John Ratliff, MD, FACS

Spine neurosurgeon, Stereotactic neurosurgeon, Neuro-oncologist, Peripheral nerve surgeon

Bio:   Dr. John Ratliff is Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Neurosurgery, Departmental Quality Officer, and Co-Director of the Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery Division. As a spine surgeon, he treats a diverse array of degenerative spinal conditions. He has a specific research emphasis on quality improvement, decreasing complications in spine surgery, and improving surgical treatment of intramedullary spinal cord tumors.

Dr. Ratliff serves on the Executive Committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Joint Section of Disorders of Spine and Peripheral Nerves, is Corresponding Secretary for the Council of State Neurosurgical Societies, and is on the Board of Directors of Neuropoint Alliance. He is chairman of the joint AANS/CNS Neurosurgery Quality Council.
4.8 out of 5
299 Patient Ratings
32 Patient Comments

Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Neurological Spine Disorders Clinic

Peripheral Nerve Surgery Program

Neurocritical Care Program

Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program

Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Advanced Medicine Center Building

  • 875 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Clinic D
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-725-0084
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Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiosurgery Program at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Professional Education

  • Residency: Louisiana State University - New Orleans (2001) LA
  • Board Certification: Neurological Surgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery (2005)
  • Fellowship: New York University Medical Center (2002) NY
  • Internship: Louisiana State University - New Orleans (1996) LA
  • Medical Education: Tulane University School of Medicine (1995) LA
  • MD, Tulane Medical School, Medicine (1995)

Honors & Awards

  • Chicago Institute for Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch Foundation Research Grant, Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch Foundation (2003)
  • Brandeis University Health Policy Leaders Program Scholarship, American College of Surgeons (2009)
  • Robert Florin, MD Award for Excellence in Research, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (2010)
  • Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation research grant award, Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (2012)
  • Stanford University Department of Neurosurgery Excellence in Education and Mentorship Award, Stanford University Department of Neurosurgery (2013)
  • Walsh Foundation Research Grant, Walsh Foundation (2013)

Administrative Appointments

  • Instructor, New York University, Manhattan Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center, New York University, New York, New York (2001 - 2002)
  • Assistant Professor, Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois (2002 - 2005)
  • Director of Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois (2002 - 2005)
  • Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2005 - 2008)
  • Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2008 - 2011)
  • Associate Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (2011 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Division of Spine and Peripheral Nerve Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Chair, Quality Improvement Workgroup, American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (2010 - Present)
  • Corresponding Secretary, Council of State Neurosurgical Societies (2015 - 2016)
  • Member at Large, Congress of Neurological Surgeons (2014 - 2016)
  • Vice Chair, Operations and Development, Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University (2013 - Present)

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SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Great!

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Ratliff is very knowledgeable and thorough. He took a lot of time to review the MRI and CT scans with me. I felt very confident in his assessment of my condition. The younger doctor who assisted him was also very helpful and competent.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Took time with me to review my MRI and go over any results. I was very pleased with my visit and feel encouraged about my prognosis.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I've been seen by a number of back surgeons, Dr. Ratliff is the first one I feel very comfortable with.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Ratliff is one of the best doctors I have ever visited. I have been very impressed with his care.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr Ratliff is the finest healthcare provider and surgeon. He really listens and is present/focused.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Vania is very compassionate & empathetic & sweet. Dr. Ratliff was understanding & explained all my options & seemed genuinely concerned with my issues/pain & quality of life.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Ratliff was very professional.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Excellent provider! Listened, was knowledgeable, friendly and made me feel he really cared.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Ratliff helped ease my mind that my problem was not as serious as I had feared.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Everything was always very good. Talk was good, always friendly and positive. Always giving you the impression that I was talking to a friend, a good friend.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Ratliff reviewed prior cd films of my spine from other providers and clearly showed me and explained what he saw. We discussed other tests to consider but he clearly explained that in all likelihood, spinal neurosurgery would not be able to resolve my medical condition.

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4.8 out of 5
299 Patient Ratings
32 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Great!

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Dr. Ratliff is very knowledgeable and thorough. He took a lot of time to review the MRI and CT scans with me. I felt very confident in his assessment of my condition. The younger doctor who assisted him was also very helpful and competent.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Took time with me to review my MRI and go over any results. I was very pleased with my visit and feel encouraged about my prognosis.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

I've been seen by a number of back surgeons, Dr. Ratliff is the first one I feel very comfortable with.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Ratliff is one of the best doctors I have ever visited. I have been very impressed with his care.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr Ratliff is the finest healthcare provider and surgeon. He really listens and is present/focused.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Vania is very compassionate & empathetic & sweet. Dr. Ratliff was understanding & explained all my options & seemed genuinely concerned with my issues/pain & quality of life.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Ratliff was very professional.

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

Excellent provider! Listened, was knowledgeable, friendly and made me feel he really cared.

SHC Patient, Aug 2015

Dr. Ratliff helped ease my mind that my problem was not as serious as I had feared.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Everything was always very good. Talk was good, always friendly and positive. Always giving you the impression that I was talking to a friend, a good friend.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Dr. Ratliff reviewed prior cd films of my spine from other providers and clearly showed me and explained what he saw. We discussed other tests to consider but he clearly explained that in all likelihood, spinal neurosurgery would not be able to resolve my medical condition.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

OK.

SHC Patient, May 2015

We discussed further surgery, and decided it would not substantially improve my quality of life compared to the extensive risks and extended recovery time involved. Physical therapy seems to be a better alternative.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Excellent Dr

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

Very good.

SHC Patient, Apr 2015

I like that he was not rushing and took the time to listen and answer my concerns.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Hurried delivery of important information about propose surgery methodology.

SHC Patient, Feb 2015

The best!

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Excellent care provided.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

For a 15 min. appointment, care was very good to excellent, but it simply is not enough time.

SHC Patient, Aug 2014

Both the dr. and the fellow I saw were great. Spent more time with the fellow who was VERY polite, considerate and helpful. I was so impressed with my experience.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

The dr. gave me answers to my condition.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

I have utmost confidence in all who attended me made me feel like center of attention instead of on side lines.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

The doctor spent two minutes telling me to stay with my current doctor and plan. My drive from Tracy was a huge waste of time. The students did an exam. The doctors didn't touch me.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

This applies to nurse practitioner & to the doctor on the previous visit.

SHC Patient, Jul 2014

All good, further testing scheduled.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

Very good experiences.

SHC Patient, Apr 2014

More tests were needed before we could discuss treatment options.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

Dr. was kind, took time to explain, etc. - I appreciated not feeling rushed.

SHC Patient, Mar 2014

The appointment felt very rushed - there was A LOT of information given and decisions had to be made at that time - I would have liked to have spent more time evaluating my condition.

SHC Patient, Feb 2014

I didn't get time to talk about injuries meds & pain!