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Dr. John Pollina Jr, MD

Neurosurgery ·  Male · Age 51

Dr. Pollina Jr

Dr. John Pollina Jr, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Williamsville, NY. He graduated from State University of New York At Buffalo and specializes in neurosurgery.


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(716) 839-9402

Dr. Pollina Jr accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) HMO
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Independent Health
Encompass
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
MVP Health Care
MVP Health Care PPO

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No malpractice claims found for New York
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Pollina Jr's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Spinal Fusion
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pollina Jr performs Spinal Fusion more than 92% of his peers

Dr. Pollina Jr performs this procedure more than 92% of his peers

Herniated Disc Surgery
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pollina Jr performs Herniated Disc Surgery more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Pollina Jr performs this procedure more than 91% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy With Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy With Plating & Fusion
  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Arthroscopic Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Discectomy
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Discectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Percutaneous Discectomy
  • Spinal Discectomy
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
high
high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Pollina Jr performs Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Pollina Jr performs this procedure more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Pollina Jr's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

About Me

Biography

Dr. John Pollina Jr, MD is a neurosurgery specialist in Williamsville, NY. He graduated from State University of New York At Buffalo and specializes in neurosurgery.

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Fellowship Hospital
Suny/b Education Consortium Neurosurgery
Residency Hospital
Suny/b Education Consortium Surgical Res Program
Internship Hospital
State University of New York At Buffalo
Medical School

Awards

Dr. Pollina Jr's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Pollina Jr

3.5

Based on 22 reviews

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1 Star
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  • Explains condition(s) well
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I've had to have both surgeries Dr. Pollina did re-done by another neurosurgeon. Dr. Pollina did not remove all of the damaged disc material and it was pressing on the nerve. It caused permanent nerve damage. I continually told him and his staff something was wrong. I was told, "That's the best you'll get." Do not let him do surgery on you period!
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Dr. Pollina is the rudest, most arrogant doctor I ever had the displeasure of meeting. I filed a complaint with UB Neurosurgery against him. I notice my last scathing review of him was taken down.
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Although he is a neurosurgeon, I found that Dr. Pollina is very conservative about recommending that a patient needs surgery. I appreciated that a great deal. I am very impressed with his professionalism.
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Like many of the neurosurgeons in the Buffalo area, does not consider what the neurologist and neuroradiologists diagnose and recommend. Horrible medical exam in office. Couldn't even perform a proper patellar reflex!! Frightening to think he trains residents. AVOID unless you have a simple nerve root problem with radicular symptoms (eg sciatica). Terrible!!
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Dr. Pollina is simply the absolute best neurosurgeon around! This man is absolutely brilliant! His office staff is wonderful as well.
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Terrible experience. Would not recommend him to anyone. Waited for an appointment for 3 weeks, went in 3 min. late. Gave all of my information to the receptionist. Waited...had another receptionist tell me he won't take me because I was late. Yes, I was 3 min. late, but had all of my paperwork filled in and was late due to the construction on Harlem and Sheridan. I would have been early. It was definitely out of my control. I waited for 3 weeks, came in completely prepared.
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Dr. Pollina is a fantastic surgeon. He takes the time to explain everything in detail to you and is never bothered by any questions like most surgeons are.
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Very good Doctor
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