I hope to continue on this positive road to recovery.

Anthony M.

Dr. Tresser, Chuck and Tasha are the best. I ended up having to have a spinal fusion, but Dr. Tresser tried to avoid it. Great surgery, no issues afterwards. Can’t say enough about them. If you ever have a spinal problem, go to them and don’t delay.

Matt J.

I’ve been a patient of Dr. Tresser’s for about 10 days. To date, the Institute has performed 2 MRI’s, X-rays and I’ve had two conversations with Dr. Tresser. Everything has gone very well so far. The reception staff, the technicians, and the doctor have been excellent. The facility is nice and wait times have been very reasonable. Dr. Tresser is very empathetic, knowledgeable and easy to talk to.

Roger G.

I was very satisfied with the explanation of Dr. Steven Tresser regarding the problem of my wife and her operation. He is a very good doctor.

Natu P.

Should you ever need anyone to take care of your orthopedic needs, I highly recommend that you call Dr. Steven Tresser at Florida Orthopaedic Institute. He also has the very best assistant, Chuck, who is an outstanding individual and is a very nice complement to Dr. Tresser. We drove all the way over to Tampa from Clearwater Beach and looked forward to every visit to see both Dr. Tresser and Chuck.

Teresa J.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute and Dr. Tresser are outstanding. Dr. Tresser is a highly competent surgeon. He listened and made competent decisions on how to treat my back problems. He is not quick to cut when there are other options to solve the issue. I found him online and he is rated as a top ortho and neuro surgeon in the Tampa Bay area. I trust him with my spine.

Fowler B.

A 35+ year in career in pro-wrestling is tough on the back. I could no longer take the excruciating pain, so my primary physician recommended Dr. Steven Tresser. Thank God! Dr. Tresser, Chuck and staff have done an exemplary job! After 3 months, I feel like a new person. Don’t worry doc, I’ll stay planted until you say otherwise. I sure hope others trust and choose you. Thanks again!

Brian B.

Dr. Tresser is very professional. He helped me with a lot of my back pain. I am so happy he’s the one who operated on me. Now I am almost pain free. Thank you! You are the best!

Andrzej S.

Everything was wonderful and professional! I have no pain or numbness. It was a miracle and I hope it lasts forever and ever.

Pamela Z.

Dr. Tresser and his surgical team did an amazing job. We are only a month since my husband’s surgery and he has gone from barely walking to walking more than five miles a day. The entire experience at the hospital from pre-op to post-op was exceptional to say the least. Dr. Tresser was recommended by several doctors as the best neurosurgeon.

Kristen N.

I was recommended to go to Dr. Tresser by another doctor. I have to say that this man must be the finest of the finest neurosurgeons ever. He is a very talented and successful minimalist. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! I had no more sciatic pain in my legs when I woke up from anesthesia. I could hardly believe it. I was walking down the hallways without assistance and continued to improve steadily over the next few weeks. I feel just terrific. Thank you, Dr. Tresser!


Extremely grateful for the accuracy of assessment and execution of my procedure. Positive results such as steadiness when walking were immediately evident after the laminoplasty performed. Recovery, though challenging, is hopeful and eagerly anticipated thanks to the skill and confidence of this healthcare professional. Thank you Dr. Tresser!

Steven B.

I love the care I receive from Dr. Tresser, Charles Procuniar and the rest of the staff. Don’t have any problems with them!

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I am very happy with Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s services and staff. I have been going to Florida Orthopaedic Institute for different reasons for over ten years. Now, I am seeing Dr. Tresser. He provides me with excellent care, but more importantly he gives me the confidence and puts my mind to rest. Thank you all!!


I had a transition to Dr. Tresser when Dr. Billys left the practice. The experience was great! I am very happy with the service I received from Samantha and the staff, they are so nice!

Rick K.

Dr. Tresser is a superstar! I underwent a two staged procedure for spinal fusion with interbody cages at 4 levels then 2 days later rod placement for spine curvature.  The surgery was very successful and I was taking Tylenol for pain after 2 weeks.   I was basically unable to walk any distance without having to sit before surgery…that pain is gone!  Thank you Dr. Tresser for your excellent care.

Lloyd B.

I’ve had lower back pain for the last 20 years. In the last 7 years I’ve gotten 4 shots in my back, the first two worked. I had two more in the beginning of the year and it didn’t work. I was sent to see Dr. Tresser and he said I needed surgery (I was scared). Dr. Tresser did an anterior fusion on June 29th, I was supposed to be in the hospital for three days, I got out the day after surgery. It’s been 3 months since my surgery and my back hasn’t felt this good in 20 years.

Bonnie J.


  • Research Fellowship, Department of Neurosciences, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Neurological Surgery, University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Internship, General Surgery, University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • Medical Degree, University of Miami School of Medicine

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