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We found 22 neurosurgeons who accept Blue Shield of California PPO near Santa Monica, CA.

Dr. Daniel Chia Hsing Lu, PhD, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1131 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Daniel Lu is a specialist in neurosurgery. His areas of expertise include laminectomy, metabolic bone disease, and cervical (neck) spine problems. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Lu's education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). His distinctions include: H and H Lee Surgical Research; Scholar Award; and Larson Research Award, American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Lu (or staff) speaks Filipino, Thai, and Cantonese. He is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Neuroendoscopy, Radiculopathy, Sacroiliac Joint Pain, Neck Pain, ... (Read more)

Dr. James Ivan Ausman, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 Medical Plaza; #200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. James Ausman's medical specialty is neurosurgery. He graduated from SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ausman is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is professionally affiliated with Eisenhower Medical Center and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is not currently accepting new patients.

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Dr. Nader Pouratian, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 Medical Plaza; Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Nader Pouratian is a neurosurgery specialist. His clinical interests include dystonia, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and spasticity. Dr. Pouratian is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia. He has received the following distinctions: UCLA Neurosurgery Quality Care Award; UCLA Scholar in Translational Medicine; and Southern California Rising Stars. He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Pouratian is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hemifacial Spasm, Facial Pain, Tumor, Meningioma, Hydrocephalus, Dystonia, Brain Cancer, ... (Read more)

Dr. Isaac Yang, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 Stein Plaza; Suite 420
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Isaac Yang specializes in neurosurgery and practices in San Francisco, CA and Los Angeles, CA. His areas of expertise include concussion, lipoma, and spinal cord tumor. On average, patients gave Dr. Yang a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Yang attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine. His distinctions include: Southern California Rising Stars; Honors and Special Awards; and UCLA Gold Humanism Honor Society Inaugural Selection Committee. Dr. Yang speaks Korean. He is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Hemifacial Spasm, Facial Pain, Tumor, Meningioma, Brain Cancer, Spinal Instrumentation, Skull Base ... (Read more)

Dr. Langston Tyler Holly, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1131 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Langston Holly works as a neurosurgeon. Clinical interests for Dr. Holly include laminectomy, spinal cord injuries, and cancer. Patients gave Dr. Holly an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Holly include: Southern California Super Doctors and Voted Best Doctors. Dr. Holly is affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Tumor, Microsurgery, Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing ... (Read more)

Dr. Duncan Quincy McBride, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1131 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Duncan McBride sees patients in Torrance, CA, Santa Monica, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. He is especially interested in sciatica, spine tumor, and cervical (neck) spine problems. Dr. McBride has a 3.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at NYU Langone Medical Center. He has received the following distinction: Southern California Super Doctors. In addition to English, Dr. McBride speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Cervical Spine Problems, Sciatica, Spine Tumor, Spine Problems

Dr. Neil A Martin, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 Stein Plaza; Suite 420
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Neil Martin is a neurosurgery specialist. Clinical interests for Dr. Martin include brain aneurysm, skull base surgery, and pituitary tumor. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Martin attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine. He has received the following distinctions: Southern California Super Doctors; Southern California Super Doctors 2008; and Voted Best Doctors. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Martin is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Brain Aneurysm, Skull Base Surgery, Meningioma, Endoscopic Surgery, Pituitary Tumor, Stroke, ... (Read more)

Dr. Linda Ming-Huei Liau, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 Medical Plaza; 400
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Linda Liau's area of specialization is neurosurgery. In her practice, she is particularly interested in cancer, meningioma, and brain tumor. Dr. Liau is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Liau takes. She attended medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine. She trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her residency. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Liau has received include Southern California Super Doctors and Voted Best Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Skull Base Tumors, Meningioma, Cancer, Metastatic Cancer, Brain Cancer, Brain Tumor

Dr. Jorge Antonio Lazareff, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Neurosurgery
330 Stein Plaza Driveway; #420
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Jorge Lazareff is a medical specialist in pediatric neurosurgery. He attended medical school at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lazareff include lipoma, chiari malformation, and hydrocephalus. Patients rated Dr. Lazareff highly, giving him an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has received the distinction of Los Angeles Super Doctors. Dr. Lazareff (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and French. He is affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Chiari Malformation, Hydrocephalus, Spina Bifida, Lipoma, Syringomyelia, Brain Tumor

Dr. Nestor Raul Gonzalez, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Diagnostic Radiology
300 Stein Plaza; Suite 420
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Nestor Gonzalez is a neurosurgeon, interventional radiologist, and neuroradiologist in Los Angeles, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Gonzalez include brain aneurysm embolization (coiling), brain aneurysm, and angioplasty. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Our Lady of the Rosary University, School of Medicine and Health Sciences and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Distinctions awarded to Dr. Gonzalez include: American Heart Association 2012 Innovation Award in Stroke Research; "Ruth and Raymond Stotter Neurosurgery Chair; and National Radiology Award. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Gonzalez's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Brain Aneurysm Embolization, Tumor, Spinal AVM, Brain AVM, Stenosis, Carotid Artery Stenting, Brain ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
8610 S. Sepulveda Boulevard; Suite 205
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Fredric Edelman sees patients in Sherman Oaks, CA, Van Nuys, CA, and Los Angeles, CA. His medical specialty is neurosurgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in migraine and carpal tunnel syndrome. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Edelman accepts. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Edelman attended Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons for medical school. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Dr. Edelman is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Headache, Migraine, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Ulrich Batzdorf, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 Medical Plaza; #200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ulrich Batzdorf, who practices in Los Angeles, CA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. These areas are among his clinical interests: thoracic outlet syndrome, chiari malformation, and syringomyelia. Dr. Batzdorf is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from New York Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Maryland and a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Batzdorf has received professional recognition including the following: Southern California Super Doctors and Southern California Super Doctors 2008. He is conversant in German. He is professionally affiliated with UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Chiari Malformation, Syringomyelia

Dr. Itzhak Fried, MD, PhD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 Medical Plaza; #200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Itzhak Fried is a neurosurgeon in Los Angeles, CA. He is especially interested in epilepsy surgery. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Fried performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He speaks Hebrew. Dr. Fried is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Epilepsy Surgery

Dr. Marvin Bergsneider, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 Medical Plaza; Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Marvin Bergsneider is a specialist in neurosurgery. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Bergsneider include pituitary tumor, meningioma, and brain tumor. Dr. Bergsneider is professionally affiliated with Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He attended medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for residency. Dr. Bergsneider has received distinctions including Southern California Super Doctors; Voted Best Doctors; and Preeminent Women's Health Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Meningioma, Pituitary Tumor, Brain Tumor

Dr. Luke Macyszyn, MA, MD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
1131 Wilshire Boulevard; Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA
 

Dr. Luke Macyszyn is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. He speaks Polish. Areas of expertise for Dr. Macyszyn include laminectomy, cervical (neck) spine problems, and spinal cancer. Dr. Macyszyn's professional affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Macyszyn is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and a graduate of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's residency program. He is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Sports Health, Tumor, Laminoplasty, Disc Replacement, Radiculopathy, Stenosis, Neck ... (Read more)

Dr. Ausaf Ahmad Bari, MD, PhD
Specializes in Neurosurgery
300 Stein Plaza; Suite 420
Los Angeles, CA
 

Dr. Ausaf Bari's specialty is neurosurgery. Clinical interests for Dr. Bari include peripheral neuropathy, parkinson's disease, and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Dr. Bari honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Bari attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine. His distinctions include: William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship, American Association of Neurological Surgeons; Retzius Neuroanatomy Competition - First Place; and Henry I. Russek Student Achievement Award, B.U. School of Medicine. Dr. Bari's hospital/clinic affiliations include UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Peripheral Neuropathy, Movement Disorders, Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Metastatic Cancer, Brain ... (Read more)

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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.