Hooman Melamed, M.D.
Dr. Hooman Melamed is one of the orthopedic spine surgeons who are currently 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 Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. The surgeon actually petitioned and created the Neuroscience major at UCLA and also formed the Neuroscience Undergraduate Society, which exists to this day. Dr. Hooman Melamed subsequently 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. The physician did one additional year of spinal fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders, gaining more expertise in surgical training in minimally invasive and spinal deformity surgery.
Since graduating in 2005, Dr. Hooman 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 to observe other well-known and respected spine surgeons. He can treat a variety of spinal conditions, such as scoliosis and other deformities or issues related to the cervical, lumbar, or thoracic area. The surgeon believes in treating the patient as a whole, in a holistic manner, and not just their spine. As Founder of The Spine Pro and highly regarded orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Hooman Melamed has been the recipient of the Super Doctor award and the Castle Connolly's Top Doctor award multiple years in a row.
In addition to his surgical skills, he is often invited to collaborate as a medical expert to programs such as Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and Fox News. The surgeon specializes in minimally invasive, as well as microscopic spinal surgery and is on the vanguard of cutting-edge treatments involving non-surgical cell therapy with PRP and bone marrow, artificial disc replacement, and alternative treatment options for traditional fusion surgeries. Dr. Hooman Melamed has also developed a unique patent-pending approach to treating people without narcotics, and most surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, with the patient going home the same day of their surgery. He serves as Director of Scoliosis at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. The physician is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Scoliosis Research Society.
Dr. Hooman Melamed has published multiple peer-reviewed papers. He has presented his research before the North American Spine Society, the Congress for Neurological Surgeons, the Scoliosis Research Society, the Cervical Spine Research Society, and the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques. Dr. Hooman Melamed believes in the importance of giving back to the community and other charitable organizations, which is why he donates every month to support a range of childhood education and animal preservation charities. Some of these include the Wild Animal Sanctuary, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the African Wildlife Foundation, the German Shepherd Rescue, the 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
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.