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What makes Providence unique is our common goal of treating all patients - no matter what their disease process or means are.

Joseph Ho, MD, PhD

Joseph Ho, MD, PhD Providence-employed provider

615 Lilly Road
Suite 220
Olympia, WA 98506
P: (360) 486-6150
F: (360) 486-6155
413 Lilly Road N.E.
Olympia, WA 98506
P: (360) 491-9480

Philosophy of Care

My primary responsibility is to the patient, although often, the patient’s loved ones are a close second. To that end, I strive to provide compassionate and individualized guidance in helping patients decide their goals and best course of treatment for reaching those goals. Additionally, my goal is to bring the highest quality treatment with the widest range of treatment options, for even the most acute neurological diseases, to the local community, allowing patients and their families to stay closer to home. 

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Joseph T. Ho, MD, PhD is one of the few neurosurgeons to receive specialized training in minimally invasive neurointerventional surgery to provide a much broader spectrum of treatment options for many neurosurgical diseases than traditionally trained neurosurgeons.

His primary clinical interests are in vascular neurosurgery, endovascular neurosurgery (neurointerventional surgery) and neurocritical care, but also include general brain and spine surgery.


Medical School

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


General Surgery, UC San Francisco School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA


Neurosurgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO


  • Neurointerventional Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO
  • Howard Hughes Research Scholar, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD


Awards & Achievements

In addition to his clinical training, Dr. Ho earned a PhD in neurobiology and behavior at the University of Washington, and completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute – National Institutes of Health Research Scholar Program. He has published a number of original research articles and review papers in peer-reviewed journals, presented at multiple national meetings and provided many educational lectures at local sites. He continues to pursue his clinical research interests in stroke and cerebrovascular diseases to improve patient outcomes with these devastating diseases.

Other awards include nomination for World Class Care the President’s Award at the University of Colorado Hospital, Myra Pascoe Endowed Scholarship, Genevieve Bale Endowed Scholarship, the University of Washington Medical Student Research Training Program award, Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, Frank W. Seldon Memorial Scholarship and the University of Washington Undergraduate Scholars Award.

Professional Organizations

  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • The Joint Cerebrovascular Section, AANS/CNS
  • The AANS/CNS Section on Neurotrauma & Critical Care
  • Society of Neurointernventional Surgery
  • American Heart Association
  • American Stroke Association


Medical Interests

  • Acute Stroke Care
  • Stroke thrombectomy
  • Intracranial artery stenosis
  • Cerebral aneurysm embolization
  • Cerebral aneurysm surgery
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Arteriovenous malformation embolization
  • Arteriovenous malformation surgery
  • Arteriorvenous malformation radiosurgery
  • Dural arteriovenous fistula embolization
  • Dural arteriovenous fistula surgery
  • Dural sinus thrombosis thrombectomy
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Benign brain tumor surgery (meningioma)
  • Benign brain tumor embolization
  • Metastatic brain tumor surgery
  • Metastatic brain tumor radiosurgery
  • Malignant brain tumor surgery
  • Pituitary surgery
  • Head / neck tumor embolization
  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Brain and spine trauma
  • Spinal degenerative diseases (stenosis, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis)
  • Spinal tumors
  • Spinal vascular malformations
  • Spinal fractures, kyphoplasty / vertebroplasty
  • Spinal fusion
  • Epistaxis (embolization for uncontrolled epistaxis)

Personal Interests

Dr. Ho enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, including his wife (a family practitioner with an interest in the underserved), two children and two dogs. In addition, he was motivated to move back to the Pacific Northwest because his elderly parents still live in the area.


Patient Ratings and Comments

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. These comments are the views and opinions of patients and are not endorsed by or necessarily reflect the views of Providence.

4 out of 5 (44 Ratings, 13 Comments)


Dr Ho is very genuine and compassionate about my health. He's attentive to my needs. Responds to my needs and offer his advice and recommendations. His staff are all friendly, courteous and attentive to me. I enjoy going to his office feeling comfortable before and after seeing him.

All good.

The provider met all of my needs for a check-up.

I had never met Dr. Ho. I found him to be very professional, pleasant, and thorough. He spent the necessary time with me (in other words, I didn't feel he was rushed) and expressed concern and caring asking me good questions.

providers have been excellent. [...]


This was a referral for specialty care as the result of discharge instructions from a hospital stay. Dr. Ho had not looked at the chart before he came in the exam room. Dr. Ho did not remember he'd seen me in the hospital, he had no idea why I was seeing him. He was curt. The only recommendations he had was to get my blood sugars down, a fact I already knew.

Thought he was arrogant went there to get a second opinion and the doctor acted like I was wasting his time because I did not need surgery.

Interactions were less than supportive - just another day at the drs office. Nothing special - concerning for a serious health condition. "Bedside manner" a little to impersonal.

Provider was very condescending to both my wife and I re: our questions.


Message machine always full and if I did leave a message would not get back to me tell I called 2 or 3 times.

I received excellent service from Dr. Ho, [...] & staff.