Christina Sayama M.D., M.P.H.

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Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (186 Ratings, 47 Comments)


  • Neurological Surgery
  • Pediatrics

Special focus on

  • Neurological Surgery (Pediatric)
  • Neuro-Oncology (Pediatric)
  • Spinal Surgery (Pediatric)


  • M.D., University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City Utah 2007
  • M.P.H., University of Utah, Salt Lake City Utah 2011
  • Residency:

    • Neurosurgery, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Fellowship:

    • Pediatric neurosurgery, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas


Dr. Sayama provides all aspects of neurosurgical care for the pediatric population. She is experienced in the care and management of brain and spine trauma, brain and spine tumors, hydrocehalus, spina bifida, spasticity, neuroendoscopy, and has a special interest and research in spinal deformity, scoliosis, and disorders of the pediatric cervical spine.  She joined OHSU in 2014 from Texas Children’s Hospital, where she completed a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery and served as a clinical researcher in their Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery.


  • English

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (186 Ratings, 47 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Dec 10, 2019

    Very professional doctors.

  • Dec 03, 2019

    Our family is so thankful that we have such a sweet, knowledgeable, talented surgeon to work with our son. We could not be more thankful!

  • Nov 14, 2019

    I had a great, it was great check up. I wish it was sooner that I can go back. Anyway. Thank you.

  • Oct 17, 2019

    Dr. Sayama is very good at what she does. She always checks on us, seems to listen, speaks gently and explains things.

  • Oct 01, 2019

    great Dr.vary helpful and caring.

  • Oct 01, 2019

    she is direct. explains everything in a way that someone can understand.

  • Oct 01, 2019

    Knowledgeable professional.

  • Sep 25, 2019

    Prompt, professional, exceptional care for my daughter. Thank you!

  • Sep 24, 2019

    Dr. Sayama was friendly and to the point. She was clear in describing her ideas and possible solutions. Her resident was also very friendly, and used a great phrase when talking about his thoughts "I write in pencil, Dr. Sayama writes in pen." Such a great way to describe the opinion of a resident v. Doctor. We still have a million questions, but OHSU is always great at getting us in touch with a provider.

  • Sep 21, 2019

    Always pleasant, gets straight to the point

  • Sep 10, 2019

    She was wonderful. We were very scared and she helped calm our nerves and made the appointment a lot easier for my son and I can't tell her thank you enough. I would highly recommend her to anybody.

  • Aug 23, 2019

    Dr. Sayama is very personable and knowledgeable and I really enjoy and appreciate her expertise.

  • Aug 20, 2019

    Yes, we had actually great experience with OHSU I don't know where we would be without them our providers here in our local town. It's just not put together as put together as the care we received and it was incredible. I would definitely recommend this to my family and friends.

  • Aug 18, 2019

    She was very patient in explaining an upcoming surgery, both what the potential risks were as well as how it compared to other things I have undergone before.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    great Dr. answered all my questions,made me feel relaxed about what was going to happen.very confident in the future!

  • Aug 13, 2019

    Very good experience, very good doctor, very strong, staff attend very well, thank you very much for what you gave my son very well. He is eating excellently.

  • Jul 23, 2019

    My son's seeing Dr. Sayama for a follow up on his brain surgery and she is and was was amazing. She's very intelligent. Very personable. Very honest very approachable. And you truly can't get better than her.

  • Jul 16, 2019

    Very friendly staff

  • Jul 09, 2019

    Dr. Sayama is literally the best doctor I've ever dealt with in my entire life. From being professional to explaining everything to us, I cannot sing her praises enough.

  • Jun 29, 2019

    Providers with spina bifida team are amazing. Just wish I didn?t have to repeat myself with every Dr all day long...

  • Jun 26, 2019

    We love Dr. Sayama!

  • Jun 19, 2019

    She is very knowledgeable and we never felt rushed at our appointments. She takes the time to listen and answer all our questions.

  • Jun 11, 2019

    We are very pleased with the care that Dr. Sayama has been giving our daughter for her scoliosis. We're very new to all of the information she's very knowledgeable, answers all our questions, interacts with my daughter who is 9 years old and answers any questions or fears that she may have as well in regards to this new process that we're about to under go. Very happy with Dornbecker and Dr. Sayama.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    Yes, we really appreciate Dr. Sayama's advice. She's very kind, sympathetic, knowledgeable and answered all our questions. We really appreciate that. Thank you so much.

  • May 21, 2019

    Provider was knowledgeable and reassuring, but the overall experience with the office was not good. It feels like these professionals (other than the surgeon) haven't been trained to deal with parents going through these traumatic issues with their infant. I wasn't able to get anyone knowledgeable to provide me with a reason why the MRI was ordered before we saw the doctor for the current issue, then when we actually came in, the MRI didn't provide enough insight into the problem area. More accessibility to knowledge up front would go a long way for reassurance and confidence in the providers.

  • May 09, 2019

    She was fine once she got into the room but I waited 45 minutes past our appointment time for her to come to our room. It was very frustrating. When she did come in the visit was rushed. It seemed she was very overbooked which is frustrating because we had to wait for over a month to see her and then when our appt finally arrived she was so swamped with other patients she didn’t seem to have the time and ease to walk us through the visit and surgery process. Other than that she was kind and did her best to answer our questions.

  • May 04, 2019

    Dr. Sayama makes us feel very comfortable and tells us openly about my daughters condition and next steps we have to take.

  • May 03, 2019

    The MRI I had was for prostate cancer the insertion of the Endorectal coil was very painful. I would try to figure out a better topical numming source or anything would of been better than what he used. And I let him know I was sorry for my bad language.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    Appointment time was 10:10am. Got up to leave at 11:20am because we still had not been seen and medical transportation was coming at 11:30. Doctor met us on our way out to say all was ok. This same thing happened last year on yearly visit. Board said doctor was running on time. Very frustrating.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    Helpful and knowledgeable answered our questions and took her time with us. We were not rushed

  • Apr 08, 2019

    She was extremely friendly, very personable, down to earth, my son liked her, I liked her. She just greatly impressed me.

  • Apr 02, 2019

    Dr Sayama is very professional and nice.

  • Mar 27, 2019

    We really like her she is very professional and a kind person

  • Mar 21, 2019

    Very friendly. Listens. Answers questions.

  • Dec 13, 2018

    This doctor was absolutely amazing. My son loves her.

  • Nov 29, 2018

    I really appreciate her willingness to answer all of my questions. I have never felt rushed at our appointments and that's great because I feel like we're able to go over everything and that our needs are being met and I just really appreciate that.

  • Nov 28, 2018

    She was professional, listened, and helped solve the problem.

  • Oct 21, 2018

    Very positive with both Dr. Sayama and the resident doctor.

  • Oct 17, 2018

    Dr. Sayama's surgery healed [Name] is pain free now and can walk and get back to sitting and regular activities. She really appreciated the care she received. We are so grateful for this surgery.

  • Sep 10, 2018

    Dr. Sayama answered all of our questions and gave us peace of mind.

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  • Aug 21, 2018

    Dr. Sayama, was through in showing us the MRI x-rays and the differences between the old the newest. Asked us if we had any concerns or questions.

  • Aug 18, 2018

    Our visit with Dr. Sayama was excellent. She was direct, honest, and clear in her explanations. I appreciated her willingness to consult with other specialists to help guide our path towards interventions. She was very pleasant and professional.

  • Aug 14, 2018

    Christina is a very good doctor, excellent in the work he does. The only thing we don't agree with is some of the helping staff, nurses, that's it. But the doctor is very good in all, excellent.

  • Jul 31, 2018

    How she was late starting the appointment she was very direct, she was very clear, she asked appropriate questions. She answered questions very directly very synchly. We were very satisfied.

  • Jul 30, 2018

    Helpful, compassionate

  • Jul 24, 2018

    We got put in the doctor's office room and sat in there and waited for over 1 hour, waiting fo the dcotor to come in and see us, completely unacceptable, iexcusable that showed that nobody respects our time values our time and that we are just a patient that you're getting paid to see and it's completely unacceptable that anybody would have to wait for 1 hour in the room, unacceptable.

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