Department Center for Spine Health
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

  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Cervical Deformity Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spinal Instrumentation
  • Complex Spinal Reconstruction
  • Complex Spinal Surgery
  • Deformity Correction
  • Image-Guided Spinal Navigation
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Neck Surgery
  • Revision Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Surgery
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Reconstruction
  • Spine Tumor Removal And Reconstruction
  • Thoracic Spine Surgery
View all 21 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Aging Spine
  • Back Disorders
  • Cervical and Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Cervical Tumors
  • Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Complex Cervical Deformities
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Degenerative Spine Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Radiculopathy
  • Schwannoma
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Metastases
  • Spinal Neoplasms
  • Spine Pain
  • Spine Tumors
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stenosis - Spinal
View all 31 Specialties +


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Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Barrow Neurological Institute
Phoenix, AZ USA

Residency - Cleveland Clinic
Neurological Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Fellowship - Allegheny General Hospital
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Internship - Cleveland Clinic
Neurological Surgery
Cleveland, OH USA

Medical Education - Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Rootstown, OH USA

Additional Training

  • Cleveland Clinic Practice Management Course
  • Minimally Invasive Anterior Approaches to the Thoracic Spine
  • Practical Course on Spinal Instrumentation
  • Prestige Anterior Cervical Disc Replacement Training Course
  • Coflex Interspinous Posterior Interspinous Device


  • Neurological Surgery

Specialty Interests

complex spinal surgery and reconstruction, image-guide spinal navigation, including instrumentation and fusion, Minimally Invasive Surgery, neck and back disorders

Awards & Honors

  • EDI Innovation Award, Surgical Navigation Device, 1998
  • Top Doctors in Northeast Ohio, 2003-2011
  • Best Doctors in America, 2005-2011

Innovations & Patents

  • Surgical navigation device
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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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 8/20/2019, Dr. Kalfas has reported the financial relationships with the companies listed below. 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.

Royalty Payments. Dr. Kalfas receives or has the right to receive royalty payments for inventions or discoveries commercialized through the companies shown below:

  • Mako Surgical Corp.

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

230 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 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

32 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2019

Dr. Kalfas went over MRI and explained what had and what was happening to my spine and why he thought surgery was necessary. His nurse Marybeth was wonderful and very compassionate.

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2019

Good experience. patient. very informative. Love my doctor. trust

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

probably good at his skills. Has no respect for time of patient versus his own time. Makes no apologies for being late. Did not address any on my concerns discussed with his resident before he saw me. My surgery caused me to have mild chronic pain in areas that were never a problem before surgery. This pain is doable but Dr. Kalfas would not even begin to acknowledge that the surgery caused these symptoms even though it is obvious that such is in fact the case

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

I'm a fan of Dr Kalfas and the staff

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

I always recommend this doctor and staff

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2019

Outstanding job by physician. Beyond expectations.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

Dr. Kalfas is friendly, professional, extremely knowledgable, and reassuring.

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

great doctor

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2019

My experience in working with Dr. Kalfas and his staff particularly Mary Beth through pre-surgery,surgery, and post surgery was excellent and speaks well to why he is a top rated back surgeon His approach and care for patients should serve as a standard for what you are striving to achieve at the Clinic

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

Dr. Kalfas is one of the best examples of how the "bedside manner" of a doctor should be. He was very attentive, professional and answered completely all manner of questions that I had. I found him to be incredibly informed and thorough in all aspects of the visit.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2019

Dr. Kalfas was very honest . I appreciate that.

Reviewed on Jun 6, 2019

very pleased with doctor and his recommendations

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Dr. Kalfus staff has always been professional and efficient.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Dr. Kalfus did a very difficult surgery on my lumbar area. He did a brilliant surgery! I do not think I would be walking, or been able to handle the nerve pain with out Dr. Kalfus surgery. My quality of life was improved substantially. Thank you!

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

We are about 8 1/2 hours away, and we tell everyone, Dr. Kalfus is an excellent neurosurgeon (THE BEST). The Cleveland Clinic is our favorite medical facility!

Reviewed on May 23, 2019

When I started the process to become a patient of Cleveland Clinic, my pain level was a daily 8 out of ten. I had to wait a very long time to get an appointment. Then it was changed. My surgery was scheduled, and the it was hanged. Having said that Dr. Kalfes was one of the best doctors I have had contact with in my lifetime. He is kind and through and makes e feel like I am his only patient he has to think about while he is doing a consult. His assistant, Mary Beth, is kind and knowledgeable, and very professional at the same time.

Reviewed on May 14, 2019

Dr Kaflas was very solid and to whom I got along with easily during my visit. I believe he astutely understood my situation and his recommendation (muscle relaxants) was an extraordinary insight into my situation, in many ways. I felt very much he was caring about my back situation. Very glad I met with him.

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

I was in Canada in December and broke my back. After being taking to a clinic there, I was given the option of being admitted there or given medication to fly home and receive treatment here - I chose the later. I never imagined that I wouldn't be able to schedule an appointment with my general practitioner or a specialist for 5 to 6 weeks!!! A BROKEN BACK!!! Thank God for Dr. Kalfas!

Reviewed on May 7, 2019

Dr. Kalfas listened to all my concerns and answered my questions very clearly. He was informative with relaxed personal style that put me at ease. It's easy to see why he has such a outstanding reputation.

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

The doctor was great! very confident in his care which is a plus!

Reviewed on Apr 30, 2019

Dr. Kalfas is an excellent surgeon and his staff is very professional. No phone calls made.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

I have seen a few doctor before I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Kalfas. He actually listened to me and shared his concerns. Dr. Kalfas actually cared about how I felt and my concerns.

Reviewed on Apr 22, 2019

dr. kalfas and marybeth trimble are phenomenal.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

Dr Kalfas was very informative and caring about my condition. He explained the pros and cons of surgery very well.

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

wonderful doctor I will be coming back to him again

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2019

Can't say enough nice things about Dr. Kalfas and his staff. They were all attentive to my issues, were honest with surgical options. Very positive experience.

Reviewed on Jan 31, 2019

I found Dr Kalfas to be caring, concerned, and extremely reassuring. He is in my opinion "The best of the best"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2018

have been a patient of Dr Kalfas for a long time. in my opinion their is none better. he and Marybeth always strive to make sure all of mine and my daughters cares and concerns are met.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

I assumed the wating time was due to reviewing x rays, mri, and medical records of past procedures .. Dr. Kalfus is very informative on medical condition , i understand this takes time to review ..

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

excellent doctor to work with, extremely helpful and knowledgeable- have highly recommend.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

Dr Kalfas and I only talked about the surgery.

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2018

MaryAnn was excellent. She explained the surgery that I need. I really liked Dr Kalfas. I believe I'm going to the best doctor at the best hospital.

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