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

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Faculty profile
  • Neurosurgeon

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

Accepting new patients

4.6 out of 5 (270 Ratings, 79 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

4.6 out of 5 (270 Ratings, 79 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

  • 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.

  • May 18, 2019

    Yes, Dr. Justin Cetas is just a regular guy. When he talks to his patients he listens to him. He understands what you're saying and and help each other make the best decision. I would definitely recommend Dr. Justin Cetas to anyone for neurology or ... Yes, that's it. Thank you.

  • Apr 28, 2019

    I felt he cared and answered all my questions

  • Apr 27, 2019

    It has been awhile since Ive seen Dr Cetas but it was like it had only been a week. Really enjoyed talking with him.

  • Apr 27, 2019

    He was helpful, upbeat, and professional.

  • Apr 27, 2019

    Very very satisfied. Then press any key.

  • Apr 21, 2019

    I felt that he really listened to me when I described my complicated medical situation. He took it seriously (this was huge for me), and described a course of action that made sense to me.

  • Apr 20, 2019

    He spent less than a minute with me. Most of my information came from his PA.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    Dr. Cetas and his team were very nice and informative and now I have a direction as to what to do regarding my back pain.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    Dr. Cetas' measured and professional demeanor and knowledge regarding my brain aneurysm were incredibly reassuring to me. He took the time to show me the CT scan in detail and explained it in a thorough manner. His confidence in this matter gave me confidence that I can finally stop worrying about this tiny aneurysm.

  • Apr 13, 2019

    I enjoy my experience with my provider and I will recommend him if I know anyone that needs to have surgery like I needed with mine. That's all.

  • Apr 09, 2019

    Very kind, courteous. Treated with dignity and respect by staff and physician.

  • Apr 07, 2019

    I have faith in my providers at OHSU Dr.Cetas has performed /attending surgeon for 2 surgeries this last year and have had excellent results.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    Dr. Vera’s always makes me feel valued as a patient. I feel listened to, cared about as a person, and I feel that he has a very personal approach to my care. He is knowledgeable about my condition and is realistic about the outcomes of my care and treatment. He doesn’t sugar coat the diagnosis, but focuses on the positives that are available while being realistic about my goals. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking treatment for neurological surgery also intervention.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    Yes, Dr. Cetas is easy to talk to, where we are very confident in...in his ability to take care of my husband, and we've waited all this time just so we could see him instead of going to someone else, so that just goes to show you how much confidence we have in him. Thank you.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    Yes, I was very impressed. He....they seem very knowledgeable with my situation and I'm looking forward to him going over the results and getting back to me. Thank you.

  • Mar 23, 2019

    Very positive. Dr. Cetas listened and was personable. He addressed all my questions and concerns and was sympathetic to my injury and symptoms.

  • Mar 23, 2019

    Yes, I was very happy that Dr. Cetas was able to move my surgery up. So the tumor did get bigger and he did a great job and what smoothly he communicated well with my husband I would have liked to a seed him right before the surgery. I had some questions for him that just didn't work out. He was great. I was a little concerned about the pharmacy drugs the week before my surgery a bed when I got there. They didn't have any of them. So that was a concern but that if you could do with Dr. Cetas. So I think everybody works really hard and and it's a big job and I think you for my van. And I think that's it.

  • Mar 11, 2019

    He has seemed an excellent doctor.

  • Mar 09, 2019

    it was very brief and after meeting with an endoneurologist and PA. I realized after the visits that i was never asked if i even wanted the surgery, or wanted time to discuss it with my husband. it was assumed i did. i think they thought my dr had discussed things with me but she hadn't done anything except tell me she sent my test results to ohsu for them to look at. anyway, he seemed very nice, answered the couple questions my husband asked. a also realize finances were never discussed. we have no idea if we can even consider it from that angle, either

  • Mar 09, 2019

    He took the time to talk with us and is very knowledgeable

  • Mar 06, 2019

    The doctor is good. Thanks to the hospital for having him. Thank you very much.

  • Feb 18, 2019

    I found Dr. Cetas to be excellent. He did a great job with me. Kept me well informed follow up with excellent. I can't say enough good about OHSU. Bye.

  • Feb 15, 2019

    This provider instilled a sense of he makes you feel. Like she is in control and can make you well. He instills a very good sense of security and the knows what he's doing and he answers your questions all of your questions to a very good detailed. description hey accurate professional and I feel blessed that he is my doctor and I thank you for having me.

  • Feb 13, 2019

    He listens to you, very caring, and concerned. I really enjoy seeing him.

  • Feb 05, 2019

    Dr. Cetas was more thoughtful and listened more than the neurologist I saw previously. He hadn't looked at my intake form and did not seem to plan to until I handed it to him and asked him to look at the additional symptoms that worried me the most. These were mostly chalked up to likely symptoms of long term chronic pain. I felt, like I do with most medical services, like I had to push for care (I asked how to follow up, could I be referred to the pain clinic, etc.) He put in recommendations for that and a headache specialist as my type of H/A is not common for pineal cyst.

  • Feb 04, 2019

    Hi, I had numerous questions and Dr. Cetas took the time to explain everything to me that I really needed to have explained, and I just really appreciated that in addition to I really feel like he ... the staff at OHSU save my life with my stroke, and so I'm very very grateful for that.

  • Feb 02, 2019

    Great doctor! Friendly and accessible. Have referred quite a few people to him!

  • Jan 29, 2019

    He's very knowledgeable informative explain things. Well, you can trust him. Thank you.

  • Jan 27, 2019

    Personable, professional and gave clear expectations

  • Jan 27, 2019

    Had to wait 45 plus minutes but that doesn’t upset me. He explained my shunt pain well and decided on further diagnostics. I had more questions but felt like my time was up, probably just my feeling. He was ok.

  • Jan 21, 2019

    timely, professional, to the point

  • Jan 14, 2019

    Dr. Cetus was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and kind. I was very impressed with his preparation prior to seeing me, his knowledge of my condition, and his willingness to take his time and answer all of my questions. I was very satisfied with my visit with him.

  • Jan 14, 2019

    Yes, my experience with Dr. Cetas was fine, except he was running an hour behind that day, so, you know, he maybe ran into a problem or something, but you know. I'd been sitting there for a couple hours, but anyway, that's my response. Bye.

  • Jan 13, 2019

    everyone is amazing and so confident even though i was so grumpy and scared and nervous they treated me and my family with so much respect, i encourage people to come to ohsu i am so sorry for being rude. i would like to thank everyone for there kindness you all are amazing 

  • Dec 29, 2018

    I appreciated that Dr. Cetas was as comfortable explaining what we don't know about my case as he was discussing what he does know. I also appreciated that he laid out some options a few steps out, so even though I didn't have definitive answers at this visit, I felt well cared for.

  • Dec 29, 2018

    I had a wonderful experience meeting Dr. Cetas and his physician's assistant. They were both extremely easy to talk to, listened well, explain things in a way that I could understand and I felt like they took their time with me and I just really appreciated that.

  • Dec 24, 2018

    He was very informative.

  • Dec 23, 2018

    Dr. Cetas and his assistant were very personable and made me feel that l was valued, that they cared about my health.

  • Dec 12, 2018

    Courteous personnel from time of check in to time of my departure all staff were helpful. Doctor was running a bit behind. was apologetic and thorough during my appointment. Staff kept me abreast of doctor's progress until I was next patent to be seen. Great teamwork. Great experience. 

  • Dec 11, 2018

    The experience I had was that I waited for an hour past my appointment time before he even managed to show up and then he had no apology of any kind. That is my experience.

  • Dec 09, 2018

    Very caring and compassionate as to what the patients perspective might be.

  • Dec 09, 2018

    He was friendly, considerate and precise.

  • Dec 09, 2018


  • Nov 04, 2018

    Answered all of my questions. Appointment did not feel rushed. Bedside manner was very good. Given choices and able to make clear plan of care for future.

  • Oct 28, 2018

    Dr. Cetus was prompt, kind and answered all our questions.

  • Oct 28, 2018

    Great one on one patient care, DR. Cetas listens to you and comes up with the proper solutions

  • Oct 20, 2018

    Dr. Cetas is extremely good and caring. He was patient with me, answered my questions. The staff at OHSU was excellent. Caring, kind, attentive, etc.

  • Oct 14, 2018

    We initially had an appointment with Dr. Geltzeiler for a consult on my olfactory groove mengioma. During this apt, Dr. Geltzeiler asked if we had an apt with his surgical partner Dr. Cetas. We said no and in one minute Dr. Geltzeiler told us to head upstairs and Dr. Cetas would get us fit in and go over the surgery and other questions we had. Dr. Cetas took the time to sit down and answer all of our questions and made me feel very comfortable with the upcoming surgery. Between both Dr. Gelzeiler and Dr. Cetas, I feel very comfortable (as much as possible) having surgery on and around my brain.

  • Oct 14, 2018

    Dr. Cetas was open, friendly, and to the point about my treatment option. I left with a feeling of confidence that he is the correct person to operate on me. I was an add-on appointment and waited a while, but a very reasonable amount of time.

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