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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


Additional Locations

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



  • Neurological Surgery
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

See publications for Sarel Vorster, MD, MBA.

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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 8/30/2022, 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

110 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 4.9
Time Spent with Patient 5
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

23 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

I love Dr. Voster! He has helped me so much and always answers any questions I have!

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2022

Thank you for finally listening to me!! First doctor ever!

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2022

*Dr. Sarel Vorster was 100% the best at all things all doctors should be!

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Excellent. Dr. Vorster is intelligent, compassionate and caring.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

At this point, there is no recommendation for treatment, I am to follow up In 6 months. Dr. Vorster did a great job with explanation in terms easy to understand. He seemed very knowledgeable about my neurological disorder that my local physicians know nothing about.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

I chose to see Dr Vorster based on recommendations of others with same disorder. The Cleveland Clinic is known to be stellar. I'm grateful to be within a few hours drive and will definitely recommend to others.

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2022

Dr Vorster drew out his explanation and made it very easy to understand

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Dr Voyster took plenty of time with me and allowed me to ask several questions ,which he answered thoroughly. The telemedicine visit was as good as being in his office

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

The visit was just like talking to Dr Voyster in person. He's so kind and genuine

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2022

*Dr. Vorster is amazing.

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

Dr.Vorster is an outstanding physician. His compassion, care, knowledge, and way of making everything understandable is outstanding! I am so fortunate to have him as my surgeon and so is the Clinic!

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

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