H. Francis Farhadi

H. Francis Farhadi, MD, PhD

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Physician
4.6 out of 5
  • 171 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 68 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

  • Peripheral Nerve Tumor
  • Scoliosis
  • Trauma, Nervous System
  • Peripheral Nerve Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement
  • Spinal Curvatures
  • Kyphosis
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • 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.

171 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 Mar 11, 2021

    Dr. Farhadi was all I could have asked for at this visit. This was welcome given the reason for my visit.

  • Reviewed on Mar 08, 2021

    He was knowledgeable.

  • Reviewed on Mar 03, 2021

    The doctor was great and took the time to listen to all my concerns & questions.

  • Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

    Dr. Farhadi was very good - explaining my X-rays, was honest with me and status of my back, provided me guidance and gave me direct, clear & provided me the information I was needing.

  • Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

    The physician and staff - including radiology tech were very knowledgeable and I highly recommend OSU Brain and Spine Center.

  • Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

    covered all issues well

  • Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

    Very good.

  • Reviewed on Jan 08, 2021

    This was my first visit with Dr. Farhadi but he was so attentive to my needs and I appreciate that. He gave me a follow-up call which was unexpected because my last doctor never did. Thank you for caring.

  • 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.

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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.