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

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

Dr. Alex Gitelman's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Gitelman include spine surgery procedures. He accepts Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Gitelman completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Gitelman is conversant in Russian. His professional affiliations include WESTMED Medical Group and Greenwich Hospital. Dr. Gitelman is open to 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 areas of specialization are spine surgery and neurosurgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Bloomgarden's hospital/clinic affiliations include Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Yale New Haven Health System, and the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Bloomgarden's residency was performed at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is conversant in Spanish.

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

Dr. Judith Gorelick, who practices in Shelton, CT, Wallingford, CT, and New Haven, CT, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. She has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She is professionally affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Gorelick honors Great-West Healthcare, Anthem, ConnectiCare, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment. She studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. Dr. Gorelick's residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan.

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

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

Dr. Khalid Abbed's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. He practices in Stamford, CT and New Haven, CT. He studied medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He completed his residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Abbed's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Lawrence + Memorial Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. Dr. Abbed is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. John Awad sees patients in Fairfield, CT, Shelton, CT, and New Haven, CT. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is affiliated with Griffin Hospital and Yale New Haven Health System. After completing medical school at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. Patients gave Dr. Awad an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Awad is an in-network provider for Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients.

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

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

Dr. Shirvinda Wijesekera specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Hamden, CT, Milford, CT, and New Haven, CT. Dr. Wijesekera is affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His practice is open to new patients. Dr. Wijesekera is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine. He trained at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center for residency.

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Clinical interests: Tendonitis, Osteoporosis, Fractures, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthritis, Spine Problems, Hip ... (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 is a physician who specializes in pediatric orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and pediatric spine surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. O'Brien include spondylolisthesis surgery, cervical laminectomy, and kyphoplasty (vertebral augmentation). Dr. O'Brien is professionally affiliated with Baylor Scott & White Health, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and Medical City Hospital (Dallas). He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. On average, patients gave him a rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. O'Brien has received distinctions including Florida Super Doctors 2009 - South Florida Edition and Florida Super Doctors.

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

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

Dr. Robert Dawe is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, ConnectiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Dawe attended medical school at New York Medical College. Dr. Dawe's medical residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Dawe (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Italian. He is professionally affiliated with Yale New Haven Health System. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Dawe's 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.