We found 21 spine surgeons who accept Blue Shield HMO near Fountain Valley, CA.

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

Dr. Devin Binder specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery and practices in Fountain Valley, CA. Dr. Binder (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and German. Dr. Binder has indicated that his clinical interests include spine surgery procedures and deep brain stimulation (DBS). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Binder attended medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Binder takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bhatia attended Baylor College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His distinctions include: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; Southern California Super Doctors; and American Orthopaedic Association - Japanese Orthopaedic Association Exchange Traveling Fellow. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Bhatia 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 is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Mir an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, Dr. Mir speaks Persian. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Mir has an open panel.

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

Dr. Edward Chappell is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Chappell average 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chappell's clinical interests include back pain, minimally invasive surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Chappell takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and residency 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. Ying Chi, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 307
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Ying Chi specializes in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fountain Valley, CA and Irvine, CA. She is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Chi accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. She is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Chi's residency was performed at Henry Ford Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Chi (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Persian, and Hindi.

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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 specializes in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Khan attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His clinical interests include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and spinal cord injuries. Patient ratings for Dr. Khan average 2.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Khan (or staff) is conversant in Urdu, French, and Hindi. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). He is accepting new patients.

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

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

Dr. Payam Farjoodi is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. After attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Farjoodi's areas of expertise include pain, cancer, and osteoporosis. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. Dr. Farjoodi (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Persian. Dr. Farjoodi is professionally affiliated with 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's medical specialty is pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. Dr. Rosenfeld's areas of expertise include the following: spasticity, spine surgery procedures, and muscular dystrophy. Patient ratings for Dr. Rosenfeld average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Rosenfeld studied medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. His professional 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. Muralidhara R Raju, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 305
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Muralidhara Raju specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery and practices in Fountain Valley, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Raju (or staff) speaks Telugu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Dr. Raju's areas of expertise include the following: back pain, laminectomy, and vertebroplasty. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. His education and training includes medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Raju is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is not accepting new patients at this time.

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

Dr. Ram Mudiyam, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
11190 Warner Avenue; Suite 310
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Ram Mudiyam practices hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mudiyam (or staff) is conversant in Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi. Areas of expertise for Dr. Mudiyam include knee problems, scoliosis, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Mudiyam is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He attended Bangalore University and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and then went on to complete his residency at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and Buffalo General Hospital. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Mudiyam honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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 is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Orange, CA. Patients gave Dr. Alexander an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include knee surgery and hip surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alexander honors. His education and training includes medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Alexander speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Placentia-Linda Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Knee Surgery, Hip Surgery, 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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in Orange, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Kiester is especially interested in spine surgery procedures. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center for residency. Dr. Kiester honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

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

Dr. Anuj Varshney specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Hanford, CA, Fountain Valley, CA, and Ukiah, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in spine surgery procedures. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Varshney is a graduate of Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He trained at Henry Ford Hospital for his residency. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Varshney is affiliated with Adventist Health System.

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Clinical interests: 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 is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Orange, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Carlson's clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and spine surgery procedures. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Coventry. After completing medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. Dr. Carlson's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group, St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Reconstructive Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Spine 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 is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests encompass spine surgery procedures. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna HSA, and Blue Shield. Dr. Smith studied medicine at New York Medical College. Dr. Smith has received distinctions including Southern California Rising Stars and Preeminent Women's Health Doctors. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

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

Dr. Jeffrey Deckey is an Orange, CA physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In his practice, Dr. Deckey focuses on scoliosis and spine surgery procedures. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Deckey is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. For his professional training, Dr. Deckey completed a residency program at New York Orthopaedic Hospital. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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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.