Benjamin C. Ling, MD Providence Medical Group

Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Dr. Benjamin C. Ling is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Spokane, Washington. He graduated with honors from Ohio State University College Of Medicine in 1997. Having more than 21 years of diverse experiences, especially in Neurosurgery, Dr. Ling affiliates with many hospitals including Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Whitman Hospital And Medical Center, and Providence Holy Family Hospital.
Ohio State University
Medical School
Professional Associations
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • International Spine Intervention Society
  • Spokane Pediatric Society
  • Spokane County Medical Society
  • Washington State Medical Association
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurosurgery
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • abnormal vertebrae
  • abscess central nervous system
  • accessory nerve disease
  • acoustic neurofibromatosis
  • acoustic neuroma
  • aneurysm
  • arachnoid cyst
  • arnold chiari malformation
  • arteriovenous fistula
  • arteriovenous malformation
  • astrocytoma tumors
  • back fracture
  • back surgery
  • base of skull tumors
  • benign neoplasm of brain
  • berry aneurysm
  • biopsy of brain
  • biopsy of skull
  • bone tumor
  • brachial nerve tumors
  • brachial plexus injury
  • brain laceration
  • brain neoplasms
  • brain surgery
  • bulging disc
  • burr hole
  • cauda equina syndrome
  • cavernous hemangioma
  • cavernous sinus thrombosis
  • cerebellar anomaly
  • cerebellar tumor
  • cerebral aneurysm
  • cerebral cyst
  • cerebral decompression
  • cerebral edema
  • cerebral hemorrhage
  • cerebral hernia
  • cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • cervical arthritis
  • cervical laminoplasty
  • cervical radiculopathy
  • cervical spinal fusion
  • cervical spinal stenosis
  • chiari decompression
  • chordoma
  • choroid plexus tumor
  • clipping of brain aneurysm
  • clivus chondroma
  • cns lymphoma
  • colloid cyst
  • compression fracture
  • congenital cerebral hernia
  • congenital hydrocephalus
  • corpus callosotomy
  • cranial nerve diseases
  • cranial nerve disorders
  • cranial nerve injuries
  • cranial nerve repair
  • cranial puncture
  • cranial vault malformations
  • craniectomy
  • craniocele
  • craniopharyngioma
  • craniosynostosis
  • craniotomy
  • cranium bifidum
  • csf shunt removal
  • decompression laminectomy
  • degenerative spine conditions
  • diplomyelia
  • disc arthroplasty
  • disc surgery
  • diskectomy
  • dural sinus thrombosis
  • embryonal cell tumors of the brain
  • encephalocele
  • encephalocele repair
  • encephalomegaly
  • endoscopic neurosurgery
  • ependymoma
  • epidermoid cysts
  • epidural hematoma
  • epidural hemorrhage
  • extradural abscess
  • facial pain
  • gamma knife
  • ganglioglioma
  • ganglioma
  • ganglioneuroblastoma
  • ganglioneurocytoma
  • germ cell tumor
  • glioma
  • gliomatosis cerebri
  • gliosarcoma
  • glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • head reconstruction
  • hemangiopericytoma
  • herniated disc
  • herniation syndrome
  • hydrocephalus
  • injury of optic chiasm
  • intracranial abscess
  • intracranial arterial occlusion
  • intracranial hemangioma
  • intracranial hemorrhages
  • intracranial mass
  • intraspinal abscess
  • intraventricular endoscopy
  • kyphosis
  • laminectomy
  • laminoplasty
  • lesion of median nerve
  • lesion of sciatic nerve
  • lesion of ulnar nerve
  • lipomyelomeningocele
  • lobectomy of brain
  • low back surgery
  • lumbar drain
  • lumbar spine fusion
  • lumbosacral radiculopathy
  • malignant brain neoplasm
  • malignant neoplasm of brain stem
  • malignant neoplasm of cerebellum
  • malignant neoplasm of frontal lobe
  • malignant neoplasm spinal cord
  • medulloblastoma
  • medulloepithelioma
  • meningioma
  • meningitis
  • meningocele
  • metastatic brain cancer
  • minimally invasive spine surgery
  • myelomeningocele
  • myelopathy
  • myelopathy surgery
  • nasopharyngeal angiofibroma
  • neck fracture
  • neck injury
  • neck pain
  • needle biopsy of brain
  • needle biopsy of cerebral meninges
  • neoplasm of brain stem
  • neuroblastoma
  • neuroectodermal tumor
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • neuroendoscopy
  • neurofibromatosis
  • neurofibrosarcoma
  • neurogenic claudication
  • neuronal glial tumors
  • nonruptured cerebral aneurysm
  • normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • olfactory neuroblastoma
  • oligodendroglioma
  • open biopsy of brain
  • optic nerve glioma
  • optic nerve sheath meningioma
  • optic nerve surgery
  • osteomyelitis
  • paraganglioma
  • peripheral nerve injury
  • peripheral schwannoma
  • periventricular mass
  • petrous apex tumor
  • pilocytic astrocytoma
  • pineal tumor
  • pineoblastoma
  • post-laminectomy kyphosis
  • post-laminectomy syndrome
  • prolactinoma
  • pseudotumor cerebri
  • radiculopathy
  • removal acoustic neuroma
  • repair of brain
  • resection of cerebral arteriovenous malformation
  • ruptured brain aneurysm
  • ruptured intervertebral disc
  • sciatica
  • skull base approach
  • skull base tumor
  • skull fracture
  • spina bifida
  • spinal abscess
  • spinal cord anomaly
  • spinal cord compression
  • spinal cord diseases
  • spinal cord injury
  • spinal dural graft
  • spinal fracture
  • spinal fusion
  • spinal instrumentation
  • spinal meningioma
  • spinal schwannoma
  • spinal stenosis
  • spinal tumor
  • spine fracture
  • spine injuries
  • spondylolisthesis
  • spondylosis
  • spondylosis with myelopathy
  • stereotactic brain biopsy
  • stereotactic radiosurgery
  • subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • subdural hematoma
  • subdural hemorrhage
  • surgical treatment of myelopathy
  • syringobulbia
  • syringomyelia
  • temporal tumor
  • tethered spinal cord
  • topectomy
  • transpetrosal approaches
  • trigeminal nerve disease
  • ulnar nerve compression
  • ulnar nerve decompression
  • ulnar nerve surgery
  • vagal nerve stimulator
  • vagal stimulation
  • vascular malformations of the brain
  • ventricular shunt
  • ventriculo peritoneal shunt
  • ventriculocisternostomy
  • ventriculostomy
  • vertebral fracture
  • von hippel-lindau disease

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey.Responses are measured on a 10 - point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5 - point scale in order to display results in a 5 - star rating.Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.7 out of 5 (124 Ratings, 44 Comments)


I was treated well and with respect. Dr. Ling is just great - thorough and competent.

Dr Ling and staff were great professional friendly helpful and talked to me about everythinng

The follow up visit to discuss my neck surgery was timely and complete

I only see Dr Ling once a year for a checkup on 2 brain aneurysm,s. I have only had good experiences with Dr Ling and his staff for the three years I've been seeing him.

Dr. Ling was patient, caring, professional and instructional.

Benjamin Ling takes time to explain issues and answer questions. I have a potentially life threatening condition and he provided compassion towards me during this difficult time. However, he was still straightforward about the seriousness of the condition and the risks involved in my options.

I feel the provider had my best interests in mind.

Appreciated the doctor's thorough knowledge of my case. Also appreciated his encouragement.

Back surgery was highly successful. I greatly appreciated Dr. Benjamin Ling's skills to get me back on my feet.

I believe I have found the right person,Dr Ling, to help me address my back situation.

Very good experience. We both agreed on my condition and long term care needed

Dr. Ling is very knowledgeable, personable, and excellent communicator. I would, without reservation, highly recommend him to anyone that asked for a neurosurgeon.

the day of my appt, my daughter was admitted to the ICU and Dr Ling's MA [...] was helpful in allowing me to come late to my appt to avoid waiting there. Dr Ling was very kind and concerned about my daughter.

This was an emergency surgery which Dr. Ling performed. I had never met him before, but he saw on a MRI what the problem was and took very good care and corrected my back injury.

Very competent AND very kind!

Dr. Ling takes time to explain the MRI results. I'm not left with a hopeful sense. I don't believe it's his fault. It is the way it is.

very straightforward about the problem I have with my back. told me what needs to be done and what we need to do next. thank you

Dr. Ling was great.

I feel Dr. Ling is an excellent neurosurgeon and the best one in Spokane. His assistant, [...], is also remarkable.

Very knowledgeable.

Dr Ling is great he takes great care of his patients

all doctors and assistants have been very good. I'm very confident in there care and advise.

The actual appointment with Dr. Ling was very good. Scheduling the appointment not so much. When someone is in life style alternating pain, it is disheartening to hear that the next available appointment is in three months! Maybe this is do to scheduling in Liberty Lake. Could I have received an earlier appointment if I had scheduled downtown? If so, I wasn't told this. Also, it was frustrating to communicate with the person who schedules appointments. When I called, I couldn't reach her but had to leave a message. When she called back, I was not near my landline phone, so she left a message. Is there anyway to avoid playing telephone tag with medical issues? How about communicating through email?

Dr. Ling and his team are professionals. I'm really impressed.

So far all good!

Dr. Ling was irritated due to a crying patient before me. He was in a hurry and failed to ask how I felt about his overall decision on my health.

Dr. Ling and his office is absolutely the best that I've ever dealt with.

Dr. Ling, [...] and the front office staff provided wonderful care and concern throughout my diagnosis, surgery and recovery. All are very professional and caring. I believe my surgery was performed by the most talented & skilled neurosurgeon in Spokane. I am blessed to be feeling as well as I do and my improved health is a reflection of the care I received. I feel that Dr. Ling's scheduler is a bit of a bulldozer and a could use some coaching on listening skills and interpersonal skills. The scheduling process came across to me as inflexible and a one sided process. I am sure this person is very experienced and knowledgeable in their job however came across to me in our conversations as too abrupt, inflexible and difficult to reach. [...] This is the only piece of my total experience that I feel could use some "fine tuning".

I love Dr. Ling have sent family & friends to him.

Dr Ling was very compassionate and spent a lot of time listening and answering all my questions.

Excellent experience

Dr. Ling is very good and I would recommend him highly. He did a very satisfactory job on my muscle biopsy surgical procedure.

Dr Ling & [...] are always present for me and excellent at meeting my healthcare needs.

This was a visit to a specialty care provider visit for issues from a car accident 2 years ago that have not resolved. This provider was helpful in providing needed information.

Does not seem to care about the pain I am experiencing or care to do any research as to why I am having issues. This provider does not seem to have a clue as to what is going on. They didn't even take the time to request my records from my primary care provider about my medications and allergies to medications. i had to call my primary while I was in the providers office to get them the information. After my last visit it took six months for me to get back in and I had to call. No one from the office called me back at all during that time after my PT and x-rays. This provider only seems to care about making money rather than actually helping his patients understanding their illnesses. At least in my case. it has been a year now and I am still where I started. Still in pain, still taking pills I don't like, still dealing with a doctor that doesn't seem to know what is going on. I apologize if I come across rude but no one seems to understand I just want the pain and shaking to stop. I thank you for your time.

I am treated with respect and kindness at Providence medical. they seem to always care for their patients needs. I feel blessed to be treated by them.

Always cordial, professional and respectful.

I'm elderly (79) and often can get confused. So my daughter handles most of the scheduling and follow-up calls, discussions of procedures, etc. She goes with me to make sure we get the correct information. He asked me for information, and if I had trouble understanding, he let her have input to help me. He never made me feel like I wasn't there or badly because I had difficulty. He was so understanding and helpful.

the provider is usually ok to talk to but this visit he seemed he would rather not deal with me.

non-arrogant, caring physician who was totally focused on your care

He realized how upsetting this problem is and put me at ease.

Dr. Ling/Staff were extremely courteous every step of the way!

Excellent care.

it took 10 weeks from the date my primary Dr faxed referral to get an appointment for a consultation for a needed back surgery & then another month to schedule the surgery
Inland Neurosurgery and Spine Associates
105 West 8th Avenue Suite 200
Spokane, WA 99204
Affiliated Facilities
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center