10 Best Orthopedic Surgeons in Los Angeles

Medical science has advanced exponentially over the last few years. Despite this, the human body is still prone to numerous muscular and skeletal problems. While these occur because of both minor and severe injuries, they leave a person with excruciating and chronic pain. Fortunately, we have orthopedics, which is the branch of medicine that deals specifically with these issues, and in the home of Hollywood, pain related to the musculoskeletal system is quite common. For that reason, there are some truly amazing orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles.Orthopedic Surgeon LA Cover

Dr. Justin Saliman

Dr Justin Saliman Profile

I can have more of an impact on humanity by solving a need in the Medtech space than I ever could treating individual patients. If I didn’t do your knee surgery, then someone else would, but if I didn’t build Ceterix, I didn’t believe anyone else would.”

Dr. Justin Saliman is the founder of Ceterix® Orthopaedics and the inventor of the NovoStitch® Pro Meniscal Repair System. He is renowned in the entirety of Los Angeles for his expertise in sewing meniscus tears back together. Dr. Saliman also possesses a sharp eye for details, as he is able to notice even the slightest abnormalities in ligaments and joints in MRI scans. Dr. Saliman has also worked with sports teams like the 49ers and other regional athletic teams. His patients regard him as one of the kindest doctors in this field. Another interesting fact about Dr. Saliman is that he is the grandson of one of the engineers who build the Hoover Dam. He has also published numerous articles on the subjects of arthroscopy techniques, meniscus repairs, and meniscus morphology after failed repairs.


As you can already tell that Dr. Saliman has quite the knack to dive deeply into details no matter how small. This allowed him to enhance his skills exponentially in stitching meniscus tears and treating sports injuries. He is able to treat these conditions with the least amount of scarring, most patients claim that they barely notice the scars after a week of the surgery. After performing numerous meniscus tear surgeries, he wanted to develop a method, so that each patient could be treated efficiently. As Dr. Saliman always wanted to pursue entrepreneurship during his college, he combined his medical expertise with his entrepreneurship skills to develop the NovoStitch® Pro Meniscal Repair System, and it generated a revenue of $6 million in the first year of its launch. 

Dr Justin Saliman Profile Specialization

NovoStitch® Pro Meniscal Repair System

Surgeons would blame the biology, claiming blood supply to the meniscus is poor, when in reality poor stitching techniques may contribute more to failure rate rather than just biology.”

Education and Certifications

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude in Economics, University of Colorado
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Colorado
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University
  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine, Stanford University
  • National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)


  • Over 20 years of experience in the medical field
  • Orthopedic Surgery Consultant, Moximed (October 2006-Present)
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Revolutionary Surgical Device, LLC (July 2006-July 2010)
  • Attending Surgeon, Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center (August 2007-Present)
  • Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Ceterix Orthopaedics Inc. (October 2010-June 2019)
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer, OutcomeMD, Los Angeles (August 2016-Present)


  • Edison Silver Award (2015)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2020)
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2020)
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2020)

Media Appearances

  • Dr. Justin Saliman was featured in the Forbes Magazine for his invention of the NovoStitch® Pro Meniscal Repair System, he has also appeared on ABC 7, Ask the Doctor, Dancing With The Stars, BBall Breakdown, and News Channel 7.

Dr. Jason M. Cuéllar

Jason M Cuellar Profile

I went through years of rigorous training to be able to help people in pain. The reviews also highlights how important it is to excel at every step of patient care, from the initial phone call, respecting the patient’s time in the waiting room, preparing for surgery, and the post-operative visits. We may think that doing the surgery perfectly is enough but it’s not.”

Dr. Jason M. Cuéllar is Los Angeles-based orthopedic surgeon who approaches patients with compassion and keeps up with the latest findings in the medical world. Dr. Cuéllar is known to be extremely patient with his patients while explaining them even the tiniest details of the surgery to ensure they feel comfortable and confident. He strongly believes that the procedures that were carried out in the past are obsolete, such as vertebral fusion should no longer be performed. Although he is a surgeon, he often recommends non-surgical treatments to his patients with less severe conditions.


In the world of orthopedic surgeries or in general, the neck and lower back are extremely delicate due to the fragile nature of the spine, and Dr. Cuéllar specializes in these two body parts. He is renowned for his artificial disk replacement, which has benefitted numerous patients. Dr. Cuéllar is also among the few doctors who have been chosen to utilize the new M6 cervical artificial disc in their procedures. This is a revolutionary product, as it allows the spine to move naturally instead of fusing vertebral columns together.

Jason M Cuellar M6

Prototype of the M6 Artificial Disk Replacement unit

The M6 cervical artificial disc is finally approved in the US! Dr Lanman and I went to the Orthofix facility in Dallas with a small group of spine surgeons from around the country for the inaugural training session to be the first in the country to be able to implant the M6 disc starting in the next few weeks. It’s an amazing artificial disc, the one disc that most closely replicates the normal motion of a natural disc in the neck.”

Education and Certification

  • Bachelors of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, University of California
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, University of California
  • Doctor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Internship in Orthopaedic Surgery, New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Research, New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Fellowship in Spine Surgery, Spinal Disorders Fellowship, Cedars-Sinai Spine and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Board-certified American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Over 20 years of experience in the medical field
  • Research Assistant in Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Cell Biology, University of California (April 1999-September 2000)
  • Doctoral Research Assistant in Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, University of California (August 2000-June 2004)
  • Post-Doctoral Researcher in Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine (November 2004-June 2009)
  • Musculoskeletal Research Fellow in Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, New York University for Joint Diseases (July 2011-June 2012)
  • President at Jason M. Cuéllar MD Inc. (August 2016-Present)
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board at Cytonics (2006-Present)
  • Partner of Lanman Spinal Neurosurgery, Inc. (August 2016-Present)


  • Elected as Active Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2022)
  • Best Paper Award at ISSLS Annual Meeting (2015)
  • Frauenthal Award for Clinical Research, New York University (2015)
  • Elected as Super Doctors of Southern California (2021, 2020)
Jason M Cuellar 2022 active fellow

Jason M Cuellar elected as Active Fellow of AAOS in 2022

Dr. Eric Seth Millstein

Eric S. Millstein Profile

One of the most gratifying parts about my job is that I get to fix a problem or help a patient get back to doing what exactly it is that they want to do.”

One of the leading orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles, Dr. Eric S. Millstein is the most referred doctor for sports injuries and joint reconstruction. He is also recognized as a Southern California Super Doctor, a directory that only lists the top 5% of doctors in each state. His exceptional skills and expertise can also be made familiar by over 300 5-star-rated reviews on Google Maps. He is known for his competence and vast knowledge in this field. Dr. Millstein always greets his patients in a friendly manner, and never allows a patient to feel uncomfortable at his clinic. Also, before performing surgery, he tries to carry out almost all the established non-surgical procedures on his patients.


Being a doctor of medicine, Dr. Millstein is astonishing with his diagnosis; however, he is renowned for healing both acute and chronic sports injuries related to the knee and shoulder. He has extensive experience when it comes to treating conditions that involve arthroscopic surgery and reconstruction of the knee and shoulder. Not only he has performed numerous successful surgeries for average people, but he has also worked with professional athletes. Dr. Millstein is also passionate about playing sports and he maintains an active lifestyle by regularly enjoying basketball, softball, and football.

Eric S. Millstein Specialization

A thanks letter to Eric S. Millstein by Kerry Weiland

Whether you are a Little League superstar, high school quarterback or intermural college athlete, I treat every patient like a professional athlete. The goal is the same for every patient: Heal and rehabilitate the injury so patients can return to their favorite activities quickly!”

Education and Certification

  • Bachelors in Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Externship in Spinal Chord Injury, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Masters in General Relativity, Psychology, and Philosophy of Logic, Harvard University
  • General Surgeon Internship, University of Chicago Hospitals
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency, University of Chicago Hospitals
  • Orthopedic Fellowship in Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy, Southern California Orthopedic Institute
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)


  • Over 18 years of experience in Orthopedic Surgeries
  • Founder and Orthopedic Surgeon, Eric S. Millstein, Los Angeles, California (January 2004-Present)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, D.I.S.C. Sports, and Spine Center (May 2006-Present)


  • Southern California Super Doctors (2010-2021)
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2011, 2012)
  • Castle Connolly’s Regional Top Doctors: 1st Edition
  • The U.S News Top Doctor (2012)

Dr. Andrew B. Weiss

Andrew B. Weiss Profile

As a busy practice, we know people don’t like waiting, so we try to get our patients in and out as quickly as possible. However, with orthopedics we can have same-day emergency patients, so we designed our waiting room with that in mind. That way, if you do have to wait, even for a short period of time, at least it’s in this beautiful space!”

Dr. Weiss is known to be extremely patient with his patients, and he welcomes all concerns and queries. He also ensures that even the waiting patients are comfortable. He began his career by teaching biology and algebra in a high school. Aside from his expertise in orthopedics, Dr. Weiss is also a runner, and he has participated in numerous marathons and a few triathlons as well. Therefore, he possesses first-hand knowledge about the challenges faced by an athlete and the injuries surrounding this sport. Building intricate structures using lego is one of the favorite hobbies of Dr. Weiss.


Being an avid runner, he specializes in sports injuries. You can also see his love for children because he developed expertise in treating pediatric orthopedic trauma, which includes the management of broken bones. On the subject of bones, while traditional casts treat broken bones, they need a serious look after around water, therefore, Dr. Weiss put great emphasis on waterproof casts, especially for children.

Thanks to the amazing, waterproof material (aka Gortex) we use to line the fiberglass cast, we make it easy to shower and swim with your cast. Being able to run soap and water through your cast even helps with relieving irritation and prevents it from getting stinky.”

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor in Biological Basis of Behavior, Magna Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania
  • Doctor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • Fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • Licensed Radiography and Fluoroscopy Supervisor and Operator
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Medical Board of California


  • Over 25 years of experience in the medical field.
  • Researcher, Cedar-Sinai Laser Research Center (1991-1996)
  • Researcher, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (2001-Less than a year)
  • Researcher, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (1998-2004)
  • Founder and Orthopedic Surgeon, Weiss Orthopedics (2010-Present)


  • Southern California Super Doctors (2019, 2020)
  • Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2016)
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016)
Andrew B. Weiss Achievements

Official letter from Super Doctors to Andrew B. Weiss in 2019

Media Appearances

  • Dr. Weiss has appeared on The Doctors (TV show) on two separate episodes.

Dr. Frank Petrigliano

Dr Frank Petriligiano Profile

As the proportion of the population that relies on Medicaid continues to grow, surgeons must advocate for their patients to improve access to the perioperative resources that may improve surgical outcomes.”

A native of New York, Dr. Frank Petrigliano currently is the head team physician for the LA Kings hockey team and a team physician for USC Athletics. Dr. Petrigliano is highly regarded by his patients for his critical analysis, compassion, and importantly, the exceptional skill of repairing fractures. Moreover, he and his staff never prescribe medication that one needs to consume for a lifetime, as he states that proper treatment can only be achieved by a mutual understanding of both patient and the doctor. In addition to these, he provides easy follow-along treatment plans, and he ensures that his patients fully understand the procedure.


Although Dr. Frank Petrigliano deals with all orthopedic needs, he specializes in the treatment of sports injuries surrounding the shoulder, knee, and elbow. Moreover, Dr. Petrigliano understands the injuries precisely, and never makes guesses. When it comes to shoulder and knee injuries, he has treated degenerative bones, fixed fractures, performed knee ligament reconstruction, and carried out numerous shoulder replacement surgeries. Most clinics refer patients to Dr. Petrigliano specifically for problems related to the shoulder and knee.


I’m fairly conservative in treating clavicle fractures, but significant shortening and displacement are best treated surgically. I opt for mini fragment double plating, it is a low profile construct that rarely requires a second surgery for hardware removal.”

Education and Certification

  • Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences, Cornell University
  • Extramural Study, University of South Wales
  • Doctor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Internship in General Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Fellowship in Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)


  • Consultant Physician, United States Tennis Association (2009-2010)
  • Assistant Team Physician, New Jersey Nets Basketball Club (2009-2010)
  • Assistant Team Physician, Iona College Department of Athletics (2009-2010)
  • Clinical Instructor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery (2009-2010)
  • Attending Surgeon, West Los Angeles Veterans’ Administration Hospital  (2010-2018)
  • Attending Surgeon, Medical Center UCLA (2010-2019)
  • Team Physician, UCLA Health (2010-2019)
  • A representative for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCLA Health Leadership Academy (2014-2016)
  • Associate Residency Program Director, UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (2014-2019)
  • Head Team Physician and Medical Director, Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club (2019-Present)
  • Attending Surgeon, Keck Medicine of USC (2019-Present)


  • Super Doctors’ Rising Star (2016)
  • Charles S. Neer Award (2018)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2018)
  • Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor (2018)
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2018)
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2018)
  • Faculty Teaching Award (2019)
  • Los Angeles Magazine’s Top Doctor (2020)
  • Super Doctors of Southern California (2021)

Media Appearances

  • Dr. Frank Petrigliano has been featured on the official website of NHL and HSC News.
Dr Frank Petriligiano Media Apparance

Dr Frank Petriligiano featured on the NHL website

Dr. Vahan Cepkinian 

Dr Vahan Cepkinian Profile

If surgery is the best option, my staff and I provide that service with the utmost attention to detail and an eye toward the best possible outcome for the patient.”

Dr. Vahan Cepkinian is an excellent orthopedic surgeon in Glendale, Los Angeles. He is extremely compassionate with his patients and tries his best to relieve their pain as efficiently as possible. he believes in educating the patients regarding their conditions well so that they can make informed decisions, and he patiently explains everything to the patient; however, if surgery is required, he acts quickly to treat his patients. Out of compassion for his patients, he also follows up with them after the surgery.


Despite his years of experience in orthopedic surgeries, he always states that this field is ever-evolving, and he is extremely happy about it because advanced medical technology enables doctors to carry out painless procedures efficiently. When it comes to his specialization, he deals with knee and hip issues. He has performed several knee surgeries and hip arthroplasty. Although he accepts all patients, he quite enjoys working with athletes and elderly individuals.

Dr Vahan Cepkinian Specialization

Dr Vahan Cepkinian explaining the hip joint to his patient

New technology is developed quite steadily, ranging from new implants to robotics. Orthopedic surgery is certainly not for the complacent.”

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor of Science, University of California
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Internship in Orthopedic Surgery, LAC – USC Medical Center
  • Residency, LAC – USC Medical Center
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)


  • Over 15 years of experience in orthopedic surgeries.
  • Founder and President, Glendale Orthopedics (September 2004-Present)


  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020)
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020)

Dr. Nathanael Heckmann

Dr Nathanael Heckmann Profile

Diagnosis in the acute setting is challenging as inflammatory markers are often elevated and symptoms of infection are similar to symptoms experienced during the early postoperative period.”

One of the leading orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles, Dr. Nathanael Heckmann, takes a very comprehensive approach when it comes to treating patients, as he tries to treat the whole body of the patient rather than just fixing a single body part. He is extremely compassionate towards his patients, and he always tries to find the least painful ways to treat them. He admits that undergoing surgery is easy because of anesthesia; however, post-surgery pain is often neglected by most doctors. All of Dr. Heckmann’s patients are provided with a comprehensive care program for their specific requirements.


Dr. Nathanael Heckmann deals with all sorts of orthopedic treatments, from degenerative diseases to artificial disc replacements. He also has a particular interest in failed hip and knee replacement and learning about the interrelationship between degenerative diseases of the spine and hip. Also, given his special care towards post-surgery, his patients claim to have zero pain after the surgery. Dr. Heckmann’s clinic utilizes robotics in its diagnosis and surgery to mitigate human error. He has also published numerous articles on total joint arthroplasty and hip replacement in adults, which are very well received.

Dr. Nathanael Heckmann, MD Specialization

Dr. Nathanael Heckmann diagnosing a patient during the Covid-19 pandemic

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Philosophy, University of California
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of California
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, University of Southern California
  • Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction, Rush University
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)


  • Undergraduate Researcher, University of California (August 2006-July 2008)
  • Medical Student Researcher, University of California Irvine (July 2011-June 2012)
  • Resident Physician, University of Southern California (June 2013-July 2018)
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (September 2019-Present)


  • Pasadena Magazine’s Top Doctor (2021)
  • Los Angeles Magazine’s Southern California Rising Star (2022)
  • Member of Young Arthroplasty Group, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Dr. Jonathan Nassos

Dr. Jonathan Nassos Profile

Dr. Jonathan Nassos is one of the top-rated orthopedic surgeons in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles. Dr. Nassos provides both surgical and non-surgical treatments for musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. Taking care of the patients is his top-most priority, and he ensures that each patient is feeling comfortable despite the surgery. He has also published numerous articles related to the treatment of knee and shoulder injuries. He’s also part of numerous medical committees. Dr. Nassos also like to educate his patients on their conditions, as this allows the patient to understand the delicate nature of surgery. Also, Dr. Nassos has three clinics in California. While Dr. Nassos himself keep away from the media, he is married to the star of TV reality shows, Flipping Out, Jenni Pulos.


One can expect to be treated for any issue at his clinic, but Dr. Nassoss specializes in arthroscopic surgery, joint replacement, and orthopedic trauma. In addition to these, he is particularly interested in cases of sports injuries, as his fellowship was in sports medicine. Most of his patient base involves people that require surgery for their shoulder or knee replacement. Moreover, due to his compassion towards patients, visits are free to his office.

Knee pain, whether caused by injury, wear-and-tear, or an orthopedic issue, can prevent one from participating in their everyday activities.”

Education and Certification

  • A bachelor’s degree in economics, Distinction in Economics, University of Illinois
  • Doctor of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine
  • Internship in General Surgery, Loyola University Chicago
  • Residency in Orthopedic Surgery, Loyola University Chicago
  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic
  • Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Qualified Medical Evaluator, State of California
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)


  • Over 20 years of experience in the medical field.
  • Medical Student Tutor, Loyola University Chicago (2002-2003)
  • Surgery Intern, Loyola University Chicago (2003-2004)
  • Attending Physician, G & T Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine (2008-2012)
  • Attending Physician and Chief Executive Officer, Nassos Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine (2012-Present)


  • Magis Award, Loyola University Medical Center (2006)
  • Excellence in Research Award (2008)
  • Patients’ Choice Award (2014, 2015)
  • On-Time Doctor Award (2014, 2015)
  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2014, 2015)

Dr. Joseph Cooper

Dr Joe Cooper Profile

Dr. Joe Cooper is among the younger orthopedic surgeons in this field, but despite his age, he is extremely skilled and competent at his job. He is highly regarded by his patients, not only for his surgical skills but also for his thorough explanation and sophistication of the procedure. In addition to providing details, he is also punctual. Dr. Cooper is never late for his appointments and ensures that his patients don’t have to wait for him, as they are already in pain. Another unique thing about  Dr. Cooper is his exceptional skills in robotic surgery.


Being a member of the physician team of the US Ski and Snowboarding team, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Dr. Cooper specializes in sports medicine. He has closely worked with athletes and has treated all sorts of injuries surrounding the shoulder, knees, and back in general. His expertise is in the shoulder joint. He has also published papers regarding posterior shoulder instability in young athletes. Along with his publication, he has also provided a video of him performing an open posterior glenoid reconstruction.

Education and Certification

  • Bachelors in Biology, Washington University
  • Medicine of Doctor, University of Illinois
  • Residency in Keck School of Medicine-UCS
  • Fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Steadman-Phillon Research Institute
  • Medical Board of Colorado Physician and Surgeon


  • Over 5 years of experience in the medical field.
  • Faculty, Orthopedic Sports Medicine, The Steadman Clinic (2019-2020)
  • Sports and Robotic Joint Replacement Specialist, DOCS Spine and Orthopedics (2019-Present)


Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Dr. Grant D. Shifflett

Dr Grant D. Shifflett Profile

Dr. Shifflett is an amazing doctor in the Marina Del Rey area, and similar to Dr. Cooper, he is also quite young in the terms of the medical world. He genuinely feels compassion towards his patients, and he likes to build connections with his patients so that they can trust him with the procedure. This trust allows him to explain even the difficult and painful aspects of the surgery. Although his schedule is extremely busy, he loves playing golf in his spare time. He also loves traveling and learning about other cultures, so he did his fellowship in Japan. Dr. Shifflett has also published various books on spinal health and injuries.


Dr. Shifflett has become synonymous with the spine doctor in Los Angeles, as he treats patients with scoliosis, stenosis, disc herniation, and degenerative disc disease. He also specializes in minimally invasive and microscopic spine surgery, and he utilizes cutting-edge techniques in diagnoses and surgery. With his expertise in spine injuries, and combing his love for golf, he has published an award-winning article on spinal injuries related to golf.

Dr Grant Shifflett Specialization

Dr Grant Shifflett golf swing during his spare time

I picked spine surgery largely because people are so disabled when they come to you from their pain that there is an enormous opportunity to make them better. The reward that you get from seeing someone coming in, in such a fragile state and being so much better as they walk out after the treatment, really drove me toward it.”

Education and Certification

  • Bachelor in Neuroscience, University of Virginia
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Internship in General Surgery, Presbyterian Hospital- New York Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Enfolded Traveling Fellowship, Keio University Medical Center, Murayama Medical Center, Tokyo Medical and Dental, Meijo Hospital
  • Fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Spinal Surgery, Rush University Medical Center
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons (ABOS)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support, American Heart Association
  • Physician License, Medical Board of California


  • Over 10 years of experience in the medical field.
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgeon, D.I.S.C. Sports, and Spine Center (August 2016-Present)


  • North American Spine Society under 40 (2019)
  • Scientific Paper Award (2016)
  • Frederick Napier Elliott Award (2009)

Media Appearances

  • Dr. Grant Shifflett has been featured in Bekar’s Spine Review, Health News Today, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Newsletter, Becker’s Hospital Review, and Vertebral Columns.
Dr Grant D. Shifflett Media

Dr Grant D. Shifflett featured in Health News Today

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