Dr. Steven Zielinski, MD
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Dr. Steven Zielinski, MD


Neurological Spine Surgery | Male

Texas Spine & Neurosurgery 1000 W State Highway 6 Ste 430 Waco, TX 76712 Get Directions


Dr. Steven Zielinski, MD is a neurological spine surgery doctor who practices in Waco, TX. He is 45 years old. Dr. Zielinski is affiliated with Palestine Regional Medical Center, Hill Regional Hospital, Metroplex Hospital, Palo Pinto General Hospital, Cuero Community Hospital, Ennis Regional Medical Center, Navarro Regional Hospital, Parkview Regional Hospital, Coryell Memorial Healthcare System, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne, Limestone Medical Center, The Hospital at Westlake Medical Center and Seton Medical Center Harker Heights.

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Dr. Zielinski's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Reviews (25)
Temple, TX |
Dr Zielinski did not seem very concerned while listening to me explain the issues I have with my back. He continued to only suggest physical therapy or medications, of which I have tried several different times. I have been taking pain medications several years now and would love to not have to continue with them. I have degenerative discs along with herniated discs. He also suggested that my pain shouldn't be bad according to my x-rays. Very disappointing appointment.
in Brownsville, TX |
He saved my hands. I was going to lose my hands and then he fixed my neck. Hes also very easy to talk to.
in Woodway, TX |
Honest, up front and didn't keep me waiting! I plan to continue my care with him.
in Cleburne, tx |
He is a great doctor and really helped me. Now on top of it all I heard he is a university professor. He obviously knows what he is doing and that's why I picked him.
palestine, tx |
He is very good and explains explains stuff well. I went to his web pages and saw the artificial disc he made. Wow!
in Palestine, tx |
He has made my life so much better. I'm glad I went to see him.
Mexia, TX |
He really does what he says he is going to do and does not beat around the bush.
TX |
He is very good and I did not have to travel to see him. His staff comes with him everywhere he goes. I wish more doctors would do that.
in Lorenna, TX |
He does great work and I was seen quickly in his office. I have nothing but good things to say about him and his staff.
in Ft Worth, TX |
I should have seen Dr. Z much sooner. I had back problems for years and he was able to deal with my back quickly. Whoever says you don't get better after back surgery is wrong and should see this doctor instead.
in Ft Worth, TX |
Dr. Zielinski is very professional. I visited his office and I was impressed by both him and his staff.
in harker heights, tx |
He was really kind and explained things well. I decided to wait on surgery and he did not push me.
in waco, Texas |
He was very kind and took time with me. I have trouble understanding but he helped me.
Dallas, TX |
I have seen him several times. He is really nice to deal with.
in mexia, TX |
He helped me! He explained things and his office staff were very friendly. I wish I had been referred to him first.
in West Columbia, TX |
I first met Dr Z back in 2008, he was my 2nd opinion & I was SO GLAD I went! He is the kind of doctor who sits & talks with you, makes sure you are both on the same page, & answers any & all questions you may have. He NEVER ONCE RUSHED me, he made me feel like he'd sit in there all day with me every time I went into see him too!! His bedside manner is one of the BEST I've ever had too! He put my back, back together & if it hadn't been for him I KNOW I'd be paralyzed to this very day!
Waco, TX |
Did a real good job on my spinal fusion surgery, and took the time and to make sure I was healing properly. Also his Co workers made sure everything was covered by my insurance before they ordered any medication or bone stimulater.
in waco, tx |
He is a very nice guy and easy to talk to. He fixed me up quick and now i am back at work. I was only off for 8 weeks.
in Glength Rose, Tx |
Dr. Z performed an L-Spine fusion on me in May 2016. I couldn't be happier with my results. When I went into his office I could barely walk. He and his staff worked efficiently and quickly to diagnose my problem. Surgery was done at the Cleburne Hospital which deserves accolades as well. I am 2 months postOp and I have absolutely no pain. I can't thank him and his staff enough for their professionalism and care I've received. This has changed my life and I absolutely recommend him!
in Waco, TX |
I had a cervical fusion done in March 2016. Wonderful experience. Dr. Zielinski explains everything to you and I have had no problems. I would highly recommend him for a neurosurgeon.
in Waco, TX |
Dr. Zielinski is a wonderful neurosurgeon. He did a cervical spinal fusion on me and I have had absolutely no problems. He explained everything to me and I had no surprises. I highly recommend him.
in Woodway, TX |
I found Dr. Zielinski to be smart, kind and very knowledgeable. My surgery went flawlessly and I'm back at Zumba again!
in Woodway, TX |
Top notch. Dr. Z operated on me 8 days ago. I am very happy with the way he did the surgery, spoke with me and my family. Follow up seems to be great so far.
in Groesbeck, TX |
You can tell by the way he explains things that he is good with people. He takes his time to explain things and answer questions in plain, easy to understand terms. Takes his time with his patients so wait time is a little high at the Waco office at times.
Very nice first visit. Until after surgery is done(an he gets money). Look else where for another dr. Wish had less than 1 star.
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Dr. Zielinski's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
    • J.W. McConnell Award Top 5% of Medical Class, 1993
    • Money Magazine; Ranked First in Back & Neck Surgery on West Coast of the U.S.A., 2003
    • Dean's List, McGill University, 1990-1995
    • Pratt & Whitney Schalarship, GPA of 3.5+, 1990-1994
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    No malpractice history found for Texas.

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Board Certifications

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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Arthritis of the Spine
  • Back Disorders
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Pain
  • Back Strain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cervical Disc Degeneration
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spine Disorders
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Cervical Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylolisthesis
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Congenital Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Back Muscle Strain
  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc
  • Lumbar Radiculopathy
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament of the Spine
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve in Back
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    McGill University Faculty of Medicine

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery
  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laparoscopic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spine Surgery
  • Spine and Back Procedures