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Dr. Ali Shirzadi M.D.
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
average rating 5 stars (5 ratings)
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Ali Shirzadi is a spine surgeon and neurosurgeon in San Jose, CA and Santa Cruz, CA. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. His areas of expertise include neurosurgery, traumatic brain injury, and brain cancer. Dr. Shirzadi's hospital/clinic affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Good Samaritan Hospital, and Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Shirzadi is open to new patients. He attended medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Shirzadi trained at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In addition to English, he speaks Persian.

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Clinical interests: Brain Cancer, Traumatic Brain Injury, Neurosurgery

Christopher Summa M.D.
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
average rating 3.93 stars (4 ratings)
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Christopher Summa's medical specialty is spine surgery, neurosurgery, and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Summa has a special interest in neurosurgery. His professional affiliations include Sutter Medical Network, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, and Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. He attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Summa honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, in addition to other insurance carriers. He has an open panel.

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Clinical interests: Neurosurgery

Specializes in Neurosurgery, Other
average rating 2.33 stars (3 ratings)
2870 El Rancho Drive
Scotts Valley, CA
 

Dr. Aloria Genest, who practices in Scotts Valley, CA, is a medical specialist in neurosurgery. Dr. Genest (or staff) speaks Spanish, German, and French. Dr. Genest graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He has a 2.5 out of 5 star average patient rating.

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
average rating 2.83 stars (24 ratings)
1595 Soquel Drive; Suite 360
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. James Kohut specializes in neurosurgery. His average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. He takes Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance. Dr. Kohut attended medical school at Albany Medical College.

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
average rating 5 stars (1 rating)
1661 Soquel Drive; Suite F
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Charles Scibetta's medical specialty is neurosurgery. He takes Health Net and Medicare insurance. Dr. Scibetta is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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Specializes in Neurosurgery
352 Alta Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
 

Dr. Ken Sato is a Santa Cruz, CA physician who specializes in neurosurgery. He studied medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

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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.
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