The Associations of Spine Surgeon Training, Office Wait Times, and Social Media Presence with Reviews on Physician Rating Websites


This study evaluated the associations of demographics and social media (SM) usage on physician review websites for spine surgeons in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Three physician rating websites were accessed to obtain training history, number of ratings/reviews, and overall rating (0–5). Surgeon web pages and publicly searchable SM accounts on Facebook (FB), Twitter (T), and/or Instagram (IG) were recorded. Of 246 spine surgeons included, 95.9% had a personal/institutional website while 12.2% were present on at least one SM platform. Physician age was inversely correlated with (HG), (V), and (G) ratings (p < 0.0001). Physicians with SM had higher ratings on HG (p = 0.006) and V (p = 0.006). Spine surgeons with SM received more ratings, comments, and higher scores than those without SM. All review sites agree that SM presence correlated with the number of ratings and comments across physician review websites, suggesting SM may influence patient feedback. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 31(4):256–262, 2022) Key words: online patient ratings, orthopaedic ratings, physician review websites, social media, spine surgery, wait-times

Andrew J. Sama, BA; Nicholas C. Schiller, MS; Johnathon R. McCormick, MD; Kevin J. Bondar, BS; Deborah J. Li, MD; Jose A. Canseco, MD; and Chester J. Donnally III, MD