Dr. Robert J. Kowalski, MD

Dr. Robert J. Kowalski, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male | 49 years old

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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.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 courtesy to visit with my husband who was waiting in the surgical waiting room post surgical. He did not personally check on me after the surgery, and consequently I suffered a seroma around my spinal cord.
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Dr. Kowalski's Care Philosophy

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.

Dr. Kowalski's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  Malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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    Dr. Kowalski has 1 malpractice claim

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    • Settlement (10/15/2015)
    • Amount or Range: $240,000.00
    • Nature of Complaint: PINELLAS COUNTY
    • State: Florida
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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Torticollis
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors
  • Vertebral Fracture

Education

  • Medical School
    University of South Florida

    Graduated in 1998

  • Internship Hospital
    Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Residency Hospital
    Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Fellowship Hospital
    Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis

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