We found 21 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 physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Binder (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. His areas of clinical interest consist of spine surgery procedures and deep brain stimulation (DBS). He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's), and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC). He attended Duke University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Binder is open to new patients.

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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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Costa Mesa, CA, Orange, CA, and Irvine, CA. Dr. Bhatia's average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Bhatia's distinctions include: 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, he 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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Newport Beach, CA and Marina Del Rey, CA. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Mir attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Mir's average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. Dr. Mir (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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, who practices in Fountain Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include pain, cancer, and osteoporosis. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Farjoodi is an in-network provider for AARP, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Farjoodi (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Persian. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Pain, Tumor, Osteoporosis, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Neck Problems, Arthritis, Spine ... (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 is a specialist in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Penn State College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Rosenfeld include spasticity, spine surgery procedures, and muscular dystrophy. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Rosenfeld include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Rosenfeld is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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

Dr. Zafar Saleem Khan, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11160 Warner Avenue; Suite 311
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Zafar Khan's areas of specialization are hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khan include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Khan's patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan accepts. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu, French, and Hindi. Dr. Khan's professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He welcomes new patients.

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

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

Dr. P. Kiester is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Orange, CA. He has indicated that his clinical interests include spine surgery procedures. Dr. Kiester takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Dr. Kiester has received the distinction of Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is 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, who practices in Newport Beach, CA and Fountain Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Mudiyam's areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, scoliosis, and arthroscopic surgery. He takes 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) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi. He is 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. Jeremy Scott Smith, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
280 S Main Street; Suite 200
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Jeremy Smith practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Orange, CA. His clinical interests include spine surgery procedures. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna HSA, and Blue Shield. Dr. Smith attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Smith's distinctions include: Southern California Rising Stars and Preeminent Women's Health Doctors. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's).

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

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 specialist in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. She works in Fountain Valley, CA and Irvine, CA. Dr. Chi (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Persian, and Hindi. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). After attending the University of Washington School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Henry Ford Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chi accepts. Dr. Chi welcomes new patients.

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

Dr. Gregory Carlson is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. These areas are among his clinical interests: 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. Dr. Carlson takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, Coventry, and more. He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Edward Chappell works as a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. These areas are among Dr. Chappell's clinical interests: back pain, minimally invasive surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Chappell is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at George Washington University Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Brachytherapy, Cranial Surgery, Back Problems, Lower ... (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 medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Deckey include scoliosis and spine surgery procedures. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Deckey takes. Before completing his residency at New York Orthopaedic Hospital, Dr. Deckey attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's).

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Surgery Procedures

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

Dr. Tien Nguyen specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery and practices in Fountain Valley, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Nguyen (or staff) speaks Telugu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. His clinical interests include back pain, minimally invasive surgery, and spine surgery procedures. He is affiliated with Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He attended New York Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at San Joaquin General Hospital, a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Nguyen takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Clinical interests: Back Problems, Lower Back Problems, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Spine Problems, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Bradley Dean Noblett, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
1010 W La Veta Ave 710
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Bradley Noblett practices spine surgery and neurosurgery in Orange, CA. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Utah, Dr. Noblett attended the University of Utah School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Noblett average 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Gerald Alexander is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before completing his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Alexander attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Dr. Alexander's clinical interests include knee surgery and hip surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alexander honors. He is conversant in Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Knee Surgery, Hip Surgery, 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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