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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's areas of specialization are spine surgery and neurosurgery; he sees patients in Fountain Valley, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Binder (or staff) speaks Spanish and German. In his practice, Dr. Binder focuses on spine surgery procedures and deep brain stimulation (DBS). Dr. Binder is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. 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 is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Binder 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 medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Bhatia is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Bhatia accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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). His 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, 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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mir is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Mir is accepting new patients. 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. His distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. He is conversant in Persian.

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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 physician who specializes in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chi include cysts, hand problems, and neurosurgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chi accepts. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at Henry Ford Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Chi (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Persian, and Hindi. Her professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Chi is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Cysts, Wrist Problems, Ultrasound, Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Neuropathy, ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Edward Chappell sees patients in La Mirada, CA and Santa Ana, CA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Chappell include back pain, minimally invasive surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). On average, patients gave Dr. Chappell a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at George Washington University Medical Center. He is professionally 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)

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. On average, patients gave him a rating of 2.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Khan include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Khan accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Khan's training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu, French, and Hindi. Dr. Khan's hospital/clinic affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). His practice is open to 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 surgeon and orthopedist. Dr. Farjoodi has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His clinical interests include pain, cancer, and osteoporosis. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Dr. Farjoodi is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal. His practice is open to new patients. 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 and Persian.

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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 practices pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and spine surgery in Orange, CA and Mission Viejo, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Rosenfeld include spasticity, spine surgery procedures, and muscular dystrophy. Dr. Rosenfeld is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. After completing medical school at Penn State College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Patients gave Dr. Rosenfeld an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Rosenfeld accepts. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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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 works as a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in Fountain Valley, CA. These areas are among his clinical interests: back pain, laminectomy, and vertebroplasty. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Dr. Raju attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Raju (or staff) speaks Telugu, Spanish, and Vietnamese. He is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Raju has a closed panel.

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Deckey, who practices in Orange, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Deckey has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. In his practice, he is particularly interested in scoliosis and spine surgery procedures. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then went on to complete his residency at New York Orthopaedic Hospital. He has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. Dr. Deckey is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, 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. He has indicated that his clinical interests include spine surgery procedures. Dr. Kiester is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. Before performing his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Dr. Kiester attended Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Kiester accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received the following distinction: Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

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

Dr. Ram Mudiyam's areas of specialization are hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. These areas are among his clinical interests: knee problems, scoliosis, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Mudiyam is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. After attending Bangalore University and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for medical school, he completed his residency training at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and Buffalo General Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Mudiyam (or staff) speaks Telugu, Spanish, and Hindi.

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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 La Veta Avenue; Suite 775
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Gerald Alexander practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. After attending Loma Linda University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Alexander include knee surgery and hip surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Alexander is 4.5 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Alexander accepts. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Alexander is affiliated with Placentia-Linda Hospital.

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

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

Dr. Jeremy Smith specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Smith attended medical school at New York Medical College. In his practice, Dr. Smith focuses on spine surgery procedures. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna HSA, Blue Shield, and more. His distinctions include: Southern California Rising Stars and Preeminent Women's Health Doctors. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Smith is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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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's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a special interest in spine surgery procedures. Dr. Varshney is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Henry Ford Hospital for 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 sees patients in Orange, CA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: minimally invasive surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and spine surgery procedures. The average patient rating for Dr. Carlson is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and Coventry. He attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Carlson has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. He 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: Reconstructive Surgery, Musculoskeletal Problems, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

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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.