Dr. Donna Saatman, MD

Dr. Donna Saatman, MD

Neurosurgery  ·  
Female  ·  
48 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Donna Saatman, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Brandon, FL and has been practicing for 21 years. She specializes in neurosurgery, oncology, and more.Read her story

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

305 E Brandon Blvd

Brandon, FL 33511
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • AvMed
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Carecentrix Health Plan
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida, Inc.
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Spinal Stenosis
very high
more than 89% of peers
more than 76% of peers
Herniated Disc
more than 67% of peers

Dr. Saatman's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Saatman's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Saatman "Dr. Saatman is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and specializes in the surgical treatment of adult degenerative spine and peripheral nerve disease.Dr. Saatman attended medical school at SUNY Health Science Center in New York and completed her residency in neurosurgery at the University of South Florida. She completed her fellowship in neurosurgical oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Saatman "Donna Saatman, MD is a uniquely trained and highly skilled neurosurgeon who is dedicated to improving the quality of her patient s lives. Dr. Saatman s practice model is to listen to the patient s complaints and complete a thorough physical exam. She then reviews all available radiographs and discusses all the findings with the patient prior to the end of the appointment. Dr. Saatman uses physical models, anatomical charts, diagrams, and multimedia to explain to the patient the cause of their symptoms. She then discusses treatment options. Many times, non invasive actions such as physical therapy, rest, a change in social behavior, and medications can relieve symptoms. If surgery is advised, Dr. Saatman uses the same tools to explain the surgical procedure and make clear why the procedure will alleviate their symptoms."
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4  Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurology
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

19  Conditions Treated

  • Broken Neck
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Metastatic Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spinal Infections
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

14  Procedures

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University of Massachusetts
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
  • State University Of New York
    Medical School | Graduated 1997
  • University of South Florida
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University of Florida
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Saatman has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Saatman's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Saatman to family and friends
41 total reviews (11 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (41)

  • 5
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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Saatman's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (11)

I was recommended by a family member to see Dr. Saatman for back pain after a fall at work. She took her time to explain my diagnosis and to delineate a treatment plan that would work with my schedule. There is a wait to see her however I am very pleased with the results.
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She operated on my cervical in 10/2015 and again on 2/2016. I wouldn’t recommend this Dr whatsoever. The surgery from 2/2016 was to check on the ACDF hardware that was installed. It had a screw backing out that she promised that she locked it in. So, she made a poor decision and should have taken...more
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Steve, we are sorry to hear this and would like to speak with you further. Please private message us with your contact information so we can reach you.

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Dr. Saatman was very informative and professional. She was straight forward and spent 45 mins with me on my first visit. I had a c6-7 herniated disc that didnt respond to shots or therapy. I ultimately had a Mobi C disc replacement. I had instant relief. Best choice I have ever made. The staff...more
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I agreed w the lack of care as to the Pt's time. My new pt apt was for 2:30. I got there at 2p & asked for the paper work. I was provided HIPPA docs & billing docs but nothing else. At 2:45 I asked if the dr was running late & was told she was 45 min behind. I sat and waited till 4:30p the...more
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Hi there, we care immensely about our patients and are disappointed to hear about your first impression in our office. We apologize for the wait time and the lack of time the provider spent with you. We will be sure the provider is aware and our clinic leadership is alerted so we can work to improve our patient service.

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Waited over 2 hours for less than 5 minutes with the Dr. She couldn't get out of exam room fast enough. She didn't even address what was going on. Waste of my time and money. BTW worst handshake ever.
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We sincerely apologize that your experience did not meet the highest standard, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Dr. Saatman is highly specialized in spine and neuro services, including cranial neurosurgery and has over 20 years of experience and thousands of successful outcomes. Again, we apologize that your experience fell short of your expectations. We will inform our clinic leaders of the extensive wait time and address this with Dr. Saatman.

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