Sanford J. Wright, M.D. Providence Employed Provider

Languages: English
Accepting New Patients
Professional Statement
Patient is first. Additional consultations are always welcome.
University Of Washington School Of Medicine
Medical School
General Surgery, Providence Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI
Professional Associations
Washington State Medical Association
Personal Interests
Community projects in the areas of dance and music. Yearly annual Christmas Spectacular for past 12 years. Developing dance program for special needs kids.
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Surgery, Neurological
  • American Board of Neurological Surgery, Neurological Surgery
Clinical Interests
  • Abnormal Vertebrae
  • Accessory Nerve Disease
  • Accessory Nerve Injury
  • Acoustic Neurofibromatosis
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy
  • Aneurysm
  • Arachnoid Cyst
  • Arnold Chiari Malformation
  • Arteriovenous Malformation
  • Astrocytoma Tumors
  • Back Fracture
  • Back Surgery
  • Benign Neoplasm Of Brain
  • Berry Aneurysm
  • Biopsy Of Brain
  • Biopsy Of Skull
  • Brain Laceration
  • Brain Neoplasms
  • Brain Surgery
  • Bulging Disc
  • Burr Hole
  • Carotid Endarterectomy
  • 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 Disc Disease
  • Cervical Disc Herniation
  • Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Cervical Radiculopathy
  • Cervical Spinal Fracture
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion
  • Cervical Spinal Injury
  • Cervical Spinal Stenosis
  • Chordoma
  • Choroid Plexus Tumor
  • Cingulotomy
  • Clivus Chondroma
  • Cns Lymphoma
  • Colloid Cyst
  • Compression Fracture
  • Congenital Cerebral Hernia
  • Cordotomy
  • Corpus Callosotomy
  • Cranial Nerve Diseases
  • Cranial Nerve Disorders
  • Cranial Nerve Injuries
  • Cranial Nerve Palsy
  • Cranial Nerve Repair
  • Cranial Puncture
  • Cranial Vault Malformations
  • Craniectomy
  • Craniocele
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Craniorachischisis
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Craniotomy
  • Cranium Bifidum
  • Csf Shunt Removal
  • Decompression Laminectomy
  • Decompression Median Nerve At Elbow
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Diplomyelia
  • Disc Surgery
  • Diskectomy
  • Dorsal Column Stimulator
  • Dural Sinus Thrombosis
  • Electrical Sacral Stimulation
  • Embryonal Cell Tumors Of The Brain
  • Encephalocele
  • Encephalocele Repair
  • Encephalomegaly
  • Ependymoma
  • Epidural Hematoma
  • Epidural Hemorrhage
  • Epilepsy Surgery
  • Extradural Abscess
  • Facial Pain
  • Gamma Knife
  • Ganglioglioma
  • Ganglioma
  • Ganglioneuroblastoma
  • Ganglioneurocytoma
  • Germ Cell Tumor
  • Glioma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Gliosarcoma
  • Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia
  • Head Reconstruction
  • Hemangiopericytoma
  • Hemispherectomy
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniation Syndrome
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydrorhachis
  • Injury Of Optic Chiasm
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Intracranial Arterial Bypass
  • Intracranial Arterial Occlusion
  • Intracranial Hemangioma
  • Intracranial Hemorrhages
  • Intracranial Mass
  • Intraspinal Abscess
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Kyphosis
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Lesion Of Median Nerve
  • Lesion Of Popliteal Nerve
  • Lesion Of Posterior Tibial Nerve
  • Lesion Of Sciatic Nerve
  • Lesion Of Ulnar Nerve
  • Lipomyelomeningocele
  • Lobectomy Of Brain
  • Low Back Surgery
  • Lower Back Injuries
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Lumbosacral Plexus Lesion
  • 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
  • Meningocele
  • Metastatic Brain Cancer
  • Microvascular Decompression
  • Migraine Surgery
  • Migraine Treatment
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Myelopathy
  • Myelopathy Surgery
  • Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma
  • Neck Pain
  • Needle Biopsy Of Brain
  • Needle Biopsy Of Cerebral Meninges
  • Neoplasm Of Brain Stem
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Neuroectodermal Tumor
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neuroendoscopy
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurofibrosarcoma
  • Neuronal Glial Tumors
  • Nonruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Olfactory Neuroblastoma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Open Biopsy Of Brain
  • Optic Nerve Decompression
  • Optic Nerve Glioma
  • Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma
  • Optic Nerve Surgery
  • Orbital Nerve Decompression
  • Paraganglioma
  • Parkinsons Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Peripheral Schwannoma
  • Periventricular Mass
  • Petrous Apex Tumor
  • Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Pineal Tumor
  • Pineoblastoma
  • Pituitary Adenoma
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Post-Laminectomy Kyphosis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Prolactinoma
  • Radiculopathy
  • Rathke's Cleft Cysts
  • Removal Acoustic Neuroma
  • Repair Of Brain
  • Ruptured Brain Aneurysm
  • Ruptured Intervertebral Disc
  • Sacroiliitis
  • Scheurmanns Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shevel Procedure
  • Skull Fracture
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Abscess
  • Spinal Cord Anomaly
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Spinal Cord Diseases
  • Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Spinal Dural Graft
  • Spinal Fracture
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine Fracture
  • Spine Injuries
  • Spine Stapling
  • Spondylectomy
  • Spondylosis With Myelopathy
  • Spondylosyndesis
  • Spongioblastoma
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiotherapy
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subcaudate Tractotomy
  • Subdural Hematoma
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Subpial Transection
  • Surgery For Spasticity
  • Surgical Treatment Of Myelopathy
  • Syringobulbia
  • Syringomyelia
  • Tarlov Cysts
  • Temporal Tumor
  • Tethered Spinal Cord
  • Thoracic Disc Herniation
  • Topectomy
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Ulnar Nerve Surgery
  • Vagal Stimulation
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Brain
  • Vascular Malformations Of The Spine
  • Ventricular Shunt
  • Ventriculo Peritoneal Shunt
  • Ventriculocisternostomy
  • Ventriculostomy
  • Vertebral Epiphysitis
  • Vertebral Fracture
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Visual Cortex Injury
  • Workplace Exposures

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.

4.2 out of 5 (79 Ratings, 17 Comments)


Dr Wright was kind and listened intently. He was patient and thorough. I have every confidence in him.

awful experience

I feel very much at. ease being in Dr.wright's care.

I think Dr. Wright is so intelligent, that he has a tendency to think strongly about what he is doing, and cannot be interrupted when typing and speaking at the same time. I sometimes need to use simply, slow verbal cues to get his attention. Don't get me wrong. I love the guy, and, he has an amazing reputation in town!

He is the best I feel honored that he would consider my ailment worth his expertise.

Getting the use of my left foot again and knowing I will be eternally gratefull for what these doctors did. No comparison for a little wait. So worth coming to this clinic!

Dr. Wright spent alot of time in my visit and was COMPLETLEY compasionate, caring, spoke to me with respect and he was a hit with offering candy during the visit !

He spent most of time at computer terminal struggling with data input for conclusions he was assuming before completed evaluation - I gave up trying to give any nuanced answers to questions or correct any obviously incorrect assumptions he was documenting.

On this visit, Dr. Wright was able to show me, in great detail, the results of my MRIs and easily explained his interpretation of the areas of concern. He took the time to answer all of the questions I had to my satisfaction. We agreed on a plan for treatment, that did not include surgery at this time, which I was very comfortable with. I am also very happy with the results of my previous laminectomy performed by Dr. Wright, which was not the subject of this visit. I have full confidence in Dr. Wright's abilities and care for the best interests of his patients. I have already recommended him to several people who have noticed the improvement in my functionality and will continue to do so.

Would like to have examination notes recorded while being performed to prevent any confusion.

Overall I had a good experience with the provider. However, what kept it from being great was the fact the Dr had to focus (type his own on data into the computer) on data entry, in lieu of focusing on the patient history and establishing a "wellness" plan. My advice: provide him an assistant.

He is a very kind doctor and he is worth the time and effort to come and see him. I am grateful and appreciative to have him on my medical team.


provider needs to learn to answer questions during entire appointment and NOT shush patient or family members telling them not now, wait wait. We know he is making notes, but our questions and concerns are important too. When he finished typing he could have asked what our question was.

dr. was nice and showed me all i would need.

I trust Dr. Wright both personally and professionally. He did surgery on a neck injury years ago and he has done surgery on patients I work with.

Dr. actually says "shhh" when you ask a question and he is typing. Can't remember right or left side is problem - consistently says wrong side. (Problem on right side, which should be easy to remember with last name Wright!)

Dr. Wright is a master in his field.

Provider did not seem to want me to talk so I just kept quiet and left feeling discouraged. I am going back to my primary Dr to ask for a second opinion with another pain clinic.
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1717 13th Street
Suite 401

Everett, WA 98201
(425) 259-6405
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