J. Rafe Sales, MD

At his practice at St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, J. Rafe Sales, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, provides customized diagnosis and treatment plans for adults living with back pain and related symptoms.

Dr. Sales is a leader in the field of orthopedic spine surgery, using state-of-the-art treatments and products to help patients return to active, pain-free lives. Dr. Sales was the first surgeon in Oregon to implement cutting-edge products, such as the Abbott Penta™ lead, Orthofix M6-C™ disc replacement, Flarehawk® interbody implant, and Amplify™ Dual X expanding interbody fusion system.

Dr. Sales takes a conservative approach to treating spinal conditions and injuries. In addition to providing minimally invasive spinal surgeries such as disc replacements, spinal cord stimulator implantation, and spinal fusion, Dr. Sales and his team provide comprehensive treatment plans combining medication, injections, and collaboration with physical therapists and chiropractors to help patients recover without surgical intervention

When surgery is necessary, Dr. Sales and his team pride themselves on helping patients return to their homes and regular activities quickly and safely. They have the lowest length of stay for lumbar spine surgery in Oregon. In many cases, they provide spinal surgery as an outpatient procedure.

Dr. Sales and his team welcome new patients and accept most insurance plans. Appointments are available today by calling the practice or booking online.

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The team at Summit Spine Institute, led by Dr. Rafe Sales, has provided state of the art surgical and nonsurgical spine care for the Oregon and Southwest Washington community for the last 11 years. Our goal is to provide each and every patient with the best care possible. Surgery is only utilized when all other options have been exhausted, and our mission is to get patients back on their feet in as little time as possible. Minimally invasive techniques are utilized when possible in order to maximize results while minimizing pain. Research is at the core of the institute, and has allowed our team to develop state of the art techniques and make sure that each and every patient gets the best individualized treatment option possible. With a well-established and integrated network of physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, and pain specialists, our goal is to improve the quality of life for each of our patients in the most efficient manner possible.

Dr. Rafe Sales, MD

Dr. Rafe Sales, MD

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Words from our patients

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    "My surgery went great fun group of people at the surgery center they made it easy to relax before the surgery. I’m now at home recovering."

    Julie D.
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    "This whole team is phenomenal. So compassionate, personable, and absolutely they're to heal you and help you recover. Dr. Sales is an incredible surgeon."

    Foxy B.
  • "Their office staff are polite and sincere. Dr. Sales will go above and beyond to make sure you are really taken care of."

    Briean J.
  • Google

    " Dr. Sales was extremely great to work with and helped me come up with the best solution for me. The surgery was fairly quick and I healed very fast."

    Kirk G.
  • "I can't say enough good things about Dr. Sales. The Coflex has cut the recovery way down and the pain was gone the first week after surgery."

    John A.


J. Rafe Sales, MD
9155 SW Barnes Road, Suite 210
West Portland

Portland, OR 97225
Phone: 503-546-3503
Fax: 503-546-3507

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