Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, MD

Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, MD

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Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
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45 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 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

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Top Care Areas

See how frequently Dr. Poelstra performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

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

Dr. Poelstra's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

Dr. Poelstra's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Poelstra "Dr. Kornelis Poelstra earned his medical degree from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Faculty of Medical Sciences in 1997. He completed residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Virginia Medical School in 2005.Dr. Poelstra is on Medical Staff at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and specializes in Orthopedic Surgery. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery."

Care Philosophy

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

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

77  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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40  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
  • 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
Media & Publications

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Poelstra's Reviews

4.7
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Poelstra to family and friends
98 total reviews (29 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (98)

  • 5
    (91)
  • 4
    (0)
  • 3
    (0)
  • 2
    (1)
  • 1
    (6)

Dr. Poelstra's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT

Office & Staff Performance

  • Trustworthiness

    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well

    EXCELLENT
  • Answers questions

    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent

    EXCELLENT
Dr. Poelstra Says:
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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 PAs, Jon and Rachel and my NP, Anna Braun. All three are stellar clinicians and I am proud to work with them!

Together with my staff, we will continue to provide compassionate- and evidence based, excellent medical care and be the driving force behind making

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Patient Comments (29)

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...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...more
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I would definitely recommend Dr. Polestra to family and friends. Dr. Polestra is the best back surgeon I've ever encountered. Dr. Polestra fixed my severe back pain without attaching any hardware. During my first visit, it was obvious he was very knowledgeable and experienced. He explained my...more
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I am a 43 yr old male, active duty military (USN), active life (mostly), that was diagnosed with 4 levels of disc degenerative disease in the lumbar spine back in 2003. I've had multiple pain management treatments over the years; most recently steroid injections that untouched the pain and symptoms...more
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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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