Treatment & Services
- Cervical Deformity Surgery
- Cervical Spine Surgery
- Complex Spinal Instrumentation
- Complex Spinal Reconstruction
- Complex Spinal Surgery
- Deformity Correction
- Fracture Care
- Image-Guided Spinal Navigation
- Lumbar Fusion
- Lumbar Spine Surgery
- Management of Back and Neck Pain
- Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Neck Surgery
- Nerve Transfers For Injury/tumor
- Neurological Surgery
- Peripheral Nerve Decompression/transfer
- Revision Cervical Spine Surgery
- Scoliosis Surgery
- Spinal Deformity Surgery
- Spinal Fusion
- Spinal Surgery
- Spine Decompression
- Spine Reconstruction
- Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
- Surgery For Spinal Tumors
- Thoracic Spine Surgery
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Aneurysm, Cerebral
- Arachnoid Cysts
- Back Disorders
- Brain Aneurysms and Hemorrhage
- Brain Hemorrhage
- Carotid Bruit
- Cervical Infections
- Cervical Myelopathy
- Cervical Tumors
- Chiari Malformation
- Chronic Back Pain
- Complex Spinal Disorders
- Degenerative Spine Disease
- Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
- Herniated Disc
- Infection of the Spine
- Lumbar Radiculopathy
- Marfan Syndrome
- Neck Pain
- Peripheral Nerve Disorders
- Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
- Spinal Cancer
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Spinal Deformity
- Spinal Disorders
- Spinal Fractures
- Spinal Metastases
- Spinal Neoplasms
- Spinal Vascular Disorders
- Spine Pain
- Spine Tumors
- Stenosis - Spinal
- Vertebral Compression Fracture
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Madison, WI USA
Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, OH USA
Internship - University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albuquerque, NM USA
Medical Education - Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Lubbock, TX USA
Undergraduate - New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM USA
He has published greater than 145 articles in leading medical journals, is co-author of the text, Anatomical Basis of Neurologic Disease (2009), with a 2nd Edition currently under revision, and is co-editor of Benzel’s Spine Surgery. He has also served as editor for three additional textbooks, sits on a number of editorial boards, and is a reviewer for several neurosurgery journals, as well as Section Editor for World Neurosurgery, a member of the editorial board for Journal of Neurosurgery-Spine and Deputy editor of The Spine Journal. He has contributed more than 60 Chapters to the body of surgical spine care literature, with several more in progress.
Dr. Steinmetz is actively involved in the various professional societies of neurosurgery and spine surgery. Serving in multiple roles in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons since his early years of training, he is now a member of the CNS Nominating Committee, and Education Committee. A member of the Executive Committee and Scientific Planning Committee of the CNS/American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Joint Section on Diseases of the Spine & Peripheral Nerves since 2007, he is also Chairman of their Exhibits Committee. He s a member of the Minimally Invasive, CME, Governance, Advocacy and the PAC committees for the North American Spine Society.
cervical spondylosis, chiari malformation, complex spine instrumentation, degenerative spine disease, spinal cord tumors, Spine Tumors
- Congress of Neurological Surgeons
- American Association of Neurological Surgeons
- North American Spine Society
- Society for Neurosciences
Research & Publications
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Consulting and/or Speaking. Dr. Steinmetz receives fees of $5,000 or more per year as a paid consultant, speaker or member of an advisory committee for the following companies:
- Globus Medical, Inc.
- Stryker Corporation
Royalty Payments. Dr. Steinmetz receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:
- Biomet, Inc.
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140 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.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.9|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.9|
27 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Feb 3, 2020
Dr. Steinmetz was very helpful in explaining my condition and providing a strategy for a recovery of my sciatic issue.
Reviewed on Jan 27, 2020
the doctor and assistant looked at the whole problem. which I was not been able to get the last two doctors to do. past doctors focused on one problem and not what else could be wrong.
Reviewed on Jan 17, 2020
Doctors very courteous and attentive. Was very happy - they saved my ability to walk again. Very impressed w/staff.
Reviewed on Dec 11, 2019
Dr. Steinmetz was knowledgeable, concerned, listened & made thoughtful reasoned recommendations. He was well worth the hour+ delay in the schedule.
Reviewed on Dec 2, 2019
very good great Dr. gave me my life back. I thank you DR. STEINMETZ
Reviewed on Nov 11, 2019
Dr Steinmetz was very professional yet caring. He seemed to realize from the start how important it is for me to experience quality of life and how limited I have been. he gave me hope
Reviewed on Oct 16, 2019
Dr. Steinmetz was phenomenal! He patiently and thoroughly answered all questions (and there were a lot of questions).
Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019
spinal department was very efficient. Doctors extremely informative and caring. Understood my problems and offered outstanding solutions.
Reviewed on Oct 9, 2019
the doctor is extremely busy. it usually takes several months to get an appointment. my visit with him is always enjoyable and informative.
Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019
Excellent experience with Dr Steinmetz!!
Reviewed on Jul 24, 2019
all good. Care provider explained the procedure, risks & possible complications in a manner that I can understand clearly. My husband was present. He's my care giver once I'm discharge from there.
Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019
Dr was very through in explaining pros and cons of every situation, which gave us a way to may a better decision of what to do.
Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019
it was a long wait to see Dr.Steinmetz. However I understand that he is very important and his time is precious. Therefore I find him to be well worth waiting for. I value his time and his opinion beyond any other doctor. I will always wait to see him even though his PA said I did not need to and strongly discouraged me in making an appointment. when I had a severe neuropathy flare- his nurse Laurie was tremendously kind and helpful. I am grateful for Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Steinmetz did my back surgery and was incredible in my healing. Dr Steinmetz stands for the greatness the clinic is known for. He is the finest and compassionate caring doctor I have ever known.
Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019
I have changed all of my doctors to Clinic. The reason being my admiration and confidence in Dr Steinmetz.
Reviewed on Jul 10, 2019
I have recommended many patients to Dr Steinmetz They all got superb help from him!
Reviewed on Jul 3, 2019
It was a long wait for the appointment, but Dr. Steinmetz was worth the wait.
Reviewed on Jun 19, 2019
I was very surprised at how thoughtful and attentive Dr Steinmetz was. I know he is a very busy Neurosurgeon but at my appointment time I felt I was his only concern at that moment. I really appreciated that he listened to me, made eye contact, talked to me about my options, and I didn't feel like just another number when I left.
Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019
*Dr. Steinmetz is an awesome neurosurgeon!
Reviewed on Jun 1, 2019
*Dr. Steinmetz and *Dr. Englund and their staff excellent care!!!
Reviewed on May 29, 2019
*Dr. Steinmetzs spends quality time with you. He makes sure everything is explained and all questions are answered. He shows a lot of concern for you as a patient.
Reviewed on May 1, 2019
The doctor answered all my questions and explained everything to me about my problem
Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019
The dr. explained the options in plain terms that were easy to understand.
Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019
Very good communication with Dr.Steinmetz. His associate was iinformative.
Reviewed on Apr 8, 2019
Dr. Steinmetz was very professional, listened carefully, provided his undivided attention, and delivered an excellent plan of care. I feel very confident in his expertise.
Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019
The doctor and his staff are so knowledgeable and they make you feel very comfortable when explaining your experience with them.
Reviewed on Mar 20, 2019
After switching to Dr Steinmeitz. I felt like I was more than his patient.He is so knowledgeable and caring.
Reviewed on Mar 9, 2019
The skill of my physician is off the charts, he was the very best. The same for the physician assistants, they were great!
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