Dr. John J. Regan is a board certified orthopedic spinal surgeon and he was actually one of the first practicians in the world to utilize a new surgical technique called Video-Assisted Thoracic Spine Surgery (VATS). This which involves the delicate maneuvering of surgical instruments through a few small incisions, with the use of tiny cameras and a video monitor. His breakthrough didn’t stop there, Dr. Reagan continuing to be an esteemed contributor to pioneering techniques such as video-assisted thoracic surgery, along with the use of artificial discs and new techniques for the treatment of scoliosis. He also developed several new approaches that reduce patient recovery time and improve outcomes. Instead of large three-inch incisions, Dr. Regan introduced the use of endoscopic instruments with cameras and cutting tips to access the spine. He is one of a handful of national spine surgeons which are able to perform surgery on the thoracic spine (middle back) with these instruments. By operating through a tiny half-inch incision, the patient recovery is accelerated and the minimally invasive technique lessens the risk of surgery. Dr. Regan’s areas of expertise include: Cervical disc herniation, Spondylolisthesis, Scoliosis, Thoracic disc herniation, Kyphosis, Spinal fractures, Non-malignant tumors, Spinal stenosis and Degenerative disc disease. He graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and he earned his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center, in Syracuse. He completed his academic formation with an internship and residency in internal medicine at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta and an orthopedic surgical residency at the University of North Carolina. Considering that a fellowship is the highest level of medical training available, he is one of the few American surgeons to complete two fellowships in spine: one of them in Switzerland, focused on spine trauma at A.O. International Hospital, and another one at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. During the late 1980s, when Texas Back Institute grew to become the nation's first and largest spine specialty clinic, Dr. Regan was a principal there. Texas Back Institute is widely-recognized as an expert spine clinic, being featured by national media such as Fortune, Forbes, NBC, ABC, CNN, USA Today. Before creating the Spine Group Beverly Hills in 2005, Dr. Regan spent 4 years in developing a spine program into regional prominence as the Director of the Cedar-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders. In 2010 he joined the OC Medical Group which solidified a partnership with Anaheim Regional Medical Center, where Dr. Regan serves as Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at their Center for Excellence in Spine. Dr. Regan has authored "The Atlas of Endoscopic Spinal Surgery" with more than 20,000 copies sold within the worldwide medical community which helped him set the basis of an entirely new field in spine surgery. A second edition, in collaboration with major leaders in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, was recently published -"The Atlas of Minimally Access Spine Surgery". Besides all this, he has been an Associate Clinical Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School for more than 15 years.

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield
  • Medicare
  • United Healthcare

Languages Spoken

  • English

Education & Training

Medical Degree

S.U.N.Y. Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse , New York

Internship(s)

Internal Medicine at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta

Residency(ies)

Internal Medicine at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta

Orthopedic Surgical Residency at the University of North Carolina.

Fellowship(s)

Fellowship in spine trauma at A.O. International Hospital in Switzerland

Fellowship in spine trauma at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore



Honors & Awards

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • American Medical Association American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons American College of Surgeons
  • Womack Surgical Society of North Carolina Womack Surgical Society of North Carolina
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society North American Spine Society
  • Cervical Spine Research Society Cervical Spine Research Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society Scoliosis Research Society
  • Publications & Media