Dr. Francisco Ponce, MD

Dr. Francisco Ponce, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
41 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Francisco Ponce, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Phoenix, AZ. He is 41 years old and has been practicing for 13 years. Dr. Ponce is affiliated with Phoenix Children's Hospital, HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, Banner - Unviersity Medical Center Phoenix, Dignity Health - Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, Dignity Health - Chandler Regional Medical Center and Dignity Health - St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

Barrow Brain and Spine

2910 N 3rd Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85013
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Accepted insurance

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • Triwest
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

At Barrow Brain and Spine, we put our patients first.  We are committed to treating our patients with compassion and to providing innovative and sound medical options for the treatment of our patient's neurological conditions.  As a patient of Barrow Brain and Spine, your health and well-being are important to us.  The neurosurgeons, physiatrists, hospital staff, neurological institute, and other members of our multidisciplinary team work together with one goal in mind - helping you get well. 
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Dr. Ponce's Experience

Dr. Ponce's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Neurosurgery
  • Board certified in Neurosurgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Tumor
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Movement Disorders
  • Myelopathy
  • Neurinoma
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rasmussen's Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis Cervical Without Myelopathy
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Brain Surgery
  • Brain Tumor Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (LOA)
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Movement Disorder Surgery
  • Movement Disorder Surgery for Dystonia
  • Movement Disorder Surgery for Essential Tremor
  • Movement Disorder Surgery for Parkinson's Disease
  • Muscle Biopsy
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Parkinson's Surgery
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation Procedures
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery
  • Stereotactic Neurosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Trauma Neurosurgery


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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

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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.


  • Harvard Medical School
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1998
  • University Of Chicago/The Pritzker School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2004
  • Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2005
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2011
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2011
  • University of Toronto / Faculty of Medicine
    Other Education | Completed 2009

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Ponce has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Urdu

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dignity Health - St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. Ponce is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. Ponce's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Ponce to family and friends
based on 49 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Ponce's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
in Scottsdale, AZ |
I have recommended friends and suggest that my family members with essential Tremor come to Barrows and especially Dr Ponce. I have two friends that have completed the Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. My youngest daughter is tracking with Barrows Neurological. All of our families questions were an answered It has been one year since my DBS surgery. This is the greatest gift and experience in my life!! I'm able to perform tasks as if I was a teenager and my voice is amazing and I speak clearly
in Mesa, AZ |
Dr Ponce and his staff are very competent and professional. Much time informing me of procedure and all potential side-effects. DBS procedure went smoothly and successfully. Happy with results.
Phoenix, AZ |
Never had an opportunity to meet with Dr Francisco Ponce to discuss my medical situation. After being told the doctor no longer has a East Vally location by the office receptionist she suggested that I contact the Phoenix office. After leaving a brief message and personal number two days ago with no callback, I've decided to search for another surgeon.
in Slater, CO |
I was terrified. So I waited over 16 years (in pain) to have my spine fused. Dr. Ponce was able to asuage my fears...no small feat! He patiently explained the repair he would perform, while reassuring me, 'There is no non-invasive way to fix this.' I woke up after surgery, and my life is changed. At least once a day, I am grateful to Dr. Ponce and his staff for my new lease...usually each morning when i wake up PAIN FREE! Awesome! Thank you, Dr Ponce, and everyone at The Barrow!
in phoenix |
Exceptional! Kind, thorough, smart and an excellent neurosurgeon. Wonderful staff too!
New York, NY |
I had major back surgery by Dr Ponce. He is an outstanding surgeon and wonderful doctor to confide in and trust!
in Prescott, AZ |
I had bilateral D.B.S. surgeries by Dr. Ponce. I had zero side affects and no adverse events. His electrode placement in both right and left hemispheres were exact,thus my programming has produced wonderful results for my diagnosis of cervical dystonia. I could not recommend him more highly.
in Florence, AZ |
Dr. Ponce loves his job, and it is very obvious he has so much compassion and treats his patients like they are a member of his own family. He explained the entire procedure of my DBS surgery and made my fears dissolve. I knew I was in great care and my new life would be wonderful. I will forever be grateful for Dr. Ponce and his program coordinator, Meg Lambert. The care I received before, during and after my surgery was beyong excellent.
Mission Hills, CA |
Dr. Ponce's careful evaluation of my symptoms and conditions identified cervical and lumbar spine problems. In the past year, Dr. Ponce has performed cervical fusion and lumbar laminectomy surgeries on me. Yesterday, 2 1/2 weeks after lumbar surgery, I walked 1 mile without pain for the first time in over 4 years. :)
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Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Ponce accepts 12 insurance carriers
  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield POS
    Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna HMO
    Cigna POS
    Cigna PPO
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Net
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • Triwest
  • UnitedHealthCare
    PacifiCare HMO
    PacifiCare PPO
    United Healthcare

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