Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

34 Patient Ratings
47 Patient Comments

Erica F. Bisson, M.D., M.P.H.

Patient Rating:

4.8 out of 5

34 Patient Ratings
47 Patient Comments

Clinical Details

Phone Number Clinical Office Address
(801) 585-6065
Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132


Dr. Erica Bisson specializes in complex spine surgery with a focus on cervical disease (neck pain) , utilizing both novel artificial disc and fusion technology. She also treats patients with spinal cord injury, spine trauma, and degenerative spinal conditions (neck and back pain). Dr. Bisson obtained her medical degree from Tufts University. She also completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Utah in 2008, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Utah. Dr. Bisson’s professional interests include occipitocervical disease, cervical degenerative disorders, advanced spinal fusion techniques, and image-guided surgery. In her free time, Dr. Bisson enjoys outdoor recreation with her family. She is currently welcoming new patients, and accepts most insurance plans.

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Associate Professor
Orthopaedics - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery

Patient Ratings

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

Likelihood of recommending care provider
My confidence in care provider
Time care provider spent with me
Care provider spoke using clear language
Care provider's effort to include me in decisions
Care provider's concern for questions & worries
Care provider's explanation of condition/problem
Wait time at clinic
Care provider's friendliness and courtesy

Patient Comments

Patient comments are gathered from our Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

January 15, 2017

I left with questions not answered, it's hard to remember she only addresses the neck when to the back and neck are connected. I returned to the dr. who did my back surgery and he instited that someone at the u of u must have done it would give no help at all , so I don't know who to turn to for answers. I am just getting worse and worse so I just quit

December 19, 2016

Really impressed with the amount of time the doctor spent with me.

November 11, 2016

I have great confidence in Dr. Bisson. If I ever need neurosurgery, I hope she will be the one to provide it.

November 11, 2016

Very Good

November 08, 2016

Dr Bisson listened to my concerns, fully answered my questions and made sure I understood her responses. She pulled up the images on the computer and showed me what she thought about them.

August 23, 2016

Dr. Bisson was running late and she was very apologetic. I like that I never felt rushed and she answered every one of my questions. She was honest and upfront about the plan and I know I am in good hands in her care.

July 15, 2016

very helpful

June 21, 2016

Delightful, talented person

June 09, 2016


April 17, 2016

Discharge was slow not as complete as could have been

March 20, 2016

Dr. Bisson answered all my questions and gave a great demonstration of my surgical procedure using a model. She was very thorough, thoughtful, and professional.

February 22, 2016

I have several friends who are experiencing similar issues and are waiting to see how I fare. May mean more referrals.

February 12, 2016

Dr. Bisson was both approachable and professional. She was very informative and interactive which my wife and I found comforting.

January 07, 2016

Dr. Bisson is a wonderful doctor. I travel 5 hours one way to see her. She excels at allowing you the patient, to explain your symptoms completely and listens without interuppting! She thoroughly reviewed my MRI explaining each potential cause of my problem. Her excellent bed side manner should be used as a model for other practicing providers. She steered me away from cervical surgery and suggested other, far less, invasive procedures to remedy my problems. If you have cervical spine issues this is the person you want to have in your corner. Simply put, one of the very best experiences I have every had with a physician.

November 24, 2015

The whole staff is great and I would recommend y'all without any hesitation or concerns!

November 05, 2015


October 20, 2015

Dr. Bisson is absolutely the best. I am so lucky she is my neuro surgeon. Thank you Dr. Bisson, you have helped change my life!

September 30, 2015

Thank you for honoring the appointment after traveling 200 miles and spending a night in a motel to get to the MRI and appointment.

September 04, 2015

Dr. Bisson was Great!! She listened, explained and spent 45 minutes with me discussing my problems and what steps we would take to find a solution. I was impressed on the time she devoted and did not feel rushed at any time.

July 04, 2015

Dr. Bisson explained my condition using images and was very careful to make sure I understood everything about my spine.

June 13, 2015

Very helpful and informative! Put me at ease and answered all my questions. Spent adequate time with me and referred me to next provider

March 27, 2015

No one listened to what I was saying. After having seen numerous Dr.'s about my neck over the years, I've learned to tell if they are there to help you or simply sell you on steroids and months of P.T. Finding a spinal/neck Dr. is hard, but I will keep looking.

March 16, 2015

Dr. Bisson is the best. Not only a great physician, but has a great bedside manner too.

March 02, 2015

I was so impressed with Dr. Bisson. She was amazing!!

February 27, 2015

All very good

December 01, 2014

Had there been an excellent column I would have checked that. Very Very impressed

October 28, 2014

Dr Bisson is amazing and took the time to answer all of our questions and showed concern for my condition.

April 20, 2014

Visit was hurried because Dr. Bisson had a surgery to go to. Nevertheless, she handled the situation well and took care of the business we needed to in preparation for my surgery.

March 17, 2014

Dr Bisson exceeded my expectations as a health care provider. I have never had a provider spend as much time and be as thorough as Dr Bisson in discussing my diagnosis and treatment options.

February 17, 2014

"Dr. Bisson walks on water!"

December 13, 2013

This was my 1st visit with Dr. Bissen. I chose her because of her credentials, area of expertise, and patient satisfaction scores- and I was not disappointed. Dr. Bissen is wonderful! Very thorough, knows her field, personable, and was able to answer all my questions. While I am in the medical field, I appreciate that she spoke directly to my husband, who is not, and included him in the visit. That does not always happen. I am delighted to have found Dr. Bissen and I completely trust her. I have already told another person with similar symptoms to see Dr. Bissen. I was very pleased with my visit.

November 13, 2013

There was no instructions needed at this time. I am sure that will come later.

November 05, 2013

Dr. Bission is an extraordinary doctor who is compassionate, caring, extremely skilled in her specialty, highly intelligent and I would recommend her to everyone.

November 04, 2013

I have already recommend Dr Bisson to a friend, and she has an appointment.

October 21, 2013

excellent compared to previous experience with PAs

October 07, 2013

I am confident in this doctor

September 30, 2013

Dr. Bisson is excellent. I will have absolutely no difficulty in recommending her.

September 25, 2013

Thank you so much Dr. Bisson! You were wonderful!

September 23, 2013

Dr Bisson was able to put my concerns of "failed" neck surgery to rest with a single visit. She explained more to me about my condition in 30 minutes than I've ever been told by my nuerosurgeon in Colorado. The visit was worth the long trip.

September 03, 2013

I've had nothing but excellent service with warm and professional people at this clinic.

September 02, 2013

She is an outstanding Doctor!!!!

August 31, 2013

Probably the best experience I have had in talking with a doctor. Dr. Bisson was well informed regarding my problems, gave me a precise, detailed, understandable explanation of my back problems, and explained precisely the options for treatment. It was the first time I really understood the precise nature of my back problems and exactly what needs to be done and what the risks are. She was courteous, open, and focused on understanding and treating my problems. Based on my experience, I consider Dr. Bisson to be exceptionally qualified in diagnosing complex spinal disorders and gifted in communicating this information to patients. She will be my first choice to conduct the surgery on my back when I am ready to take that step.

August 06, 2013

Very good

July 22, 2013

Dr. Bisson is excellent

November 15, 2012

Best of care anywhere.

November 12, 2012

Very good visit. I left feeling I knew what my options were, just not how to go about re-connecting once I decided on them. Complete confidence in this provider.

February 03, 2012

Dr. Bisson is one of the best doctors I have spoken with in the medical world. She is easy to talk to and very understanding and compassionate.

Academic Profile

Research Interests

  • Spine Surgery
  • Spine Tumors
  • Cervical Degenerative Disease
  • Degenerative Spine
  • Image Guided Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Trauma
  • Neck Injuries
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Myelopathy

Board Certification and Academic Information

Academic Departments Neurosurgery - Associate Professor
Orthopaedics - Adjunct Associate Professor
Academic Divisions Adult Neurosurgery

Academic Office Locations

Academic Office Phone Number Academic Office Address
(801) 581-6908 Clinical Neurosciences Center
175 North Medical Drive East
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Academic Bio

Dr. Erica Bisson is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and the Medical Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Center Neurosurgery Clinic, as well as Adjunct Associate Professor of Orthopaedics. She received her medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and completed her Neurosurgical training at the University of Vermont. She then went on to complete a fellowship in complex spinal disorders at the University of Utah, under the direction of Dr. Ronald Apfelbaum. After which, she joined the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts and Emerson Hospital as Senior Staff with an adjunct appointment as Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Tufts University, School of Medicine. She returned to Utah in 2009 joining the Spine Division in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Dr. Bisson is a fellow of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, and a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Spine Section. Dr. Bisson has published 35 peer-reviewed articles and serves as principal investigator on a national multicenter trial evaluating ventral and dorsal fusion in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy. As well, Dr. Bisson received the Larson Award in 2011 to support her grant entitled “Prognostic Value of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Patients with Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy."

Dr. Bisson was selected to participate in the 2012 AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar. She continues to work collaboratively with faculty in Neuroradiology and Exercise and Sports Medicine at the University of Utah as well as Neurosurgery Spine faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin.


Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training University of Utah
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Spine Surgery
Residency University of Vermont College of Medicine
Internship University of Vermont College of Medicine
General Surgery
Professional Medical Tufts University School of Medicine
Other Training San Diego State University
Postbaccalaureate Studies
Undergraduate University of Vermont


Selected Provider Publications

Journal Article

  1. Guan J, Ravindra VM, Schmidt MH, Dailey AT, Hood RS, Bisson EF (2017). Comparing clinical outcomes of repeat discectomy versus fusion for recurrent disc herniation utilizing the N2QOD. J Neurosurg Spine, 26(1), 39-44.
  2. Ravindra VM, Guan J, Holland CM, Dailey AT, Schmidt MH, Godzik J, Hood RS, Ray WZ, Bisson EF (2016). Vitamin D status in cervical spondylotic myelopathy: comparison of fusion rates and patient outcome measures. A preliminary experience. (Epub ahead of print) J Neurosurg Sci.
  3. Nabraj Sapkota, Bijaya Thapa, YouJung Lee, Taeho Kim, Erica F Bisson, Lubdha M Shah, John W Rose, Eun-Kee Jeong (2016). Eight-Channel Decoupled Array for Cervical Spinal Cord Imaging at 3T: Six-Channel Posterior and Two-Channel Anterior Array Coil. Concepts Magn Reson B Magn Reson Eng, 46B(2), 90-99.
  4. Sapkota N, Shi X, Shah LM, Bisson EF, Rose JW, Jeong EK (2016). Two-dimensional single-shot diffusion-weighted stimulated EPI with reduced FOV for ultrahigh-b radial diffusion-weighted imaging of spinal cord.LID - 10.1002/mrm.26302 [doi]. (Epub ahead of print) Magn Reson Med.
  5. Guan J, Karsy M, Eli I, Bisson EF, McNally S, Taussky P, Park MS (2016). Increased Incidence of Hypovitaminosis D Among Patients Requiring Treatment for Cerebral Aneurysms. World Neurosurg, 88, 15-20.
  6. Guan J, Bisson EF, Dailey AT, Hood RS, Schmidt MH (2016). Comparison of Clinical Outcomes in the National Neurosurgery Quality and Outcomes Database for Open Versus Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 41(7), E416-21.
  7. Bisson E, Jackman T (2015). The "Value" of a Health-care Provider. AANS Neurosurgeon, 24(4).
  8. Guan J, Karsy M, Schmidt MH, Bisson EF (2015). Impact of Preoperative Hematocrit Level on Length of Stay after Surgery on the Lumbar Spine. Global Spine J, 5(5), 391-5.
  9. Ravindra VM, Neil JA, Shah LM, Schmidt RH, Bisson EF (2015). Surgical management of traumatic frontal sinus fractures: Case series from a single institution and literature review. Surg Neurol Int, 6, 141.
  10. Ray WZ, Akbari S, Shah LM, Bisson E (2015). Correlation of Foraminal Area and Response to Cervical Nerve Root Injections. Cureus, 7(7), e286.
  11. Bisson EF, Bowers CA, Hohmann SF, Schmidt MH (2015). Smoking is Associated with Poorer Quality-Based Outcomes in Patients Hospitalized with Spinal Disease. Front Surg, 2, 20.
  12. Ravindra VM, Godzik J, Dailey AT, Schmidt MH, Bisson EF, Hood RS, Cutler A, Ray WZ (2015). Vitamin D Levels and 1-Year Fusion Outcomes in Elective Spine Surgery: A Prospective Observational Study. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 40(19), 1536-41.
  13. Ghogawala Z, Benzel EC, Riew KD, Bisson EF, Heary RF (2015). Surgery vs Conservative Care for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Surgery Is Appropriate for Progressive Myelopathy. Neurosurgery, 62 Suppl 1, 56-61.
  14. Ravindra VM, Godzik J, Guan J, Dailey AT, Schmidt MH, Bisson EF, Hood RS, Ray WZ (2015). Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency in Patients Undergoing Elective Spine Surgery: A Cross-Sectional Analysis. World Neurosurg, 83(6), 1114-9.
  15. Mazur MD, McEvoy S, Schmidt MH, Bisson EF (2015). High self-assessment of disability and the surgeon's recommendation against surgical intervention may negatively impact satisfaction scores in patients with spinal disorders. J Neurosurg Spine, 22(6), 666-71.
  16. Bisson EF, Mumert ML, Mazur MD, Dailey AT, Schmidt MH (2015). The Fate of Type II Odontoid Fractures after Posterior Atlantoaxial Fusion: Where Does Healing Occur? J Neurol Surg A Cent Eur Neurosurg, 76(4), 274-8.
  17. Godzik J, Ravindra VM, Ray WZ, Schmidt MH, Bisson EF, Dailey AT (2015). Comparison of structural allograft and traditional autograft technique in occipitocervical fusion: radiological and clinical outcomes from a single institution. J Neurosurg Spine, 23(2), 144-52.
  18. Sayama CM, Schmidt MH, Bisson EF (2012). Cervical spine metastases: techniques for anterior reconstruction and stabilization. Neurosurg Rev, 35(4), 463-74; discussion 475.

Book Chapter

  1. Schmidt MH, Bisson EF (2015). Radiographs, CT and MRI. In Harbaugh RE, Shaffrey C, Couldwell WT, Berger MS (Eds.), Neurosurgery Knowledge Update (Chapter 74, pp. 473-478). New York: Thieme.

Global Impact

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Date Role Description Country
12/01/2016 Co-Moderator Surgical Techniques I, CSRS 44th Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, December 1-3, 2016. Global

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