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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 - Cleveland Clinic (Ohio)
Neurological Surgery


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

Internship - Case Western Reserve University (Ohio)
Surgery, General
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa

Medical Education - University of Pretoria, Facility of Medicine


Graduate School - Yale University


  • Neurological Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Sarel Vorster, MD, MBA.

(Disclaimer: This search is powered by PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. PubMed is a third-party website with no affiliation with Cleveland Clinic.)

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists may collaborate with the pharmaceutical or medical device industries to help develop medical breakthroughs or provide medical expertise or education. Cleveland Clinic strives to make scientific advances that will benefit patient care and support outside relationships that promise public benefit. In order for the discoveries of Cleveland Clinic physicians' and scientists' laboratories and investigations to benefit the public, these discoveries must be commercialized in partnership with industry. As experts in their fields, Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists are often sought after by industry to consult, provide expertise and education.

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 9/17/2021, 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

157 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 4.7
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

30 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2022

Awesome doctor in every way.

Reviewed on May 26, 2022

Dr vorster is amazing. Could not have more good to say about him!!

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

I always enjoy a visit with Dr. Vorster. I've even recommended him to other people with Chiari Malformation looking for a recommendation.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Dr Vorster and his PA, Susan, have been completely wonderful. Caring and genuinely interested in helping me through my situation. I feel fortunate.

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Dr was beyond clear, concise and thorough. His compassion, expertise and professionalism outstanding!

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2022

Dr Vorster is one of the nicest, down-to-earth providers I've been to. I appreciated his candor, expertise, and concern for my own wishes

Reviewed on Mar 10, 2022

Through, respectful, and had a sense of humor. Really enjoyed our visit with Dr. Vorster.

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Dr. Vorster is responsive to questions and explains the aspects of the medical issues in great detail.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

My doctor is amazing! Well educated and I respect his opinion in regards to my care.

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2022

Dr. Vorster is by far the best communicator regarding health concerns and prognosis. He is also an outstanding surgeon and I would recommend him to any and all that would require this type of treatment.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

Dr. Vorster is terrific! Very thorough in explaining my issues which I've been dealing with for quite some time. Even did an illustration for me showing me the issue. Was worth the wait to see him!

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

I really like the doctor

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2021

Dr. Vorster is fantastic. He was sure to address all of my questions and concerns as well as those of my husband. He is compassionate and listens and I feel he is careful to treat my case individually.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Dr Vorster is an incredible surgeon, in addition to being a very informative and compassionate Dr. He listens and answers all my questions clearly and with respect. I am grateful he is my ns dr.

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

The Doctor was awesome

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

I was very impressed with Dr. Vorster. He really took the time to understand my patient history and review current and past test results with me. He made me feel confident in the care I am receiving.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

Dr. Vorster is GREAT

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Dr Vorster is amazing! He spent plenty of time with us to answer questions!

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Same as before - I'm probably old fashioned, but I really like to see my doctor in person, and it would be worth the trip to Cleveland from my home (NE Indiana) to have an in person visit. But I think the video visit was certainly adequate.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

Dr Vorster was amazing. I expected someone burnt out and to busy to answer any questions. He took his time and answered everything. So glad he will be my surgeon!

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

I would highly recommend my Dr to anyone, I wish he was a specialist in all aspects of the body, not just brain/spine! He's one of the best Dr's I know.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Took weeks to get the appointment. Although Dr. Vorster was worth waiting for.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Dr. Vorster was very patient and took his time to explain my condition to me in terms that could be easily understood. He answered all of my questions and provided me with good resources.

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

I respect Dr. Vorster very much

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Dr. Vorster is an amazing doctor who really took the time to explain things to my husband and I that we have had questions about since May of 2021. Scheduling was an issue only because he was not available until August

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

As stated, he took the time to Break things down and gave us answers to so much. Unfortunately, I was not informed by my referring doctor to collect a specimen prior to our visit or we would have had more answes

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

Absolutely impressed with doctor and assistant. Very caring. Took their time.

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Dr. Vorster explained my issues using drawings on the paper covering the exam table. That was so helpful! Dr. Vorster was very kind. I trust and like Dr. Vorster as my physician.

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

It was easy process and the doctor was great!

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2021

Dr. Was great! Very personable.

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