Dr. Nicholas Poulos, MD

Dr. Nicholas Poulos, MD

Neurosurgery •  Male • Age 59

  
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Dr. Nicholas Poulos, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in O Fallon, IL and has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Poulos has more experience with Spine than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine medical school in 1988. He is affiliated with HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Poulos to book an appointment.


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HSHS Medical Group - O'Fallon

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(618) 207-4293
HSHS Medical Group Multispecialty Care - St. Elizabeth's3 Saint Elizabeth Blvd Ste 5000 O Fallon, IL 62269
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    • Mon: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Tue: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Wed: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Thu: 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Fri: 7:30am - 4:00pm
    • Sat: closed
    • Sun: closed
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Likelihood to recommend Dr. Poulos

4.6

Based on 104 ratings

5 Stars
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What went well
  • Office environment (98)
  • Explained conditions well (96)
  • Staff friendliness (96)
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed (9)
  • Didn't explain conditions well (7)
  • Didn't listen or answer questions (7)
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Great Doctor. Very thorough and has a great background. Amerlia and Tremas are great compliments
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Gene F. – Jan 25, 2020
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This guy ruined my life! I did everything he told me to do after the TWO(AlifPlif)he blamed me for the surgery not working, horrific bead side manners, post surgery he had me so drugged i was breathing 3 times a minute, he wouldn’t answer his phone at 2am, amelia was a joke! he has cut on my friend and he’s on non stop pain pills. I will never work another day in my life! please do your homework!!! I now have a pain pump, nerve stimulator,injections,chiro,back brace, Many pills with minimal help
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  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • 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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Breese, Illinois – Jun 05, 2018
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I would highly recommend. After a year of constant pain and many different approaches, from injections to PT, this man took one look at my MRI and knew what needed done. I walk 2 miles almost everyday and mentally thank him!
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Susan in barnhart – May 01, 2018
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Dr. Poulos is very thorough in testing for issues so nothing is missed. Great doctor!
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Belleville, IL – Aug 17, 2017
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Dr. Nicholas Poulos is a world class surgeon. He and Dr. Crouch partnered in my surgery on 17 May 2017. I could not walk a 100 yards without stopping at least twice with radiating pain in my left leg. I had spondy... Now I am up to walking 6 miles without stopping. I know within a couple of months I will start running again. The ALIF & posterior instrumentation at L5:S1 were textbook perfect as the x-rays have revealed. Amelia (PA) is Dr. Poulos right hand person and she is phenomenal.
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Patrick Martinez in Belleville, IL – Aug 03, 2017
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He and his staff were wonderful. I had an emergency surgery in his care and feel like he explained things to us as well as made the best decisions for my care. The hospital was great as well. Overall dr poulos and his staff provided excellent care and were extra cautious with my health and well being.
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St. Louis mo – Jun 21, 2017
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Dr poulos was fantastic. I had an ALIF,spinal fusion of 3 disc. And my results were so much better than I expected.I would recommend his services to anyone.
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Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Illinois
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Practice Areas

Spine

Spine specialists diagnose and treat conditions affecting the bones of the spine, including degenerative spine disease, herniated discs, stenosis, and fractured vertebrae, with treatments including medication, physical therapy, and surgery.Compare with other Spine specialists.

Typically treats 69% more than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 21 conditions and procedures

TreatmentsTreatment Frequency
Spine Deformities
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Poulos treats Spine Deformities more than 98% of their peers

Dr. Poulos treats this condition more than 98% of their peers

Herniated Disc
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Poulos treats Herniated Disc more than 97% of their peers

Dr. Poulos treats this condition more than 97% of their peers

Spine Disorders
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Poulos treats Spine Disorders more than 95% of their peers

Dr. Poulos treats this condition more than 95% of their peers

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Dr. Poulos' conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Injury
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intracranial Hematoma
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Diseases
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neuroplasty
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

About Me

Care Philosophy

For many people, a visit to a neurosurgeon can be a stressful and frightening experience. The doctors and staff at Southern Illinois Brain and Spine Center understand your concerns, and will be sensitive to your feelings. We will also do our best to ...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

1997
Cleveland Clinic Hospital
Residency Hospital
1996
Indianapolis Neurosurgical, Inc
1995
University of CaliforniaIrvine Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1989
Cleveland Clinic Hospital
Internship Hospital
1988
Georgetown University School Of Medicine
Medical School
1983
Johns Hopkins University / School of Medicine
Undergraduate School

Languages

  • Greek
  • English

Awards

  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • American Brain Tumor Association Research Training Fellowship ($50,000), 1993-1995
  • Gardner Neuroscience Research Competition, 1991

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HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital

O Fallon, IL

79% Patient experience rating, 10% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)