We found 28 spine surgeons who accept United Healthcare HSA near Bellaire, TX.

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Dr. Stephen Ivor Esses, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6560 Fannin; #1016
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Stephen Esses' specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Esses average 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Esses include spine surgery procedures. He is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Esses takes. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Wellesley Hospital. He has received professional recognition including the following: The Toronto Hospital Award For Excellence In Teaching; Johnson and Johnson Traveling Fellowship; and North American Spine Society Best Poster Display. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Back Problems, Spine Surgery Procedures

Dr. Michael Gregory Kaldis, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6560 Fannin; Suite 1016
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Kaldis works as a spine surgeon and orthopedist. His average rating from his patients is 2.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include the following: knee problems, arthroscopic surgery, and replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement). Dr. Kaldis accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. Dr. Kaldis graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Kaldis (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Greek. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Sports Health, Hip Problems, Shoulder Problems, Knee Problems, Arthroscopic Surgery, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Darrell Scott Hanson, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6701 Fannin Street; 8th Floor
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Darrell Hanson is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Houston, TX. After attending Baylor College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Hanson include scoliosis. Dr. Hanson is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Hanson is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Problems

Dr. Rex Alexander Wong Marco, MD
Specializes in Oncology, Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6700 West Loop South; Suite 110
Bellaire, TX
 

Dr. Rex Marco is a specialist in oncology (cancer care), spine surgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He works in Houston, TX and Bellaire, TX. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Marco include scoliosis, spinal cord tumor, and cancer. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He has an open panel. After completing medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine, Dr. Marco performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. Dr. Marco has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Musculoskeletal Problems, Cancer, Spine Surgery Procedures, Tumor, Bone Infection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Karl Michael Schmitt Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 2800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Karl Schmitt is a specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. He works in Houston, TX. He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schmitt's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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Dr. Howard Bruce Cotler, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1200 Binz; Suite 970
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Howard Cotler specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery and practices in Houston, TX. Dr. Cotler studied medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College. He trained at Jefferson University Hospitals for residency. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Cotler is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. He speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Bloodless Medicine/Transfusion-Free Surgery, Surgical Procedures

Dr. William Charles Iii Watters III, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6624 Fannin; Suite 2600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Watters is a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Houston, TX. Patient ratings for Dr. Watters average 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include back pain, knee problems, and neck pain. Dr. Watters is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has an open panel. Dr. Watters attended Harvard Medical School and then went on to complete his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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Clinical interests: Neck Pain, Lower Back Pain, Knee Problems, Neck Problems, Spine Problems, Neck Surgery, Spine ... (Read more)

Dr. Ibrahim Ali Omeis, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
6620 Main Street; Suite 1350
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Ibrahim Omeis is a medical specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. His areas of clinical interest consist of scoliosis, spinal trauma, and spine tumor. He is affiliated with Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility. Dr. Omeis takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Omeis is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Complex Spine Surgery, Spinal Trauma, Spine Tumor, Spine Problems, Minimally Invasive ... (Read more)

Dr. Vivek Pratap Kushwaha, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
5420 West Loop S; Suite 2300
Bellaire, TX
 

Dr. Vivek Kushwaha is a specialist in spine surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. He works in Houston, TX, Bellaire, TX, and Kingwood, TX. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Patient ratings for Dr. Kushwaha average 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Clinical interests: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Scott Russell Shepard, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 2800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Scott Shepard is a spine surgery and neurosurgery specialist. He graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He accepts Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HealthSmart, and more. Dr. Shepard is affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Chestnut Hill Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Radiculopathy, Herniated Disc, Myelopathy, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis

Dr. Paul D Boone, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
929 Gessner; Suite 2410
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Paul Boone specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery and practices in Houston, TX. Before completing his residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Boone attended medical school at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. Dr. Boone's patients gave him an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars. He takes Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and more. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Radiculopathy, Herniated Disc, Fractures, Myelopathy, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis

Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6620 Main Street; Suite 13525
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rubin Bashir is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Bashir's education and training includes medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Texas Children’s Hospital and Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Main Facility.

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Dr. Richard Randolph Maxwell Francis, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
5420 West Loop South; Suite 2500
Bellaire, TX
 

Dr. Richard Francis is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Francis (or staff) speaks Sign Language and Spanish. He attended medical school at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. He is rated 4.0 stars out of 5 by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors.

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Dr. Walter Randall Sassard, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6624 Fannin Street; Suite 2600
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Walter Sassard practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. Dr. Sassard is especially interested in knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and spinal fusion. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. He studied medicine at Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. He trained at Charlotte Memorial Hospital for his residency. Dr. Sassard's patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. Dr. Sassard has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. He is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Lower Back Pain, Knee Problems, Neck Problems, Spine Problems, Neck Surgery, Spine Surgery ... (Read more)

Dr. Camille Jacob George, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Sports Medicine
4126 Southwest Freeway; Suite 300
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Camille George is a medical specialist in hand surgery, spine surgery, and adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. George attended Tulane University School of Medicine. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. George honors. Dr. George is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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Dr. Bernhard Christoph Meyer, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. B. Meyer's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include back pain, scoliosis, and adolescent issues. Dr. Meyer is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. He is accepting new patients. Dr. Meyer studied medicine at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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Clinical interests: Adolescent Issues, Neck Pain, Scoliosis, Lower Back Pain, Neck Problems, Spine Problems, Neck ... (Read 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.
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