Dr. John Strugar, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 58

Neurosurgery

Dr. John Strugar, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Waterbury, CT and has over 33 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Northwestern College Of Chiropractic in 1989. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Connecticut Children's - Hartford and Griffin Hospital. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. John Strugar, MD

NOSS - Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics & Spine Specialists, PC

500 Chase Pkwy Fl 2 Waterbury, CT 06708
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(203) 755-6677
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Dr. Strugar is affiliated with Griffin Hospital Derby, a highly rated hospital.

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  • Explains Conditions Well
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  • Offers Telehealth
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Dr. Strugar's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Spondylolisthesis
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Strugar treats Spondylolisthesis more than 85% of his peers

Dr. Strugar treats this condition more than 85% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative Spondylolisthesis
Traumatic Brain Injury
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Strugar treats Traumatic Brain Injury more than 84% of his peers

Dr. Strugar treats this condition more than 84% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Intervertebral Disc Disease
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Strugar treats Intervertebral Disc Disease more than 82% of his peers

Dr. Strugar treats this condition more than 82% of his peers

Dr. Strugar's conditions and procedures:

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Resection
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Dr. Strugar accepts the following insurance:

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Dr. Strugar's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Strugar

4.2

Based on 30 ratings

5 Stars
76.66666666666667%
(23)
4 Stars
3.3333333333333335%
(1)
3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
3.3333333333333335%
(1)
1 Star
16.666666666666668%
(5)
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Two lumbar surgerys,the 2nd one being a 5 level fusion
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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jb – Aug 09, 2022
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Dr Strugar and staff were excellent
Recently had Cervical Discectomy fusion anterior surgery on my c-5 c-7 with Dr Strugar everything went well was very pleased with everything his P/As are fantastic highly recommend Dr. Strugar and staff definitely 5 stars
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Dennis Rieley – Jul 19, 2022
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After years of lower back pain due to arthritis in my spine, Dr. Strugar performed a Spinal Fusion surgery on me. It relieved me of all my lower pain and he was always very considerate and compassionate in my healing. He always had time for all my questions and gave me all the time I needed in my visits after surgery. I recommend him highly to anyone having continuous back pain.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Nancy Raczelowski – Oct 29, 2021
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Amazing experience with a first rate Neurosurgeon. Dr. Strugar and his Physician Assistant’s explained every aspect and detail of the surgery and what I could expect while healing. I strongly recommend NOSS and especially Dr. John Strugar.
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John Zarrella – Jul 20, 2021
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Dr. Strugar has operated on my back 2 times. Dr. Strugar was completely professional he answered all my concerns, described my condition and explained the procedure to fix it in complete detail. Both surgeries went well and Dr. Strugar gave me back my quality of life. I also want to state that Dr. Strugar operating team were just as professional and concerned with explain in complete detail all aspects of the operation.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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john c. – Feb 10, 2021
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Cervical Fusion C5/6 C6/7 Foraminotomy & Laminectomy with Rods & screws. This Surgeon performed the surgery @Yale NH Hospital. At the time of the surgery I was a 49 male in very good condition. He performed the fusion with rods & screws. This surgery was the most excruciating pain I have ever experienced & has never subsided. I ended up with a Failed back surgery, developed a large hematoma at the base of the 6” incision the eventually burst & was rushed back to Yale. An infection developed as he had left stitches inside that he then removed, drained & sealed. After this failed cervical fusion I went to a second neurosurgeon in Hartford & he indicated that he (Strugar) didn’t do a complete foraminotomy which has resulted in the same C5/6 C6/7 nerves roots being compressed more so than prior to surgery. I’m not paralyzed thank God, but have been in sever pain ever since. The otherNeurosurgeon in Hartford, to try & correct the failed surgery would be high risk with less than 50% result
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
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Failed Cervical Fusion – Jan 29, 2021
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Back surgery
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Roland Pike – Dec 17, 2020
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spinal fusion on 10/2/20 surgery and recovery went exactly as explained . extremely professional . a class act also did pituatary tumor on my wife in 2010 complete recovery absolutly would recomend to anyone .
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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edward h randis – Nov 11, 2020
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Dr. Strugar and his PAs gave me my life back. They were caring, sensitive and conducted themselves with the highest degree of professionalism. All of their efforts were only possible with the back office support of their colleague, Jennifer. Jennifer's dedication and professionalism toward providing great patient care allowed me to receive the treatment I needed. Many thanks to Dr. Strugar, Jennifer and the entire NOSS team!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Thomas O'Neil – Oct 01, 2020
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Dr. Strugar was marvelous. He is an excellent surgeon. I needed to have a fusion on L4-L5. I could not walk because of severe leg pain. Sr. Strugar explained exactly wht would happen during surgery. I agreed to have the procedure done. When I awoke from surgery the nurse walked me to the bathroom and for the first time in 5 months I had no pain in my legs.To me it was a miracle. I received physical therapy and I am 98% whole again. I continue with my strengthening program. I would like to thank Dr. Strugar for giving me back my life. I would highly recommend Dr, Strugar and his staff if you are experiencing issues with your back.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Terri – Sep 11, 2020
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Dr. Strugar gave me my life back. When I went into his office, I could hardly walk for the pain in my back and down my legs. Working with him and his PA’s they completely and clearly explained to me what the problem was in my back. I always felt confidence in their handling of my problem. They went out of their way to make sure I understood what procedures they were going to perform and to make me feel comfortable with what was being done. I can now walk without pain in my back and down my legs. I would be more than glad to recommend Dr. Strugar to any family member or friend, or for that matter anyone else. Dr. Strugar is a master for his medical expertise . I thank him every day when I need to walk.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Ronald J Saplio – Apr 23, 2020
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Dr. Strugar operated on my lower lumbar L5 S1. He looked a little young on the website but after meeting with him in person he is very experienced and did a great job. He and his team of PA's did a wonderful job.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Mar 17, 2020
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I am very grateful to Dr. Strugar. He worked with Dr. Karnasiewicz to repair my neck injury. The surgery went great I met with him numerous times after the surgery as I healed. He is very knowledgeable and was able to explain my situation so that I can understand it. I cannot say enough about Dr. Strugar, Dr. Karnasiewicz and the entire NOSS Team.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Michael Barile – Feb 17, 2020
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Dr. Strugar performed my revision neck fusion surgery in July 2019. The care and expertise that Dr. Strugar and the NOSS group can be considered as the gold standard for all other specialty practices. I highly recommend Dr. Strugar and NOSS.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Dec 02, 2019
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I would strongly recommend Dr. Strugar! Having problems with my lower back and legs, Dr Strugar corrected the problems and increased my quality of life back to normal. He is an amazing Neurosurgeon and is concerned about the patient's overall health also. He did not race to surgery but developed various other procedures like Injections, Traction, PT & Chiropractic Care before recommending surgery. The NOSS Group is very professional, his appointments are on time and it is a joy for me to see Dr. Strugar and I am very thankful to him for his service! Truly a Top Doctor in my life.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Richard George – Nov 19, 2019
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He is a god send. The man saved my life, not once, but twice! He has spent more time with me over the past 4 years than he has with his family! lol I will trust him and his decisions endlessly.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Oct 29, 2019
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Dr.Strugar is amazing!! There aren’t enough words to thank him. He literally saved my life?? He did my brain surgery and I’m here to talk about it. He has also done my back surgery which went well. He’s been my Dr for 16 great years, he’s truly has a gift! Let alone great bedside manners, he’s very caring. I’d definitely recommend him!!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Linda Galinski – Sep 30, 2019
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when my wife was rushed into the hospital,I was told her chances fer survival were less than 50 %.Dr.Strugar was in the hospital.He performed the delicate surgery very near the brain.Later c-scans showed remarkable progress.Dr.Strugar was truly a "MIRACLE WORKER".My family owes him much gratitude.A follow-up visit was calm and smooth.
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The Ideal Doctor – Sep 27, 2019
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Best surgeron in Waterbury he did 2 operations on me and never felt better now 1 more to go on my back hopefully soon so i can be 100 percent
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Sandie in Waterbury, CT – Nov 15, 2017
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Surgery Cervical Posterior Fusion C5-C7 with Rods. It was the most horrific surgery. Every day since, the pain has been more severe. Per his suggestion I went to another Surgeon. This Surgeon had said, He, Dr. Strugar, did not do a complete Foraminotomy & Laminotomy. I can only pray he is a better surgeon, but I would never suggest anyone who is faced with a Cervical Fusion to consult with this Dr.. There are many more who are much more proficient that he. I live with this unforgiving pain.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Biography

Dr. John Strugar, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Waterbury, CT and has over 33 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Northwestern...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

1989
Northwestern College Of Chiropractic
Medical School

Awards

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What are Dr. John Strugar, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Strugar frequently treats Spondylolisthesis, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Intervertebral Disc Disease. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Strugar treats.

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Dr. Strugar's office is located at 500 Chase Pkwy Fl 2, Waterbury, CT 06708. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

NOSS - Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics & Spine Specialists, PC

Plastic Reconstructive & Hand500 Chase Pkwy Fl 2 Waterbury, CT 06708
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Strugar is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Connecticut Children's - Hartford

Hartford, CT

Griffin Hospital

Derby, CT

79% Patients that would definitely recommend, 9% higher than the national average

2 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2022)

New Milford Hospital

New Milford, CT

Saint Mary's Hospital

Waterbury, CT

68% Patients that would definitely recommend, 2% lower than the national average

Sharon Hospital

Sharon, CT

72% Patients that would definitely recommend, 2% higher than the national average

1 Award Received

Award Highlight: Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2021)

Waterbury Hospital

Waterbury, CT

66% Patients that would definitely recommend, 4% lower than the national average

1 Award Received

Yale New Haven Hospital

New Haven, CT

70% Patients that would definitely recommend, Equal to the national average

12 Awards Received

Award Highlight: America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2022)