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We found 13 spine surgeons who accept Blue Shield PPO near La Jolla, CA.

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

Dr. Robert Eastlack is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He has indicated that his clinical interests include musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Eastlack is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Eastlack accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is open to new patients. He 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).

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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 musculoskeletal surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Mundis is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Mundis is conversant in German. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Dr. Mundis's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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

Dr. Frank Coufal is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in La Jolla, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. His clinical interests include neurosurgery. Dr. Coufal is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Coufal is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgical Procedures, Spine Problems

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

Dr. Roger Thorne works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in La Jolla, CA. In his practice, Dr. Thorne focuses on musculoskeletal surgery. He is rated 5.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Thorne takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thorne attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish. His professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. Dr. Thorne welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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 medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include scoliosis, laminectomy, and microsurgery. Dr. Bagheri is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at George Washington University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Bagheri speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

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 is a hand surgeon, spine surgeon, and orthopedic surgeon in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Hamer include musculoskeletal surgery. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr. Hamer completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. Dr. Hamer's hospital/clinic 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: Musculoskeletal Surgery, Hand Problems

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

Dr. Mark Nelson is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson's residency was performed at George Washington University Medical Center. His areas of expertise include musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Nelson is rated highly by his patients. He accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Nelson's office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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

Dr. James Bruffey's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery; he sees patients in La Jolla, CA and Encinitas, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Bruffey include musculoskeletal surgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Bruffey is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He welcomes new patients. After completing medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a special interest in musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Raiszadeh is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. Dr. Raiszadeh graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. He speaks Persian.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal 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 is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Tayyab speaks Spanish. In his practice, Dr. Tayyab focuses on musculoskeletal surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He attended the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for medical school and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for residency. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tayyab accepts. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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

Dr. Steven Garfin is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in La Jolla, CA. He attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Garfin is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. 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 specializes in orthopedic trauma and spine surgery. He has a special interest in musculoskeletal surgery. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Thunder accepts the following insurance: Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. 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 welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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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. On average, patients gave Dr. Allen a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of 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.