H. Francis Farhadi

H. Francis Farhadi, MD, PhD

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Physician
4.6 out of 5
  • 159 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 65 Patient Comments

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About Me

I’m 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 serve as an assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery.

My current research focuses on developing and validating surrogate markers that can help better predict functional recovery after traumatic spinal cord injury. The results of this research will help guide the rational design of human trials evaluation of the potential of stem-cell therapies. 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 The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center allows me to provide cutting-edge treatment and care while also participating in advancing standards of care through research and education. The academic nature of practicing at The Ohio State University allows me to faithfully track patient outcomes and promote the development of new technologies to give them a better life.
  • Co-director of The Ohio State University Spine Program
  • 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
  • Clinical research highlighted on the cover illustration of the Journal of Neurosurgery Spine (Volume 30: Issue 6, 2019)
  • Currently conducting several investigator-initiated trials evaluating outcomes and new therapies for various spinal conditions

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement
  • Spinal Curvatures
  • Kyphosis
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Peripheral Nerve Tumor
  • Scoliosis
  • Trauma, Nervous System
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal Diseases
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Spinal Cancers

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec,
8/1/1996 - 6/30/2002


Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto,

7/1/2002 - 6/30/2006


McGill University, Montreal, Quebec,
8/19/2002 - 4/27/2006

Research Fellowship

Toronto Western Research Institute, Toronto,

7/1/2006 - 6/30/2008


Barnes-Jewish Hospital / Washington University, St. Louis, MO

7/1/2008 - 1/31/2009


Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL

1/1/2009 - 6/30/2009

Academic Information

My Department

Neurological Surgery


The overall patient satisfaction rating is an average of all patient responses to the six doctor communication related questions shown below from the Clinician and Group Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. For additional information about the patient satisfaction survey, please visit our Patient Satisfaction Survey page.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their view and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

159 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.6 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.3 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.4 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.3 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.4 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.6 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.2 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Aug 04, 2021


  • Reviewed on Jul 09, 2021

    I always feel confident that I understand my progress recovering from two spinal surgeries and where I'll eventually end up.

  • Reviewed on Jul 02, 2021

    He's the best.

  • Reviewed on Jul 02, 2021


  • Reviewed on Jun 29, 2021

    Always good.

  • Reviewed on May 12, 2021

    He was very nice and very professional.

  • Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

    He did a great job listening to me and answering all of my questions.

  • Reviewed on Apr 22, 2021

    Dr. Farhadi is great. He fixed my problem and I feel awesome. I recommend to people all the time.

  • Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

    answered my questions

  • Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

    All good

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Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Farhadi has reported no relationships with companies or entities.