We found 8 spine surgeons who accept United Healthcare near New Haven, CT.

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Dr. Alex Gitelman, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Alex Gitelman is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is conversant in Russian. His clinical interests include spine surgery procedures. Dr. Gitelman is affiliated with WESTMED Medical Group and Greenwich Hospital. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Gitelman is rated highly by his patients. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Surgery Procedures

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Dr. Gary Michael Bloomgarden, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
230 George Street
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Gary Bloomgarden's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Bloomgarden attended medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He trained at Yale-New Haven Hospital for residency. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. Dr. Bloomgarden is affiliated with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Yale New Haven Health System, and the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.

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Dr. Khalid M Abbed, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
333 Cedar Street; Tmp 426
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Khalid Abbed is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Abbed has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and a graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital's residency program. His professional affiliations include Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Abbed's practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc Replacement, Cervical Radiculopathy, Neck Pain, Herniated Disc, Lumbar ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. John Awad is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Awad's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Awad's hospital/clinic affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Kyphoplasty, Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, Lumbar Stenosis, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Judith Gorelick is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist. The average patient rating for Dr. Gorelick is 4.5 stars out of 5. She takes Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, and ConnectiCare, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. Dr. Gorelick's professional affiliations include Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. She is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spinal Fusion, Spine Imaging, Lumbar Spine Problems, Cervical Spine Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Francis OBrien, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Other, Pediatric Spine Surgery
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT
 

Dr. Michael O'Brien practices pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and pediatric spine surgery. His areas of expertise include spondylolisthesis surgery, cervical laminectomy, and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). Dr. O'Brien's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. O'Brien graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He has received distinctions including Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and Medical City Hospital (Dallas).

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Clinical interests: Disc Problems, Spondylolisthesis Surgery, Cervical Laminectomy, Kyphoplasty, Artificial Disc ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Shirvinda Wijesekera's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Wijesekera is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Wijesekera trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for his residency.

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Clinical interests: Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Spinal Trauma, Arthritis, Orthopedic ... (Read more)

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
789 Howard Avenue
New Haven, CT
 

Dr. Robert Dawe's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in Fairfield, CT, Stratford, CT, and Shelton, CT. Patient ratings for Dr. Dawe average 3.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Dawe's residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Dawe (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Tumor, Osteoporosis, Lumbar Stenosis, Fractures

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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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