Spine surgeon leader to know: Dr. Nitin Bhatia of UC Irvine

Written by Anuja Vaidya | December 30, 2014 | Print  |

Nitin N. Bhatia, MD, is the director of the spine center and chief of the orthopedic spinal surgery service at University of California, Irvine. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society and Scoliosis Research Society. He has been featured as a treating surgeon on the television show "Guardian Angels, MD" on The Learning Channel as well as in programs on PBS.

Dr. Bhatia's research interests include evaluating new techniques for the treatment of cervical spinal stenosis and new minimally invasive surgical techniques. His current biomechanical projects include cervical spine stabilization techniques improvement. He has won numerous awards over the course of his career, including the California Orthopaedic Association's Resident Research Award in 2010 and the Western Orthopaedic Association's Harold and Nancy Willingham Award for Outstanding Research Paper in 2009.


Dr. Bhatia has a professional interest in minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic discectomy, percutaneous fusions, X-Stop lumbar stenosis treatments, bone morphogenetic protein treatments, disc replacements and kyphoplasty. He is a widely published author, with his work appearing in peer-reviewed publications such as Spine.


Dr. Bhatia earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has also completed a fellowship in spinal deformity at Miami Children's Hospital as well as a spine surgery fellowship at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

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