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Back, Neck, Spine

Dr. Michael J. Goebel graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN with highest honors and received his medical degree with honors at the University of Iowa. He completed his internship and his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. He completed his fellowship in Spine Surgery at the Maryland Spinal Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship in Baltimore, MD. He specializes in Spine Surgery and General Orthopedic Surgery. He is a member of the North American Spine Society.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 1988, Summa Cum Laude
  • Doctor of Medicine: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, 1992, Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society
  • General Surgery Internship: University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida, 1992 - 1993
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency: University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, Florida, 1993 - 1997
  • The Maryland Spinal Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship: St. Joseph Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland, Directors: Paul C. McAfee, M.D., Ira L. Fedder, MD., 1997 - 1998

Certification & Licensure

  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • State of North Carolina Medical Board
  • Controlled Substance Registration Certificate

Professional Memberships

  • North American Spine Society
  • North Carolina Spine Society
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North Carolina Orthopaedic Society
  • American Medical Association
  • North Carolina Medical Society



  • Goebel MJ, Carroll IV C, McAfee PC: Fractures and Dislocations of Cervical Spine from C3 to C7, Chapter 140, Chapman's Orthopaedic Surgery, Third Edition, Lippincott Publishers, 2001.
  • Goebel MJ, McAfee PC: BAK~ Interbody Fusion System: Laproscopic Technique, BAK~ Interbody Fusion System: Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (V.A.T.S.) Technique. Scoliosis Research Society Spinal Instrumentation Manual, 1998.
  • Goebel MJ: Orthopaedics, Mosby's ACE the Boards, USLME Step III Comprehensive Review, Chapter 9, p. 172-187. Joseph L. Donnely and Randolph B. Lipscher, Editors, Mosby Publishers, 1997.


  • Goebel MJ, McAfee PC: Combined Anterior and Posterior Surgery for Traumatic Cervical Spine Instability, C3-C7. Surgical Management of Orthopaedic Trauma, Mosby Publishers, 2000. 


  • Oda I, Cunningham BW, Buckley RA, Goebel MJ, Haggerty CJ, Orbegoso CM, McAFee PC: Does Spinal Kyphotic Deformity Influence the Biomechanical Characteristics of the Adjacent Motion Segments? An In Vivo Animal Model. Spine 1999 Oct 15;24(20):2139-46.
  • Christ D. Goebel MJ. Saz H: Actions of Acetyleholine and GABA on Spontaneous Contractions of the Filariid, Dipetalonema viteae. British Journal of Pharmacology, Chapter 101, p. 971-977, 1990.
  • Cary L. Goebel M, Corsaro B. Wang H, Rosen E, Fraser M: Transposon Mutagenesis of Baculoviruses: Analysis of Trichoplusia ni Transposos IFP2 Insertions within the FP-Locus of Nuclear Polyhedrosis Viruses. Virology, Chapter 172, p.156-169, 1989.

Scientific Presentations

  • Helmstedter C. Goebel M, Scarborough M: Pathologic Fracture of the Femur After Radiation and Surgical Excision of Soft Tissue Sarcomas of the Thigh. 65th Annual Meeting, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1998.
  • Cunningham BW, Oda I, Haggerty CJ, Sefter JC, Buckley R, Goebel M, Fedder IL, McAfee PC: An Investigational Study of Calcium Sulfate for Posterolateral Spinal Arthrodesis- An In Vivo Animal Model. 45th Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society, 1999.
  • Cunningham BW, Oda I, Haggerty CJ, Buckley R. Goebel M, Fedder IL, McAfee PC. The Use of Bioglass for Posterolateral Spinal Arthrodesis and Iliac Crest Donor Site Repair - An In Vivo Sheep Model. 45th Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society, 1999. Poster 13th Annual Meeting, North American Spine Society, 1998.
  • Oda I, Cunningham BW, Buckley R, Goebel M, Haggerty CJ, Fedder IL, Kaneda K, McAfee PC. Does Spinal Kyphotic Deformity Influence the Biomechanical Characteristics of the Adjacent Motion Segments? - An In Vivo Animal Model. 45th Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society, 1999. 13th Annual Meeting, North American Spine Society, 1998.

Hospital Privileges

  • Mission Hospitals Health System
  • Park Ridge Hospital

Philosophy of Care

Providing comprehensive evaluations of neck and back disorders with an emphasis on nonoperative and operative care.

Drs. Mangone, Goebel and Shea honored by Asheville Catholic School

Three EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Region Physicians were honored by Asheville Catholic School at a ceremony at the school on March 16th, 2013....

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“I had been suffering with pains down my legs and had problems standing up straight my quality of life was very compromised. Living with that kind of pain was taking its toll on me. I consulted with several surgeons who wanted to do some major back surgery to alleviate this pain. Dr. Goebel’s philosophy is that less is always better. He was confident that a simple laminectomy on L3-4 would solve my problem. He operated on me and it was nothing short of a miracle! I was in so much pain my wife had to wheel me in. I walked out pain free and I get play golf in 6 weeks!! He is a great surgeon and I am truly blessed to have chosen Dr. Goebel. He is not only a great surgeon but he is a great guy. He took his time with my wife and I and explained everything to us to help us feel comfortable. He was patient and responsive on every visit we had with him. He came out of surgery and talked personally to my wife and came to see me too. We can’t say enough about how absolutely pleased we are that we chose Dr. Goebel. I got my life back thanks to Dr. Goebel!”
– Dennis B.
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