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Department Neurological Surgery
Primary Location Akron General Medical Outpatient Center
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon Yes
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Back Pain Evaluation
  • Back Pain Treatment
  • Back Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Repairs
  • Cervical Deformity Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • General Neurosurgery
  • Image-Guided Spinal Navigation
  • Image-Guided Surgery
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression
  • Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgeries
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Second Opinion
  • Spinal Deformity Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Stabilization Surgery
  • Spine Tumor Diagnosis
  • Spine Tumor Management
  • Spine Tumor Removal and Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Surgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 34 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acquired Hydrocephalus
  • Adult Brain Tumors
  • Anaplastic Astrocytomas
  • Arachnoid Cysts
  • Arachnoiditis
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Astrocytoma
  • Back Bone Tumor
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Brain Tumors
  • Benign Tumors of the Head
  • Benign Tumors of the Neck
  • Benign Tumors of the Spinal Cord
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Hemorrhage
  • Brain Lymphoma
  • Brain Metastases
  • Brain Tumor
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cavernoma
  • Cavernous Hemangiomas of the Brain
  • Cavernous Sinus Tumors
  • Central Nervous System (CNS) Malignancies
  • Cerebral Astrocytomas
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Complex Cervical Deformities
  • Degenerative Back Conditions
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Neck Conditions
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Foot Drop
  • Glioblastoma Multiforme
  • Glioma
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head and Neck Masses
  • Head and Neck Trauma
  • Head and Neck Tumors
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Lumbar Canal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Malignant Tumors of the Head
  • Malignant Tumors of the Spinal Cord
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Neck Cancer
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Lesion
  • Neck Mass
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Swelling
  • Neck Tumor
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Pineal Lesion
  • Pineal Tumors - Adult
  • Radiculopathy
  • Ruptured Disc
  • Sarcomas of the Brain or Head
  • Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Vascular Lesions
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Metastases
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Vascular Disorders
  • Spinal Vascular Malformation
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Trauma
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylitis
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Thoracic Herniated Disc
  • Thoracic Spinal Stenosis
  • Thoracic Tumors
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment
View all 89 Specialties +


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About Sarah Woodrow, MD

Dr. Woodrow MD, FRCS(C), FAANS, MEd is a Staff Neurosurgeon and Director of Spinal Neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic Akron General.  Dr. Woodrow completed her training in Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. While there she also received a Master’s Degree in Health Professionals Education. Following her graduation she completed a fellowship in complex spinal surgery at the University of Miami.

Dr. Woodrow is an academic neurosurgeon with special interests in complex spinal surgery, minimally invasive spinal surgery, robotic surgery, neurotrauma, global neurosurgery and medical education.  She is board certified in Neurosurgery.  She is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

In addition to her local practice, Dr. Woodrow is heavily involved in Global Neurosurgery:  She has partnered with the University of Addis Ababa Department of Neurosurgery in Ethiopia where she has been helping to train Neurosurgeons for over a decade; She is a board member of the Foundation for International Education of Neurological Surgeons (FIENS) as well as the G4 Alliance, organizations dedicated to improving the surgical care of patients in Low and Middle Income Countries.  Dr. Woodrow also holds several leadership roles in Neurosurgery.  She is the Chair-Elect for the Women in Neurosurgery Section of the AANS/ CNS, she serves as the Chair of Education for the AANS/ CNS Section of Neurotrauma, she is the North American Representative to the Women in Neurosurgery Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies and Member of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task force of the North American Spine Society.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital
Complex Spine
Miami, FL USA

Residency - University of Toronto, Department of Neurosurgery
Toronto, ON Canada

Graduate School - University of Toronto
MEd, Health Professional Education
Toronto, ON Canada

Medical Education - University of Toronto
Toronto/Canada, ON Canada

Graduate School - Queen's University
Kingston, ON Canada

Undergraduate - University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cell and Molecular Biology
Scarborough, ON


  • Neurosurgery
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 7/27/2023, Dr. Woodrow 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.

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* 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

86 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
4.7 out of 5
Explains 4.6
Listens 4.6
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.7
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.7

11 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2024

Dr Woodrow never was one-sided in her recommendations and included me and all my questions at my visit. I really appreciated her knowledge and honest opinions on where I was physically and what she recommended. Next. She was totally honest and I felt she respected me.

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2023

Dr. Woodrow is amazing, efficient and brilliant. In a world that your all alone, she make it easier to trust her and her team. That's why I chose her

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2023

Arrived early and was able to see the Dr early too!

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2023

Dr Woodrow and her staff ALWAYS do an EXCELLENT job during my visits. I csn't tell you how much I appreciate the kind and caring attention I receive on each of my visits. Cleveland Ciinic is very fortunate to have Dr Woodrow and her truly kind and professional staff!!!

Reviewed on Dec 11, 2023

Many thank!! I hope this feedback reached Dr Woodrow and her staff.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2023

Already have recommended *Dr. Woodrow, and will continue to going forward.

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2023

I have and will continue to rave about Dr Woodrow and her team.

Reviewed on Jul 10, 2023

I was extremely pleased with Dr. Woodrow, the NA and PA and Receptionist and Exit Office Personnel

Reviewed on May 31, 2023

I was very impressed with The Neurosurgery center and all employees I worked with, Dr. Woodrow, the PA, Nurse who assessed me and reception and scheduling staff.

Reviewed on May 15, 2023

Dr. Woodrow is wonderful!

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2023

Dr Woodrow is amazing! She has my deepest respect and gratitude. At this point the visits are quick and she always answers questions.

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