We found 11 spine surgeons who accept Anthem near La Jolla, CA.

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Dr. Gregory Michael Mundis Jr., MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4130 La Jolla Village Drive; Suite 300
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Gregory Mundis, who practices in La Jolla, CA and Chula Vista, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. In addition to English, he speaks German. He has indicated that his clinical interests include scoliosis and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Mundis's hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Dr. Mundis graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Frank Jeffrey Coufal, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
9834 Genesee Avenue; Suite 411
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Frank Coufal is a specialist in spine surgery and neurosurgery. Dr. Coufal has indicated that his clinical interests include neurosurgery. Patient ratings for Dr. Coufal average 3.5 stars out of 5. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. For his residency, Dr. Coufal trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Coufal is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgery, Spine Problems

Dr. Neil Arif Tayyab, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4130 La Jolla Village Drive; Suite 306
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Neil Tayyab, who practices in Chula Vista, CA, La Jolla, CA, and San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Tayyab's areas of expertise include orthopedic surgery. He takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to English, Dr. Tayyab speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Mercy Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
 

Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis, Dr. Raiszadeh attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine. His areas of expertise include foot problems, spine problems, and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Raiszadeh is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. In addition to English, he speaks Persian. Dr. Raiszadeh is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and Scripps Green Hospital. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Ankle Problems, Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery, Foot Problems

Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 210
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Richard Thunder is a medical specialist in orthopedic trauma and spine surgery. In his practice, he is particularly interested in orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Thunder is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Thunder honors Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Before performing his residency at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Thunder attended Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Thunder is professionally affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Ramin Bagheri, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Other, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4130 La Jolla Village Drive; Suite 300
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Ramin Bagheri practices spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He speaks Persian. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bagheri include scoliosis and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Bagheri is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. He attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at George Washington University Medical Center for residency. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Bagheri welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Scoliosis, Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Scott P Leary, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
9850 Genesee Avenue; Suite 650
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Scott Leary's specialties are spine surgery and neurosurgery. He practices in San Diego, CA and La Jolla, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Leary's areas of expertise include neurosurgery. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance. He attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). In addition to English, Dr. Leary speaks Spanish. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Scripps Mercy Hospital, and Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. He welcomes new patients.

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgery, Spine Problems

Dr. Richard Todd Allen, MD, PhD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Richard Allen is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. The average patient rating for Dr. Allen is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Allen is professionally affiliated with VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine.

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Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
4130 La Jolla Village Drive; Suite 100
Lajolla, CA
 

Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh's specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He practices in San Diego, CA, Poway, CA, and La Jolla, CA. Dr. Raiszadeh's clinical interests encompass orthopedic surgery. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Raiszadeh takes. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Raiszadeh attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. He is conversant in Persian. Dr. Raiszadeh is affiliated with Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Spine Problems, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Steven R Garfin, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9350 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Steven Garfin, who practices in La Jolla, CA and San Diego, CA, is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He studied medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. His average rating from his patients is 3.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Garfin accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He has received professional recognition including the following: San Diego Super Doctors.

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Dr. Vinko Zlomislic, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
9350 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Vinko Zlomislic is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist. He is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Zlomislic is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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