California hospital adds 7 neurosurgeons to curb patient leakage

Written by Angie Stewart | November 05, 2019 | Print  |

Lakewood (Calif.) Regional Medical Center added seven neurosurgeons to its team, the Long Beach Business Journal reports.

The 172-bed community hospital expanded its neurology and stroke team to prevent patients from traveling elsewhere for care, Lakewood Regional CEO John Grah told LBBJ.

"It's more convenient for the patients — they only have to go to one office and get to know one hospital and one set of folks," Mr. Grah said. "Lab tests don't get redone, X-rays don't get redone just because they're seeing a different doctor with a different specialty in [a] different practice."

The neurosurgeons will practice out of a new 1,521-square-foot clinic in Lakewood that includes five patient rooms and office space.

The seven neurosurgeons and their specialty areas:

  • Brian Lee, MD, movement disorders, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy
  • Bryan Oh, MD, lumbar spinal stenosis, cervical spinal stenosis and cervical radiculopathy
  • Charles Liu, MD, PhD, epilepsy, brain tumors and meningioma
  • Darrin Lee, MD, PhD, trigeminal neuralgia, Parkinson's disease and essential tremors
  • Jonathan Russin, MD, aneurysms, and brain and spinal arteriovenous malformations
  • Joseph Chen, MD, brain tumors, pituitary tumors and spinal tumors
  • Vivek Mehta, MD, brain tumors, brain trauma and hydrocephalus

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