We found 12 spine surgeons who accept Health Net PPO near La Jolla, CA.

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 sees patients in La Jolla, CA and Chula Vista, CA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mundis has a special interest in scoliosis and musculoskeletal surgery. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Mundis attended the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. He is conversant in German. Dr. Mundis is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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

Dr. Robert Eastlack, who practices in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Eastlack's areas of expertise include musculoskeletal surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Shield, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Eastlack performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and Scripps Mercy Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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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 La Jolla, CA physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). His clinical interests encompass neurosurgery. Dr. Coufal has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Dr. Coufal's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgery, Spine Problems

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 spine surgeon and orthopedist. Before performing his residency at George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Bagheri attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Bagheri's areas of expertise include the following: scoliosis, laminectomy, and microsurgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Sharp HealthCare, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Dr. Bagheri is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Roger Philip 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. He has received a 5.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Thorne has a special interest in musculoskeletal surgery. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, Dr. Thorne attended MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Dr. Thorne is conversant in Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal 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 is a hand surgeon, spine surgeon, and orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Hamer is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. He has a special interest in musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Hamer is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is 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: Musculoskeletal Surgery, Hand Problems

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

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh works as a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Raiszadeh is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Raiszadeh trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Raiszadeh include musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Raiszadeh is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Persian. He is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He has an open panel.

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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 physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Tayyab trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago for his residency. Areas of expertise for Dr. Tayyab include musculoskeletal surgery. Dr. Tayyab is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. His practice is open to 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. Dr. Garfin attended medical school at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Patients gave him 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. Dr. Garfin has received the following distinction: San Diego Super Doctors.

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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 sees patients in La Jolla, CA and Encinitas, CA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has indicated that his clinical interests include musculoskeletal surgery. His professional affiliations include Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines and Scripps Green Hospital. Dr. Bruffey takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Bruffey has an open panel. After attending Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Musculoskeletal Surgery

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

Dr. Donald Blaskiewicz works as a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in San Diego, CA, El Cajon, CA, and La Jolla, CA. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Blaskiewicz's areas of expertise include the following: laminectomy, neurosurgery, and pituitary tumor. His patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Blaskiewicz is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Back Problems, Laminectomy, Neurosurgery, 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 practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Allen is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He attended medical school at Creighton University School of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Allen accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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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.