Patient satisfaction reviews for 967 spine neurosurgeons on Healthgrades

Arjun Gupta, Radhika Gupta, Michael D. White, Vamsi Reddy, Yue Fang Chang, Prateek Agarwal, Nima Alan, Nitin Agarwal

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OBJECTIVE Patients are increasingly relying on independent physician rating websites (PRWs) to obtain information about healthcare providers. is a widely used PRW that allows patients to rate physicians on various metrics of performance and quality of care. This study categorically investigated the correlations between demographics of spine neurosurgeons and online ratings on Healthgrades to better understand the factors driving patient satisfaction in spine surgery in the United States. METHODS In August–December 2019, the authors performed a retrospective data analysis using Healthgrades. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) membership database was used to identify spine neurosurgeons in the United States and extract biographical and career data. Individuals with an academic practice were further investigated for academic rank, leadership, and fellowship training. Scores from eight patient satisfaction metrics (PSMs) were collected for each surgeon from Healthgrades. RESULTS A total of 967 spine neurosurgeons were included in the study cohort. Patient satisfaction did not correlate with sex, PhD acquisition, academic status, or academic rank. Among those who were academic surgeons, completion of fellowship training was associated with higher ratings. Geographical location of practice did not influence patient satisfaction. Prolonged wait time was an independent predictor of decreased patient satisfaction and was a key confounding variable underlying trends seen with advanced career duration and age. CONCLUSIONS Overall, patients rated spine neurosurgeons highly favorably on the Healthgrades website. Due to the emerging role of PRWs in locating and assessing providers, it is important for both patients and clinicians to understand the factors that impact patient experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)869-875
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2022


  • neurological surgery
  • online reviews
  • patient satisfaction
  • patient-reported outcomes
  • physician ratings
  • spine surgery


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