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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 is a specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. He works in Fountain Valley, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of spine surgery procedures and deep brain stimulation (DBS). Dr. Binder is professionally affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Binder has an open panel. He attended Duke University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) for residency. Dr. Binder (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and German.

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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 specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Costa Mesa, CA, Orange, CA, and Irvine, CA. In addition to English, Dr. Bhatia speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. He 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. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Bhatia is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Bhatia include: Physicians of Excellence, Orange County Medical Association; Southern California Super Doctors; and American Orthopaedic Association - Japanese Orthopaedic Association Exchange Traveling Fellow.

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

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3501 Jamboree Road; Suite 1250
Newport Beach, CA
 

Dr. Hamid Mir is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Mir has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Mir's practice is open to new patients. He attended medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and SUNY Upstate Medical University. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Mir's distinctions include: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Rising Stars. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.

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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's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. He practices in La Mirada, CA and Santa Ana, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. His areas of expertise include the following: back pain, minimally invasive surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery. Dr. Chappell is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Chappell obtained his medical school training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers.

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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. Dr. Chi (or staff) is conversant in Mandarin, Persian, and Hindi. Dr. Chi's areas of expertise include cysts, hand problems, and neurosurgery. Her professional affiliations include Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Her education and training includes medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine and residency at Henry Ford Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Chi accepts. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Cysts, Wrist Problems, Ultrasound, Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Procedures, Neuropathy, ... (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 specializes in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Fountain Valley, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Khan's areas of expertise include knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and spinal cord injuries. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center and Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Khan honors. Dr. Khan has an open panel. 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. In addition to English, Dr. Khan (or staff) speaks Urdu, French, and Hindi.

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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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Farjoodi (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Persian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Farjoodi include pain, cancer, and osteoporosis. He is professionally affiliated with Greater Newport Physicians (GNP). After completing medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Farjoodi is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 pediatric orthopedist and spine surgeon. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Rosenfeld's clinical interests: spasticity, spine surgery procedures, and muscular dystrophy. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA, and CHOC Children's at Mission Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Rosenfeld has received professional recognition including the following: 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. Dr. Raju's clinical interests include back pain, laminectomy, and vertebroplasty. He is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. He is in-network for Aetna EPO, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has a closed panel. Dr. Raju obtained his medical school training at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Raju (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Telugu, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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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 is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Orange, CA. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Deckey focuses on scoliosis and spine surgery procedures. Dr. Deckey is affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. Dr. Deckey is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. His medical residency was performed at New York Orthopaedic Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008.

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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 is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Orange, CA and Beverly Hills, CA. In Dr. Kiester's practice, he is particularly interested in spine surgery procedures. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Indiana University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Dr. Kiester has received the following distinction: Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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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 specializes in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include knee problems, scoliosis, and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Mudiyam is affiliated with Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Mudiyam is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He studied medicine at Bangalore University and Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute. His training includes residency programs at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and Buffalo General Hospital. Dr. Mudiyam (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: 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's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Orange, CA and Irvine, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of clinical interest consist of knee surgery and hip surgery. Dr. Alexander is professionally affiliated with Placentia-Linda Hospital. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Alexander attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Smith include spine surgery procedures. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna HSA, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at New York Medical College. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Rising Stars and Preeminent Women's Health Doctors. Dr. Smith speaks Spanish. He is 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, who practices in Hanford, CA and Fountain Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Varshney has indicated that his clinical interests include spine surgery procedures. He is affiliated with Adventist Health System. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Varshney attended medical school at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Varshney completed a residency program at Henry Ford Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Carlson's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, he is particularly interested in minimally invasive surgery, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and spine surgery procedures. He honors 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). Dr. Carlson has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic 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)

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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.