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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Eastlack is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Eastlack is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Eastlack 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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in La Jolla, CA and Chula Vista, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in scoliosis and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mundis accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and subsequently trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks German. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Dr. Mundis welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

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. His clinical interests encompass neurosurgery. Dr. Coufal is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Coufal's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgery, Spine Problems

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 areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in Chula Vista, CA, La Jolla, CA, and San Diego, CA. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Clinical interests for Dr. Tayyab include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Tayyab is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Tayyab speaks Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

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

Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh, who practices in San Diego, CA and Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His areas of expertise include the following: foot problems, spine problems, and orthopedic surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine, Dr. Raiszadeh completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Raiszadeh is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Mark Nelson works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Nelson include orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nelson's office for an appointment. He attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He trained at George Washington University Medical Center for his residency.

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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 is a specialist in orthopedic trauma and spine surgery. He works in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He has indicated that his clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Thunder honors Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. He graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Thunder's training includes a residency program at Stanford University Medical Center. He 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. 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; he sees patients in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Thorne has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Clinical interests for Dr. Thorne include orthopedic surgery. He honors Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Thorne speaks 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 is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Bagheri speaks Persian. In his practice, Dr. Bagheri focuses on scoliosis and orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. After attending Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Bagheri takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, 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 medical specialty is hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. His professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Mission Valley, Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Hamer graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Hamer completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Hamer is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Orthopedic Surgery, Hand Problems

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 specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Allen is rated highly by his patients. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. James Bruffey is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Bruffey is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Bruffey completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Bruffey accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is professionally 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, who practices in San Diego, CA, Poway, CA, and La Jolla, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Raiszadeh speaks Persian. His clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Raiszadeh attended Baylor College of Medicine for medical school. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. 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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave Dr. Garfin 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, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Garfin has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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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 spine surgeon and orthopedist in La Jolla, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. 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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