Dr. Jonathan Hott, MD, FACS, FAANS

Neurosurgeon | Spine Surgeon

Jonathan Hott, MD is a board-certified neurosurgery spine specialist in Phoenix, AZ, treating injuries, diseases, and disorders of the spine and brain.


About Dr. Hott

Dr. Hott is a board-certified, fellowship trained neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of all conditions of the spine. He is a graduate with distinction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and went on to earn his medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine. After his second year of medical school, Dr. Hott was selected to complete a one-year research fellowship as a Howard Hughes research scholar at the National Institute of Health. He was rewarded a full scholarship as a result of his work for his remaining years of medical school. He then conducted his general surgery internship at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. Dr. Hott completed his neurosurgical residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute, where he also completed a Complex Spine Fellowship.

Dr. Hott takes pride in his ability to listen to and relate to his patients. You will always see Dr. Hott with every office visit, as he sees all his patients pre and post-operatively himself. The office visit is complete only after all the patient’s questions are answered in full, and the patient has a complete understanding of his or her condition and plan moving forward. Dr. Hott always seeks the most conservative treatment options, and utilizes the most current technology, including intra-operative 3-D image guidance and navigation. Dr. Hott will always make recommendations as if he were treating his own family member. He is well known for his compassion, kindness, and attention to detail.

What Patients Say

November 2021

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“Dr. Jonathan Hott is truly one of the few “Diamonds” in a sea of glass. He’s one of rare breed of physicians remaining in modern medicine today that cares more about their patients than a Porsche. If you’re in need of a Neurosurgeon, you’d have a hard time finding one better than Dr. J. S. Hott. He saved me!!”

October 2021

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“With Dr. Hott you get direct one on one attention as opposed to working your way through assitants. He has a great bedside maner and his staff is friendly. He’s well respected and for good reason. Everything was thoroughly explained regarding the source of my pain and the options to address it. I elected to undergo surgery which went well, better than I anticipated. The post operative follow-up was excellent.”

October 2021

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“Great experience! After the “normal” lets do this injection, that therapy, lets try this, lets try that! I finally was referred to Dr. Hott, thank god! I had dealt with pain for 8 months and he said surgery is only option. Went and had surgery and I am so glad I met Dr. Hott, He made the pain go away. If your needing back or cervical surgery, this is the neurosurgeon you need to see! He explains everything so you can understand it and follows through showing everything that was corrected on follow up visit with X-rays! 5 stars is not enough for him!”

October 2021

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“I have been seeing Dr. Hott for over 10 years. He has done two cervical fusions, one being on an emergency basis. I have had no problems and have recovered remarkably. In my opinion he is the best neurosurgeon there is. I refer anyone I know to him and totally trust him. He always explains things and never makes me feel rushed. He is also a very good listener and very patient. Should I need a third, I absolutely will be using him. Thank you for taking such good care of me and making sure I did not go paralyzed.”

Jul 17, 2021

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“I was referred to Dr. Hott by a family friend and I have to say that I am so grateful to have met such an extraordinary doctor. He had done my mom’s back surgery and it was a success!! Then he saw me about 10 years ago when I was 20 years old, telling me if I can try so many other things before having surgery since I was really young. He never pressured me and always was transparent on everything that I had concerns of. Finally 10 years later, in March 2021, he did my L5-S1 fusion. I would have had it no other way with certainly no other surgeon touching my back! Before my surgery, I had seen a different doctor highly recommended at Barrows with the whole covid-19 since it was complicated to do elective surgeries so that did a consult, and you know what, I stuck to Dr. Hott because he knew exactly what I have been needing the whole time and never tried to talk me into getting stuff that is not needed to avoid surgery at this time in my life. Dr. Hott made me feel so confident in my choice, knowing that there are many risks with it, that he told me don’t overthink and you are in great hands. I call it magical hands today!!! Surgery was my only way to fix my problem and he FIXED IT!!! When I woke up from the surgery, the pain in my foot was completely gone. I had not realized how big the scars were, but you know what, it is worth having knowing now that I am up and walking and able to stand for more than just 5 minutes without being in pain, is the best thing I could have asked for. I can now keep up with my 3 children and finally wake up with no pain. I cannot thank this doctor enough for giving me my old self back, physically and mentally with a big smile on my face. We are now 4 months later and slowly back at the gym. I am almost 30 years old and so happy to have listened to his advice back then and to listen to it again now. He and his staff were just phenomenal when it came to any questions I had making sure I was taken care of. I felt like a family member to them and not just a patient. Anyone that needs someone who knows what they are doing when it comes to his profession, please reach out to him because he really does outstanding work.”

Mar 18, 2021

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“I was referred to the neurosurgeon – Dr. Hott. Dr. Hott spent the time with me going over in great details the MRI indicating to me the reason(s) why I was in so much pain. I was so afraid that I would not wake up from the surgery. I was so afraid to go under. But – With the comforting and the great detail that Dr. Hott had given me – I was more comfortable at the date of the surgery. After the surgery – It was a miracle. When I first seen Dr. Hott at the hospital I had to give him a great big hug. I could not explain in words alone how I had been given my life back again, the life that I once knew. I had been in such agony, pain, and discomfort – That I never even wanted to attend functions for I just was not myself and I was irritable and not good company. Now I can live again. My sister said to me – “Welcome back Wendy.” Dr. Hott is my GOD. What he has done for me – I will never be able to thank him enough.”

March 18, 2021
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“I had been in excruciating pain for like seemed forever. I went to my PCP with my symptoms and I was given a topical along with a referral to a Pain Management Doctor. Well, once at the Pain Management – I had my nerves burned in my back. It was one painful procedure and two surgeries by which I was put under with a very expensive bill that I am still paying on. I was also given some prescriptions by which the one was greatly appreciated for it did indeed alleviate some of the pain.
Then I was referred to the neurosurgeon – Dr. Hott. Dr. Hott spent the time with me going over in great detail the MRI indicating to me the reason(s) why I was in so much pain. We had originally scheduled surgery but I had to cancel due to taking a new job. But the pain continued and as soon as I could reschedule the surgery – I did.
I was so afraid that I would not wake up from the surgery. I was so afraid to go under. But – With the comforting and the great detail that Dr. Hott had given me – I was more comfortable at the date of the surgery. After the surgery – It was a miracle. When I first saw Dr. Hott at the hospital I had to give him a great big hug. I could not explain in words alone how I had been given my life back again, the life that I once knew. I had been in such agony, pain, and discomfort – That I never even wanted to attend functions for I just was not myself and I was irritable and not good company.
Now I can live again. My sister said to me – “Welcome back Wendy.” Dr. Hott is my GOD. What he has done for me – I will never be able to thank him enough. Let me also state that indeed the issue was not the back. Dr. Hott worked on C3 to C7 removing and replacing 4 discs with a long plate holding all in place on the anterior side (front of the neck) with 8 screws accessing all through an incision in my neck. For me that sounds awful but believe me – It is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
I highly recommend anyone and all who are having issues that may need to see a Dr. for Neurological Surgery – Dr. Hott is the one to go to. His office staff is also wonderful. They go out of their way to demonstrate an interest in one’s experience, making one feel comfortable, and most of all – The wait time to see Dr. Hott has always been minimal.”

Jan 16, 2021

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I visited Dr. Hott due to a cervical spinal issue that radiated pain and numbness down my right arm into my hand. Dr. Hott was quickly able to identify the issue and set a surgery date. The surgery went better than I expected or hoped! By the time I woke up, the pain was gone. It has been 3 months and I have healed almost 100%. Thank you, Dr. Hott!

Jan 10, 2021
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“A fantastic physician with superior knowledge and skills. Truly a physician that connects with the patient to ensure everything is done in a timely manner with the utmost of care and compassion.”

Jan 6, 2021
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“Dr Hott did my Neck surgery over the summer. Before surgery, I was having some numbness and pain. After surgery, I have no Numbness nor pain. He explained everything in detail.”

Oct 27, 2020

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“Great Doctor and staff. I would highly recommend!”

Sep 2, 2020
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“For too many years I suffered from chronic pain and related depression. Severe stenosis had stooped my upper body to a nearly 45 degree angle and I was housebound and honestly, hopeless. At the point where my future seemed the darkest, I found Dr. Hott. After one visit with him and his wonderful staff, I felt hope coming back. They were friendly, accommodating, helpful, and had a plan. The surgery is over now and I am standing straight and walking pain-free. My life has literally been renewed. Dr. Hott has been a godsend to me and my family. I can’t call up the words to adequately express my gratitude, but I can certainly give him my highest recommendation. THANK YOU, Dr. Hott!”

Jul 10, 2020

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“Jonathan S. Dr Hott Neurological Surgeon. I rank him the best in his field. I’m glad I did my research to find the best. He goes above and beyond to care for your needs and informing you of the procedure. His staff is fantastic . Dr Hott did a Microdiscectomy and Laminectomy of my L3/L4. I was up and walking the same day. Also, able to go home the next day. After 2 week all nerve pain was gone. It’s now been three months and I feel fantastic. I’m working again. Walking, bending, lifting and twisting.”

Jun 11, 2020

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“My gosh, Dr. Hott is the very best experience anyone can have or anticipate having with a medical professional. I couldn’t have been more blessed to have been referred to this gentleman. His approach is welcoming, very informative, and compassionate. His skill is above and beyond reproach. He works in concert with the patient, explains all facets of any proposed procedure in a way that makes it clear and less fearful for you. Highly, highly recommend Dr. Hott for a true care giving experience. He is a genius!”

May 13, 2020

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“I had surgery with Dr. Hott on my C-3 & C-4 cervical spine. I have been pain-free for years. I have recommended him to everybody I know. If your looking for a good neurosurgeon look no further.”

March 21, 2020
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“Jonathan S. Dr Hott Neurological Surgeon. I rank him the best in his field. I’m glad I did my research to find the best. He goes above and beyond to care for your needs and informing you of the procedure. His staff is fantastic.
Dr Hott did a Microdiscectomy and Laminectomy of my L3/L4. I was up and walking the same day. Also, able to go home the next day. After 2 weeks all nerve pain was gone. It’s now been three months and I feel fantastic. I’m working again. Walking, bending, lifting and twisting.
Some history before Dr Hott did my surgery: I lived a year with extreme nerve pain, unable to walk more than 50 feet, spent a year laying in a recliner, unable to do anything. I tried every nonsurgical procedure, from a chiropractor to a spine specialist. I had 3 Lumbar Facet Injections, 4 Nerve Blocks, and 4 Neurolysis Facet Nerve Destructions, which all failed/ did nothing. I can’t thank Dr Hott enough for giving me a normal life again. I highly recommend to anyone in need of surgery get a consult with Dr Hott first.”

March 4, 2020
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“In 2011, I had two cervical levels fused by another doctor. In late 2019, some of the symptoms returned, but on the other side. I work with lots of folks who have been in accidents requiring neurosurgery and those folks always spoke so highly of Dr. Hott. I knew Dr. Hott’s reputation was conservative; surgery was the last resort. Unfortunately, as feared an adjacent level herniated and was pushing on my spinal cord and impinging nerves. There were no non-surgical options available, so I underwent a second 2 level fusion. I cannot believe the difference in the surgeries. The second surgery is supposed to be harder, riskier, and more difficult to recover from. I never took more than Tylenol for the pain and was discharged the next day. I am 16 days out, driving, and have only taken Tylenol once or twice per day since the surgery. He is kind, warm, and explained every single step to me. His office did all the work of getting approvals, scheduling appointments, and following up!”

Jan 14, 2020

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“The most incredibly compassionate, skilled surgeon I have ever encountered. Dr. Hott has given me my life back when I thought there was no hope. I am 2 years out from lumbar spine fusion and have never felt better. May God bless him.”

December 1, 2019
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“Dr Hott and his office staff were absolutely fantastic! Appointments were on time and efficient. Dr Hott was responsive and answered questions in a manner we were able to understand. Most importantly, the surgery went very well. The physical therapist we used post-surgery wanted to get Dr Hott’s information in case they needed the surgery I had in the future. They said the mobility I regained after the surgery was beyond belief. Overall an excellent experience with a great outcome. Thanks Dr Hott!”

Nov 07, 2019

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“An MRI confirmed C4-7 severe stenosis/spinal compression. My spine doctor said to immediately see a neurosurgeon. Without hesitation, they recommended Dr. Jonathan Hott. On the first visit, I knew I had made the right decision. His office consists of a wonderful receptionist Coral, and a very knowledgeable assistant of 15 years Cathy. Dr. Hott spent as much time as necessary explaining exactly what I had and what was needed to fix it. He’s extremely kind, professional, has no arrogance or pretense, and genuinely cared about ME. On July 15, I had cervical fusion surgery. He only uses a hand-picked team of doctors/ nurses in the OR. All of his patients stay on the 3rd floor where the nurses/doctors/staff know and respect him. I was impressed with how kind/courteous he was with each of them. The surgery was a total success. I’m pain-free and looking forward to returning to the things I used to enjoy. What do you say to someone that saved your spine/life? Thank you does not seem enough.”

Aug 07, 2019

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“I just wanted to let everyone know how amazing Dr. Hott is. I was having back issues and went to him for an appointment, he had me try different options as he is not one to just operate on people. Well needless to say one year ago today I ended up having back surgery. I ended up having complications from my surgery that were no fault of Dr. Hott, but I would like to say that Dr. Hott did everything to find out about my complications and was by my side every day checking on me. I just want to let everyone know that even on the day I was released from the hospital he noticed me leaving and pulled us over in the parking lot and did one last exam on me before heading home. Dr. Hott and his staff have always made my wife and I feel very comfortable and welcomed. I would also like to mention that Cathy in his office is amazing and always helpful. So if you need an amazing doctor, Dr. Hott is the one for you. Thank you so much for everything, my back feels great, and doing things I use to.”

June 10, 2019
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“Dr. Hott operated on my back and my neck. He is thorough, compassionate, and knowledgeable. His staff is great as well. Highly recommend him!”

May 2, 2019
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“I was having severe pain in my left buttock and down the outside of my thigh and back of my calf. It was very difficult walking and standing. Many times, I would have to stop and get into a downhill ski racer crouch to alleviate the pain. Dr Hott performed L4-L5 laminectomy and spinal fusion to relieve the nerve pressure due to spinal stenosis. I stayed 4 nights in the hospital and it wasn’t much of a picnic…but that was to be expected…this was major surgery. Now, 4 months later, I’m doing much better (71 years old, btw). The original pain is totally gone…I do have some lower back pain depending on what I’m doing, but it gets better every day. I’m able to go to the gym and slowly get back in shape. I highly recommend Dr Hott and his excellent support staff. I’ve read some real horror stories concerning the same procedure I had, but my experience was just the opposite. Very glad I had the operation.”

Jan 19, 2019

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“Congratulations on receiving Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc Award again in 2018! We think it is well deserved! My husband was dealing with nerve pain and numbness in his leg for years. He tried everything non-surgical, but it helped only temporarily. Dr. Hott recommended a laminectomy and fusion. Dr. Hott explained everything more than once, to make sure we understood what he wanted to do. The surgery went well and my husband is now pain-free and the numbness is gone! Thank you!”

Jan 6, 2019
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“An extraordinary man, surgeon, human. I can say without a doubt, Dr Hott is THAT surgeon. The healer, the cleaner, the miracle man! I’m an RN who was recently treated by Dr. Hott. He was able to fix a failed cervical fusion and without very few problems. I came to Dr Hott a very sick woman. Mostly in part due to a horrendous experience I had at a local but world-renowned clinic. He cleaned their mess and with style the whole way. Dr Hott is humble and has that humor that puts everyone in a good mood. He and his staff are one a billion! If you need a cleaner like me, there’s no other guy to get it done!”

Jan 04, 2019

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“Dr Hott is simply amazing. It’s not just Dr Hott that is running the show. His staff is wonderful as well. There are no surprises with Dr Hott. He does what he says and with a humorous flair. He is textbook with bedside manner. A gem in the rough. He has gotten so many patient awards I doubt there is room on one large wall. I will forever be in this man’s debt for his expertise, his ability to connect with patients, and the extra care you will receive while in his care. Thank you Dr Hott!”

Dec 29, 2018

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“Top-notch in all ways .. office is old fashioned and doesn’t force you to communicate via some complicated medical system. Personal service. EVERY doc recommends him.”

Dec 29, 2018

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“As I CELEBRATE my one year after surgery by Dr Hott, I know that each day of that year has had moments of prayers of gratitude for my being placed in his hands at a critical time in my neurological traumatic experience of becoming numb from my feet up. Once I became his patient and the same day checked in to the hospital, I no longer knew fear or anxiety before or after my surgery. God bless you, Dr. Hott! I pray for you and your practice daily!”

Dec 19, 2019
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“My experience with Dr. Hott has been nothing but positive. I’m a 49 year old male who was experiencing severe nerve pain in my left arm. The pain was intense and it caused me to be miserable and unable to sleep for a little over a month. I met with Dr. Hott and discussed my situation and we went over the MRI. I had a severely herniated C-7 disc along with 2 mildly herniated discs. (C-5, C-6) The decision was made to move forward with a C 5-7 fusion. Dr. Hott took his time and explained everything in layman’s terms which made it all easy to understand. He went over what to expect before, during, and after the surgery. After completion of the fusion, I had immediate pain relief and have not had any pain since before the surgery. I can not say enough good things about Dr. Hott and his excellent care and wonderful bedside manner. I would highly recommend Dr. Hott for any type of spine issues.”

Dec 12, 2018

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“As a nurse, who was working in the neuro/ortho field, I did everything I could to avoid surgery. But after “failing” at PT, and going through a series of 4 steroid injections, and still having pain so back it woke me up crying, I knew it was time to take the next step and have surgery. I also knew the surgeon I wanted because I had taken care of his patients while they were in the hospital, and I saw how amazing and complete he was with the patients and their families at the bedside. I was also impressed with the positive outcomes post-op – how well his patients did. I let Dr Hott know my pain was getting worse, not better. I also let him know that I was losing the strength in my right arm and hand. He got me in immediately for an appointment and the plan was made for surgery. His staff is wonderful. I can’t say enough about Kathy and her help through the difficult paperwork. She calmed me down more than once. She is amazing. I ended up leaving work earlier than expected because of the pain and weakness, and Dr Hott’s staff worked with me and helped me. Surgery was a bit longer than expected, but I was up walking with therapy within a few hours, and I went home the next day. Dr Hott always took the time to go over test results and explain everything clearly and plainly to myself and my family. He calmed me down and helped me through a really difficult time in my life. I just can’t recommend him enough.”

Dec 1, 2018
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“After getting an MRI and consulting with an orthopedic surgeon, it was determined a cervical discectomy was the only way to relieve the pain and/or numbness in my left shoulder, arm, and hand. At the recommendation of my wife, an RN with Honor Health, and her co-worker nurses who had or knew of someone that had similar procedures successfully done by Dr. Hott I consulted with him for a second opinion. After a couple of corticosteroid injections by a pain management physician, in addition to physical therapy to try to relieve the pain without surgery, I decided to have the cervical discectomy with fusion done by Dr. Hott. The result could not have been any better. All expectations and processes were fully explained by Dr. Hott and his professional staff. The pressure on the nerve from the herniated disc is gone, and so is the pain. My left hand was stronger immediately after surgery and only some numbness remains in my left pinkie finger which may go away altogether. Overall I am very satisfied and happy I had Dr. Hott do this procedure. Everything went well. Minimal pain, quick recovery, a very small scar which is hardly noticeable. I admit I was a bit worried about the outcome. For something like this, you want the best neurosurgeon and I highly recommend Dr. Hott.”

Nov 15, 2018

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“Dr. Johnathan Hott is by far one of the best neurologists/surgeons in the valley, from the very first visit with him to the last one was a great experience. He takes his time with you and explains procedure to you in an understanding way, he goes over your options on what is best for you to make you feel better..he is very outgoing and knowledgeable in what he does, I am happy I was referred by my pain specialist to him, I would recommend him to anyone for neck or back surgery, thanks again!..”

Sep 19, 2018

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“I highly recommend Dr. Hott. Before moving to Arizona, I had several injections for pain in my lower back that didn’t help. I was referred to Dr. Hott who spent an hour with my husband and I explaining the procedure for me. My operation was on June 5th, 2018, and I was pain-free immediately! Now, 3 months later, I’m not only pain-free but can do almost everything I did years ago. Dr. Hott’s knowledge, compassion, understanding, and honesty puts him above the rest!”

Sep 12, 2018
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“He really performed a miracle for me Went in surgery with paralyzed arm came out just perfect.”

Sep 8, 2018
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“Absolutely wonderful!! The Office Manager Kathy is very helpful and pleasant, she did an excellent job. Doctor Hott took plenty of time to show my wife and I my cervical issues on the films and he fully explained my options. We left his office feeling very comfortable, we will be following his advice knowing they are there to help us if surgery ends up the final option. They have set me up with wonderful Physicians to help with pain and to look into all angles. My wife was a nurse for 40 years, she has nothing but good to say about Doctor Hott and Kathy and I feel the same. I encourage you to see them for help if you are looking for excellent care.”

Sep 5, 2018
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“I am in the medical field and know how increasingly difficult it is to find a good surgeon. I was involved in a car accident about 5 years ago in which one of my vertebrae was pushed up against my spinal cord. It wasn’t an emergency where it needed to be fixed right away. I also had injuries associated with age and lifting. Over the last 5 years, my mobility and pain worsened. By the time I came to Dr. Hott I was a mess. It has been about 2 months since I had my cervical fusion and I cannot believe how great I feel! Not only is the sharp nerve pain gone, but my muscle tension and spasms have stopped as well. I couldn’t be happier. And not only is Dr. Hott skilled and experienced in the operating room, he has a great bedside manner as well. I would absolutely recommend him!”

Aug 25, 2018

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“Highly recommend!! Got 4 other opinions including neurosurgeons and orthopedic (spine) surgeons. I chose my life changing surgeon Dr. Hott because 1. He spent a lot of time helping me understand the cause of my pain (ruptured L5-S1) 2. He explained valid options to achieve the most success for my condition 3. He is honest and shoots straight with you 4. His bedside manner was the best I have ever had!! 5. After my anterior lumbar fusion, the recovery was exactly as he explained. I feel great!”

Aug 25, 2018

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“My experience through the whole surgical process and including the follow-ups has been an excellent experience. He explains everything well prior to the procedure. The staff there are very helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend him.”

Jul 13, 2018

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“Should you ever be in need of a great neurologist, I would recommend Dr Jonathan Hott. He is a top-notch Surgeon very Friendly and is very dedicated to his skills. Dr, Hott has performed 2 surgery on me and I have had nothing but great results. I would highly recommend him to anyone.”

Jun 27, 2018

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“I Highly Recommend Doctor Hott! I had suffered from lower back pain for 40 years. Doctor Hott was recommended to me by my pain doctor. After speaking with Doctor Hott, I made the decision to have him fix my L1 thru and including the L5 vertebrae. December 19th I had the surgery done and I felt wonderful. To anyone who is looking for a terrific and caring neurosurgeon to work and fix your spine or neck Doctor, Jonathan S. Hott is the surgeon to contact. He is Wonderful!!!”

Jun 12, 2018

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“This man is amazing! After getting many opinions, from very reputable doctors and hospitals, Dr. Hott had me convinced he could solve my lower back problem successfully within 10 minutes of meeting him. It was perfectly clear that he knew what he was doing and we booked surgery right away. His procedure was accessing my spine through the front so I could recover easily laying on my back. Everything went perfect. I have recommended my sister and several friends. The office staff was great also.”

Jun 11, 2018

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“Truly grateful for Dr. Hott! The surgery was on November 7, 2017. He took the time for me and explained everything with the best options. Truly living a better life after the surgery. Thank you again and highly recommended!!!”

May 21, 2018

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“I had a herniated L5/S1 disc with extreme sciatica pain. At the first appt. Dr. Hott went over my MRI thoroughly, and answered every question I had, plus explained to me what would happen during the microdiscectomy and afterwards. My surgery went perfect and I woke up with no more right extremity pain that I had for about 3 months. I had no complications whatsoever and I owe it all to Dr. Hott. I would highly recommend him!”

May 02, 2018
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“When I was finally referred to Dr Hott, after a year of other treatment options, it took him 1 MRI and about 5 minutes to diagnose the problem. I was a bit skeptical because of all of the other things I had been put through. He was patient and considerate and he built trust between us. 2 weeks later, I was in surgery. 2 months later, I was completely pain-free. He changed my life! I wish I would have been referred to him first!”

Apr 29, 2018

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“My husband needed repeat cervical neck surgery. We had been told by our PCP that the surgery would be very delicate and complicated. As a RN for over 30 years I knew finding the best surgeon would be essential for a positive outcome. As I began to check for qualified surgeons Dr. Hott’s name came up repeatedly as one of the best. We were pleasantly surprised with how much time Dr. Hott took to explain everything and always checked to make sure we were understanding or answer any questions”

Apr 19, 2018

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“Dr. Hott, Kathy, and Heather were friendly, helpful, and professional. I called his office without a referral and they looked at my husband’s MRI and he had an appointment to see Dr. Hott within a week. Dr. Hott is easy to talk to and never makes you feel rushed during your appointment. His office answered all our questions, and there is even a class we could take at the hospital that went over his surgery and what to expect. I would recommend him to everyone! My husband is doing excellent!”

Mar 03, 2018

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“Dr. Hott is an excellent surgeon. A laminectomy for my debilitating back and leg pain gave me my life back. He is friendly and courteous, took the time to listen and explain my options. I was able to get in quickly and he was able to schedule surgery without delay. The surgery has completely resolved my pain. His office staff is friendly, and always no waiting. I give Dr. Hott my very best recommendation.”

Nov 30, 2017

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“Dr. Hott performed a laminectomy and microdiscectomy on my back on October 5, 2017. From the very beginning, I felt very comfortable meeting with him, and I am 100% satisfied with the outcome of my surgery. Everything went exactly like he said it would, and all the pain I went in with was gone as soon as I woke up after surgery. I am so happy with my decision to use Dr. Hott for this procedure. My expectations were definitely exceeded! I recommend him 100%!!”

Nov 29, 2017
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“Dr. Hott performed a laminectomy and microdiscectomy on my back in October 2017. All the pain I went in with is gone! From the moment I first met with Dr. Hott, I knew that he was the one I wanted to perform this surgery. Very knowledgeable, very approachable, and very involved throughout the whole process. I highly recommend him!”

Nov 24, 2017
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“After years of Progressive Vertebrae damage that created debilitating nerve pain and, muscle loss; Dr Hott performed an ACDF on my C4-C7 vertebrae! My entire experience with Dr Hott was 5 Star from start to finish! Dr Hott was Compassionate, Caring, Detailed, and Confident that he could help me return to a healthy and active lifestyle! HE DID! Today, 6 months post-surgery and PT, I am pain-free and back to hiking, traveling, and pace walking! Dr Hott is a very skilled neurosurgeon! He detailed out what to expect and what the risk was along the way, but based on Dr Hotts’ experience, knowledge, and prior patient reviews, I knew I was in VERY skilled and capable hands! I was amazed by how quickly my pain diminished, and how quickly I was able to return to my normal active life! I attended the Pre-Surgery seminar which I found to be very helpful! I followed all the Do’s and Don’ts – (no bending-lifting, etc) – and now (6) months post-surgery I feel Great – thanks to Dr Hott’s talented hands and skillsets! Thank You Dr Hott!”

Oct 31, 2017
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Dr. Hott performed my spinal fusion. I was impressed by him every step of the way. He is friendly, personable, spent as much time with me as needed, and never made me feel rushed. From the minute I stepped out of bed the evening of the surgery, I felt immediate relief of symptoms that had been torturing me for over a year. He truly gave me my life back and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing spinal surgery.”

Oct 27, 2017
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“I was referred to Dr. Hott by my PCP for extreme back pain with numbness and pain down my right leg and loss of feeling in the big toe. Dr. Hott explained all of my options and also the most likely outcomes and expectations. Dr. Hott performed a microdiscectomy of my L4/L5 lumbar spine and fragmentectomy to decompress my nerve root. I am approximately 8 weeks after surgery and about to return to work in a couple of weeks. I have not felt this good in about the last 3 years regarding my back and leg issues.
Dr. Hott and his staff are EXCELLENT!!! Thank you all for getting me back to my life!!!”

June 28, 2017
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Dr. Hott performed my microdiscectomy; the first surgery I’ve had in my youthful 43 years. He continuously impressed me with his ability to be completely objective with regard to my treatment plan including introducing me to all possible treatment options and allowing me to decide my fate without trying to influence me. His bedside manner is second to none. It’s not easy for extremely busy doctors to make you feel like the center of their universe for the brief time you’re in their presence but that’s precisely what Dr. Hott is able to do. At no time did I ever feel rushed or less important. Being ignorant of surgical procedures, all I can say regarding the quality of is work is that I feel immensely better than I did pre-op and have had zero complications post-op. All of this combined qualifies Dr. Hott as a standout doctor and surgeon.”

June 15, 2017

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Dr. Jonathan Hott’s Neurosurgical Practice is as good as it gets.
Dr. Hott is personable, friendly, funny, but most importantly hyper-competent.
During my 1st visit, Dr. Hott explained to me in simple to understand terms what I needed to fix my spinal problem. Dr. Hott said that I needed surgery followed by physical therapy. He answered all my questions about spinal surgery including the surgical procedure, risks involved, and expectations for successful results.
Dr. Hott’s office crew is very small. Cathy and Heather know who you are and why you are there as soon as you walk into the office. Within one week, Cathy had me scheduled for two Primary Care Physician appointments, sent paperwork to my cardiologist to sign-off on my upcoming surgery, and most importantly contacted my Health Care Insurance Provider to O.K. my surgery.
Within 2-weeks of my first visit with Dr. Hott, I had spinal surgery. This review is 3-weeks post-surgery——I am a new man, able to stand and walk with no debilitating pain.
I can’t thank Dr. Hott and the staff enough for what they have done for me.
If your medical issues provide for Neurologic intervention, PLEASE do yourself a favor, see Dr. Hott’s practice.”

Feb 6, 2017
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“After decades of working in lumber mills and machine shops and being an avid runner, I had severe pain in my hips and legs and thought I needed hip replacement surgery. The hip specialist checked me out and said it wasn’t my hips and sent me for an MRI. The diagnosis was severe spinal senosis in my neck and lumbar. I always research doctors thoroughly and only will consider those who have written reviews. Dr. Hott had great reviews so we gave him a call. I was told it would be a while before I could be seen. They asked if I’d had a recent MRI for the Dr to look at. They called later that afternoon and said the Dr wanted to see me the next day! Dr Hott was friendly, professional, and whip-smart. He thoroughly explained what was going on, options and patiently answered my questions. Sometimes several times over if I needed. I was in surgery within 2 weeks for my cervical stenosis. The DR met with my wife and I prior to surgery and checked to see if we had any questions. We were very comfortable and confident with him and his skills. Especially when several of the OR nurses said we had one of the best surgeons. The surgery was very successful and I was home the next day. That was last year. I just completed the surgery for the lumbar stenosis 2 weeks ago. Same wonderful experience. I’d also like to mention Kathy, his PA. She was always available to talk to me whenever I called. She is professional, personable, and very efficient. I would highly recommend Dr. Hott. Just a note, I’ve never reviewed anyone before but felt compelled to do so for Dr. Hott and his staff”

Dec 7, 2017
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Dr. Hott was not only easy to get into, he was also very personable and an exceptional surgeon. You know when the nurses refer him, he’s the real deal. I was in pain for over a year. Acupuncture, therapy, and epidurals did not fix it. But after having surgery with him, I am 100% pain-free. Kathy, his office assistant, goes above and beyond as well.”

Sep 26, 2016
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“I spent many years with pain in my neck and have had at least 5 MRI’s on my cervical spine since about 1999. I’d tried physical therapy, traction, chiropractics, anesthetic injections, massage, and many other modalities throughout the years. After an episode where once again I strained and inflamed my neck and was out from work for 3 weeks and had another MRI, I decided to look into surgery. A friend who had been a referral assistant for a Dr. recommended Dr. Hott. He looked at my MRI and did a strength test on my arms and recommend surgery when another neurosurgeon I had seen first said I wasn’t surgical and was going to send me to physical therapy. Dr. Hott explained what was happening with my neck by showing me the MRI details and a cervical spine model. I decided to do the surgery and I’m glad I did! Cathy, his office assistant is great! She handled all the insurance and appointment details. He visited me after the surgery, fitted me with the neck brace, and gave me thorough instructions for my recovery. It is 4 months after the surgery and my neck has better rotation than I’ve had in years. I continue with my home exercises (very important)but I am not having the inflammation flare-ups and pain that I’d had before the surgery. I highly recommend Dr. Hott. His expertise and professionalism are stellar!”

Aug 26, 2016
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“I’m a very active person, working out 6-7 days a week. So, when I developed a back injury, which caused leg numbness and constant pain in my back I feared the worse. I had already tried yoga, acupuncture, massage, and a chiropractor to try and lessen my pain but nothing helped. Then I went to see Dr Hott. I explained to him my symptoms and how it was disrupting my normal lifestyle. I also informed him that I really didn’t want to have surgery if I didn’t need it. He listened in great detail to what I was saying and decided we would try spinal injections and physical therapy first before discussing surgery. But after several attempts at these options and nothing completely relieving the pain I decided to have an L5-S1 spinal fusion. This was done almost 4 months ago and it was the best decision I made. Dr Hott explained the procedure in great detail and made sure I understood what to expect. His office staff was great in making sure my insurance authorized the procedure. And they never let me feel like a bother when I would call with questions both before/after surgery. I’m happy to report that my pain is gone and I’m back to my active lifestyle of running, hiking, and lifting weights. Dr Hott is an excellent surgeon who is very well versed in his specialty. He’s a very humble, caring man that truly wants the best for his patients. I would have no hesitation to refer Dr Hott to anyone that asks.”

October 2021

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

“Dr.Hott always takes the time to explain things in an easy to understand fashion. He makes the experience personal for the patient, and always spends the time to answer questions you may have. His office staff is outstanding and had everything in order to have surgery earlier than expected. A true life saver.”


As a neurosurgery specialist, Dr. Hott has expertise in all surgical procedures of the spine, including minimally invasive techniques. He is skilled in cervical, thoracic, and lumbosacral procedures, as well as procedures of the cranio-cervical junction. He also specializes in:

  • Back pain
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated spinal discs
  • Neck pain
  • Pinched nerves
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal fractures
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal instability
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spondylolisthesis


Dr. Hott serves as the Director of Clinical Neurosciences at HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center.

Board Certification

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery (ABNS)

Professional Associations

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Fellow of the American Association of Neurologic Surgeons (FAANS)

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons

Top Doctor

  • Phoenix Magazine Top Doctor, Neurological Surgery, multiple years

Patient Awards

  • Vitals Patients’ Choice Award
  • Vitals Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award
  • Vitals Compassionate Doctor Recognition
  • Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 Year Honoree
  • Vitals Top 10 Doctor for Metro, City, and State
  • Vitals On-Time Doctor Award

Medical School

  • 1996 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Junior Year Inductee, Awarded to Top 5% of Medical School Class
  • 1996 Howard Hughes Medical Institute – National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Training Fellowship with Medical School Scholarship

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Referral (if needed)
Recent MRI CD (no older than 6 months)
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Dr. Hott accepts most insurance plans, including those listed below. If you do not see your plan listed here, please call Dr. Hott’s office at (602) 943-4509.

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Hospital Affiliations:

HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center
HonorHealth Scottsdale Shea Medical Center
HonorHealth Scottsdale Thompson Peak Medical Center
HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center
Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital


Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF): What Is It?

If you suffer from a damaged or degenerated cervical disc, your life is being disrupted every day: by pain, weakness, tingling, and/or numbness. All of these symptoms can appear in the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands as a result of the swollen disc material in your neck pressing on a nerve root or the spinal cord. If lifestyle changes, exercises, and manipulative therapies have not addressed the problem, it is time to consider surgery: an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, or ACDF.

Back or Neck Pain? Call Your Neurosurgeon Today.

Are you suffering from back or neck pain? In some instances, people attempt to temporarily ignore the discomfort, however, chronic pain typically won’t simply improve or go away on its own. A neurosurgeon can help. If that statement sounds a little surprising, it may be because many think neurosurgeons solely address brain related issues. The truth is, neurosurgeons are experts in the brain and spine.

Contact Us

 Phone: (602) 943-4509
Fax: (602) 943-0348
Email: drhott@qwestoffice.net

Office Address:
9225 North 3rd Street
Suite #100
Phoenix, AZ 85020

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Friday: 8am – 12pm
Weekends: Closed

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