We found 16 spine surgeons who accept Humana Platinum 500/HMO Premier near Houston, TX.

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

Dr. Steven Esses is a spine surgeon and orthopedic surgeon. In addition to English, Dr. Esses speaks Spanish. He has a special interest in spine surgery procedures. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital. Dr. Esses's education and training includes medical school at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and residency at Wellesley Hospital. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Esses honors. Dr. Esses has received distinctions including The Toronto Hospital Award For Excellence In Teaching; Johnson and Johnson Traveling Fellowship; and North American Spine Society Best Poster Display. His practice is open to new patients.

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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 Street; Suite 1016
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Kaldis is a spine surgeon and orthopedist in Houston, TX. Dr. Kaldis's patients gave him an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. His areas of expertise include scoliosis, knee problems, and arthroscopic surgery. He honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and more. Dr. Kaldis is accepting new patients. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. Dr. Kaldis (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Greek.

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

Dr. Rex A.W. Marco, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6445 Main Street, Outpatient Center; Suite 2500
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Rex Marco is a medical specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. His areas of expertise include scoliosis, spinal cord tumor, and cancer. Dr. Marco is professionally affiliated with Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Methodist, and Texas Medical Center (TMC). Dr. Marco is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), David Geffen School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Davis. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors.

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

Dr. Mark Lawrence Prasarn, MD
Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery
6400 Fannin; Suite 1700
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Mark Prasarn is an orthopedic trauma and spine surgery specialist. Dr. Prasarn has a 4.5 out of 5 star average patient rating. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH), Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Prasarn's education and training includes medical school at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. He has received the distinction of Texas Rising Stars.

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Clinical interests: Kyphoplasty, Bone Spurs, Spine Reconstruction, Neck Pain, Spinal Pain, Lower Back Pain, Fractures, ... (Read more)

Dr. Vivek Pratap Kushwaha, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
1315 St Joseph Parkway; Suite 800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Vivek Kushwaha is a specialist in spine surgery, orthopedics/orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. Dr. Kushwaha's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. 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). His hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH), Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and St. Joseph Medical Center (Houston).

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Clinical interests: Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion, Orthopedic Surgery

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. After completing medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He is an in-network provider for Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Schmitt's professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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Dr. Arthur L Day, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Neurosurgery
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 2800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Arthur Day is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and neurosurgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Dr. Day honors Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna Medicare, as well as other insurance carriers. After attending Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans for medical school, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of Florida Health Science Center. Dr. Day is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians.

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

Dr. Howard Cotler's medical specialty is spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. On average, patients gave Dr. Cotler a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE. He obtained his medical school training at Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College and performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Park Plaza Hospital.

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

Dr. William Charles Watters III, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. William Watters sees patients in Houston, TX. His medical specialties are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Before performing his residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Watters attended Harvard Medical School. These areas are among Dr. Watters's clinical interests: back pain, knee problems, and neck pain. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Watters takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold. He has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. Dr. Watters is accepting new patients.

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

Dr. Camille Jacob George, MD
Specializes in Hand Surgery, Spine Surgery, Adult Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Sports Medicine
4126 Southwest Frwy; Suite 800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Camille George specializes in hand surgery, spine surgery, and adult orthopedic reconstructive surgery and practices in Houston, TX. The average patient rating for Dr. George is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. George is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He attended Tulane University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine for residency. He is 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. Bernard Meyer is a spine surgeon and orthopedist. Patients rated him highly, giving him an average of 4.5 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Meyer include back pain, scoliosis, and adolescent issues. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and United Healthcare Choice. Dr. Meyer is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is professionally affiliated with Houston Methodist. He has an open panel.

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

Dr. Michael Hooman Moghimi, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
1709 Dryden Road, Suite 1200; Suite 1200
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Moghimi is a physician who specializes in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Seton Medical Center Austin, the University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Seton Northwest Hospital. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Moghimi completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. His average rating from his patients is 4.0 stars out of 5. Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Moghimi honors.

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Dr. Walter Randall Sassard, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Walter Sassard is a spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery specialist in Pearland, TX and Houston, TX. After attending Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at Charlotte Memorial Hospital. His areas of clinical interest consist of knee problems, replacement arthroplasty (joint replacement), and spinal fusion. Dr. Sassard is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Sassard has received the following distinction: Texas Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist. 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. Shah-Nawaz M Dodwad, MD
Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
6400 Fannin; Suite 2250
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Shah-Nawaz Dodwad is a specialist in spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. Dr. Dodwad's hospital/clinic affiliations include Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC), Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH), and the University of Texas (UT) Physicians. After completing medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, he performed his residency at Ohio State University Medical Center. He takes Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Amerigroup Star, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Orthopedic Trauma, Spine Surgery, Sports Medicine
1315 Saint Joseph Parkway; Suite 800
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Navin Subramanian is an orthopedic trauma specialist, spine surgeon, and sports medicine specialist in Bellaire, TX, Houston, TX, and Kingwood, TX. His professional affiliations include Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH), and Memorial Hermann - Texas Medical Center (TMC). Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Subramanian honors. Dr. Subramanian studied medicine at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and Baylor College of Medicine. He has received the following distinction: Texas Rising Stars.

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Specializes in Spine Surgery, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7401 S. Main
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Yigal Samocha's areas of specialization are spine surgery and orthopedics/orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 out of 5 stars. Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Samocha takes.

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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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