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Donald D. Hales, M.D.

Orthopaedic Spine, Disc Replacement

Dr. Hales is a board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon, specializing in medical and surgical problems of the spine and neck, total disc replacements, Kyphoplasty, fusions, scoliosis, minimally invasive techniques, including Coflex procedures.

Dr. Hales completed a spine fellowship through the University of California, Los Angeles’ departments of neurosurgery and orthopaedics and was an assistant clinical professor at the university’s School of Medicine. Joining Northern Arizona Orthopaedics in 1988, Dr. Hales is a specialist in spinal diseases and surgery with a special emphasis on minimally invasive techniques and implants.

Dr. Hales is actively involved in the performing arts community, participating in the Master Chorale of Flagstaff since 1990, singing tenor. He is also a pilot and enjoys scuba diving and weight lifting.



  • Spine Fellowship University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Doctorate of Medicine Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Back Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Arizona American Medical Association

Personal Quote

“Our patients are welcomed as family and we strive for the best possible patient care. I feel a great satisfaction when we can make a difference in the lives of our patients. My team's motto is Hugs are the best medicine. ”

Patient Testimonials

”Dr. Donald D. Hales welcomed me to the practice, explained who he was, took time to go over
my tests with me, and explained what had happened to me and why.“

Richard N.

”He took the time with me after surgery to answer all my questions and give me helpful
information for my recovery.“

Dennielle P.

”He knows when I am hurting.“

Richard C.