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We found 14 neurosurgeons who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near La Mesa, CA.

Dr. Massoud Hertzel Soumekh, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 609
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Massoud Soumekh, who practices in San Diego, CA, La Mesa, CA, and El Centro, CA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Dr. Soumekh's areas of expertise include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and biopsy. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Soumekh accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He is accepting new patients. After completing medical school at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, he performed his residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael and a hospital affiliated with Wayne State University. Dr. Soumekh speaks Persian.

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Clinical interests: Spinal Fusion, Biopsy, Back Problems, Laminectomy, Surgical Repair, Nerve Problems, Neurosurgery, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sohaib Ahmad Kureshi, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 S. Pierce Street; Suite 101
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Sohaib Kureshi practices neurosurgery in San Diego, CA, La Jolla, CA, and El Cajon, CA. His clinical interests include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Kureshi's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. After attending the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Duke University Medical Center. On average, patients gave Dr. Kureshi a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Back Problems, Laminectomy, Neurosurgery, Pituitary ... (Read more)

Dr. Sanjay Ghosh, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
6645 Alvarado Road; Suite 4000
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Sanjay Ghosh specializes in neurosurgery and practices in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Ghosh's residency was performed at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and pituitary tumor. Patient ratings for Dr. Ghosh average 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Ghosh's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Back Problems, Laminectomy, Neurosurgery, Spine Problems, Pituitary Tumor, Minimally Invasive Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Lance L Altenau, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 S. Pierce Street; Suite 101
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Lance Altenau's specialty is neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: laminectomy, neurosurgery, and bloodless medicine/transfusion-free surgery. Dr. Altenau's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Nationwide Children's Hospital and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Patient ratings for Dr. Altenau average 3.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Altenau has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Back Problems, Laminectomy, Neurosurgery, Pituitary ... (Read more)

Dr. Tyrone Leslie Hardy, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5565 Grossmont Ctr Drive; Building 1 Ste119
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Tyrone Hardy works as a neurosurgeon in La Mesa, CA and Poway, CA. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. Clinical interests for Dr. Hardy include laminectomy, parkinson's disease, and neurosurgery. Dr. Hardy's professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Sharp HealthCare. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hardy takes. He welcomes new patients. He attended medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Spinal Fusion, Parkinson's Disease, Biopsy, Back ... (Read more)

Dr. Kenneth H Ott, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
5525 Grossmont Center Drive; Suite 608
La Mesa, CA
 

Dr. Kenneth Ott is a neurosurgery specialist. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Ott completed residency programs at Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. Clinical interests for Dr. Ott include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and pituitary tumor. Dr. Ott has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ott takes. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Ott is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Back Problems, Laminectomy, Neurosurgery, Pituitary Tumor, Brain Tumor

Dr. Scott P Leary, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
6645 Alvarado Road; Suite 4000
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Scott Leary specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery and practices in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Leary include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and pituitary tumor. Patient reviews placed Dr. Leary at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and HealthSmart, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Leary is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Leary is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Back Problems, Laminectomy, Neurosurgery, Spine Problems, Pituitary Tumor, Minimally Invasive Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Richard C Ostrup, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 S. Pierce Street; Suite 101
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Richard Ostrup's area of specialization is neurosurgery. His areas of expertise consist of laminectomy, neurosurgery, and pituitary tumor. Patient reviews placed Dr. Ostrup at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Ostrup's training includes residency programs at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. His professional affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. Dr. Ostrup's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Lower Back Problems, Laminectomy, Neurosurgery, Pituitary Tumor, Spine Surgery Procedures, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
6645 Alvarado Road; #229
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. David Barba specializes in neurosurgery and practices in San Diego, CA. He is conversant in Spanish. His clinical interests include neurosurgery. Dr. Barba's hospital/clinic affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest. After attending the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Barba takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received the distinction of San Diego Super Doctors. Dr. Barba welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgery

Dr. Jeffrey Stephen Schweitzer, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
6645 Alvarado Road; Suite 4000
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jeffrey Schweitzer is a neurosurgery specialist. His clinical interests encompass neurosurgery, pituitary surgery, and movement disorders. He has received a 3.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Schweitzer honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and Health Net. Dr. Schweitzer attended medical school at Harvard Medical School. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Schweitzer (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Mandarin and French. Dr. Schweitzer is professionally 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: Pituitary Surgery, Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
3590 Camino Del Rio N; Suite 102
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Alexa Smith's specialty is neurosurgery. After attending the University of Washington School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine and a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In her practice, Dr. Smith focuses on neurosurgery. She honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Smith (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. She is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. Dr. Smith has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgery

Dr. Vikram M Udani, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
3590 Camino Del Rio N; Suite 102
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Vikram Udani specializes in neurosurgery and practices in San Diego, CA. Patient ratings for Dr. Udani average 5.0 stars out of 5. In his practice, Dr. Udani focuses on neurosurgery and brain cancer. Dr. Udani is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Udani attended medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine. His training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Udani (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, French, and Gujarati. Dr. Udani is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Brain Cancer, Neurosurgery, Spinal Cord Problems, Cancer

Dr. Donald John Blaskiewicz, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
300 S. Pierce Street; Suite 101
El Cajon, CA
 

Dr. Donald Blaskiewicz sees patients in San Diego, CA, El Cajon, CA, and La Jolla, CA. His medical specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Blaskiewicz's clinical interests include laminectomy, neurosurgery, and pituitary tumor. He is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Sharp HealthCare. He obtained his medical school training at Ross University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Upstate Medical University. He is rated 2.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medi-Cal are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Blaskiewicz takes. Dr. Blaskiewicz has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Back Problems, Laminectomy, Neurosurgery, Spine Problems, Pituitary Tumor, Brain Tumor

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
6536 Crystalaire Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Jerome Litvinoff's specialty is neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Litvinoff include neurosurgery. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. After completing medical school at SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Litvinoff performed his residency at Bellevue Hospital Center. He speaks Spanish. Dr. Litvinoff is professionally affiliated with Scripps Mercy Hospital. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgery

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What is Neurosurgery?

Neurosurgery is the highly skilled specialty devoted to the surgical treatment of issues affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. It is similar to the specialty of neurology, which also treats disorders of the nervous system. Even though there is some overlap, neurosurgery focuses on the surgical treatment of nervous system disorders. However, not every neurosurgery job means surgery -- neurosurgeons may also provide a diagnosis, interpret imaging and test results, or provide non-surgical treatment, depending on the nature of the illness.

Neurosurgeons treat nervous system disorders such as:
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Brain or spine tumors
  • Blood clots in the brain
  • Hydroencephalitis
  • Aneurysms or stroke
  • Seizures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Carpal or cubital tunnel syndromes
  • Repair of severed nerves
  • Infections of the brain or spinal fluid

Because the nervous system is both so delicate and so complex, neurosurgery has one of the most rigorous and competitive medical education programs. After college and medical school, it is common for a neurosurgeon to require 7-10 additional years of intense training.

New discoveries in this field allow neurosurgeons to heal and accomplish more than ever before, and they are now able to treat many injuries and illnesses that were once fatal.