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We found 12 spine surgeons who accept Health Net 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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. Areas of expertise for Dr. Eastlack include musculoskeletal surgery. He is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Eastlack is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is accepting new patients. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for residency.

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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' areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Mundis's medical residency was performed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Mundis include scoliosis and musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Mundis honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is conversant in German. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. He 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 physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His clinical interests encompass neurosurgery. Dr. Coufal is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. 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). He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He has an open panel.

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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's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in La Jolla, CA. He attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. His residency was performed at Hahnemann University Hospital. Dr. Thorne is especially interested in musculoskeletal surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Thorne is conversant in Spanish. He is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. Dr. Thorne's practice is open to 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's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Bagheri speaks Persian. These areas are among his clinical interests: scoliosis, laminectomy, and microsurgery. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. His education and training includes medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and residency at George Washington University Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bagheri takes. Dr. Bagheri is open to new patients.

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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 specializes in hand surgery, spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. His clinical interests encompass musculoskeletal surgery. He is in-network for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Hamer studied medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut for his residency. Dr. Hamer is affiliated with Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Musculoskeletal 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 specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in La Jolla, CA and Encinitas, CA. Dr. Bruffey's education and training includes medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is especially interested in musculoskeletal surgery. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Bruffey is accepting new patients.

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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 practices in San Diego, CA, Poway, CA, and La Jolla, CA. In his practice, he is particularly interested in musculoskeletal surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Raiszadeh attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Raiszadeh trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He 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, 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 works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist in San Diego, CA, Chula Vista, CA, and La Jolla, CA. In his practice, Dr. Tayyab focuses on musculoskeletal surgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. 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. Dr. Tayyab speaks Spanish. His 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, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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

Dr. Steven Garfin, who practices in La Jolla, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Garfin has received a 3.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors.

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Dr. Donald John Blaskiewicz, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 770
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Donald Blaskiewicz practices spine surgery and neurosurgery. He attended medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. These areas are among Dr. Blaskiewicz's clinical interests: laminectomy, neurosurgery, and pituitary tumor. The average patient rating for Dr. Blaskiewicz is 2.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Blaskiewicz is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Blaskiewicz welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Back Problems, Laminectomy, Neurosurgical Procedures, Spine Problems, Pituitary Tumor, Brain Tumor

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

Dr. Richard Allen is a San Diego, CA physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. Patient ratings for Dr. Allen average 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Allen is affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS).

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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.