Dr. James T. Rutka


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Hospital: Hospital for Sick Children
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Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 27 reviews. Dr. James T. Rutka has an excellent overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Neurosurgeon-related: nervous system, cervical and lumbar spine problems, brain tumors, neurovascular problems, peripheral nerve problems, neurological surgery, brain and spinal cord tumors, skull-base surgery, brachytherapy, aneurysm surgery, epilepsy surgery, neurological surgery
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 2650788
17/05/13 5 5 5 5 Brilliant is the first word that springs to mind. He is great with autistic kids ~ very patient doctor. He saw our son, when a specialist @ another hospital made a grave error by putting him on a specific medication & that specialist refused to see us ~ Dr. Rutka said it was causing our son "Catastrophic Affect" & took our son off the medication right away (we saw Dr. Rutka in the ER @ Sick Kids.) Dr. Rutka is a life saver (if our son stayed on this specific medication, he would have had a stroke). Just so kind & treats your child with utter respect, regardless of their disability. Well known by a lot of parents of autistic children with seizure disorder & all have said they are pleased with the surgical outcomes to control their kids seizure problems. A lot of happy customers with this great doctor. We are now going transfering our son's care down to Sick Kids. Thanks a million Dr. Rutka. 
Insurance: OHIP
RID: 1559973
13/10/11 5 5 5 5 Dr.Rutka is my sons NS and has performed all 8 of his surgeries. He is an amazing Doctor and a very down to earth and friendly person. He always talks to us like "people" and explains things in simple terms for us to understand. He's called our house to check up on him and always replies promptly to emails we send him. We are very blessed to have him be Quinn's Dr and would highly recommend him to anyone.  Respond
RID: 1398868
27/03/11 5 5 5 5 Dr Rutka performed Emergency surgery to remove a cavernous malformation that had bled and grown to the size of a lime on my 1 year old son's brain. He saved our sons life and spoke with such knowledge and care. We will be forever grateful and fortunate to have crossed paths with such a truly gifted person.  Respond
RID: 1394126
22/03/11 5 5 5 5 Excellent surgeon. Very caring, he goes above and beyond for his patients, for that we are truly grateful.  Respond
RID: 1359696
10/02/11 5 5 5 5 He performed brain surgery on our daughter in Feb'10 and is one, if not the best Doctor we have dealt with. He was never in a rush when we had questions and provided thorough and understandable answers. Perhaps the most profound experience we had with him was the phone call we received the night before my daughters surgery asking if we had any additional concerns/questions. He is undoubtedly the Gold standard and we are lucky to have access to qualified professionals like him.  Respond
RID: 1355375
05/02/11 5 5 5 5 He an amazing doctor. He performed an operation on my daughter. Very intelligent and the best bedside manners. If you do not like/respect him there is something wrong with you!  Respond
RID: 1342192
20/01/11 5 4 5 5 He is my son's Dr. and we fully trust him and recommend him to other neurosurgery patients.  Respond
RID: 1299845
23/11/10 5 5 5 5 Amazing Doc that saved my life. He removed a brain tumor that I had at age 4 and looked after me until age 18. I am very happy that he was there for me.  Respond
RID: 1294670
16/11/10 5 5 5 5 Best doctor anyone can wish for. I am sad I can no longer see him.  Respond
RID: 1217962
29/07/10 5 4 5 5 Dr. Rutka is great with small children. My daughter just loves him, and it makes the trip to Sick Kids good. He gets right to the point and never leaves me unsure. Best Dr.  Respond
RID: 1201304
04/07/10 5 5 5 5 An amazing doctor who goes the extra mile to make sure his patients get the best care and have the best outcomes.  Respond
RID: 1186795
10/06/10 5 5 5 5 I am 30 years old and had surgery when i was 13. Looking back now i am soo thankfull that I acn live and normal healthy life ty:)  Respond
RID: 1017520
24/10/09 5 5 5 5 Dr.Rutka is an amazing doctor, it really made me worry less having a confident and knowledgeable doctor like him.  Respond
RID: 911298
11/06/09 5 5 5 5 Dr. Rutka is one of the best pediatric neurosurgeons. He is warm, compassionate and caring. He is skilled and a very admired doctor. We cant thank him enough for his kindness in caring for our daughter. You are in good hands.  Respond
RID: 865435
20/04/09 5 5 5 5 He was my doctor from when i was 5 until the age of 18. He saw me once a year after my surgery and my parents and i found him very helpful in answering our questions. From my experience, he is a very good doctor.  Respond
RID: 715512
04/11/08 5 5 5 5 Dr. rutka is my doctor and removed a petuitary tumer twice i love him and hes my favorite doctor in the whole world i am almost 18 so i will have to leave him soon and i am very sad about it. hes changed my life forever  Respond
RID: 680280
07/09/08 5 5 5 5 Dr Rutka has been following my daughter for the last 14 years. He is an excellent doctor and surgeon. He is very knowledgeable. I have emailed him with minor concerns thinking he didn't have the time for me and he responded right away. We love Dr. Rutka!!!  Respond
RID: 543642
20/03/08 5 4 5 5 Dr Rutka is both a compassionate person and an exceptional neurosurgeon. His professionalism and dedication are unparalleled. We are blessed to have had him care for and operate (3 times) on our lovely 7 year-old son.  Respond
RID: 532864
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RID: 463035
12/12/07 5 5 5 5 Dr. Rutka diagnosed our daughter's pituitary tumour, and performed laparoscopic surgery to treat it. He was caring and professional, helping us to understand the situation and available options. He booked the surgery very quickly (within 2 weeks) after making the diagnosis, which almost certainly improved the outcome. The surgery went extremely well; he has obviously earned his reputation as an excellent surgeon. He was also very attentive in the days following surgery, which was very comforting to us. We greatly appreciate Dr. Rutka!  Respond
RID: 398617
06/09/07 5 5 5 5 I think the poster below has the wrong Dr. Rutka!! Dr. James Rutka performed epilepsy surgery on my daughter. He was always very responsive and helpful. He answered all of our questions promptly and professionally. He was kind, caring and compassionate. He is a wonderful pediatric neurosurgeon and an asset to Sick Kids. Thank you Dr. Rutka!!!  Respond
RID: 355023
27/06/07 5 5 5 He was my dr from age 15 to 18, he saved my life, i have my 20th shunt and he replaced the last 7 when i was 17 all in 6 monthes, he also did my tethered cored surgery when i was 15, i havent walked since but he took my back pain away and did the surgery less than 24 hours after i showed up in the clinic with symtoms  Respond
RID: 284187
17/04/07 1 1 2 My son has Neurofibromatosis and I am VERY disappointed in the LACK of treatement we have gotten from Dr Rutka! We have been waiting for over 2 weeks for a phone call back from his office in regards to a tumor my son has that needs to be dealt with.I am now seeking a 2nd opinion else where NOT in Canada.He was not what we expected from a Neurosurgeon:( My son has headches every other day now too.  Respond
RID: 262767
05/04/07 5 5 5 Dr. Rutka is a fantastic Doctor. In 1997 he removed a tumor from my then 2 1/2 year old daughter. He is an amazing man, and I'm very greatful for what he did. I would highly recommend anyone to him, and he's an asset to the Hospital For Sick Children. Thank-you Dr. Rutka  Respond
RID: 248984
31/03/07 5 5 5 amazing neurosurgeon! knowledgeable, patient, and very thorough...performed brain surgery on my brother...excellent bedside manner and puts you at ease  Respond
RID: 193945
13/03/07 5 5 5 Dr Rutka saved my sons life, was compassionate and responsive to allour questions and concerns.He's the best there is!! Approachable, knowledgable, capable and compassionate.  Respond
RID: 117767
29/01/07 4 5 5 He was very helpful in solving my son's problems. He also explained what and why the problem was happening, which reduced our stress level. I rated him as I did, because he knows what he is talking about.  Respond
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