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Patient Reviews

Patient comments (117)

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Kornelis Poelstra, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon is Excellent. Dr. Poelstra has been reviewed by 231 patients who have provided 117 comments. The rating is 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Patient Ratings
Ease of Appointment 4.7
Promptness 4.7
Courteous Staff 4.9
Accurate Diagnosis 5.0
Bedside Manner 5.0
Spends Time with Me 4.9
Follows Up After Visit 4.9

Specialties & Research

  • He has special expertise in 9 areas:
  • Back Injuries
  • Head and Neck Disorder
  • Hip Osteoarthritis
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Kyphosis
  • Osteoarthritis (Hand and Wrist)
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Fusion

Education & Awards

Dr. Poelstra graduated from Groningen University, Groningen, Netherlands. He has 6 awards.

Patients' Choice 5th Anniversary Award (2012 - 2015)
Patients' Choice Award (2008 - 2015)
Compassionate Doctor Award - 5 Year Honoree (2015)
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011 - 2015)
Top 10 Doctor - State (2014)
Orthopaedic Surgeon
On-Time Doctor Award (2014)


Dr. Poelstra has 5 hospital affiliations:

  • Sacred Heart Hospital - Pensacola 
  • Sacred Heart Hospital - Emerald Coast 


  • German
  • Dutch
  • English

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Additional Information
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra MD and PHD is a male Orthopaedic Surgeon, has 15 years of experience and practices in Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine, Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery, and Sports Medicine.
Where does Dr. Kornelis Poelstra practice?
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra has 2 office locations.
Dr. Kornelis Poelstra practices Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine, Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery, and Sports Medicine near Destin, FL.
Additional practice locations include: Fort Walton Beach, FL.
See Destin Orthopedic Surgeons and Destin Surgeons.