We found 15 spine surgeons who accept Blue Shield PPO near La Jolla, CA.

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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. He is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Eastlack has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency. Dr. Eastlack is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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

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 is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Mundis include scoliosis and orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Dr. Mundis is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel. Before performing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Mundis attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Mundis is conversant in German.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
 

Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, CA and Vista, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: foot problems, spine problems, and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Raiszadeh honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. Dr. Raiszadeh's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Ankle Problems, Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery, Foot Problems

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

Dr. Frank Coufal's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. He practices in La Jolla, CA. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Coufal include neurosurgery. Dr. Coufal is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Coufal graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgery, Spine Problems

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

Dr. Roger Thorne's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He has a special interest in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Thorne is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before performing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Thorne attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Thorne is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Ramin Bagheri, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4130 La Jolla Village Drive; Suite 300
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Ramin Bagheri practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Bagheri's areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis and orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Bagheri is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His residency was performed at George Washington University Medical Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bagheri has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, 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's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Tayyab's clinical interests encompass orthopedic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Tayyab is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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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, who practices in La Jolla, CA and Temecula, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Nelson's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Nelson is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

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

Dr. Richard Thunder works as an orthopedic traumatologist and spine surgeon. His clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Thunder honors Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. After completing medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Dr. Thunder's practice 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's specialties are hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Hamer's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Hamer attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut for residency.

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Clinical interests: Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Problems

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

Dr. James Bruffey practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in La Jolla, CA and Encinitas, CA. He is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Bruffey is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Bruffey trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

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

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, CA, Poway, CA, and La Jolla, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in orthopedic surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Raiszadeh completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Raiszadeh is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

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

Dr. Steven Garfin works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Garfin accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors.

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Dr. Richard Todd Allen, MD, PhD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Richard Allen is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. 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 is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Vinko Zlomislic, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9350 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Vinko Zlomislic is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Zlomislic takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. 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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