Expert Team

The Cedars-Sinai Spine Center has a multidisciplinary team of orthopaedists, neurosurgeons, pain management and conservative care specialists, and spine nurses.

Research and teaching are emphases of the center that help us to provide the most state-of-the-art clinical care available. Numerous clinical trials are being conducted. Some of the latest techniques are available to create the most effective treatments to alleviate back and neck pain. Current studies include non-fusion devices for spinal stabilization and laboratory research involving biomechanics and biotechnology for spinal regeneration.

The Center is also dedicated to teaching other surgeons through the fellowship program. An academic environment contributes to a stronger spine center by challenging the Center's surgeons to share their breadth of expertise and knowledge with other surgeons throughout the world. The result is a dynamic and stimulating environment to encounter and successfully treat difficult spinal disorders with innovative solutions.


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Leadership

Theodore B. Goldstein, MD

Co-Medical Director Spine Center
Orthopedic Surgeon

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Team Members

Neel Anand, MD, MChOrth

Director Spine Trauma
Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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Thomas Apostle, DO

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Psychiatry

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Hyun Bae, MD

Director Spine Education
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

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Eli M. Baron, MD

Clinical Associate Professor Neurosurgery
Neurosurgeon

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Jason Berkley, DO

Neurologist

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Robert M. Bernstein, MD

Vice Chair Clinical Affairs
Medical Director Orthopaedic Center

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Salvador Brau, MD, FACS

Surgeon Anterior Spine Access

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Timothy Davis, MD

Physical Medicine

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Avrom Gart, MD

Attending Physician

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Gabriel E. Hunt Jr., MD

Neurosurgery

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Leonel A. Hunt, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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J. Patrick Johnson, MD

Director Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship

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Terrence Kim, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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Ryan Kotton, MD

Director High Risk Infant Progress Clinic and Pediatric Rehabilitation

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Michael A. Kropf, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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Michel Lévesque, MD, FRCS, FACS

Attending Neurosurgeon Spine Center

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Roy D. Nini, MD

Physcial Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Resa L. Oshiro, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Robert S. Pashman, MD

Clinical Associate Professor Surgery
Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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Brian Perri, DO

Orthopedic Spine Surgery

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Alexandre Rasouli, MD

Spine Surgery

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R. L. Patrick Rhoten, MD

Neurosurgery

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Khawar Siddique, MD

Neurosurgery

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Willis Wagner, MD

Clinical Chief Division of Vascular Surgery
Clinical Director Vascular Laboratory

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Emeritus*

Marshall L. Grode, MD

Neurosurgery

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Candidate Members**
Other Participating Team Members

*Emeritus
**Candidate Participant (indicates physicians who have met candidate level participation and who are in the process of fulfilling the requirements to become a full participant in the center)
***Research Participant (indicates physicians who demonstrate significant interest in research and who typically do not see patients in a clinical setting).

Advanced Patient Care Team

The advanced patient care team at the Spine Center consists of a select group of physician's assistants (PA-C). PAs have completed intensive didactic and clinical training at the graduate school level. These advanced practitioners are involved in all aspects of clinical care, from outpatient to inpatient.

The PAs play an integral role at the Spine Center. They perform new patient, follow up and post-surgery health history interviews and physical examinations, and collaborate with neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons in interpreting diagnostic tests and developing a treatment plan. They’re available to answer questions or discuss concerns regarding diagnosis, symptoms, treatment plan, test results and current research studies.

Their primary role is inpatient and outpatient care and they are the primary assistant to the surgeons in the operating room. They also work in collaboration with the surgeons, fellows, registered nurses and ancillary hospital staff to ensure each patients needs are met.


Picture from left to right (top row, then bottom row):

  • Jodi R. Ladge, PA-C
    Spine Center, J. Patrick Johnson, MD
  • Gohar Abrahamyan, PA-C
    Spine Center, Gabriel Hunt, MD
  • Lisa Cano, PA-C
    Spine Center, Hyun Bae, MD
  • Cheri Phillips, PA-C
  • Sheila Kahwaty, MS, PA-C
    Spine Center, Neel Anand, MD
    Spine Center, Eli Baron, MD
  • Katie Boand, MS PA-C
    Spine Center, Michael Kropf, MD
  • Kevin Robertson, PA-C
    Spine Center, Robert S. Pashman, MD
    Spine Center, Terrence Kim, MD
  • Amber Calderaro, PA-C
    Spine Center, Alexandre Rasouli, MD

Multidisciplinary Team

To best serve the patients, a multidisciplinary team of spine professionals works closely together to provide the highest care possible. The Cedars-Sinai Spine Center team provides personalized and caring assistance:

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Conservative Care Specialists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Pain Management Specialists
 
  • Diagnostic Imaging Technicians
  • Therapeutic Blocks Physicians
  • Integrative Therapy Physicians
  • Psychologists