Dr. Hooman M. Melamed M.D., Orthopedist

Dr. Hooman M. Melamed M.D.

Orthopedist | Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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13160 Mindanao Way #300 Marina Del Rey California, 90292
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Founder of The Spine Pro since 2005, highly regarded and board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman M. Melamed has been named to the Super Doctor’s list and Prestigious Castle Connolly “Top Doctor” multiple years in a row. In addition to his surgical skills, the L.A. resident has become the “go-to” expert on programs such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Fox News and local T.V.. Dr. Melamed specializes in minimally invasive endoscopic and microscopic spinal and scoliosis surgery and is on the vanguard of cutting-edge treatments involving nonsurgical cell therapy with PRP and bone marrow, artificial disc replacement, alternative treatment options for traditional fusion surgeries and more. He has also developed a unique patent-pending approach to treating patients without narcotics, and most surgeries are performed on an out-patient basis going home the same day. He serves as Director of Scoliosis at Cedars Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Scoliosis Research Society. He is the lead author on multiple published peer-reviewed papers. He has presented his research before the North American Spine Society, Congress for Neurological Surgeons, Scoliosis Research Society, Cervical Spine Research Society and International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques.

Dr. Hooman Melamed graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S. in neuroscience. He later attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, receiving a scholarship from the prestigious Morris H. and Gertrude M. Harris Foundation. Dr. Melamed then completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Orthopedic Surgery while going on to receive numerous fellowships for his work. He did an additional year of spinal fellowship at Cedars Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders getting more expertise surgical training in minimally invasive and spinal deformity surgery.  Since graduating in 2005, Dr. Melamed has continued expanding his skills and continuously learning and evolving as a doctor and surgeon by traveling to South America, Asia, and different states in United States observing other well known and respected spine surgeons and participating in surgery.

Dr. Melamed can treat a wide variety of different spinal ailments, depending on your diagnosis. These options include but are not limited to issues of the cervical, lumbar, and thoracic spine as well as scoliosis and other deformities. Before starting on a treatment plan, however, it is first of the utmost importance to perform an accurate and thorough diagnosis. To do so, you should schedule an appointment to determine if spinal surgery is the right option or if more conservative care is a better choice.  Dr. Melamed believes in treating the entire patient as a whole in a holistic manner and not just their spine. Most important is to consider other factors that may not allow a person to heal and get better.

Dr. Melamed believes in the importance of giving back to the community and other charitable organizations. He donates every month to support a range of childhood education and animal preservation charities. Some of these include the Wild Animal Sanctuary, Wildlife Conservation Society, African Wildlife Foundation, German Shepherd Rescue, LA cougar project, and KCIS (Keep Children In School).

Education and Training

UCLA BS 1995

UIC Dept of orthopaedic surgery Orthopaedic Surgery residency 2004

Cedars Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders Spine fellowship 2005

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 1999

Board Certification

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic SurgeryAmerican Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryABOS

Provider Details

Male English 21 years of experience
Dr. Hooman M. Melamed M.D.
Dr. Hooman M. Melamed M.D.'s Expert Contributions
  • Procedure to Reverse Pain, Weakness, Numbness & Cramping in Lower Body

    According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, an estimated 8% – 11% of Americans suffer from spinal stenosis, a condition that frequently affects those 50+ and is characterized by pain, numbness, weakness and cramping radiating down one’s legs, buttocks, and lower back.  That...

Areas of expertise and specialization

Artificial Disk ReplacementMinimally Invasive Spinal SurgeryScoliosis SurgeryOut patient MicrosurgeryOut patient fusion and artificial disc replacementspondylolisthesisStenosis and Disc HerniationsPRP Platelet Rich Plasma and Bone Marrow Cell therapyXLIFKyphosisEndoscopic Spine SurgeryLow Back PainNeck PainOLIFALIF

Faculty Titles & Positions

  • Local, Regional, and National Public Speaking for Continued Medical Education -
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Touro University Medical Center 2012 - 2016
  • Director of Scoliosis Cedars Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital 2013 - Present

Awards

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude at UCLA   
  • Phi Betta Kappa Honor Society   
  • DePuy Fellowship Award for Spine Surgery   

Treatments

  • Chronic Pain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Herniated Disc
  • Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (ddd)

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons  
  • Scoliosis Research Society  
  • California Orthopaedic Association  

Residency

  • La State Univ Sch Of Med, Orthopedic Surgery  
  • University of Illinois At Chicago / College of Medicine   2004
  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center   
  • University of Illinois, Chicago

Fellowships

  • Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA   2005

Charities and Philanthropic Endeavors

  • Wild Animal Sanctuary
  • African Wildlife Foundation
  • Wildlife Way Station
  • Wild life Conservation Society
  • Westside German Shepherd Rescue
  • Keep Children in School
  • Cheetah Conservation Fund
  • David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • OC German Shepherd Rescue
  • National Wildlife Federation LA Cougar Project

Internships

  • Louisiana State University Medical Center

Fellowships

  • Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spine Disorders

Professional Society Memberships

  • Scoliosis Research Society, California Orthopaedic Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Professional Affiliations

  • Director of Scoliosis, Cedars Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital

Articles and Publications

  • Approximately 20 Publications

What do you attribute your success to?

  • Having Excellent Mentors, Hard Work, Dedication to the Field of Spine Surgery, and a Personal Obligation to Make Every Patient Better

Dr. Hooman M. Melamed M.D.'s Practice location

THE SPINE PRO

13160 Mindanao Way #300 -
Marina Del Rey, California 90292
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Get to know Orthopedic Spine Surgeon Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, who serves patients in Marina Del Rey, California.

Renowned orthopedic spine surgeon & sports medicine specialist, Dr. Melamed, has extensive training and experience in all aspects of spine surgery. He is the Founder of The Spine Pro 2005 in Marina Del Rey, California. 

Treating the entire patient as a whole in a holistic manner and not just their spine, he can treat a wide variety of different spinal ailments, depending on the patient’s diagnosis. These options include, but are not limited to issues of the cervical, lumbar, and thoracic spine as well as scoliosis and other deformities.  At The Spine Pro, Dr. Melamed oversees and guides your recovery by working with a group of very trusted and excellent physical therapists, acupuncturist, chiropractors, functional doctors, pilates/yoga instructors, pain management, medical physicians, an imaging facilities to make sure you are getting the most optimum and highest quality of care for your spine ailments whether or not surgery is needed.   This is why many patients trust Dr. Melamed and ask him for guidance and advice on issues not related to their spine.  

With specialization in minimally invasive microscopic and endoscopic spinal surgery and scoliosis surgery, Dr. Melamed is on the vanguard of cutting-edge treatments involving nonsurgical cell therapy with PRP and bone marrow, artificial disc replacement, alternative treatment options for traditional fusion surgeries, and more. He has also developed a unique patent-pending approach to treating patients without narcotics, and most surgeries are performed on an out-patient basis going home the same day. 

Demonstrating clinical excellence while delivering the highest standards of patient care, he serves as the Director of Scoliosis at Cedars Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital and as a Board Member of the Diagnostic and Interventional Surgical Center affiliated with Hoag Orthopaedic Institute in Marina Del Rey, CA.

Among his professional affiliations, he is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, the North American Spine Society, the Los Angeles County Medical Association, the California Orthopedic Association, the California Medical Association, and the Society of Lateral Access Surgery. 

A Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (FAAOS), the doctor is board-certified in orthopedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS). The ABOS is an organization with the goal of establishing educational and professional standards for orthopedic residents and surgeons, as well as evaluating the qualifications and competence of orthopedic surgeons. 

At the start of his educational journey, Dr. Melamed graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Neuroscience. Dr. Melamed was the one that actually petitioned and created the Neuroscience major at UCLA.  He later attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, receiving a scholarship from the prestigious Morris H. and Gertrude M. Harris Foundation. He then completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Orthopedic Surgery while going on to receive numerous fellowships for his work. He did an additional year of spinal fellowship at Cedars Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders, getting more expertise surgical training in minimally invasive and spinal deformity surgery.  

Since graduating in 2005, Dr. Melamed has continued expanding his skills, continuously learning and evolving as a doctor and surgeon by traveling to South America, Asia, and different states in the United States. He attributes his success to having excellent mentors, working hard, remaining dedicated to the field of spine surgery, patient focused, innovative, humble, grateful, passionate, self driven, sense of urgency, patient first approach, and ensuring a personal obligation to make every patient better.

The lead author on multiple published peer-reviewed papers, he has presented his research before the North American Spine Society, the Congress for Neurological Surgeons, the Scoliosis Research Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society, and the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques.

Orthopedic surgery is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, spine diseases, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.

A firm believer in the importance of giving back to the community and other charitable organizations, Dr. Melamed donates every month to support a range of childhood education and animal preservation charities. Some of these include the Wild Animal Sanctuary, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the African Wildlife Foundation, Westside German Shepherd Rescue, the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, Save LA Cougars, and KCIS (Keep Children In School).

In addition to his surgical skills, the L.A. resident has become the “go-to” expert on programs such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Fox News and local T.V. he has also been voted by his peers and patients many years in a row as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, named multiple years in a row to the Super Doctor’s list, and awarded multiple Vitals and WebMD awards.

Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing soccer and basketball, weight lifting, skydiving, playing chess, reading novels by Dean Koontz, and listening to classical music.

Additional Information

Top Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Hooman M. Melamed, MD, FAAOS, Welcomes Patients at DISC Sports & Spine Center in Marina Del Rey and Newport Beach, California

Hooman M. Melamed, MD, FAAOS, is a top orthopedic spine surgeon who lends his skills and expertise to serve patients at DISC Sports & Spine Center in Marina Del Rey and Newport Beach, California. He is the co-director of the Spinal Surgery Program at DISC Sports & Spine Center, which he joined in 2005. Dr. Melamed can also be found on staff at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, and the Cedars Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital in Marina Del Rey, California. With thirteen years of experience as an orthopedic spine surgeon, he specializes in all facets of his specialty with areas of interest including minimally invasive and out-patient spinal surgery, complex cervical spine disorders, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar degenerative disc disease and microsurgery, revision spine surgeries, second opinions, spine trauma and tumor, artificial disc replacements, non-fusion technology, XLIF, stem cell therapy, as well as pediatric and adult deformities including spondylolisthesis, tumor, kyphosis, and scoliosis. Dr. Melamed believes in the importance of giving back to the community and other charitable organizations and donates every year to support a range of childhood education and animal preservation charities. Some of these include the Wild Animal Sanctuary, PETA, and KCIS/Keep Children in School. For more information about Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, please visit http://discmdgroup.com/physicians/hooman-m-melamed-md/.

Dr. Melamed additionally serves patients at his private practice, The Spine Pro, in Marina Del Rey, California, is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Vegas, Nevada, acts as Director of Scoliosis at Cedars-Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital in Marina Del Rey, California, and is a Spine Consultant at Shriners for Children Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Furthermore, Dr. Melamed is the go-to expert on programs such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors (17 times as guest), Fox & Friends, KTLA, and KABC. He has been a lead author on multiple published peer reviewed papers and books and has presented his research at several meetings. Furthermore, he has been honored as one of California’s SuperDoctors for five consecutive years and was further included among the Top Doctors by Castle Connolly. For more information about Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, please visit http://www.thespinepro.com/contents/about-practice/meet-dr-melamed.

Hooman M. Melamed, MD, FAAOS, is a 1999-graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he received a scholarship from the esteemed Morris H. and Gertrude M. Harris Foundation. His postgraduate training includes his internship conducted at Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana (1999-2000), an orthopedic surgery residency served at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, where he received extensive training in deformity spine surgery (2000-2004), as well as his Complex and Minimally Invasive Out-Patient Spine Surgery fellowship performed at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center/The Spine Center in Los Angeles, California, where he was honored with the Depuy Spinal Fellowship Award (2004-2005). Dr. Melamed completed his undergraduate education, i.e. his Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa Society Honors at the University of California Los Angeles in 1995. He additionally attained board certification in orthopedic surgery with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For more information about Hooman M. Melamed, MD, FAAOS, please visit https://www.findatopdoc.com/doctor/8127374-Hooman-Melamed-orthopaedic-surgeon-Marina-Del-Rey-Califor....

Dr. Melamed is a member of several professional societies and associations, including the California Orthopaedic Association, the Simmon’s Surgical Society, the California Medical Association, the Los Angeles County Medical Association, the North American Spine Society, the Society of Lateral Access Surgery, and the Scoliosis Research Society (active member). "My commitment to my patients is to provide comprehensive care and accurate diagnostic services for individuals from families to world-class athletes. My goal is to return each patient to his/her previous lifestyle, and often times a higher level of activity. My pledge to my patients is to not only listen to your concerns but also perform a thorough examination and review of diagnostic test. Then, I will have a detailed discussion with the patient about his/her diagnosis and different treatment modalities. Typically, patients with spinal issues can be treated successfully without surgery through conservative care, but, when surgery is necessary, I will perform the latest minimally invasive techniques. Through these innovative techniques, my colleagues and I are able to reduce infection and shorten the recovery period to get you back to your life in the quickest possible timeframe”, states Dr. Melamed on his philosophy of care. For more information about Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, please visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/hooman-melamed-50295b13/

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