We found 12 spine surgeons who accept Health Net 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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. His areas of expertise include orthopedic surgery. Patients rated Dr. Eastlack highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Eastlack's education and training includes medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He 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. 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. He works in La Jolla, CA. Dr. Coufal is especially interested in neurosurgery. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Dr. Coufal attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. On average, patients gave Dr. Coufal a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgery, Spine Problems

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. In addition to English, he speaks German. He is especially interested in scoliosis and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mundis's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Mundis completed a residency program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Mundis welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, 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. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. His clinical interests include orthopedic surgery. Dr. Thorne's professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. Dr. Thorne graduated from MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Thorne takes. Dr. Thorne is open to new patients.

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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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA. Dr. Bagheri is conversant in Persian. He has indicated that his clinical interests include scoliosis and orthopedic surgery. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Bagheri's education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at George Washington University Medical Center. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is accepting new patients.

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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 specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Tayyab's education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Tayyab include orthopedic surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Tayyab accepts. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Tayyab's hospital/clinic 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. Merlin Jake Hamer, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
10666 N Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Merlin Hamer practices hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has a special interest in orthopedic surgery. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Hamer studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Hamer's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He has an open panel.

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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's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is especially interested in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Bruffey honors Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Ohio State University College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for his residency. His professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Bruffey's practice 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's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Raiszadeh performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. In his practice, Dr. Raiszadeh focuses on orthopedic surgery. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Raiszadeh is conversant in Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He is accepting new patients.

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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 is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Patient ratings for Dr. Garfin average 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Garfin has received professional recognition including the following: 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 surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. He studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Allen's patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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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 sees patients in La Jolla, CA, Encinitas, CA, and San Diego, CA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school 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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