We found 14 spine surgeons who accept Blue Shield PPO near La Jolla, CA.

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Dr. Gregory Michael Mundis Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4130 La Jolla Village Drive; Suite #300
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Mundis works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in La Jolla, CA and Chula Vista, CA. His areas of clinical interest consist of scoliosis and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mundis is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is open to new patients. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Mundis speaks German.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Robert Kenneth Eastlack, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Robert Eastlack's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. Dr. Eastlack's clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Eastlack obtained his medical school training at Baylor College of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Tumor, Hip Problems, Osteoporosis, Fractures, Lower Back Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic ... (Read more)

Dr. Frank Jeffrey Coufal, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
9834 Genesee Avenue; Suite 411
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Frank Coufal is a specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Coufal has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is especially interested in neurosurgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Coufal's office for an appointment. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgery, Spine Problems

Dr. Ramin Bagheri, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4130 La Jolla Village Drive #300; Rm 7-416
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Ramin Bagheri is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include scoliosis, laminectomy, and microsurgery. Dr. Bagheri is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. He speaks Persian. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Dr. Bagheri's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Microsurgery, Scoliosis, Back Problems, Laminectomy, Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Roger Philip Thorne, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Roger Thorne specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Thorne include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Thorne is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. Dr. Thorne accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. He graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. He speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Mark C Nelson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9834 Genesee; Suite 223
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Mark Nelson's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in La Jolla, CA and Temecula, CA. In his practice, Dr. Nelson focuses on orthopedic surgery. Dr. Nelson has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He studied medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Nelson trained at George Washington University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Nelson is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Merlin Jake Hamer, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Merlin Hamer specializes in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. In his practice, Dr. Hamer focuses on orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hamer is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Problems

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4130 La Jolla Village Drive; Suite 100
Lajolla, CA
 

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh, who practices in San Diego, CA, Poway, CA, and La Jolla, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in orthopedic surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Raiszadeh studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Raiszadeh is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Raiszadeh welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Neil Arif Tayyab, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4130 La Jolla Village Drive; Suite 306
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Neil Tayyab works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. He is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Tayyab attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Tayyab's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Steven Robert Garfin, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9350 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Steven Garfin sees patients in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Garfin attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Patient ratings for Dr. Garfin average 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 210
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Richard Thunder sees patients in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. His medical specialties are orthopedic trauma and spine surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Thunder takes Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He attended Stanford University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Stanford University Medical Center for residency. Dr. Thunder is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. James D Bruffey, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. James Bruffey specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in La Jolla, CA and Encinitas, CA. He is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for his residency. Dr. Bruffey's areas of expertise include orthopedic surgery. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bruffey's professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Richard Allen works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Allen is 5.0 stars out of 5. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). Dr. Allen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9350 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Vinko Zlomislic specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in La Jolla, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He studied medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

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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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