H. Francis Farhadi

H. Francis Farhadi, MD, PhD

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Physician
4.5 out of 5
  • 161 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 70 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

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

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.

161 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.5 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 Dec 13, 2020

    Excellent care and he has solved the problems I was experiencing. Very thankful for his skill and care.

  • Reviewed on Dec 10, 2020

    Took time to explain my condition and options of care.

  • Reviewed on Dec 02, 2020

    I had seen this provider 10 yrs. ago and he fixed a spinal issue and I had no problems. He always runs behind but I don't mind because he spent time enough to answer my questions and my problem.

  • Reviewed on Nov 25, 2020

    Very good/excellent.

  • Reviewed on Nov 05, 2020

    All good. Met my expectations. Answered questions. Ask lots of questions. Professional.

  • Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

    He was extremely kind, patient, and knowledgeable never intimidated me, talked on my level so I could understand and what impressed me most was he personally called me 3 times to talk and answer my questions very patiently.

  • Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

    Dr. Farhadi seen me before for another problem that was bothering me, I went to Dr. Farhadi for a 2nd opinion and he told me results I dreaded hearing. I trust his opinion and will recommend him to other people in my condition.

  • Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

    He was excellent, attentive and was very caring of my health problem. He listened very intensely and was obviously concerned for me

  • Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

    friendly staff

  • Reviewed on Oct 06, 2020

    It was hard to understand everything & get answers to my questions at the same time. No one could be with me due to COVID. It wasn't clear to me that I had to initiate setting up the next tests. Two weeks was lost in my care.

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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.