Dr. Robert Kowalski, MD

Dr. Robert Kowalski, MD

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Orthopedic Spine Surgery  ·  
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51 y/o
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Dr. Robert Kowalski, MD is an orthopedic spine surgery specialist in Clearwater, FL and has been practicing for 20 years. He specializes in orthopedic spine surgery and neurosurgery.Read his story

Florida Spine Institute

2250 Drew St

Clearwater, FL 33765
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Ambetter
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida
  • Cigna
  • Humana

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Myelopathy
very high
more than 99% of peers
Cervical Spine Myelopathy
very high
more than 98% of peers
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Dr. Kowalski's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Kowalski "Dr. Robert J. Kowalski, M.D., has been in practice for 15 years. Dr. Kowalski completed his medical school training at the University of South Florida, followed by his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Kowalski also completed his fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.As neurosurgeon, Dr. Kowalski treats conditions and performs procedures related to Neurology, including: discectomy, herniated discs, vertebral fracture, cervical spondylosis, disc replacement, carpal tunnel syndrome, laminectomy, kyphoplasty, spinal stenosis, spine surgery and degenerative disc disease. Dr. Kowalski is board certified in Neurological Surgery. Dr. Kowalski's primary office is located at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater, Florida."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Kowalski "Dr. Kowalski is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and fellowship trained in complex spine surgery. Dr. Kowalski's practice encompasses all aspects of cranial and spinal surgery with particular emphasis on motion preservation technologies mini ally invasive spine surgery and spinal intrumentation."

2  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

108  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Ankylosing Vertebral Hyperostosis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reiter's Syndrome (Reactive Arthritis)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacrum Disorders
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • Vertebral Fracture
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Background Check

1 Malpractice Claim
  • Settlement : 10/15/2015
    Amount or Range: $240,000.00
    Nature of Complaint: PINELLAS COUNTY
    State: Florida
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.

Education

  • University of South Florida
    Medical School | Graduated 1998
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Internship Hospital | Completed
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kowalski's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Kowalski

3.6

Based on 41 reviews

5 Stars
56.09756097560975%
(23)
4 Stars
7.317073170731708%
(3)
3 Stars
4.878048780487805%
(2)
2 Stars
4.878048780487805%
(2)
1 Star
26.829268292682926%
(11)

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I’ve had three lumbar surgeries from 2/27/2014 to 3/27/2016. I also was infected by a Staph infection at Largo Medical hospital. I thought I was going to die. I was told that if the antibiotics did not clear up the infection that all the hardware in my back that Dr. Kowalski put in from my L2-3 to...Read More
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It was two years ago today that I endured six hours of lumbar surgery, four hours in the recovery room, and weeks in the hospital and rehab unit. This journey was unbelievably difficult for the first few months. Friends who advised me that it might take up to a year to recover were correct up to a...Read More
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At age 60 I began suffering from a variety of physical symptoms as I lost energy and clarity of mind. I chalked it off to "getting old" until I ended up in the E.R. Consultations and extensive lab testing with 5 doctors and specialists produced no diagnosis. In May 2017, I found Dr. Kowalski’s K3...Read More
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I can't say enough good things about Dr. Kowalski.. He is not the typical neurosurgeon - he takes the time to explain the problem, some of my appointments with him lasted more than 1.5 hours. Thanks to him I can walk today, after preforming a 4 level neck fusion. Only downside - it takes months...Read More
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Performed 5-level lumbar surgery that left me a paraplegic. While the surgery went fine, his post-operative care and follow-up was non-existent. Through two surgical procedures, I have only seen the doctor 2 times, one of which was at 9:30 pm when I was under sedation. He didn't even have the...Read More
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