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Back and Spine Care

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Find a Spine Expert

Scroll down to see links to profiles of our spine specialists, and get appointment and location details.

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for a doctor's visit. If you have back or spine problems, turn to UC San Diego Health for the most accurate diagnosis and the latest in personalized treatments. We have some of the nation's top experts, who are highly trained in complex spine care.

The quality of our spine care is recognized with The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification in Spine Surgery (ACSS). This honor is based on our commitment to providing safe and excellent care. We are the first health organization in California to receive this advanced certification.

Read more about this distinction

Meet Our Team

A multidisciplinary team worked together to earn the gold seal of approval by following best practices and providing exceptional quality care for patients with spine problems. Our team of neurosurgeons is led by Dr. Alexander Khalessi and orthopedic surgeons are led by Dr. Susan Bukata.

Learn more about our surgeons below and find out how to schedule an appointment.

Treatment Options

Our team is highly trained in complex spine care and can work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your individual needs. We use the most advanced surgical and nonsurgical treatment options available, including:

  • Nonsurgical treatments
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Open spine surgery
  • Total disc replacement

Learn more about these options at: