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Nitin N. Bhatia, M.D.
Assocociate Professor of Clinical Orthopedics
Chief, Spine Service
Co-Director, UC Irvine Spine Center
Residency Program Director
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Dr. Bhatia, a Board-Certified and Fellowship-trained spine surgeon, serves
as Chief of the Spinal Surgery service and co-Director of the Multidisciplinary
Spine Program at UC Irvine.
Dr. Bhatia specializes in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of spinal
disorders. He has a special interest in problems affecting the cervical spine
as well as spinal trauma. He also has significant experience with the thoracic
and lumbar spine and with minimally invasive procedures.
For all of our patients, a multi-disciplinary non-surgical approach
is used. This approach allows the majority of our patients to
improve without surgical intervention. When surgery is necessary,
Dr. Bhatia's extensive training in state of the art techniques
including minimally invasive surgery, endoscopic and microscopic
discectomy, percutaneous fusions, X-Stop lumbar stenosis treatment,
Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP), and kyphoplasty help to cure
his patients' problems with minimal recovery time and less discomfort
than other methods.
Dr. Bhatia has been featured as a treating surgeon in the television
show "Guardian Angels, MD" seen nationwide on The Learning
Channel (TLC) as well as programs on PBS. He has expertise in
all areas of spinal pathology including spinal stenosis, disc
herniations, spine trauma, scoliosis, complex cervical and lumbar
reconstruction, and failed back syndrome. Dr. Bhatia has completed
multiple spine surgery fellowships and has trained in both orthopaedic
and neurosurgical techniques.
The UC Irvine Spine Center provides care for Orange County and
the related communities including Irvine, Newport Beach, Corona
del Mar, Laguna Nigel, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana,
Fullerton, Westminster, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Long Beach,
Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Fountain Valley, La Palma, Laguna
Woods, Laguna Hills, Tustin, San Clemente, and Mission Viejo.
Our offices are conveniently located near the 22, 5, and 55 freeways
for easy access for our patients from further communities such
as Temecula, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Covina, Downey, Long Beach,
Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Apple
Valley, Visalia, Palm Springs, Fresno, Fallbrook, Hemet, Los
Angeles, and Riverside. Patients from outside these communities
are welcome at the UCI Spine Center as well. International patients
are encouraged to contact us for assistance and coordination
of medical care.
Dr. Bhatia has significant research experience and continues to perform both
clinical and basic science studies. He is currently evaluating new techniques
for the treatment of cervical spinal stenosis and new minimally invasive
Dr. Bhatia is also studying the efficacy of surgical and non-surgical
treatments for patients with spinal trauma and spinal cord injury.
His current biomechanical projects include the improvement of
cervical spine stabilization techniques and an evaluation of
different types of spinal fixation.
Dr. Bhatia has previously published numerous peer-reviewed articles
and book chapters. Additionally, he has presented his research
to national and international audiences and won multiple research
Dr. Bhatia graduated with honors from Stanford University, after which he attended
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During medical school, Dr.
Bhatia won numerous research and academic awards and was the valedictorian
of his graduating class.
Following his general surgical internship and orthopaedic surgery
residency at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Bhatia
completed a spinal surgery fellowship at the University of Miami/Jackson
Memorial Hospital, after which he completed a second spinal surgery
fellowship at Miami Children’s Hospital.
He currently serves as Chief of the Spinal Surgery Service in
the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California,
Irvine. In 2004, Dr. Bhatia co-founded the UC Irvine Multidisciplinary
Spine Program which combines experts in multiple medical and
surgical fields to provide unparalleled care for our patients.
Baylor College of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
Spinal Surgery, University of Miami
Spinal Scoliosis and Deformity Surgery, Miami Children’s Hospital
Scoliosis Research Society - Edgar Dawson Traveling Fellowship, 2005
AOA-JOA Traveling Fellowship - Alternate, 2005
American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program, 2005-2006
University of California, Irvine - Faculty Teaching Award, Orthopaedic
Outstanding Paper Nominee, Cervical Spine Research Society,
Hibbs Award Nominee, Basic Science, Scoliosis Research Society,
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Stenosis and Myelopathy
Spondyolysis (Pars Defect, Pars Fracture)
Total Disc Arthroplasty
Disc Herniation (Herniated disc in the neck)
Disc Herniation (Herniated disc in the low back)