Dr. Melamed a highly-regarded board-certified orthopedic surgeon specialized on both children and adults spine disorders. His main focus areas include minimally-invasive spinal surgery; revision spine surgeries; complex disorders of the cervical spine; cervical, thoracic and lumbar degenerative disc disease; spine trauma/tumor and pediatric and adult scoliosis and kyphosis.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude and earning a B.S. in neuroscience from University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Melamed attended the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. He received there a scholarship from Morris H. and Gertrude M. Harris Foundation.

He completed his residency at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery from The University of Illinois at Chicago, where he had extensive training in deformity spine surgery at Shriner’s Hospital.

Dr. Melamed completed a fellowship in Complex Spine Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center’s Institute for Spinal Disorders, under the close supervision of Dr. Robert S. Bray, Jr. for which he received the Spinal Fellowship Award.

Dr. Melamed has been a lead author on multiple published peer-reviewed papers and has presented his research at several meetings including: North American Spine Society, Scoliosis Research Society, Congress for Neurological Surgeons, International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques and Cervical Spine Research Society.

He is a lead author on the chapter for the Spinal Deformity Textbook: “Cervico-Thoracic Junction: Fixation Options” published in May, 2008.

Dr. Melamed is a distinguished member of the North American Spine Society, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, and candidate member of Scoliosis Research Society.

He currently serves as Co-Director of the Spinal Surgery Program at D.I.S.C., as spine consultant at Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children in Los Angeles and he is also the adjunct clinical instructor at Las Vegas Touro School of Medicine.

His approach to back surgery is different from what the usual doctors and spine surgeons practice. His father was a doctor and served him a great deal of inspiration, so he learned from him to carefully listen to each patient first, get to know their entire history and employ conservative methods whenever possible. For Dr. Melamed, “surgery is the last resort” and, for him, it is very important to carefully make a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for each individual patient.

Procedures Dr. Hooman Melamed Performs at Marina del Rey Hospital

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross of California
  • HealthNet
  • United Healthcare

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Education & Training

Medical Degree

University of Pittsburg, School of Medicine

Internship(s)

Louisiana State University, School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics

Residency(ies)

University of Illinois, Chicago - Orthopedic Surgery

Fellowship(s)

Institute for Spinal Disorders Cedars Sinai Medical Center - Spine



Honors & Awards

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society North American Spine Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society Scoliosis Research Society
  • California Medical Association California Medical Association
  • California Orthopaedic Association California Orthopaedic Association
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association Los Angeles County Medical Association
  • Publications & Media