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.
Highlights
  • 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,” 2015–2019
  • Best Doctor in America, 2017

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Muscular Dystrophies
  • Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
  • 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

Education History

Medical School

University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX
MD, PhD
6/1/1990 - 6/30/1998

Internship

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

7/1/1998 - 6/30/1999

Residency

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

7/1/1999 - 6/30/2002

Fellowship

The Hospital Of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

7/1/2002 - 6/30/2007

Academic Information

My Department

Neurology

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Reviews

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.

55 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

  • Overall
    4.9 out of 5
  • Explains Things Clearly
    4.8 out of 5
  • Listens Carefully
    4.9 out of 5
  • Gives Understandable Instructions
    4.8 out of 5
  • Knows My Medical History
    4.5 out of 5
  • Shows Respect
    4.8 out of 5
  • Time Spent Together
    4.7 out of 5
  • Reviewed on Jul 15, 2021

    First class!!

  • Reviewed on Jul 09, 2021

    Good experience - he is very informed about his job!

  • Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

    Professional at all times, courteous, knowledgeable about my condition and past medical problems. Made me feel very comfortable!

  • Reviewed on Jun 14, 2021

    Great dr./patient manner, efficient, explains well, thorough, good listening & eye contact inspires confidence - I feel I am receiving the BEST care.

  • Reviewed on May 18, 2021

    Doctor Stephen J. Kolb was a very good, friendly, knowledgeable, and caring.

  • Reviewed on Apr 27, 2021

    Dr. Kolb was very good I'm glad that he is my doctor.

  • Reviewed on Apr 08, 2021

    Very likeable, peronable, and helpful... Nothing bad to say!

  • Reviewed on Mar 13, 2021

    everyone was great

  • Reviewed on Jan 22, 2021

    good

  • Reviewed on Jan 19, 2021

    Dr. Kolb was a true saint, very thoughtful & understand. INCREDIBLE dr. & nurse.

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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. Kolb 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.

  • AveXis, Inc.
  • Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd
  • Scholar Rock