Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, MD

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
45 y/o

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Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Destin, FL and has been practicing for 13 years. He specializes in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic spine surgery.Read his story

Spine Institute on the Emerald Coast

155 Crystal Beach Dr Ste 200

Destin, FL 32541
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Insurance Accepted

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

Background Check

1 board action Found
  • Wrong-site surgery (6/15/2015)View details
No malpractice claims found for Florida
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Poelstra's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Poelstra treats Myelopathy more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Poelstra treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Autoimmune Myelopathy
Chronic Neck Pain
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Poelstra treats Chronic Neck Pain more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Poelstra treats this condition more than 100% of his peers

Spinal Fusion
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Poelstra performs Spinal Fusion more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Poelstra performs this procedure more than 100% of his peers

Dr. Poelstra's conditions and procedures:

Ankle Fracture
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
Anterior Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery With Fusion
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
Arm Surgery
Arthritis of the Elbow
Autoimmune Diseases
Back Pain
Baker’s Cyst
Bone Cancer
Bone Disorders
Broken Neck
Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
Cervical Microdiscectomy
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
Cervical Spine Reconstruction
Chronic Neck Pain
Coccygeal Pain
Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
Degenerative Disc Disease
Difficulty With Walking
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
Elbow Injuries
Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
Femur Fracture
Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
Foot Conditions
Foot Fracture
Fracture Care
Ganglion Cyst
Hand Conditions
Heel Spur
Herniated Disc
Herniated Disc Surgery
Hip Fracture
Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Joint Drainage
Joint Pain
Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
Knee Disorders
Knee Sprain
Knee Surgery
Kyphoplasty, Percutaneous
Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
Limb Pain
Low Back Pain
Lumbar Fusion
Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
Lumbar Laminectomy
Lumbar Microdiscectomy
Lumbar Spine Fracture
Lumbar Sympathetic Block
Neck Muscle Strain
Nerve Block, Somatic
Nerve Block, Sympathetic
Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
Osteoarthritis of Hands
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Pathological Spine Fracture
Pelvic Fracture
Percutaneous Vertebroplasty
Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
Peripheral Nerve Block
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Posterior Lumbar Fusion With Robotic Assistance
Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Radiofrequency Ablation
Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sacrum Disorders
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Scoliosis Surgery
Secondary Malignancies
Shoulder Disorders
Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
Spina Bifida
Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal Fusion
Spinal Nerve Block
Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
Spinal Stenosis
Spine Deformities
Spine Disorders
Spine Fracture Treatment
Spine Fractures, Traumatic
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Steroid Injection
Systemic Sclerosis
Thoracic Spine Fracture
Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
Trigger Point Injection
Vertebral Column Tumors
Wrist Fracture

About Me

Provide excellent care that is financially responsible and very well understood by my patients.


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Board Certifications


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


  • Dutch
  • German
  • Spanish
  • English


  • Distiguished Invited Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons, May 2012
  • Compassionate Physician Award, 2012
  • America's Top Orthopaedist, 2012
  • Patient's Choice Award, 2012
  • Compassionate Physician Award, 2011
  • Patient's Choice Award, 2011

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Fantastic surgeon in all elements!!
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Well-organized staff, inside the office and at the hospital prior to surgery. Unfortunately, my surgery was about 9 months ago, and I still have the same symptoms. I was told by the PA and Dr. Poelstra that he had a 97 percent success rate on my type of surgery. Apparently, I am in the 3-percent...Read More
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Great Experience. I wish all the doctors and clinics work the way these guys???? Do. Always responsive and willing to help. Dr. Kornelis Poelstra is The BEST from my first visit I was blown away ??how helpful and kind he was, how Fast he took care of my problem ?? he is really Knowledgeable and...Read More
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After my surgery I suffered from sever right leg pain. Dr. Poelstra gave me steroids intravenously which totally stopped my pain. So, he sent me home with a prescription for steroids. After a day or relief from the hospital I started the prescription. It did nothing. I could hardly walk. The...Read More
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Dr. Poelstra and his team are AMAZING. From first visit to post surgical follow-up they are the best. I'm considered a complicated patient, due to multiple transplants some docs are hesitant to treat me. Dr. Poelstra did not blink, he did the decompression surgery, the result 13 years of pain...Read More
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Insurance accepted

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Choice Plus POS II
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Coventry Health Care
Group Plan PPO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Choice Care PPO
Medical Mutual of Ohio
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
Principal Financial Group
Choice Plus POS
Options PPO

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