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Dr. Stephen Ondra

Professor of Neurological Surgery
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation

20420, United States

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Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation

Professor of Neurological Surgery


Chicago, IL US

07/1/1996 — 05/1/2009

Professor of Neurological Surgeery Residency Program Director

Patient Care Surgery on the brain and spine Train Residents Director of Spine Surgery Director of the Complex Spine and Spinal Deformity Program Research Run the residency program

Chicago Top Doctor




Position: Department of Veterans Affairs

Senior Policy Advisor for Health Affairs

U.S. Government

Washington, DC US

05/1/2009 — Present



Education: Rush Medical College

09/1/1980 — 06/1/1984


Distinguished Alumni in 2009


Education: Illinois Wesleyan University

Bachelors of Arts in Biology

Bloomington, IL US

09/1/1976 — 05/1/1980


Distinguished Alumni in 2008




Professional Organizations:

American Medical Association American College of Surgeons Scoliosis Research Society American Association of Neurological Surgeons Congress of Neurological Surgeons



USO National Public Radio Southern Poverty Law Center St. Joseph's Indian School Nature Conservancy Ocean Conservancy National Arbor Society Special Olympics Chicago Food Pantry Sierra Club Humane Society Save the Redwoods Little Traverse Conservancy




Dr. Stephen Ondra is currently serving in the White House as a co-Chair of the National Science and Technology Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in the Executive Office of the President. He also continues to serve as the Senior Policy Advisor for Health Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC. He was appointed to this post by President Obama in 2009. Dr. Stephen Ondra attended the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1975 to 1976, during which time he was injured in a training accident. In 1976 he left the army temporarily and entered Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, as biology major. After graduation he re-entered the Army, serving while earning his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. Stephen Ondra completed his residency in neurological surgery in 1990. During that training, he received specialized instruction in orthopedic surgery, with a specialization in spinal surgery and reconstruction. Upon graduation, Doctor Ondra was promoted to Major in the United States Army. He served as Major for the following 4 years, during which time he was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990 and 1991 to serve in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. After receiving a Bronze Star for his exemplary service, Dr. Stephen Ondra was assigned to Walter Reed Medical Center where he became the Director of Spine and Skull Surgery. In 1994, Dr. Stephen Ondra left the military and became a Staff Neurosurgeon at the Michigan Brain and Spine Institute. He also served on the clinical faculty at the University of Michigan. Two years later, he brought his skills and experience to Northwestern University and the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation where he worked as a Professor of Neurologic Surgery. He also served as the Residency Program Director in Neurological Surgery and the Director of the Neuro-Spine Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.



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