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At the UCLA Health Spine Center, our experts diagnose, manage and treat all spinal injuries and conditions. Call 310-319-3475 to connect with a spine specialist.

 

 

 

 

Program Directors

Langston T. Holly, MD

Langston T. Holly, MD

Professor and Co-Vice Chief of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Neurosurgery, Co-Director of UCLA Spine Center

Dr. Holly is a member of the UCLA Spine Center located in Santa Monica. Dr. Holly's focus is on minimally-invasive and image-guided techniques in the surgical management of degenerative, traumatic and neoplastic spinal disorders.

Arya N. Shamie, MD

Arya N. Shamie, MD

Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery, Co-Director, UCLA Spine Center

Dr. Nick Shamie is a Board Certified Spine Surgeon who has served on the UCLA School of Medicine faculty since he joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2000. He was named on the top 10 academic spine surgeons in the US list and was recently re-elected and currently serving as the President of American College of Spine Surgery.

Faculty

Ulrich Batzdorf, MD

Ulrich Batzdorf, MD

Professor and Executive Director of Spinal Neurosurgery

Dr. Ulrich Batzdorfs primary clinical and research focus is on the treatment of Arnold Chiari Malformation, and syringomyelia.

Joel S. Beckett, MD, MHS

Joel S. Beckett, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor

Dr. Beckett is a dual-fellowship trained neurosurgeon who specializes in the surgical treatment of spinal disorders such as stenosis, disk herniations, spondylolisthesis, spinal deformity and tumors.  With extensive training in both minimally invasive and complex spinal surgery, he takes pride in working with his patients to customize each treatment plan to achieve their goals. 

Allen S. Chen, MD, MPH

Allen S. Chen, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Dr. Allen S. Chen is a double-boarded Physiatrist specializing in non-operative and minimally invasive treatments of the spine. He specializes in treating acute and chronic spine and musculoskeletal conditions, without using opiates. In addition, he specializes in rehabilitation of adults with Cerebral Palsy.

David E. Fish, MD

David E. Fish, MD

Clinical Professor
Jae H. Jung, MD

Jae H. Jung, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor
Elizabeth L. Lord, MD

Elizabeth L. Lord, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Elizabeth L. Lord is a Board Eligible, fellowship trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon. Her practice focuses on the evaluation and treatment of degenerative spine conditions, including lumbar/cervical disc herniations, degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. Her areas of interest spinal deformity, degenerative surgery, minimally invasive surgery, spine tumor, and spine trauma.

Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD

Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD

Professor

Dr. Lu is a member of the Comprehensive Spine Center in Santa Monica. Dr. Lu's clinical focus is on minimally invasive techniques in the surgical management of degenerative, traumatic, neoplastic, and spinal disorders. His research efforts are focused on the molecular biology and regenerative treatment of traumatic spinal cord and brain injury. 

Luke Macyszyn, MD

Luke Macyszyn, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Luke Macyszyn is a fellowship trained neurosurgeon that is known for his expertise in the surgical treatment of scoliosis, spinal deformities, and spine tumors in children as well as adults. He has vast experience treating complex spinal disorders using traditional as well as cutting edge minimally invasive techniques. Dr. Macyszyn’s research focus is on the development of imaging markers that predict patient outcome after surgery.

Don Young Park, MD

Don Young Park, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Don Young Park is a member of the Comprehensive Spine Center in Santa Monica. Dr. Park specializes in a wide array of spinal disorders including degenerative spine disorders, spinal deformity, spinal tumors and spine trauma. Dr. Park incorporates minimally invasive and state-of-the-art techniques to achieve the best possible outcomes for his patients. 

Joseph P. Solberg, DO

Joseph P. Solberg, DO

Assistant Professor
Andrew C. Vivas, MD

Andrew C. Vivas, MD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Vivas is a board eligible neurosurgeon with fellowship training in complex pediatric spinal deformity and epilepsy. His clinical focus is in the fields of adult and pediatric complex spinal deformity and epilepsy, research focus in the area of growth modulation and biomechanics. Dr. Vivas has a special interest and expertise in the organization and execution of international health care and service oriented medical outreach.

Kyle S. Yang, MD

Kyle S. Yang, MD

Assistant Professor