Stephen Kolb

Stephen Kolb, MD, PhD

  • Neurology
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About Me

I approach patient care the way I would expect my physician to approach me – with competence, honesty and a collaborative style.

I am a physician/scientist. I care for patients who suffer from Lou Gehrig’s disease and spinal muscular atrophy.

Working with people living with incurable diseases is a privilege. I take pride in playing a positive role in the lives of people who face increasing disability and their own death, with bravery and grace.

At the same time, being helpless to stop the progression of Lou Gehrig’s disease motivates me to get back to my lab and work with my colleagues to figure out how to stop it. My hope is that by the time I retire, this will not be an incurable disease. And at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we work hard every day to help turn that hope into a reality.


  • Started program to connect clinics and researchers
  • Recipient of two NIH grants
  • Research focused upon diseases of the motor neuron
  • Named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors,” 2015–2018
  • Best Doctor in America, 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Muscular Atrophy, Spinal
  • Hereditary Sensory and Motor Neuropathy
  • Neuromuscular Diseases

Locations Where I Practice

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Education and Training

Medical Degree

University of Texas Medical School at Houston


University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
7/1/1999 - 6/30/2002


The Hospital Of the University of Pennsylvania
7/1/2002 - 6/30/2007

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Board Certification

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Subspecialty: Neurology)

My Department



55 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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  • Overall
    4.7 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly 4.8
  • Listens Carefully 4.9
  • Gives Understandable Instructions 4.8
  • Knows My Medical History 4.5
  • Shows Respect 4.8
  • Time Spent Together 4.7

8 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2019

Dr. Kolb is the best provider I've seen. He takes time to listen & answer all questions. He's always friendly and very respectful.

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2018

No complaints.

Reviewed on Jun 02, 2018

Knowledgeable, caring, realistic.

Reviewed on May 09, 2018

He mead me & my family feel like we were his only patient that day. He spent an hour & 1/2 with us. Was in no hurry to leave us.

Reviewed on Mar 01, 2018

Very flexible to get me in on his schedule, explained my symptoms & what they meant in a very detailed & easy to understand way. Very courteous & helpful.

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2018

Dr. Kolb is great. Down-to-earth, practical and very knowledgeable.

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2018

1st time I had seen him, very satisfied with him, I really liked him.

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2017


Consulting and Related Relationships

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As of 12/20/2018, Dr. Kolb has reported no relationships with companies or entities.