Dr. Hooman Melamed, Director of Scoliosis at Marina Del Rey Hospital, is a highly regarded and board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon who can handle most of your spinal treatment options.
Dealing with orthopedic spinal issues and disorders can be a tough ordeal no matter who you are, and finding a specialist that can alleviate your pain and discomfort while curbing future problems is almost as difficult. For anyone requiring spinal surgery in Marina Del Rey, however, the search does not have to be impossible. Dr. Hooman M. Melamed, Director of Scoliosis at Marina Del Rey Hospital, is a highly regarded and board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon who can handle most of your spinal treatment options. Dr. Hooman M. 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 eventually brought his talents back to the West Los Angeles area and now looks forward to handling all of your spinal issues. 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 spines 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 the importance of giving back to the community and other charitable organizations, and he 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). Board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman M. Melamed has been named a Super Doctor five years in a row. In addition to his extraordinary surgical skills, the Los Angeles resident has become the “go- to” expert on programs such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Fox News and local TV. Dr. Melamed specializes in minimally invasive spinal surgery, and is on the vanguard of cutting-edge treatments involving stem cell therapy, artificial disc replacement and alternative treatment options for traditional fusion surgeries and more. He treats a wide array of conditions ranging from complex cervical spine disorders to scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine). He serves as co-director of the spinal surgery program at DISC Sports & Spine Center in Marina del Rey and director of scoliosis at Cedars Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital, fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and member of the Scoliosis Research Society. He is the lead author on multiple published peer-reviewed papers, and 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. He has also earned “Top Doctors” status in the prestigious Castle Connolly guide. QUALIFICATIONS Board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon with extensive training and experience in all aspects of spine surgery ✓ Minimally invasive spine surgery ✓ Non-fusion spine technology ✓ Complex Cervical spine disorders ✓ Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar degenerative disc disease ✓ Revision and Failed Spine Surgeries ✓ Second opinions ✓ Spine trauma ✓ Tumors/Cancers/Metastasis to the spine ✓ Pediatric and Adult Scoliosis and Kyphosis EDUCATION Institute for Spinal Disorders Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Spine Fellowship Los Angeles, CA University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Residency Chicago, IL Louisiana State University, School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics, Internship New Orleans, LA University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine M.D. Pittsburgh, PA University of California, Los Angeles B.S., Neuroscience AWARDS/ HONORS Depuy 2005 Spinal Fellowship Award Summa Cum Laude, UCLA Phi Beta Kappa, UCLA Distinguished Member Award, Circle K International, for outstanding work with Special Olympics (1993-1995) UCLA’s Dean’s Honors List for 10 quarters Harris foundation Scholarship recipient (1996-1999) FACULTY POSITIONS: Director of Scoliosis, Marina Del Rey Hospital, Marina Del Rey, CA Spine Consultant at Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children, Los Angeles, CA. 2009-2010 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery: Touro School of Medicine, Las Vegas, NV 2012- Adjunct Clinical Instructor: Touro School of Medicine, Las Vegas, NV 2008-2012 Depuy “Pre-Fellows Hands-on Training course” Assistant faculty 4/28/2006-4/29/2006 Depuy “Pre-Fellows Hands-on Training course” Assistant faculty 5/20/2005-5/21/2005 MEMBERSHIP IN SOCIETIES ✓ Active member Scoliosis Research Society ✓ Fellow of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery ✓ North American Spine Society ✓ Los County Medical Association ✓ California Orthopaedic Association ✓ California Medical Association ✓ Society of Lateral Access Surgery HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS ✓ St John’s Health Center ✓ Marina Del Rey Hospital ✓ DISC surgery center PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS/COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES ✓ Captain, Indoor Intramural soccer league (1996-1999) ✓ Tutor, First year medical school classes (1996-1997) ✓ Volunteer, UCLA’s Special Olympics (1994-1996) ✓ Founder and president, UCLA’s Neuroscience Undergraduate Society (1994-1995) ✓ Editor-in-Chief, Healing Spirit’s newsletter (1995) ✓ Teaching assistant, Organic Chemistry at UCLA (summer, 1995) ✓ Co-founder, Healing Spirits of Hadassah (1994) ✓ Member, UCLA’s Circle K International (1992-1995) ✓ Social Chair, UCLA’s Circle K International (1993-1995)