'Minimally invasive' option may not be best for back
pain. Reader Marsha Gallavan asks whether there are
any nonsurgical or other minimally invasive procedures to remedy
her husband’s back problems. Dr. Charles Rosen,
who founded the UCI Spine Center and the Association for Ethics
in Spine Surgery, discusses the options. Read
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Charles D. Rosen, M.D.
Founding Director, UCI Spine Center
President, Association for Medical Ethics
Call for an appointment (714) 534-0547
Dr. Rosen specializes in spinal disorders having completed advanced fellowship
training in spinal surgery and rehabilitation in 1989. Dr. Rosen has been
in practice for 22 years and is an expert in the diagnosis of spinal problems.
His specialty in spinal surgery is in patients with spinal degeneration,
suffering from herniated discs, spinal stenosis, instability and all the
other consequences of this in the neck and lumbar spine. He has developed
a particular interest in treating patients with failed disc replacements
who travel from different parts of the country for consultation. He enjoys
taking his time and talking with patients.
He is also President of the Association
for Medical Ethics (can be accessed
He founded this for the purpose of lessening the invasive
influence of industry on doctors’ who are paid consultants
for spinal companies, and to provide a forum for the presentation
of spinal surgery research without company bias.
His research currently is developing a more accurate model
of spinal biomechanics. This has arisen out of his nationally
recognized expertise in evaluating
the failure of artificial lumbar disc replacements, and in their treatment.
After reviewing numerous failed disc replacements, he believes the current
disc replacements being implanted all have an inherent flaw. This flaw
is in the disc design being based on an erroneous model of
Dr. Rosen received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania
and his medical doctorate degree from the University of California, San Diego.
He completed his general surgery internship at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital,
and his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases
Orthopaedic Institute. He completed fellowship training in Spine Surgery
and Rehabilitation at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center.
He currently serves as Clinical Professor in the Department
of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.
He is board certified, and re-certified, by the American Board
of Orthopaedic Surgery, an active member of the North American
Spine Society, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and
the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, President of the
Association for Ethics in Spine Surgery.
University of California, San Diego
Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute
Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation, Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery