Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, MD

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery  |  
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44 y/o
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Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Destin, FL and has been practicing for 12 years. He graduated from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Faculty Of Medical Sciences in 1997 and specializes in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic spine surgery.

Spine Institute on the Emerald Coast

137 Crystal Beach Dr Ste 125

Destin, FL 32541
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • MultiPlan
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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Myelopathy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
very high
more than 99% of peers
Low Back Pain
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Poelstra "Provide excellent care that is financially responsible and very well understood by my patients."
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
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Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
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Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Fracture
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Conditions
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Procedures

  • Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
  • Arm Surgery
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Spine Reconstruction
  • Decompression
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Fracture Care
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Surgery
  • Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Lumbar Fusion
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neurostimulation
  • Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Scoliosis Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection

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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Florida.

0 Sanctions

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

1 Board Action
  • Wrong-site surgery (6/15/2015)
    Action Taken: Education
    Summary: Please reference the following Document
    Documentation: Download here (PDF)
    State: Florida

Education

  • Praedinius Gymnasium-Magnet School / Pre-Med
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1991
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Faculty Of Medical Sciences
    Medical School | Graduated 1997
  • University Of Virginia
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • University Of Virginia
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2005
  • Thomas Jefferson University and The Rothman Institute Combined Neurological-And Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Fellowship-Rated #1 In The Usa
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2006
  • Royal University Of Groningen-Department Of Biomedical Engineering-Phd
    Other Education | Completed 2000

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Poelstra has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Poelstra's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Poelstra to family and friends
4.8
based on 94 total reviews (25 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (94)

  • 5
    (88)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (5)

Dr. Poelstra's Performance

Trustworthiness
EXCELLENT
Explains condition(s) well
EXCELLENT
Answers Questions
EXCELLENT
Time well spent
EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

Scheduling
EXCELLENT
Office environment
EXCELLENT
Staff friendliness
EXCELLENT
Average wait time
10 to 15 minutes
Dr. Poelstra Says:

Dear patients, Thank you so much for your comments and expressions of appreciation for the care you have received. I really appreciate all your compliments to myself and my PA, Jonathan Needler and my nurse, Tracy Whitehead. This will always continue to be the driving force behind making our Spine Institute the best place to go for all of your care! Go Spine!


Patient Comments (25)

I am a local physician. I've worked in the local area for over a decade and I chose KP to do the surgery on my own back. He fixed me up and I was back at work 10 days after the surgery (lumbar decompression). This guy is awesome.
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Dr. Poles tea takes time to explain everything. His surgery relieved my wife from years of back pain.
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Excellence in the superlative. Dr. Poelstra was fantastic. I am 72 years old and in all my years I have never had a Doctor that exudes so much confidence that he will make you well. His genuine care and concern for his patient is amazing and I thank him so much for delivering me from...more
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I am incredibly impressed with the office and staff. Dr Poelstra is a wonderful Dr..He is compassionate and caring. Rachel is wonderful. She changed my medication and I am no longer in pain and do not need the surgery I was dreading ..I would recommend him and his staff without hesitation..
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If you are looking to entrust your spine to a surgeon then look no further than Dr. Poelstra. I was terrified of having cervical fusion. I now wish I would have had the surgery done a year earlier. He has is so very kind and is extremely skilled. I had no dysphasia, felt amazing after surgery and...more
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