Stephanus Viljoen

Stephanus Viljoen, MD

  • Neurological Surgery
  • Physician

Accepting new patients

4.4 out of 5
  • 143 Patient Satisfaction Ratings
  • 47 Patient Comments

Insurances We Accept


About Me

I’m a neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of adult spinal deformity and complex reconstructive spine surgery. I also serve as an assistant professor of neurosurgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. I received my medical degree from the University of Nebraska. In addition, I completed an internship and a neurosurgical residency at the University of Iowa and a fellowship in adult spinal deformity from Northwestern University.

My research focuses on spinal biomechanics, clinical outcomes research and device development, and I have three U.S. patents. I’m also a member of The Ohio State Neurological Society and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

What I enjoy most about The Ohio State University is the academic setting. I can be involved in resident education and research while providing my patients with quality care. The resources and medical experts on staff at The Ohio State University allow me to conduct meaningful research and provide better treatment options to my patients.
  • Published in more than 28 peer-reviewed journals

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Sprains and Strains
  • Intervertebral Disc
  • Discitis
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement
  • Spinal Curvatures
  • Kyphosis
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
  • Back Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Diseases

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Education History

Medical School

University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
8/22/2005 - 5/1/2009


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

7/1/2009 - 6/30/2010


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

7/1/2010 - 6/30/2015

Research Fellowship

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA

7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016


Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

1/1/2016 - 6/30/2016

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.

143 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.4 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.5 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.6 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.5 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    3.8 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.5 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.5 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Jan 15, 2021

    I felt he was thorough and prompt.

  • Reviewed on Dec 11, 2020

    Explained things well black & white and I like that to the point.

  • Reviewed on Dec 02, 2020

    they're good, they've been doing the best they can to help me get taken care of. the wait periods can be long but it's better than it has been.

  • Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

    Bedside manners needs to be addressed with doctors was very rude. He didn't discuss any of test results with me. He stated that my MRI (upper) could be scheduled closer to where I loved since I have to travel over 3 hrs. to get to Columbus. Called next day and said it was scheduled in Columbus & it couldn't be scheduled outside of their office after stated otherwise the day before.

  • Reviewed on Nov 11, 2020

    Would not ever recommend this dr. Because he doesn't take time with his patients & any questions he has he just brushes off. He didn't even come out & tell my wife how the surgery went after the surgery.

  • Reviewed on Nov 06, 2020

    He was fine, but there was too much info for me to absorb all at once. I needed a friend with me to help remember everything he said.

  • Reviewed on Nov 04, 2020


  • Reviewed on Nov 03, 2020

    Really listened. Put together a plan for identifying cause of symptoms, involving a series of diagnostic tests.

  • Reviewed on Oct 28, 2020


  • Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

    he seemed like he was in a rush. I'm not sure he even believed I was having pain. I'm not sure I agree with his diagnosis but I felt dismissed so left when he was done.

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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. Viljoen has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.

  • Medtronic, Inc.