Dr. John Vangilder, MD

Dr. John Vangilder, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 49
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. John Vangilder, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Great Falls, MT. He is 49 years old and has been practicing for 21 years.

401 15th Ave S Ste 108

Great Falls, MT 59405

Contact Information

(406) 452-9504

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna

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very high
more than 98% of peers
Bone Disorders
very high
more than 93% of peers
Acoustic Neuroma
very high
more than 90% of peers

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  • Neurosurgery

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 and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Montana.

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.


  • R J & Lucille Carver Coll Med Univ Of Ia
    Medical School | Graduated 1996
  • University Hospital Of Cleveland
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Vangilder has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Vangilder's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Vangilder to family and friends
based on 22 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Vangilder'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 (5)
in Billings, MT 59106 |
Had cervical complications. Billings Doctor's found nothing. Dr VANGUILDER did his own tests, done surgery felt fantastic. Ready to see him again. Advice if you get a second opinion go to another hospital or county. Doctors will not I repeat will not contradict another doctor's findings especially if they are in same hospital. They will look up your history, exams, tests etc.
in Great Falls, MT |
Dr Van Gilder is a great Dr and has always been there for me For years I had HORRIBLE Headaches and most Drs had me down as drug searching and wouldn't help but Dr Van Gilder took me serious and helped and found out what was wrong and put in a shunt. A couple of months ago I had to be put in a medical coma Dr Van Gilder came by everyday to check on me. Michelle H.
in Helena, MT |
Dr. Van Gilder gave the information I needed in a straightforward manner.... and he is a helluva surgeon .
in Great Falls, MT |
I have been a patient of Dr VanGilders since 2005. He fixed a huge problem that another Dr left me with. His bedside manor was great. He is very patient and explained what needed to be done and gave me all my options. I have seen him throughout the years for various probles and he was honest about what had to be done.
He was horribly rude and unprofessional! He refused to explain anything, was very biased, almost as if me being in his environment offended him. Horrible person, attitude, everything!!! He was mad because I asked if he could explain things to me, and just rolled his eyes. I've never been so offended by a so called professional. I pity the nurses who are employed by him, and pity anyone who may need help and answers.
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Dr. Vangilder accepts 3 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus

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Hospitals where Dr. Vangilder has admitting privileges

Benefis Health System
1101 26th St S
Great Falls, MT 59405
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