We found 22 spine surgeons who accept Blue Shield HMO near Fountain Valley, CA.

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Dr. Devin Keith Binder, PhD, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
9940 Talbert Avenue; Suite 201
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Devin Binder is a specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Binder (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and German. These areas are among his clinical interests: spine surgery procedures and deep brain stimulation (DBS). Dr. Binder is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Binder graduated from Duke University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures, Deep Brain Stimulation

Dr. Nitin N. Narain Bhatia, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1640 Newport Boulevard; Suite 230
Costa Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Nitin Bhatia's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Costa Mesa, CA, Orange, CA, and Irvine, CA. Dr. Bhatia attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinctions: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; Southern California Super Doctors; and American Orthopaedic Association - Japanese Orthopaedic Association Exchange Traveling Fellow. In addition to English, Dr. Bhatia speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Pain, Tumor, Complex Spine Surgery, Bone Problems, Fractures, Lumbar Spine Problems, Lower Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Hamid R Miraliakbar, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3501 Jamboree Road; Suite 1250
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Hamid Mir's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed Dr. Mir at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Mir (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and Persian. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Lower Back Problems, Neck Problems, Spine Problems

Dr. Payam Farjoodi, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11160 Warner Avenue; #311
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Payam Farjoodi is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Farjoodi include pain, cancer, and osteoporosis. Dr. Farjoodi is affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Farjoodi honors AARP, Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He welcomes new patients. He obtained his medical school training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Farjoodi (or staff) speaks Spanish and Persian.

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Clinical interests: Pain, Tumor, Osteoporosis, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Neck Problems, Arthritis, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Edward Thomas Chappell, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
213 E City Place Drive
Santa Ana, CA
 

Dr. Edward Chappell is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist. He is rated highly by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, minimally invasive surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Dr. Chappell takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at George Washington University Medical Center for residency. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Brachytherapy, Cranial Surgery, Back Problems, Lower ... (Read more)

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11160 Warner Avenue; Suite 311
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Zafar Khan specializes in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu, French, and Hindi. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and spinal cord injuries. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Khan trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan accepts. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Pain, Shoulder Surgery, Fractures, Back Problems, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samuel R Rosenfeld, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Spine Surgery, Other
1201 W. La Veta Avenue; Building: Choc Clinic
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Samuel Rosenfeld's specialties are pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. He practices in Orange, CA and Mission Viejo, CA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Rosenfeld attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine. These areas are among Dr. Rosenfeld's clinical interests: spasticity, spine surgery procedures, and muscular dystrophy. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Rosenfeld include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal Trauma, Spina Bifida, Musculoskeletal Problems, Spasticity, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Ying Chi, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 307
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Ying Chi is a hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. Her professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Chi is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is accepting new patients. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Chi completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. Dr. Chi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Mandarin, Persian, and Hindi.

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Dr. Anuj Varshney, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 306
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Anuj Varshney's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Hanford, CA and Ukiah, CA. Dr. Varshney speaks Spanish. His areas of expertise include spine surgery procedures, spine problems, and fractures (broken bones). He is professionally affiliated with Adventist Health System. He studied medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Henry Ford Hospital for his residency. Dr. Varshney is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Fractures, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures, Trauma

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 305
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Muralidhara Raju is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Raju (or staff) speaks Telugu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, laminectomy, and vertebroplasty. Dr. Raju is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. After attending Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Raju has a closed panel.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Lumbar Fusion, Vascular Malformations, Cervical Fusion, Vertebroplasty, Foraminotomy, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeremy Scott Smith, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
280 S Main Street; Suite 200
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Jeremy Smith works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. His areas of expertise include spine surgery procedures. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna HSA, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Smith studied medicine at New York Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Smith include: Southern California Rising Stars and Preeminent Women's Health Doctors. Dr. Smith is conversant in Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Phillip Douglas Douglas Kiester, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. P. Kiester specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in spine surgery procedures. Dr. Kiester honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Kiester trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Dr. Kiester has received professional recognition including the following: Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Lower Back Problems, Neck Problems, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures

Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 310
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Ram Mudiyam is a hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Mudiyam is 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include knee problems, scoliosis, and arthroscopic surgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He attended Bangalore University and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for medical school and subsequently trained at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and Buffalo General Hospital for residency. Dr. Mudiyam (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Hip Problems, Scoliosis, Shoulder Surgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Gerald John Alexander, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1010 W Laveta Avenue; Suite 775
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Gerald Alexander specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Alexander attended Loma Linda University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Loma Linda University Medical Center for residency. In his practice, he is particularly interested in knee surgery and hip surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alexander honors. In addition to English, Dr. Alexander speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Knee Surgery, Hip Surgery, Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Gregory D Carlson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1120 W. La Veta Avenue; Suite 300
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Carlson sees patients in Orange, CA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and spine surgery procedures. Dr. Carlson is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He obtained his medical school training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). The average patient rating for Dr. Carlson is 4.0 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Carlson honors. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Jeffrey E Deckey, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
280 South Main Street 200
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Deckey is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Orange, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Deckey include scoliosis and spine surgery procedures. Dr. Deckey is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Deckey accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. He graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His residency was performed at New York Orthopaedic Hospital. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Surgery Procedures

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What is Spine Surgery?

Spinal surgery is the subspecialty that uses surgery to restore the normal function of the spine when things go wrong due to trauma, disease, or other disorders. There are many ways that the spine can begin to hurt or lose the ability to move properly, and surgery is not always necessary. However, when surgery is needed, there’s no one more qualified for the job than a spine surgeon.

Spinal surgery can be considered a subspecialty of either orthopedics or neurosurgery. That means that a spine surgeon may take either path to this specific career, training first as either an orthopedist or a neurosurgeon. Orthopedics deals mainly with the structural issues of the back and spine: the bones, muscles, and joints. Neurosurgery deals mainly with issues of the brain, nerves, and spinal cord. So when choosing a spine surgeon, it is sometimes possible that your surgeon’s background will have a bearing on your particular diagnosis. However, in most cases, it doesn’t matter. Either an orthopedist-spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon-spine surgeon can handle the majority of spine surgeries. What is more important is that some spine surgeons specialize in specific areas of the spine, such as lumbar surgery or cervical surgery. In that case, it is important to connect with a surgeon who is experienced with your particular need.

Some of the surgeries performed on the spine include:
  • Correction of spinal deformities, such as scoliosis
  • Spinal fusion
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery, including decompression surgeries such as discectomy and laminectomy
  • Balloon kyphoplasty, a procedure done to repair compression fractures in vertebrae

The spine is a very complicated piece of your body’s machinery, and a very necessary part of your movement and function. It holds you up and allows you to move. Having a working spine is important, and having a skilled surgeon when you need spinal surgery is critical.
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