Hooman Melamed, M.D.
Dr. Hooman Melamed is an orthopedic spine surgeon affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.S. in neuroscience. He actually petitioned and created the Neuroscience major at UCLA and also formed the Neuroscience Undergraduate Society which to this day exists. He later attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, receiving a scholarship from the prestigious Morris H. and Gertrude M. Harris Foundation. He has completed his residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and received numerous fellowships for his work. He did an additional year of spinal fellowship at Cedars Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders getting more expertise surgical training in minimally invasive and spinal deformity surgery. Since graduating in 2005, Dr. Melamed has continued expanding his skills and continuously learning and evolving as a doctor and surgeon by traveling to South America, Asia, and different areas of the United States observing other well known and respected spine surgeons and participating in surgery. Dr. Melamed can treat a variety of spinal conditions such as scoliosis and other deformities or other issues that might be related to the cervical, lumbar, and thoracic area. Before starting on a treatment plan, however, it is 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 treating the entire patient as a whole in a holistic manner and not just the spine. Most important is to consider other factors that may not allow a person to heal and get better.
Founder of The Spine Pro (2005), highly regarded board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman M. Melamed has been named to the Super Doctor’s list and Prestigious Castle Connolly "Top Doctor" multiple years in a row. In addition to his surgical skills, he is often invited to collaborate as an expert to programs such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors, Fox News and local T.V. Dr. Melamed specializes in minimally invasive microscopic spinal and scoliosis surgery and is on the vanguard of cutting-edge treatments involving nonsurgical cell therapy with PRP and bone marrow, artificial disc replacement, alternative treatment options for traditional fusion surgeries and more. He has also developed a unique patent-pending approach to treating patients without narcotics, and most surgeries are performed on an out-patient basis going home the same day. He serves as Director of Scoliosis at Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Scoliosis Research Society. He has published multiple peer-reviewed papers. He 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.
Dr. Melamed believes in the importance of giving back to the community and other charitable organizations, and he donates every month to support a range of childhood education and animal preservation charities. Some of these include the Wild Animal Sanctuary, Wildlife Conservation Society, African Wildlife Foundation, German Shepherd Rescue, LA cougar project, and KCIS (Keep Children In School).
Procedures Dr. Hooman Melamed Performs at Marina del Rey Hospital
- Anthem Blue Cross
- Blue Cross / Blue Shield
- Blue Cross of California
- United Healthcare
Education & Training
University of Pittsburg, School of Medicine
Louisiana State University, School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics
University of Illinois, Chicago - Orthopedic Surgery
Institute for Spinal Disorders Cedars Sinai Medical Center - Spine
Honors & Awards
Memberships & Affiliations
Publications & Media
Pepperdine Volleyball Star With Crippling Back Injury
'It is important for surgeons to recognize that athletes have a strong desire to get back into the game - not simply to feel better - so you must take an exceptional amount of time with them'
“Back to You” To Offer State-of-the-Art Treatment For Those in Need
'One of Southern California’s leading spine surgeons has launched a nonprofit designed to offer those without medical insurance hope for a new lease on life. Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Hooman M. Melamed, M.D. said his new humanitarian organization, Back To You, will select one patient each month to receive free, state-of the-art treatment of cervical and lumbar spine disorders, tumors, scoliosis, degenerative disc disease and complications from botched surgeries.'
Anatomic considerations of superior laryngeal nerve during anterior cervical spine procedures.
Melamed, H., Harris, M. B., Awasthi, D.; Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2002 Feb 15.