Justin S. Cetas M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Neurosurgeon

Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery, Division of Skull Base and Cerebrovascular School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.7 out of 5 (393 Ratings, 125 Comments)


  • Neurological Surgery

Special focus on

  • Cerebrovascular
  • Neuro-Oncology Skull Base
  • Neurosurgery


  • B.A., St. John’s College, Santa Fe New Mexico 1993
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tuscon Arizona 2000
  • M.D., University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona 2002
  • Residency:

    • Neurological surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, 2009
  • Fellowship:

    • Skull base surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, 2010
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Neurological Surgery: certified


Dr. Cetas accepts new patients with neurosurgical disease and disorders at OHSU.

For consultation and referrals at OHSU please call 503-494-4314.

Dr. Cetas also accepts new veteran patients with neurosurgical disease and disorders at the Portland VA Medical Center.

For consultation and referrals at Portland VA Medical Center please call 503-220-8262, ext. 50820.

Dr. Cetas is an associate professor of neurological surgery at OHSU and chief of neurosurgery at the Portland Veterans Medical Center. He was raised in Tucson, Arizona, and spent his undergraduate and graduate years in Arizona before moving to Oregon to complete his neurosurgical residency and fellowship training at OHSU.

Dr. Cetas is also associate director of the Department of Neurological Surgery Residency Program.


Practice Specialties

- general neurosurgery

- cerebrovascular neurosurgery

- pituitary surgery

Dr. Cetas is also actively involved in basic neuroscience research in the OHSU neurological surgery research laboratories. The major focus of Dr. Cetas's research is to understand the effects of subarachnoid hemorrhage on the brainstem and central nervous system and their subsequent role in determining long-term outcomes. 

Visit the Department of Neurological Surgery's website for information about academics, conferences, residency and fellowships.

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  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Academy of Neurological Surgeons

Patient Ratings

4.7 out of 5 (393 Ratings, 125 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 08, 2019

    I went very well and the doctor very attentive to my questions.

  • Dec 07, 2019

    Always top notch!

  • Nov 24, 2019

    Dr. Fleseriu is amazing! She is kind and caring and compassionate. She listened to me reassured me that everything is going to be fine.

  • Nov 23, 2019

    It was, couldn't be any better. I have a lot of faith in Dr. Cetas and OHSU is always treated me excellent. So I rate them as a 10 and I was kind of glad that I got that appointment in the first place. So that's it.

  • Nov 23, 2019

    Provider was excellent but way too long of a wait to actually be seen. A good 45 minutes to an hour before the doctor came in the room.

  • Nov 18, 2019

    I feel like Dr. Cetas listens very well. He's very easy to talk to and answers my questions using words and terms terminology that I understand. I'm very very happy with the care that Dr. Cetas has given me.

  • Nov 17, 2019

    Excellent doctor and team. Came with glowing references from others.

  • Nov 17, 2019

    I am alive today because of the expertise and knowledge of OHSU.

  • Nov 16, 2019

    great check up best doctor I have seen saved my life

  • Nov 16, 2019

    It was a very helpful visit. He listened and answered my questions. Everyone was polite. We were seen on time. Very impressed!

  • Nov 09, 2019

    Dr Cetas is very knowledgeable, tries to keep on time. He is friendly and has a great staff.

  • Nov 05, 2019

    Dr. Cetas was very professional and friendly. He was someone who I could communicate with and trust and respect his opinion. He did a great job on my surgery which was a difficult of surgery. I had a burst fracture with multiple pieces, and today all those pieces are back together into one vertebrae. They've healed, I think he does miraculous work and I'm very proud of what he did for me.

  • Nov 03, 2019

    So far, my experience has been great.

  • Nov 03, 2019

    The appointment seemed a little rushed because he was 60 minutes behind. This led to us not getting all questions answered.

  • Oct 26, 2019

    Just perfect

  • Oct 21, 2019

    Dr. Cetas is very personable. He listens to you and advises what he can and can't do. He removed a pituitary tumor, fixed my neck pain, and tried fixing my lower back pain. I have multiple health issues which treating me is more of a challenge.

  • Oct 20, 2019

    Many thanks to Dr Cetas for a terrific visit. He showed my husband and me the MRI, explained the changes and their significance, and made his recommendation in language we could understand, and were happy to agree with. We left feeling that should he think surgery necessary in the future, we would feel comfortable both with his decision and with him as my surgeon.

  • Oct 19, 2019

    Dr Cetus presented himself in a very friendly and understandable answer that put both me and my wife at ease. He answered all of our questions and provided me with follow up information regarding the on going monitoring of my condition.

  • Oct 18, 2019

    Pleasant and courteous. . Answered all our questions. Took his time with us.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    I’ve seen a lot of specialists in the neuro arena and I always brace myself for a detached or even poor bedside manner. Dr. Cetas defied my expectations with sincerity, warmth and friendliness. He seemed like a kind person, and while I do not require congeniality, it was welcome and reassuring. He hasn’t operated on me yet, but I’m feeling very safe in his care; that’s priceless.

  • Oct 15, 2019

    I was treated very well by all staff.

  • Sep 23, 2019

    Appreciate his kindness and clarity of results of tests.

  • Sep 23, 2019

    He made me feel very comfortable knowing that he could do my surgery and I was in good hands. It was very assuring to know that he knew what he was doing and his confidence made me feel like I was going to be okay.

  • Sep 23, 2019

    This provider is very friendly, and always looks out for what I need, and asks me the right questions, and speaks in a language I understand.

  • Sep 16, 2019

    He listened and he cares how I am He plans care to help me improve.

  • Sep 16, 2019

    Hi, I've had the privilege of having Dr. Cetas for the last say 10 years - he has removed three tumors in my head so far, and I'm going in for another. I have full confidence in him, he is amazing, and I would suggest him to anyone. Thank you.

  • Sep 15, 2019

    It was awesome. Doctors answered all our questions and made us feel very comfortable with future medical procedures. Everyone we dealt with was very professional and efficient. Totally enjoyed our experience with OHSU.

  • Sep 07, 2019

    Dr Cetas is thoughtful, expert, warm, confident and able to help me as a patient navigate my choices for surgery.

  • Sep 07, 2019

    Dr Cetas spends time with you and makes you feel he is concerned

  • Sep 03, 2019

    I've seen Dr. Cetas twice now for my brain aneurysm for follow up. He is the most amazingly professional, patient, and compassionate doctor that I've dealt with, especially regarding this situation. He just gives me a lot of confidence that I'm going to basically be okay with this thing, and he's going to keep a close eye on it. So I'm very pleased with him and with the whole OHSU operation in general, I think everybody there does a fabulous job. Thank you.

  • Sep 03, 2019

    Dr. Cetas time to listen to the patient, and it doesn't make you feel rushed he always makes you feel heard. And listen, truly listen to what you have to say, and is concerned about the patient's needs. We're grateful for having.

  • Aug 08, 2019

    Had an excellent experience with everybody on the team. We can thank you.

  • Aug 07, 2019

    Very personable, smart and humble

  • Aug 05, 2019

    He is thoughtful, caring and compassionate. He answers my questions.

  • Aug 04, 2019

    Dr. Cetas is a good doctor, everything was good. Thank you. Bye.

  • Jul 29, 2019

    I was very impressed with the pituitary team. They were very well coordinated, they seemed to have all the expertise needed, and they've done wonders for me.

  • Jul 29, 2019

    Yes, I am very pleased with Dr. Cetas. I have recommended him to other people, and we actually I could get what I'm having done here locally, but I am more comfortable with going and having Dr. Cetas do it.

  • Jul 27, 2019

    Dr Cetas is professional, caring and very knowledgeable through this whole process.

  • Jul 20, 2019

    Great follow up! Given the procedure Cetus and his team did an amazing job. OHSU staff are always friendly and patient when dealing with tough situations.

  • Jul 20, 2019

    Justin was very professional and respectful and answered my questions. He set my mind at ease and he's a very friendly person.

  • Jul 14, 2019

    Dr Cetas was pleasant, informative and answered my questions to my satisfaction.

  • Jul 11, 2019

    I have always had a good experience with Dr Cetas even when a surgery had to be postponed due to a lack of support from other doctors.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    I found Dr. Cetas to be very congenial. He talked with me and let me explain what I felt and he listened. I thought that was commendable. I would recommend him to about anybody if they were following along in the same type of condition as I am and thank you very much for calling.

  • Jun 15, 2019

    He and his staff were very helpful, and I'm happy that I was able to get a referral to see him.

  • Jun 15, 2019

    Since this was just a consult, it seems a little early to assess the entire experience, but the consult went well; Dr Cetas was very cordial, professional, and patient enough to listen to any concerns. So far, so good!

  • Jun 15, 2019

    Dr. Justin Cetas and his assistant were very helpful in explaining my options and showing me my diagnosis, MRI pictures etc..

  • Jun 10, 2019

    Felt assured of my post-surgery results. I appreciate the follow up action re. my blood clots discovered the day after surgery on 5/22. I appreciate your holistic approach and your professionalism.

  • Jun 02, 2019

    I have been to OHSU several times and not once has anyone been out of line and genuinely kind and caring and professional. Thank you so much!

  • May 28, 2019

    His one on one care is exceptional. He makes me feel like he cares about what I have to say and he shows me what he sees on the screen and explains to me, like after my surgery where the....a tumor has gone in my head that he removed and I believe he is the wonderful surgeon and a wonderful person and I would recommend him to all of my friends and family and my neighbors. Thank you very much.

  • May 27, 2019

    My condition tho not life threathening..it appears, is a bit puzzling, and Dr Cetus will consult with The Lead Plastic Surgeon @ Casey Eye to possibly together see what they can do.My vision is affected by something maybe from my skull pushing on my eye.I need to be able to see to drive safely so hoping these two Doctors can do what ever it takes very soon.

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