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Department Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Chiari Decompression
  • Chiari Malformation Surgery
  • Craniotomy
  • Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine Decompression
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
  • Ventricular Shunt Surgery
View all 12 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Craniovertebral Junction Disorder
  • Dandy -Walker Syndrome
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intraventricular Tumor
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tethered Cord
View all 15 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Graduate School - Yale School of Management
New Haven, CT USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Neurological Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Residency - Case Western Reserve University - University Hospitals of Cleveland
General Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa

Graduate School - Yale University


  • Neurological Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 7/16/2020, Dr. Vorster has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers' discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

* Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.

Patient Satisfaction Reviews

180 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

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

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.8
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

31 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Dr Vorster was excel!

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

Dr Vorster did an excellent job!

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

Both Dr. Vorster and his PA, Susan, have given the best care I could imagine or ask for.

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Dr took the time to explain everything to me. We both came to a great decision as to what would be best for me. He acknowledged my fears and told me what I may expect so I'd most definitely recommend him to everyone.

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

I had an outstanding surgeon! His team is excellent - (*Dr. Vorster).

Reviewed on Nov 5, 2020

Both the PA and the Physician were very professional but more than anything, they made me feel as if I was their number one priority. They were kind, attentive, caring, compassionate, had informed me that they reviewed my case prior to my visit and gave me every confidence possible in my treatment from their care. They also provided me individual care that was focused on my values. That was extremely important to me.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr. Vorster is very good at describing my condition by drawing images, showing my scans and putting it all into simpler terms. He is funny and very friendly. A good doctor who put my mind at ease.

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Dr Vorster is one of the very best; knowledgeable and courteous

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Dr Vorster is a knowledgable and a wonderful DR. he clearly shares info and explains complicated issues in a way that gives clear understanding. As a brain neuro patient, I have encountered many neurosurgeons as dismissive. He truly listens and then explains why this symptom is happening.He makes a clear plan so i know where I am headed and what steps I need to follow. I am truly grateful he is my chiari doctor and my neurosurgen. He is the best.

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

this worked fine, Dr Vorster took time and I felt like he could show me my MRI and we could disuss what he was showing to me.

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

I am extremely happy with the care provided by Dr Vorster and the team!

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Dr. Vorster is great. Very informative; caring; personable.

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2020

I live in Virginia. Being able to do video visits is a huge help to me. The medical team at Cleveland Clinic understands my issues perfectly. I trust your knowledge and guidance of my doctor. it is good, though, to be able to check in without having to take two days off and drive there and back during this pandemic.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2020

Dr Vorester and His Staff Go Out of Their Way to Treat the PatientsGod Bless Him

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

We traveled from Cincinnati to have a MRI done and had to do a virtual visit with Dr. Vorster. Because we had to do the visit in our car the connection was horrible. We were unable to do a virtual visit and it turned into a phone conversation. It is frustrating to travel almost 5 hours and not be able to see the doctor in person.

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2020

Dr. Vorster is great. However video visits are not. Especially when people are traveling.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

Dr Vorster has an outstanding manner with patients. I always feel at ease with him and he answers my questions thoroughly.

Reviewed on Jul 16, 2020

Love Dr. Vorster

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Dr. Vorster was very focused on answering all of my questions and providing clear and understandable explanations.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

I have always had excellent access to doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. Much better access that other hospitals near me.

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2020

Dr. Vorester is the absolute best. He scheduled my surgery as soon as possible and I was able to go to the CCRH in Avon.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

The appointment had been setup for months and changed to a video visit about a month ago. Dr. Vorster called me through the CCF Express Care app

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Our experience with the app was terrible, so much so that Dr. Vorster finally asked that we disconnect and he would call me via regular voice phone to complete the appointment. The problem with the app was a huge time lag. We could not communicate.

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

Dr. Vorster is an angel. I am SO glad I found him. I am a lucky girl. This man is what a doctor should be. He speaks to you like a real person. He makes me so very at ease. Thank you for making me feel good about a bad situation

Reviewed on May 21, 2020

Dr. Vorster explained everything very very well!

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020

I trusted my doctor and he care for me very well so I referred my friend to him

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2020

I am so grateful to Dr. Vorster, and his team. Susan Jakubek saw me at this appointment. she respects my input, offers her expert insight, and together we move forward. Grateful. Grateful. Grateful.

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Best physician visit possible! Dr. Vorster was excellent in listening to me explain the symptoms and history. He explained what was going on in a very understandable manner. He was very respectful and also down to earth, would highly recommend.

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2020

I travel a total of 6 hours to see Dr. Vorster. The time with him and his staff is definitely worth my drive.

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

Dr Vorster and staff are amazing. I wouldn't go anywhere else for my back care

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

I can't say enough about how personable and helpful Dr. Voyster is! He took so much time explaining things and listening to my input. I would definitely recommend him!

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