Francis Farhadi, MD, PhD

  • Director, Neurosurgery Spine Program
4.27 out of 5

Specialties

Conditions

  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Canal stenosis
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Cervical spondylolysis
  • Disk herniation
    • Lumbar spinal stenosis
    • Peripheral nerve sheath tumor
    • Radiculopathy
    • Scoliosis
    • Spinal cord compression
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Spinal cord tumor
    • Spinal tumor

Procedures Performed

  • Spine Surgery
  • Discectomy
  • Minimally invasive lumbar decompression
  • Minimally invasive neurosurgery
  • Minimally invasive spinal surgery
    • Spinal fusion surgery
    • Spinal deformity surgery

About

I am a complex spine and peripheral nerve surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive techniques that treat a variety of spinal and nerve conditions. I received a master’s degree in public health from the University of London and my medical training and PhD from McGill University. I completed a residency in neurological surgery at the University of Toronto and finished two fellowships in peripheral nerve and complex spine surgery. I served on faculty for over 10 years at the Ohio State University in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

My current research focuses on developing and validating surrogate markers that can help better predict functional recovery after surgery for a variety of conditions including traumatic spinal cord injury and myelopathy. The results of this research will help guide the rational design of future human trials. I also oversee several clinical trials evaluating new implants to enhance the safety and efficacy of spinal surgery. My research has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including the Journal of Neurotrauma and the Journal of Neurosurgery Spine. Working at UK allows me to provide cutting-edge treatment and care while also participating in advancing standards of care through research and education.

Faculty Rank

  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Awards

    Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2017

    Lawrence J. Mervis, MD, Teacher of the Year Award in the Department of Neurological Surgery, 2013

Training & Education

Degree

MSc PH, University of London, England
MD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
PhD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Residency

Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Fellowship

Peripheral Nerve, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Spine Surgery, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Fla.

Certifications and Special Training

FRCS(C), Neurosurgery

Insurance Information

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Ratings & Reviews

4.27 out of 5
15 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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    Just did not like the wait

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    Felt like a waste of my time. Didn't discuss anything on my MRI.

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    He didn't spend but barely a few minimal minutes with me after I waited so long to see him. Then didn't go over my X-ray or mri scan. Nothing. I felt like a number on the chart that was just being rushed out as quickly as possible. I left feeling invalidated and hurt. I cried on the way home

    Patient Review

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    Excellent experience with everyone

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    Listened to my worries and very informative about the surgery that is planned
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      No problems
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      Wonderful neurosurgeon!
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      Excellent! No need to say more!
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      No differential diagnosis discussed. I like to know something about my plan of care as we move forward.
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      I remember the last words of the DOCTOR. I am sure the P.T. Notes will be discussed, and action taken.
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      Resident/fellow did a thorough exam and interview. He was very friendly and professional. The attending came in for 3-4 minutes, stood at the door and spoke. He never sat down. Appeared to be in a hurry, like my scheduled appt was an inconvenience to him. I was not impressed with the attending.
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      I'm coming back to have my back operated on so I must have like it all
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      Conversations with resident and physician should occur with patient in the room. Why can't the patient be educated also?
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      *Dr. Farhadi appeared to be knowledgeable but I found out in the exam room, he had an emergency to put him behind that morning. He gave me his opinion and grabbed the doorknob 3 times before & during answering my questions. My life had been on hold, waiting for answers. I wasn't impressed with his P.R. skills.
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      Dr Farhadi is great- he explained the procedure on My visit and did exactly what he said he was going to do- he is amazing- I'm very happy